Reviews key considerations to keep in mind when designing programs to help consumers understand and enroll in health insurance, including funding, location, outreach, scope, staffing, and training.
The web portal Is up and running!
Today, July 1, you can visit HealthCare.gov for the first time ever and view all the health coverage options that are available to you! Never before have consumers been able to view their coverage options in one place, until today. Thanks to health reform, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a new web site to provide consumers with their health coverage options in a comprehensive and easy-to-navigate way.
Many opponents said that the passed health reform legislation amounted to a "federal government takeover" of health care. That, like many of the myths we've heard for the past year, is false.
Most of the implementation work is now up to the states. According to Cindy Mann of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations, "We're very clear we have to pass the baton to states."
For those of us not lucky enough to be insured by our employers, having to face the daunting task of navigating the private insurance market can cause heart palpitations. The current insurance market is confusing and overwhelming; there is no one state or federal entity that regulates all markets nor is there much regulation on what information insurers must provide to consumers. Therefore it is often difficult for consumers to know what exactly they are getting under each plan, until it's too late.
Highlights the major changes the Affordable Care Act will make to health coverage and care, such as expanding Medicaid, creating health insurance marketplaces, and providing new consumer protections.
Examines the Affordable Care Act's requirement that states keep the same eligibility levels in Medicaid and CHIP until 2014 for adults and until 2019 for children.