The tax extenders bill (also known as the jobs bill), H.R. 4213, has been stalled in Congress for weeks. The Senate has now attempted to pass a bill to address the unemployment and state budget crisis three times to no avail. Each step along the way, the Senate has hit a wall of opposition that is supposedly based on concerns about increasing the federal deficit. To appease these concerns, the Senate cut a critical provision to provide additional assistance to states for Medicaid by one-third – but the bill still failed to win the 60 votes necessary to pass.
One of the earliest and most popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act is the provision that allows young adults to stay on their family’s health coverage until age 26. This is expected to help many graduating college and high school seniors—but it will also help hundreds of 20-somethings who are currently uninsured because they were not able to stay on their parents’ plan. Our fact sheet explains the details.
Explains how the Affordable Care Act provides better health insurance for low-income children and extends coverage to the 7.3 million children who are still uninsured.
Learn why expanding home- and community-based care is cost-effective in the long run and how states can do it using two new Medicaid options in the Affordable Care Act.
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.
During the final months leading up to the passage of health reform, it seemed you couldn’t read a newspaper without seeing a headline about another insurance company attempting to impose enormous rate hikes on its customers in the individual market.
Those of you who have followed health reform have probably heard a lot about Massachusetts’ historic health reform law that passed in 2006—what’s going well, what could be done better, and what it might mean for health reform implementation around the country. We’ve even blogged about it this month.
This past Tuesday, President Obama delivered a message to the health insurance industry, opponents of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and all the naysayers who think health care reform won’t succeed:
“We’re not going back. I refuse to go back.”
When it comes to implementing health reform, it turns out the old saying “the early bird gets the worm” sums it up pretty well.
One of the most popular arguments of opponents of the health reform law is that the law does nothing to ‘fix’ Medicare, which they claim is full of waste and fraud. Like most of the rhetoric coming from the opposition, this argument is just not true.