It’s a straightforward question that a new report by Families USA looks into. And the answer itself is straightforward: President Obama’s plan helps many millions of consumers, while Governor Romney’s ideas would lead to a growing burden on America’s families.
With the February 15 deadline for the second open enrollment period quickly approaching, local and national groups across the country have been intensifying their efforts to get the word out through various channels. Last week, the White House, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), HHS, and community partners held a very successful Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Affordable Care Act Enrollment Week of Action.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, people with Medicare saved $2.1 billion on prescription drugs in 2011.
In recent discussions about the controversial Republican budget proposal, the focus seems to be the public’s strong opposition to the proposed cuts to the Medicare program. Although Medicare is incredibly vital to the American people, it’s unfortunate that Medicaid, the program designed to provide coverageto the most vulnerable Americans, has been left out of the discussion. But that’s changing: 41 Democratic Senators are presenting a united front against proposed attacks on Medicaid.
Sandy Kintz of Westport, New York, is a lung cancer survivor, but her daily life is anything but carefree. The former nurse has to use two inhalers and is unable to walk more than 60 feet without stopping because she has such difficulty breathing. She can’t afford all of her prescribed medication and explains simply, “Some drugs I can’t afford, so I gave them up.” You read that right: A cancer survivor has to give up prescribed medication because she cannot afford it. How ridiculous is that?
Over the last few months, the newly enacted health reform law has dominated most discussions about the health care system. Given the historic nature of the new law, it’s easy to see why. However, there are other important areas of the health care system that also need attention, such as COBRA.
Why Assisters Should Encourage People to Apply for Health Coverage Even If They Fall in the Coverage Gap
Here’s something enrollment assisters and navigators should keep in mind this open enrollment period and beyond: People who fall into the coverage gap should still apply for health insurance—even though they will be denied for Medicaid and the financial assistance to help them with the cost of a marketplace plan. In this blog we explain why doing so is in the interest of consumers and why enrollment assisters should encourage all consumers to apply for coverage.
Health insurers and web brokers who follow certain federal rules (relating to topics such as protecting consumer information and displaying standardized disclaimers) are allowed to directly enroll consumers in marketplace health coverage and financial assistance; the consumer does not need to directly visit a marketplace website or contact a marketplace call center in these instances.
For many of us, the budget battles seem to be endless and without progress, yet advocates for Medicaid should know that their voices are being heard. The clearest sign yet came from White House economic policy adviser Gene Sperling’s speech at Health Action 2013.
African Americans are more likely to have certain health problems than whites. Finding and treating these problems early can make a huge difference. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most health insurance plans must cover preventive services for free.