With five weeks left before the close of the second open enrollment period in the health insurance marketplace on February 15, enrollment experts have been working hard to make the final push to spur consumer sign-up. We held two teleconferences in January with state experts who shared updates on their plans. Listen to them here.
Before health reform, insurance companies generally could deny Americans in the individual market coverage if they had a history of health problems. Heart disease? Denied. Breast cancer? Denied. Diabetes? Denied. For decades, many insurance companies have been allowed to treat those with pre-existing conditions unfairly. But because Congress and the American people became so fed up with this blatant discrimination, we’ll finally see an end to these shameful practices.
This post was written by Adam Searing and originally posted on the Progressive Pulse.
The 6th Circuit Court of the United States ruled today that the individual responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.
In their decision, the court writes “We find that the minimum coverage provision is a valid exercise of legislative power by Congress under the Commerce Clause and therefore AFFIRM the decision of the district court.”
The court found that the provision DOES regulate economic activity and “that Congress had a rational basis to believe has substantial effects on interstate commerce.”
Whether you’re renewing your plan or buying one for the first time, the questions in our infographic will help you choose the plan that’s right for you.
This infographic shows where states stand on Medicaid expansion. One of the most important--and popular--provisions of the Affordable Care Act is the expansion of health coverage to low-income families through the Medicaid program. In the states that expanded Medicaid, many of those who benefit are hard-working people in low-wage jobs that do not offer health insurance—like waiters and waitresses, sales clerks, cooks, and home health aides.
Here are basic facts about where states stand on Medicaid expansion, along with states to watch.
Today’s decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is, as the Vice President might say, a big (freaking) deal. The court ruled that the individual responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. It’s the first time an appellate court has ruled on the issue, and it adds to the growing number of courts that have rejected challenges to the law.
This week is shaping up to be an important one in the legal battle over the Affordable Care Act. Tuesday's decision from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals is a big win for supporters of the law. It's the third appellate court to reject challenges to the law. In June, the Sixth Circuit upheld the law.
Senator Tom Harkin was recently quoted in a New York Times article saying, "We don't have a health care system in America. We have a sick care system. If you get sick, you get care. But precious little is spent to keep people healthy in the first place."
A Call to Action for Health Equity Leaders: Health Care Transformation Efforts Must Include a Strong Focus on Health Equity
Our nation’s health care system is rapidly transforming, and the health of people of color and other disadvantaged communities hangs in the balance. Moving to a value-based health care system presents a critical opportunity to achieve health equity. But without particular attention to how disadvantaged communities will be affected and without including these communities in designing these reform efforts, we risk exacerbating disparities in health and health care.