Ruth Petran has celebrated Mother’s Day with her children for the past 33 years, but this Mother’s Day is special. Ruth says it’s the kind of Mother’s Day that wouldn’t have been possible without the Affordable Care Act. This is the first Mother’s Day that Ruth will celebrate as a grandmother, as well as a mother. For years, Ruth worried that her daughter’s private insurance policy without maternity coverage would force her to delay having children. Thanks to the ACA’s protections that mandate maternity coverage for all consumers, Ruth’s daughter, could access the insurance she needed to start a family and give Ruth the grandchild she had been hoping for.
Under the Affordable Care Act, states have been given an unprecedented opportunity. Using federal grant dollars, every state has the option to build its own health insurance exchange-a transparent marketplace for coverage where individuals and small businesses can easily compare high-quality insurance plans, apply for financial assistance with the cost of coverage, and then easily enroll in health insurance.
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.
When states don’t extend Medicaid, Americans are hit the hardest. Our brief compares two neighboring states, Missouri and Iowa. Iowa has extended Medicaid coverage, but Missouri has not.
The passage of the Affordable Care Act will extend health coverage to millions of Americans by expanding Medicaid and creating a tax cut to help low- and middle-income individuals and families afford private coverage. This tax cut will be in the form of tax credits that can be used to offset the costs of health insurance premiums and will go into effect in 2014.
Sometimes you see a story that is so touching, so heartbreaking, that you simply have to share it. Last week, our friends at PICO sent out an email sharing the story of Marlene Kahn, an advocate from Missouri who made a touching sacrifice to defend health care rights for seniors, children, and people with disabilities.
Please read Marlene's story and get involved in the fight to protect this critically important program.
Mother’s day is this Sunday and, unlike previous years, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get your Mom a great gift.
Our friends at Mom’s Rising have created an awesome video that lets you insert your mother’s name in a movie trailer that praises her for all she’s done over the years.
Check it out below and send it to your mother today! Trust us, it’s way better than flowers.
Last month, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that a range of benefits essential to women’s health be included as preventive benefits and therefore offered free of charge in all new health plans.
We’re happy to report that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken up all of the IOM’s recommendations. The new guidelines will take effect in August 2012 and will ensure that women around the country can receive a variety of preventive services at no additional cost.
Everyone has those moments in their lives-the ones you tell your children and grandchildren about. They always start off the same, and my story is no different.
I will never forget where I was when health care reform finally passed and became law.
In addition to enrolling consumers in marketplace insurance, assisters can serve another valuable role: helping consumers register to vote. Applications for health coverage, whether through HealthCare.gov and state-based marketplaces, provide clients with access to voter registration, which makes it easy for assisters to help people register to vote. Here’s what assisters should know about voter registration and how they can help consumers navigate this process.