On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services released three new application forms that consumers will be able to use to sign up for coverage beginning on October 1. These consumer-friendly applications ask for all the information needed to see if an individual or family will qualify for free coverage from Medicaid or CHIP, or if they qualify to buy a plan in the new health insurance marketplace, and if so, whether they will get premium tax credits to help pay for this coverage. These three forms are tailored to meet the needs of different types of applicants:
Learn how the Affordable Care Act protects consumers and how it specifically benefits different groups of people.
Job-Based Health Coverage and the Affordable Care Act: Why the Law Won't Cause Employers to Drop Coverage
This fact sheet refutes the myth that businesses will accept the financial penalty imposed by the Affordable Care Act rather than offer health insurance to their employees.
Learn how patients and health care providers can team up to ensure better health care for consumers at a lower cost and in a timely manner.
This post is a guest blog by Staurt Berlow, Public Policy Manager, at The DC Cancer Consortium.
Recently, despite initial opposition, significant pressure from political interest groups, and the daunting task of getting support from the required 75 percent of legislators, the Arkansas legislature voted “yes” on the Medicaid expansion. This victory was made possible by an effective advocacy campaign that mobilized the people of Arkansas to call upon their elected leaders to do the right thing—an ideal strategy in a state where the motto is, “The People Rule.”
Lawmakers Should Not Delay Medicaid Expansion due to the President’s Proposal to Postpone Hospital Payments Cuts
Some lawmakers see the one-year delay in scheduled cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Program (DSH) in the President’s recently released budget proposal as a reason to delay the Medicaid expansion in their states. They claim that hospitals won’t be hurt if Medicaid isn’t expanded because DSH, which helps hospitals offset the cost of treating people who can’t afford to pay for their care, will still help hospitals continue to provide care to the uninsured.
This blog was originally posted on HuffingtonPost.com
Enroll America Releases New Interactive Maps Showing the Number of People Lacking Health Insurance at a Local Level
New health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act promise to help millions of uninsured Americans. Currently, 48.6 million Americans are uninsured. But under the Affordable Care Act, 25.7 million Americans will qualify for new tax credits to help pay for health coverage and millions more will be eligible for coverage as states expand Medicaid in 2014.