Imagine a social service agency telling you, “Sorry, you are poor, but not poor enough for health care coverage.” For Sandra Pico from Florida, that is reality. Sandra works full time, making $15,000 a year, to cover expenses for her husband and daughter.
In the weeks following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, much of the attention surrounding the law has focused on the expansion of Medicaid. The Court made the expansion optional, and many conservative governors quickly stated their resistance to adopting the Medicaid expansion. Why, though?
If you received a check for $350 in the mail, how would you react? Would you be shocked, but pleasantly surprised? This is exactly how George, a small business owner from Annapolis, Maryland, reacted.
More and more employers are turning to wellness programs as a way to reduce their health care costs. As these programs gain momentum, it’s time to set the record straight on the difference between good wellness programs that support workers’ health and wellness programs that can actually hinder people’s ability to maintain and improve their health and well-being.
Many Americans may have recently discovered a little extra money in their wallets.
It has always seemed backward that those who need insurance the most—people who are already sick—are turned down for coverage or forced to pay higher premiums. Thanks to the new health law, insurers will no longer be able to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions by charging them higher premiums or denying them coverage. A recent Families USA report, Worry No More: Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Are Protected by the Health Care Law, shows just how many people across the nation stand to gain from this portion of the health law.
Originally posted by Adam Linker from our friends at NC Policy Watch.
Opponents of the Affordable Care Act have yet to give us a viable alternative. They tend to be big on repeal and short on replacement ideas. They are especially short on ideas that deal with pre-existing conditions and extending access to the uninsured.
Having a baby is a wonderful and joyous experience, but it can also be expensive. Very expensive. From the prenatal care, to the birthing costs, to making sure you have all the right tools and gadgets necessary to raise a happy and healthy baby—the costs can add up.
Families USA released a report last week that found more than 64.8 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with a pre-existing condition.
Today is the 47th Anniversary of Medicare. On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Independence, Missouri, for a formal ceremony where he signed both Medicare and Medicaid into law. President Truman became Medicare's first beneficiary.