My grandmother likes to complain—her feet hurt, she doesn’t understand the internet, kids these days. But the one thing she never complains about? Medicare.
You may know that the Affordable Care Act creates new health insurance marketplaces (often referred to as exchanges) that will make it easier to shop for coverage. But did you know that the new marketplaces will also protect you once you have insurance?
The Affordable Care Act sets standards that all insurance plans sold in the new marketplaces must meet. These standards require that:
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.
Last week, hundreds of state and national advocates gathered for Families USA’s annual Health Action conference in Washington, DC. For three days, advocates attended a variety of workshops and plenary sessions that covered everything from the Medicaid expansion to the federal budget, and many topics in between.
Outlines five key elements of consumer-friendly health insurance marketplaces (also known as exchanges) offers tips for making sure plans sold in those marketplaces meet consumers' needs .
In 2013, we reached out to many states that were actively engaged in the Medicaid expansion debate. These states faced an important decision: whether or not to accept federal dollars to provide health coverage to their uninsured residents through Medicaid.
After a wet and stormy night, the clouds parted, the sun came out, and Families USA kicked off our annual Health Action conference at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.
The next couple of months are going to be pretty busy for Congress as they work to reach a budget resolution and avert a government shutdown. Like a broken record, opponents of health care are pushing to cut vital programs—like Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act—in order to reduce spending, while still trying to ignore the option of increasing revenues.
If you already have Medicare, you know that the coverage is very valuable, but it is far from free health care. Medicare charges substantial premiums, can require you to pay part of the cost of some services, and does not cover a number of other services at all. That’s why many seniors have some kind of supplemental coverage, either from a private Medicare supplement (Medigap) plan or from a former employer.
Last week, Governor Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota announced that he, too, would support the Medicaid expansion in his state. This makes four Republican governors who have decided to accept federal assistance to expand health coverage to their residents.