As the number of Americans without health insurance continues to rise, so too do the costs borne by those who have coverage, who face what might be called a “hidden health tax.” Uninsured people who receive health care often cannot afford to pay the full amount themselves, so the costs of this uncompensated care get shifted to those who have insurance.
The web portal Is up and running!
Today, July 1, you can visit HealthCare.gov for the first time ever and view all the health coverage options that are available to you! Never before have consumers been able to view their coverage options in one place, until today. Thanks to health reform, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a new web site to provide consumers with their health coverage options in a comprehensive and easy-to-navigate way.
Reviews key considerations to keep in mind when designing programs to help consumers understand and enroll in health insurance, including funding, location, outreach, scope, staffing, and training.
Examines what states are doing to make sure that all children (including those with pre-existing conditions) can get affordable health insurance.
Find out what your state needs to know about coordinating enrollment in coverage through Medicaid, CHIP, and your state's health insurance exchange.
Reviews the early experiences of four states under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) and how those experiences can inform implementation.
Discusses provisions in the Affordable Care Act that call for states to have one streamlined online application for all types of insurance and for premiums tax credits.
Presents best practices for state advocates on story banking and engaging young adults, including how to start collecting consumer stories and how to use social media to reach young adults.
Explores how the Affordable Care Act expands the practice of offering immediate, temporary Medicaid coverage to people who appear to be eligible based on income.
Explains the new method of determining eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP, which now matches the method used for other health care programs and for calculating financial assistance with health insurance.