This is the first blog in our Expert Q&A series on the Affordable Care Act. Our experts will answer common questions that people may have about open enrollment, which starts on October 1.
The Affordable Care Act improves access to mental health care by offering people with mental illness the opportunity to get affordable health insurance, as well as by including mental health care and substance use disorder services in the benefits that all plans sold in the health insurance marketplaces must provide.
The Affordable Care Act makes health insurance more affordable.
States Should Implement or Expand Continuous Eligibility to Prevent Disruptions in Health Coverage for Kids
As states gear up for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, more children than ever will be able to get health coverage through Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or their states’ health insurance marketplaces. But many of these children are predicted to experience mid-year changes in eligibility (caused by shifts in household income), which could mean that they have to switch health insurance programs. When children move between health coverage programs or in and out of coverage multiple times a year—a process called “churning”—their health can suffer.
Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, more than 6.6 million people with Medicare have saved more than $7 billion on prescription drugs. That’s an average of $1,061 per beneficiary.
Community Health Centers Will Help Enroll Millions in Health Care Coverage Available under the Affordable Care Act
The week of August 11 is National Health Center Week, and there is reason to celebrate these important organizations. Community health centers provide health services to low-income and medically underserved communities, removing barriers to care that these communities regularly face. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, community health centers are taking on a new and crucial role: outreach and enrollment efforts to connect people to the new coverage options available under the health care law.
A New Report Shows that Michigan Medicaid Beneficiaries Are Very Satisfied with Their Health Coverage
A new report by the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation in Michigan found that Medicaid beneficiaries in the state are very satisfied with their health coverage. As lawmakers in the state and across the country decide if they will take the opportunity under the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid coverage to more of their state residents, they should take into consideration this and other reports that show that Medicaid is good coverage.
Although Medicare provides vital health insurance for about 50 million seniors and people with disabilities, most people with Medicare have some form of additional coverage. Why is this coverage so important? And what are your options for getting this coverage? Let’s take a look.
Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $150 million in grants to 1,159 health centers across the nation to go toward building out their outreach and enrollment programs. These funds are expected to allow the health centers to hire an additional 2,900 outreach and enrollment workers who will be available to help millions of Americans enroll in new health coverage options starting October 1, 2013.
Kaiser Family Foundation Study Finds That, Contrary to Popular Belief, Young Adults Believe They Need Health Insurance
In 2011, young adults aged 19 to 34 made up roughly 38 percent of the nation’s uninsured population. While some have argued that this is because young adults, often referred to as “young invincibles,” think that they are too healthy to need health insurance, a June study by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that young adults actually think that it is important to have health insurance.
A few weeks ago, the Washington Post ran an article about Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and some tough decisions it is confronting related to financial strains it anticipates and services it may have to cut because Georgia’s governor has rejected the Medicaid expansion.