In her State of the State address on Monday, Governor Brewer announced that Arizona will participate in the Medicaid expansion. Governor Brewer is now the third Republican governor to make the decision to expand health coverage through Medicaid.
In 2014, Catherine Horine developed a persistent cough that would not go away. Within three months of first seeking treatment for the cough, even though her doctors had been unable to find a cause for her cough, they told her she would not live to see the end of the year without a lung transplant. At that time, Catherine was diagnosed with idiopathic bronchiolitis obliterans, a rare and irreversible disease that is extremely difficult to diagnose because its symptoms mimic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The condition causes inflammation and blocks airways in the lungs.
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.
As health care consumers, we can all agree that health care costs are too high. What we may not realize is that the “just in case” X-ray or CT scan that we request or that our doctor prescribes may be a major driver of these costs. But how do we know when “just in case” isn’t necessary or is potentially harmful?
Yesterday, two major proposals that would have rolled back the Affordable Care Act’s progress in expanding coverage were defeated by bipartisan majorities, Senate leadership is now pulling together a so-called “skinny” bill, which they hope will attract the 50 votes needed to pass the chamber and move to a conference committee with the House.
The “skinny” bill would likely end selected ACA provisions—the requirement that individuals have health coverage, the employer coverage requirement, and the tax on medical device manufacturers. No legislative language has been released, so we do not know the bill’s precise contents. But the CBO produced a score showing that, if passed, such a bill would immediately cause 14 million Americans to lose their health insurance in 2018 by destabilizing the individual insurance market and sharply increasing marketplace premiums.
Families USA is pleased to invite you to Health Action 2012! Come gather with health care justice advocates from across the country to discuss challenges and formulate plans for the coming year.
Please join us Thursday, January 19, through Saturday, January 21, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. There is an early-bird registration rate of $395 until December 16—after that, registration is $445.
After 4 years of hard work, the day finally came for me to get my college diploma. Though I was proud of my accomplishment, I knew that the second I received my diploma, I lost my health insurance. After commencement, there was a long period of time when I was without coverage. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. My fellow classmates and other graduating students across the country began their lives in the "real world" without insurance.
Many are aware that young people stand to gain from the new health reform law, but what they may not know is just how many young adults will benefit.
The Commonwealth Fund recently published an issue brief that documents the critical problem of the growing numbers of uninsured young adults and how they stand to gain tremendously from the enactment of health reform. According to the report:
There seems to be a catch-22 when it comes to enrolling young, healthy people in the new health insurance marketplaces (sometimes called exchanges): They are critical to the success of the marketplaces, but experts predict that recruiting young adults to sign up for coverage will be challenging. But a recent poll suggests it may not be so challenging after all.