When it comes to Medicare, we heard it all during the debate over health reform: Death panels! Rationing! Obama wants to kill granny! The rumors and scare tactics were so ridiculous, sometimes it was difficult to understand how anyone could believe them. But now that Americans are beginning to see the benefits of reform, it’s time we put the rumors to rest and start focusing on how the new law is improving health care across the country.
The 2016 election results are prompting many questions about the future of the Affordable Care Act. While there is uncertainty about these changes in political leadership, a few things are clear now that advocates, assisters, and most importantly, consumers, need to know.
A few days back, health care spending numbers for 2008 were released. As expected, the numbers increased-however, they increased at a slower rate than predicted.
That means that we don't need health care reform, right? Hardly.
Health Action 2018: Staying Strong for America’s Families will be Mina Schultz’s fourth Health Action conference. Mina, who is currently a Master’s student studying Health Policy and an Outreach Specialist with Get Covered NYC, has a real passion for health care. Whether it was her personal fight against cancer at age 25, or helping others to enroll in coverage as a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) in West Virginia, Mina has tirelessly fought for her coverage and the coverage of many others.
The third open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplaces is only 10 days away. Like the last enrollment cycle, enrollment assisters will be working to renew health plans with a greater number of consumers who have complex questions. They will also continue seeking new consumers who lack health insurance. This year, however, such outreach efforts may not get the boost from media coverage they received in previous years.
The recently finalized “marketplace stabilization” rule will have significant impacts for consumers by making coverage less affordable and making the process of enrolling more difficult. This blog will review the main implications of the rule for the enrollment process and policy, specifically focusing on changes to open enrollment periods, special enrollment periods, and rules for those who have missed premium payments. It will also provide ideas for how to minimize the potential consequences of this rule.
Last week, Harvard researchers released the latest installment of the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment (OHIE) –a randomized control trial that examines the effects of Medicaid expansion on Oregonians who won a lottery for health insurance in 2008. After analyzing hospital records for 18 months, the researchers discovered that Medicaid recipients visited the ER 41 percent more than those without insurance.
Explains how a “special enrollment opportunity” works for employer health plans and who is eligible for special enrollment.
In the 2017 elections, Maine voters took control at the ballot box to expand health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. The decisive win--with nearly 60 percent of the vote-- shows the popular support for Medicaid expansion in Maine, where the governor has vetoed the state legislature's repeated efforts to expand coverage.
The lesson of the campaign will be shared in the coming year with other states like Utah and Idaho, where ballot initiatives give voters a chance to move Medicaid expansion efforts ahead after years of stalling by conservative policymakers.
Health Action 2014 is just two months away! If you haven’t registered yet to join us from January 23 to January 25 here in Washington, DC, let me tell you why you should. Besides getting to hear from state and national leaders in health policy and health care justice, Health Action provides an amazing opportunity to make new connections—or rekindle old ones—with state advocates from across the country.