The countdown to affordable health coverage has officially begun! Starting October 1, millions of Americans will be able to comparison shop for health insurance in the marketplace. But you don’t have to wait until then to start reviewing your options. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently relaunched the HealthCare.gov website with new features to help consumers learn more about the new coverage options.
A newly released report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finds that 46 percent of uninsured young adults (ages 18-34) in single-person households who may be eligible for marketplace coverage can enroll in insurance for $50 a month or less in their state’s health insurance marketplace. And 70 percent of these young adults will be able to get insurance for less than $100 a month.
On Tuesday, Congress passed a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff.” It passed both the Senate and the House with large majorities. The deal did not cut Medicaid or Medicare benefits.
Doctors and Drug Company Dollars: How Recent Strides toward Transparency in Financial Relationships Will Benefit Consumers
GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers, made a bold announcement this week: It's going to stop paying doctors to promote its drugs. In an industry that has long relied on physicians to spread the word to their colleagues about new medicines (and has compensated them handsomely for doing so), this marks what many hope is the beginning of a major change in the culture of medicine and the marketing of drugs.
More than 10 years ago, a very close loved one told me that he was HIV positive. As you can imagine, it was shocking and devastating news. Shocking, because I never thought that HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) would touch my life. It is much too common to think that it is something that affects only other people. Devastating, because the first words that popped into my mind were “AIDS,” “INCURABLE,” and “FATAL.” Just like that, in really big letters, heavy, painful, dripping in tears.
Enroll America Releases New Interactive Maps Showing the Number of People Lacking Health Insurance at a Local Level
New health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act promise to help millions of uninsured Americans. Currently, 48.6 million Americans are uninsured. But under the Affordable Care Act, 25.7 million Americans will qualify for new tax credits to help pay for health coverage and millions more will be eligible for coverage as states expand Medicaid in 2014.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Pick your favorite idiom, but the point remains the same: Sometimes the only way to get out of a bad situation is to innovate. This theme is at the heart of the brilliant documentary on the health care system, Escape Fire.
Lays out options for states determining benefit packages (called Alternative Benefit Plans) for those who are newly eligible for Medicaid, including key factors states should consider when designing these benefits.
Learn how the Affordable Care Act allows states to expand Medicaid by purchasing coverage for enrollees through the health insurance marketplaces using federal funds
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.