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11/25/2013

Map of the Day: State Decisions on Administration's Policy on Coverage Extensions

The map shows states' decisions regarding extending the coverage of current policies.

 
 

11/25/2013

The Balancing Act: Integrating Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations into a Managed Care Environment

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are rapidly gaining a foothold across the country as a way to improve health care quality and control rising costs. States can facilitate Medicaid ACO model adoption by complementing the existing managed care infrastructure and clearly defining ACO and managed care organization responsibilities and performance expectations. This new brief from the Center for Health Care Strategies can help guide state Medicaid agencies in successfully implementing ACOs within a managed care environment. It is a product of Advancing Accountable Care Organizations in Medicaid: A Learning Collaborative, which was made possible by The Commonwealth Fund and the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. Through the learning collaborative, ACO innovators from seven states - Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas, and Vermont - have gathered to accelerate ACO program development and address key issues.

 
 

11/25/2013

Updated Health Reform Calculator Now Provides Estimates In All 50 States and DC

Website  from http://kff.org

The Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its health reform subsidy calculator to provide premium estimates in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia for people who buy coverage through the new state health insurance marketplaces starting in 2014. The calculator is also available in Spanish. By entering their ZIP code, income, age, family size and other factors into the calculator, consumers can get estimates of the tax subsidies and insurance premiums available to them if they were to purchase insurance through the marketplaces, or exchanges. The calculator now takes into account the latest decisions from states on whether to expand Medicaid eligibility under the law.

 
 

11/15/2013

Sign On Letter in opposition to H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013

AUCD signed on with several organizations in opposition to H.R. 3350: "Health care coverage must be not only available and affordable but also adequate in order for consumers to have the health and financial protection they need from health insurance. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to ensure that, beginning in 2014, Americans would have access to health insurance that meets all three of these important objectives. Our organizations support these goals, and we are therefore opposed to H.R. 3350, legislation that would allow health insurers to continue to sell individual health insurance policies that are inadequate."

pdf File Sign on Letter re HR3350 Final.pdf [download]
 
 

11/5/2013

New Kaiser Analysis Estimates How Many People By State Are Eligible for Tax Credits If They Buy Health Coverage Through New Insurance Marketplaces

Website  from http://kff.org

"Key provisions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) create new Marketplaces for people who purchase insurance directly and provide new premium tax credits to help people with low or moderate incomes afford that coverage. We estimate that about 17 million people who are now uninsured or who buy insurance on their own ("nongroup purchasers") will be eligible for premium tax credits in 2014. This issue brief provides national and state estimates for tax credit eligibility for people in these groups. We also estimate that about 29 million people nationally could look to new Marketplaces as a place to purchase coverage." - Kaiser Family Foundation

 
 

10/31/2013

A Technology Surge for HealthCare.gov

Learn what's happening with the latest improvements to the enrollment website.

 
 

10/31/2013

Find out if you are eligible for subsidies and how much you might receive towards your health care costs

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This tool illustrates health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance on their own in new health insurance exchanges (or "Marketplaces") created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Beginning in October 2013, middle-income people under age 65, who are not eligible for coverage through their employer, Medicaid, or Medicare, can apply for tax credit subsidies available through state-based exchanges.

 
 

10/31/2013

Getting America Covered: The Latest on the Health Insurance Marketplace

The Health Insurance Marketplace is open for business. HHS is working hard to help get Americans covered and making improvements every day to HealthCare.gov.

 
 

10/31/2013

In 15 seconds, learn the 4 ways to sign up for health coverage (video)

You can sign up for ObamaCare in four ways. Online at http://healthcare.gov, by mail, in person, or on the phone at 1800-315-2596.

 
 

10/31/2013

No computer? No problem! Sign up in 3 easy steps

There are several ways to get Health Insurance Marketplace coverage, even if you don't have a computer.

 
 

10/25/2013

National Health Law Program (NHeLP): The Advocate's Guide to MAGI.

National Health Law Program (NHeLP): New resource. The Advocate's Guide to MAGI. The Guide will be an ongoing reference for advocates providing services to clients who have questions or problems pertaining to Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) eligibility for health care affordability programs.

 
 

10/25/2013

The Affordable Care Act: Implications on MCH Populations and Public Health Services

This publication, from Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health at the University of Minnesota, covers the goals & tools of the ACA and how the ACA will impact women, children, adolescents, and immigrant families.

 
 

10/7/2013

Webinar: The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community

Website  from http://ow.ly

With the launch of the Affordable Care Act's new insurance marketplaces and the upcoming end to pre-existing condition discrimination, many in the Autistic and broader I/DD community are curious about what changes the ACA will bring to our country's health care system. This presentation, conducted by Ari Ne'eman of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, will provide a broad overview of the ACA's major provisions, the anticipated changes the ACA will bring over the course of the coming years and a summary of potential advocacy priorities that the I/DD community can pursue regarding the ACA's implementation. Based off the recently released ASAN Policy Brief on the Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community, this webinar is geared towards advocates, people with disabilities, family members and others connected to the Autistic and I/DD communities. Reserve your seat today!

 
 

10/3/2013

ABCs of the ACA - What You Need to Know

The Alliance for Health Reform answers key questions about the insurance marketplaces that opened for enrollment October 1 in this new FAQ, available here. The document also provides links to websites that go into detailed explanations of how the law and the exchanges work. Some links point directly to state marketplaces and other government resources.

pdf File ABCs-of-the-ACA-Resource-Guide 155.pdf [download]
 
 

10/1/2013

No Quick Verdict On Obamacare, The Latest Column From Drew Altman

Website  from http://kff.org

In his latest column published by Politico, "No Quick Verdict On Obamacare," Kaiser President and CEO Drew Altman examines why it will take time before the media and the public can make a judgment about the Affordable Care Act.

 
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