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Showing posts with label Affordable Care Act. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Affordable Care Act. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ACA Enrollment Part II : The Good, The Bad, The Redemption!

We will start part with the GOP ACA policy at its worse.

Florida Republicans are the archetypal of blocking the Affordable Care Act; legislative and gubernatorial malpractice at its most Draconian.

Bloomberg Mobile, March 2013 (red highlight added by me)
An estimated 3.35 million of Florida’s 19.1 million residents receive Medicaid this year, according to the legislature’s Office of Economic and Democratic Research.

An expansion under the federal law -- which increases eligibility for a family of four earning as much as $31,800 this year -- would increase that by 1.28 million during the next 10 years, according to a November 2012 report from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, a nonprofit group that researches health care. Obama’s health law, which passed Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote, may extend insurance over the next decade to about 27 million people who are currently uninsured. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 8 million more will enroll in Medicaid programs next year because of the expansion. Expansion in Florida would cost the federal government an estimated $66.1 billion during the next 10 years, according to the Kaiser report. The state’s cost during that time would be about $5.36 billion, according to the report.
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How about a broader view with clear concentration of the denied and deprived in the GOP votes belt: The US South? 
The Urban Institute 

The following narrative was borrowed from Robert Reich's The Liberal Curmudgeon web page.
The map above from the Urban Institute shows that millions of poor Americans who would benefit from an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act won't get the health care they need. The problem is that they live in states where Republican governors refuse Medicaid expansion. The darker colors represent high concentrations of poor Americans who would be eligible if GOP governors expanded the program. The Urban Institute reports:
In June 2012, the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) put the decision to expand Medicaid coverage to nonelderly adults with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) in the hands of the states. In states that do not expand Medicaid, uninsured adults with incomes between 100 and 138 percent of FPL may qualify for subsidies to purchase coverage through the new Marketplaces. Poor uninsured adults with incomes below the poverty level, however, will not have access to any new coverage options. As of January 2014, 25 states and the District of Columbia had chosen to expand Medicaid coverage under the ACA.1
...Based on current information, an estimated 4.4 million poor uninsured adults will become newly eligible for Medicaid in the 25 states and the District of Columbia that have opted to expand Medicaid; an estimated 5.8 million will not be eligible because they live in one of the 25 states that had not committed to expand Medicaid by January 2014 (state-level estimates are available here). Poor uninsured adults who would be newly eligible for Medicaid under the ACA expansion constitute 24.3 percent of all uninsured adults nationwide, and 21.2 and 27.2 percent, respectively, in the states that are and are not expanding Medicaid...

The ACA website has a one-page guide to the Health Insurance Marketplace. The guide includes critical related to this years enrollment period with useful links and references to deadlines. Information is key. Have you told anyone about the ACA open enrollment?

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Don't miss these critical enrollment dates.

Additional resource information

Kaiser Family Health: "Nine in Ten Uninsured Unaware that the Affordable Care Act’s Second Open Enrollment Period Starts in November."

The Urban Institute (pdf docs)


ACA Enrollment: The Good, The Bad, The Redemption!

The Maddow Blog October 21, 2014 
John KasichOhio Gov. John Kasich, who is expected to cruise to reelection this year and then seek the Republican nomination in 2016, recently told the Associated Press that repealing the Affordable Care is “not gonna happen.” “The opposition to it was really either political or ideological,” he said. “I don’t think that holds water against real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people’s lives.”
Now, that we heard from former GOP presidential hopeful, and just before he attempted to back-track the words above let's explore the ACA a bit.

People's Lives

“I don’t think that holds water against real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people’s lives.”


— SEIU (@SEIU) October 27, 2014


The ugly truths about  GOP Policy against the ACA

Now, take a look at the GOP voters bloc map. Oops, correction, take a look at the states that have blocked Medicaid expansion. When GOP legislators and governors deny their constituents the benefits of Medicaid expansion, the only explanation is GOP obstruction. 


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Employee Medical Premium Cost Lower (but the news is not all good)

From time to time we report on various nuances regarding development related to the Affordable Care Act (AKA ObamaCare). Charles Gaba's ACASignups Dot Net is our or common sources of detailed enrollment and premium payment source. We also have archived pieces with Congressional Budget Office reports related to the impact of the ACA on healthcare cost as well as forecast of impact regrading Medicare. Huffington Post recently published a piece that supports other source reports of employee healthcare cost increases far less than in past years. The article is absent direct comment of the impact of the ACA on falling premium cost, but I fail to see how there can be no connection.

Here is an example chart from the piece we have partially embed.

employee health benefits

Despite the good news from the chart (above), Huffington Post's, Jeffrey Young adroitly navigates and explores the reality of employer healthcare plans and cost to employees.

Isn't it seriously pathetic we cannot have universal good news regarding employee healthcare care plans. The thought is personified and exponentially pathetic when so many large corporations shower their executives and top managers with compensation packages. 

As you read the piece, think about why so many corporate owners and uber wealthy, who derive earnings from corporations, are not supportive of universal single payer healthcare.

Huffington Post

Employee Health Insurance Costs Barely Increased This Year

Posted: Updated: 

For a change, the cost of the health insurance you get at work didn't go up much this year. 
The cost of job-based health benefits stayed nearly flat in 2014, according to survey results released Wednesday. This year's figures continue a trend of slow growth in premiums for health insurance provided by employers.
The average annual premium for a family plan rose 3 percent to $16,834, and the average price for a single worker increased 2 percent to $6,025, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the American Hospital Association's Health Research and Educational Trust found. Workers on family plans are paying an average 29 percent of that cost, while single employees are paying 18 percent of it. The groups polled more than 2,000 small and large employers for their report.
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Affordable Care Act Sign-ups And Paid

An Affordable Care Act update from Charles Gaba...and "The Graph." (ACASignups.Net)

The Graph, Updated: PAID QHPs should have broken 8 Million at last! (9.2M total)


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Affordable Care Act Twitter Tree and a Peep At Social Security and Medicare

June 2014 The Graph Updated
 Grab Bag.....Native Americans
 Grab Bag: Sign of the times: @MNsure having trouble finding uninsured people!

Maryland after a rough start!
California: What was that about still being unpopular?
 Arkansas: 2015 premium rates may DROP by 3.5%!
Cleaning Out the In Box: Arkansas' uninsured rate drops 45%
@SharylAttkisson posted an absurd graph. I've corrected it for her.
Least-Shocking News of the Day: Uninsured admissions down 50% in Medicaid expan states
A little 2013 icing on the ACA SignUps via AARP. Check out the fact sheet and recall, your GOP wants to take a knife to both employee contributory programs. Millionaires want to push and me over a cliff.

 Social Security

The Importance of Social Security and Medicare

Individual State Profiles


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Charles Gaba On Halbig And The U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals For The District of Columbia 2-1 Votes

Re-post from Charles Gaba's ACASignups Twitter link

"GOP Shoves Massive Tax Hike Down Middle-Class Voters Throats"