Starting in 2014, the health reform law expands coverage to ensure that all Americans have access to insurance through private or public options with help affording coverage for middle and low income families. But each state must act to ensure that these changes are put into place and some families aren’t left out.
Consumers Union Documents
- Health Reform: 7 Things You Need to Know to be Ready
Consumer Reports has developed this brief guide to help you understand how the changes brought about by health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, will affect you and your family as it is fully implemented in January 2014.
- Been hearing a lot about Medicaid and health reform? Here’s why you should care
Content excerpted from Health Reform: Seven Things You Need to Know Now, Consumer Reports. Medicaid is a joint federal- and state-funded program. Currently it provides health care for 60 million low-income Americans, mostly children, pregnant women, individuals with disabilities, and elderly people who need help at home or live in nursing homes. While state eligibility Continue Reading
- Consumer Reports poll finds over one third of consumers more confused on health law since start of open enrollment
Consumer Reports HealthLawHelper.org cuts through opinions to provide consumers with the unbiased facts
- CU statement on White House healthcare cancellation “fix”
The Administration today announced that it was modifying federal rules so that health insurance companies will be able to renew existing plans that don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act through 2014.
- Uninsured Floridians Grow Efforts to Expand Health Coverage
Consumers Union and Florida CHAIN Put a face on Florida health coverage expansion
- Getting Signed Up: Shay from Virginia
Thousands of Americans are registering for quality, affordable health insurance through the online marketplace. Consumers have until December 23 to enroll in a health plan through their state or federal marketplace to receive health insurance that will begin on January 1, 2014. Open enrollment will continue through the end of March for those who would like their health Continue Reading
- Getting signed up: Barbara from Georgia
By now, the early glitches on HealthCare.gov are well known. The website has been worked on extensively since it was rolled out in October, and is now running pretty well. In the first two days of this month, 29,000 Americans were able to enroll in a health plan of their choice. On the third of December, Consumers Union story sharer Continue Reading
- Consumers should consider options after President’s announcement
Earlier today, President Obama announced that Americans will be able to keep insurance plans—that do not comply with the minimum coverage required by the Affordable Care Act—for another year. This means that consumers who have received cancellation notices from Insurers may be able to keep their insurance plans. In addition, insurers will have to Continue Reading
- Health insurance companies aren’t telling you the whole story
News of “cancellation” notices coming from insurance companies has many consumers worried about their health insurance options, especially because many of the notices offer alternative plans that are very expensive. We encourage you to look at the facts before you worry or make any decisions. First, let’s ask exactly what is happening? Insurance companies are notifying people with individual health Continue Reading
- HealthCare.gov isn’t the only way to buy health insurance through the marketplace
By now, the problems with the rollout of HealthCare.gov are old news. But while the feds continue to improve the online marketplace, many consumers are turning to other avenues to purchase their new health insurance. On October 22, Nancy Beigel of Beltsville, Maryland worked with a local navigator to learn about her options and get signed up for health Continue Reading
- Shutdown: A lot of sound and fury at a high cost
The government shutdown and debt ceiling fight was a lot of sound and fury, but ultimately resulted in little change at a high cost. Opponents of the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare” as it’s come to be known) had hoped to use legislation that funds the federal government as leverage to change the health law, Continue Reading
- Consumer Reports Health Law Helper
- Add this to your Fall shopping list: New Health Insurance Options!
California was the first state to pass a law creating its own health insurance “marketplace” after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The new marketplace, named “Covered California,” will open its virtual doors for business October 1 — great news for the millions of Californians without affordable health insurance. You Continue Reading
- Less than 100 days away, beneficiaries start to take notice
Less than 100 days remain before the new Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) state Marketplaces open their doors for people to apply for health insurance coverage. The nation remains split on opinions about the ACA, with many even unaware that the ACA is the law of the land. Americans don’t understand the benefits of the ACA, Continue Reading
- Saying “no” to Medicaid expansion hurts safety-net hospitals
On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) — with a key stipulation: The Federal government could not require states to expand Medicaid eligibility, nor penalize them for failing to do so. A year later, only half of the states have decided to expand Medicaid coverage under Continue Reading
- Governors Fall Away in G.O.P. Opposition to More Medicaid Source: NY Times (Thursday February 21, 2013)
Consumers Union story sharer Jean Vincent is featured in a NY Times article about expanding Medicaid in Florida and other states to cover low-income working adults.
- Protesters in Texas demand Medicaid expansion Source: Associated Press (Tuesday March 5, 2013)
DeAnn Friedholm, Director of Health Reform for Consumers Union, spoke to a rally at the Texas Capitol to push for expanding Medicaid to all low-income adults.