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Retired? You have health insurance options

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If you recently retired and aren’t eligible for Medicare yet, you may be able to get health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. While retiring from a job alone doesn’t qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period, losing health insurance does. If you lost health insurance when you retired, you have 60 days to enroll…

President Obama Writes on Health Care Progress in the Journal of the American Medical Association

Chart: Under the Affordable Care Act, We’ve Cut The Uninsured Rate to Historic Lows. Percent of population without health insurance in 1965 when Medicare and Medicaid were create was 22%. It drop to a rate of 12% in about 1974 and climbed back up until 1995. Then it leveled off until the ACA 1st Open Enrollment and in 2015 it is 9.1%.

Summary: Yesterday, President Obama authored a paper in the nation’s leading medical journal on how the Affordable Care Act has substantially improved our health care system.  President Obama laid out the progress we’ve made on health care in the latest edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. In his paper, “United States Health…

Come Chat about HIV/AIDS and Affordable Care Act!

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NMAC, together with Altarum, has united with several community colleagues and AIDS.gov to highlight the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on people living with HIV/AIDS. We are well into the 6th year of the ACA, and the Act has opened up many opportunities for healthcare coverage for people with pre-existing conditions like HIV/AIDS….

Health Care Coverage Options for Same Sex Couples

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An insurance company that offers health coverage to opposite-sex spouses must do the same for same-sex spouses. Protections against discrimination As long as a couple is married in a jurisdiction with legal authority to authorize the marriage, an insurance company can’t discriminate against them when offering coverage. This means that it must offer to same-sex…

CMS Announces New Plan to Strengthen the Marketplace by Covering Young Adults

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As part of its continued commitment to the long-term strength of the Marketplace, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a series of actions to step up Marketplace outreach, especially to young adults, for the 2017 Open Enrollment period [November 1, 2016–January 31, 2017]. According to CMS, highlights include: New outreach to…

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act leads to better care and improves financial well-being for new enrollees

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Over 90 percent of new Medicaid enrollees are satisfied with their plans and doctor According to a new report summarizing research to date, 78 percent of new Medicaid enrollees indicated that absent Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they wouldn’t otherwise have the resources necessary to access regular care. Additionally, the overwhelming majority…

Attention: Report household and income changes to the Marketplace

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If you have a Marketplace health plan and your income or household has recently changed, you should report the major life change as soon as possible. Major life changes — like higher or lower income, adding or losing household members, or getting other health coverage — may affect the health insurance or savings you’re eligible…

Learn How to Increase Health Care Marketplace Outreach Using Social Media

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Across the country, community-based organizations—including many HIV/AIDS service organizations—continue to work to enroll individuals in the quality, affordable health care coverage made available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and to help newly-enrolled individuals understand how to use their new coverage. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is sponsoring the following webinar to…