Health Care Blog
- Posted byon January 27, 2015 at 5:08 PM EST
2014 saw dramatic reductions in the amount of Americans without health insurance, corresponding with the estimated 10 million people who have already gained health insurance since the beginning of the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period. As more Americans gain coverage and we approach the February 15th HealthCare.gov enrollment deadline, one artist highlights what these diverse Americans have in common in a series of shareable graphics.
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- Posted byon January 26, 2015 at 10:49 AM EST
The summer after he graduated from college, Kalwis Lo learned he had stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system. His private health insurance plan denied him coverage for treatment, claiming the cancer diagnosis was a “pre-existing condition.” Every major private health plan turned him away. His family was forced to dip into their savings and ask friends and family for help to cover the cost of his testing and chemotherapy treatments. His family faced financial strain until Kalwis discovered that the Affordable Care Act created a temporary program for anyone denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. He enrolled in the program and that fall, Kalwis was able to get the treatment he needed and today is cancer-free.
Kalwis’s story is one of the reasons why President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. No one should be denied health insurance coverage when they need it most.
Unfortunately, many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) still lack health insurance coverage and don’t see a doctor on a regular basis. In fact, in 2010, nearly 24% of Asian Americans and over 37% of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders reported that they had not seen a doctor in the past year. Through the Affordable Care Act, nearly 2 million uninsured AAPIs gained access to health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, and it is likely that eight in 10 will qualify for financial assistance!
So today, I encourage all Americans -- including AAPIs across the country -- who have not enrolled for health insurance to learn more, get engaged, and enroll in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace by February 15.
- Posted byon January 26, 2015 at 9:22 AM EST
"I want to THANK YOU for legitimately improving the quality of life for me, and I'm sure thousands of others across America."
This past October, Loren C. wrote the President simply to thank him for making health care affordable.
Prior to the Affordable Care Act, Loren, a self-employed woman from Kihei, Hawaii, had a difficult time getting quality, affordable health coverage. Now, she has the highest level of coverage for less than $250 a month.
- Posted byon January 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM EST
"You have received unconscionable resistance to 'Obamacare,' but I want to thank you for, as my grandmother would say, 'fighting the good fight.'"
- Posted byon January 22, 2015 at 12:41 PM EST
Ed. note: This is cross-posted on BET.com. See the original post here.
When Astrid Muhammad heard her phone ring this past Friday, the last thing she expected was a call from the White House inviting her to attend this year’s State of the Union as a guest of the First Lady.
A wife and mother of two young children, Muhammad woke up on a spring morning in 2013 and knew something was wrong. A visit to the doctor in May revealed a mass growing on her brain. At the time she didn’t have health insurance and delayed treatment and surgery that, according to neurosurgeons, would mean the difference between life and death. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could have refused treatment for her pre-existing tumor, charge higher rates or denied her coverage altogether. But, after discovering the Health Insurance Marketplace, Muhammad was able to find quality affordable health insurance coverage. So this past summer, she had her tumor successfully removed and is now moving on with her life.
And she is not alone. She attended the President’s State of the Union address as a representative of all those who have received insurance and care which has changed or saved their lives, or given them the peace of mind they need to rest more easily, without the worry that an unexpected health challenge could threaten their lives or livelihoods.
During this African-American Community Week of Action, leaders, communities and families across the country are working together to ensure that all of their loved ones, neighbors and fellow Americans have the health insurance they need – and that those who are not covered visit HealthCare.gov to get covered right away.
- Posted byon January 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM EST
"Thank you for taking the heat, mostly from folks who don't have to pay for insurance. It literally means life or death to some of us."