Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than 8 million Americans have signed up for private health coverage.

Saving $2,300 a year on her premium alone. Deductible dropping from $7,500 to $3,000 a year. Signed up at

Lucy, Sealy, TX

Health Care Blog

  • Today: Learn About the Health Insurance Marketplace in Chinese (Mandarin)

    Our Chinese in-language Hangout will take place today, Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM (EST).  We hope you will join the conversation – in Chinese (Mandarin)! Our goal is to bring greater awareness of health care to the AAPI population, so that all people achieve their full potential for health. Join our Google hangout here.

    Maria Pastrana Lujan is an Outreach Advisor at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

    汉语Google Hangout将于2014年1月23日星期四,3:00-4:00 PM 美国东岸时间举行。我们希望您可以参与这次重要的交流!我们的目的是将健康保险知识带到亚裔美国人和太平洋岛民的团体,以至所有人民可以活得健康。(在此加入Googlehangout.)

    Maria Pastrana Lujan:白宫亚裔美国人和太平洋岛民事务处对外联络顾问。

    漢語Google Hangout將於2014年1月23日星期四,3:00-4:00 PM 美國東岸時間舉行。我們希望您可以參與這次重要的交流!我們的目的是將健康保險知識帶到亞裔美國人和太平洋島民的團體,以至所有人民可以活得健康。(在此加入Googlehangout.)

    Maria Pastrana Lujan: 白宫亞裔美國人和太平洋島民事務處对外聯繫顾问。

  • Survey: Electronic Health Records Incentive Program Is on Track

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted from The Health Care Blog. See the original post here.

    We continue to see progress in improving the nation’s health care system, and a key tool to helping achieve that goal is the increased use of electronic health records by the nation’s doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers. These electronic tools serve as the infrastructure to implementing reforms that improve care – many of which are part of the Affordable Care Act.

    Doctors and hospitals are using these tools to reduce mistakes and hospital readmissions, provide patients with more information that enable them to stay healthy, and allow for rewarding health care providers for delivering quality, not quantity, of care.

    The adoption of those tools is reflected today in a release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics which provides a view of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and indicates the program is healthy and growing steadily.

  • Insurance That's High Quality and Affordable? Now That's a Slam Dunk

    No one plans to get sick or hurt -- I certainly didn't -- but most people will need medical care at some point in their lives.

    As an athlete, I understood the value of my health insurance. I knew that in my profession, injuries were common and could happen at any time.

    It was important that I had the insurance needed to protect me in case I got hurt. It's been almost 20 years since my playing days and having health insurance is still important to me. All athletes know that a broken bone, or knee surgery can cost a lot, and medical bills can add up. But it doesn't just happen to professional athletes, it can happen to anybody. And, without health insurance, some medical treatments can cost thousands of dollars.

  • In the States: Affordable Care Act Enrollment “Soars,” “Spikes,” “Surges” and “Takes Off”

    For the first time today, as part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ regular reporting on enrollment in private health care plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, the department released demographic information on the enrollees, including breakdowns by age.

    It’s fascinating and important stuff.  But we were also struck by the way in which local press stepped back and saw the even bigger story – that day after day, month after month, more and more of our friends and neighbors in every part of the country are getting the security and peace of mind of affordable coverage.  Reading the headlines below, it was a bright, shining reminder of one of the big reasons the President fought so hard to pass the Affordable Care Act in the first place.

    • Associated Press: “Health care enrollment spikes in Utah in December” 
    • Detroit Free Press: “Health insurance enrollment takes off in Michigan, nation for coverage under ACA”
    • Detroit News: “Feds: Michigan experiences 11-fold increase in health care sign-ups”
    • MLive: “Obamacare signups in Michigan spike in December; see demographic breakdown”
    • Sun-Sentinel:  “Obamacare enrollment gains traction in Florida”
    • Stevens Point Journal: “Obamacare enrollment soars in Wisconsin”
    • Palm Beach Post: “Florida’s Obamacare enrollment surges, as does the nation's”

  • Weekly Wrap Up: “Every kid in this country can make it”

    Promise Zones: The President announced on Thursday the first five “Promise Zone” locations, an initiative to partners with local communities and businesses to create jobs, expand access to educational opportunities and spur economic mobility.

    President Obama was joined in the East Room by students from Harlem Children’s Zone, an educational undertaking that inspired the Promise Zones, where he spoke about the importance of making sure a child’s path isn’t determined by their zip code, but rather by their hard work and determination. In his speech, the President mentioned how he wasn’t so different from one of the students who has benefitted from the Harlem Children’s Zone.

    “If you want to know why I care about this stuff so much, it's because I'm not that different from Roger,” President Obama said.

    There was a period of time in my life where I was goofing off. I was raised by a single mom. I didn’t know my dad. The only difference between me and Roger was my environment was more forgiving than his. That’s the only difference. If I screwed up, the consequences weren't quite as great. So if Roger can make it, and if I can make it, if Kiara can make it, every kid in this country can make it. 

    The Promise Zones, located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, are the first of 20 being launched over the next three years. You can read his full remarks here.

    Extending Emergency Unemployment Insurance: On Tuesday, President Obama called on Congress to extend emergency unemployment insurance. Two weeks ago, Congress failed to renew the vital lifeline that temporarily extends insurance for 1.3 million Americans who are currently looking for work. “Now, I've heard the argument that says extending unemployment insurance will somehow hurt the unemployed because it zaps their motivation to get a new job,” the President said.

  • You Can Say This Better Than We Ever Could

    The very best people to describe what having new health insurance means -- what it feels like -- isn't me, or any White House policy staffer. It's not even the President.

    It's people like you -- or your neighbor, coworker, sister, or partner.

    It's anyone who woke up on the morning of January 1st with the peace of mind, security, and quiet dignity that comes with taking your health care into your own hands.

    We've been hearing from a lot of you. Your stories are powerful, and they keep coming in.

    Read what 10 different Americans had to say about what being covered now means to them. Then, join them and share a story of your own.

    JoAnn S., Florida

    "I haven't had insurance in years and my husband had a shared insurance junk-type policy. The day I signed up on Dec 10, I actually cried when the application went through. I got my first premium notice in the mail yesterday and was never so happy to see a bill before."

    Gayla W., New Hampshire

    "I lost my job last April. My partner and I both have pre-existing conditions so our only option was to COBRA my employer-provided plan -- at a cost of $1,676 a month. It was a good plan, but now we have a comparable plan through the ACA for $87 a month. I can't describe just how life changing this is for us. We can afford to live again."