Health Care Blog
- Posted byon October 30, 2013 at 5:39 PM EST
Ed. Note: Earlier today, Deputy Senior Advisor David Simas sent a message to the White House email list. Didn't get it? Sign up for updates here.
Earlier today, President Obama spoke at Faneuil Hall in Boston. While Boston is home to Big Papi and my beloved Red Sox, it's also home to the birthplace of health reform in America.
The state's progressive vision of universal coverage and the conservative idea of market competition are what formed the blueprint for Obamacare: that everyone should have access to quality, affordable health care, and no one should ever go broke just because they get sick.
And we're seeing the benefits of reform extended nationally: According to a new report this week, nearly half of single, uninsured Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 can get coverage for $50 or less, often lower than the cost of their cable bill. That comes on top of the new benefits -- including free preventive services like mammograms, and a prohibition against denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Now HealthCare.gov has experienced its share of bumps in the road, to all of our frustration, but every day people are signing up and getting insurance. President Obama has said many times that he's open to making the health care law work better. If folks could leave the politics aside for a bit -- if Republicans spent as much energy trying to make the law work as they do attacking it -- we could be much further than we are today.
Last week we sat down and spoke with folks who have applied through the Marketplace, and their stories remind me why we fought so hard to pass this law in the first place.
If you want an example of the difference this law will make in someone's life, you don't have to look any further than Janice -- a new registrant from Selbyville, Delaware. She was the first woman to enroll in the Delaware exchange, and she says her new policy will save her $150 a month for more coverage benefits than ever before.
- Posted byon October 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM EST
Update: Also read President Obama's remarks on this issue below.
There has been a lot of media attention, and some misleading attacks from critics, about some recent notices from insurance companies about changes in some people’s insurance plans.
Press Secretary Jay Carney took this question head-on yesterday. He made some key points:
- More than three out of every four Americans gets insurance from their employer, Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration. These notices have been sent only to some of the 5% of Americans who get insurance on the individual insurance market.
- Americans who are currently on the individual market stand to benefit the most from the Affordable Care Act. Even those receiving notices of “cancellation” will be able to enroll in a new plan that does not discriminate based on pre-existing conditions, does not deny them key benefits like maternity, mental health, or prescription drug coverage, and cannot drop you when you’re sick.
- Americans in the individual market who have a plan that hasn’t been changed by their insurance company (an all-too-familiar occurrence for many) can keep their plan if they choose, even though a plan with better benefits is likely available.
- Posted byon October 29, 2013 at 1:40 PM EST
As David Simas, Assistant to the President, explains below, the Affordable Care Act has a lot to offer for young people. As a Health & Human Services report out last night shows, half of single young adults eligible for the Health Insurance Marketplace could get coverage for $50 a month or less.
Leading advocacy groups for young Americans have been the biggest supporters of the Affordable Care Act, and have reacted enthusiastically to this new report. Anne Johnson of Generation Progress said, “Not only do Millennials have access to quality health care and added protections under the Affordable Care Act, but evidence increasingly shows that coverage will be more affordable." Matt Segal at Our Time noted that the insurance plans are high quality, saying "This is indisputably a good deal."
And follow @whitehouse today on Twitter, where we’ll be tweeting out local stories from across the country, where young people are signing up and looking at their options. Spoiler alert: you'll hear phrases like "peace of mind," "less than a cell phone bill," and "I'm thrilled."
- Posted byon October 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM EST
Join a Google+ Hangout on November 6 to Discuss the Health Insurance Marketplace in Vietnamese
Maria Pastrana Lujan is an Advisor on Community Engagement at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders invites you to join our Google Hangout and chat about the Health Insurance Marketplace in Vietnamese on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm ET. You can submit your questions during the event via the Google+ ‘Ask a Question’ feature, via Twitter at @WhiteHouseAAPI, or before the event via email. More information on the in-language Hangouts can be found at WHIAAPI’s website, and more information about the Affordable Care Act can be found at HealthCare.gov.
Gia Nhập Google Hangout vào Thứ Tư, Ngày 6 Tháng Mười Một để đối thoại về Thị Trường Bảo Hiểm Sức Khỏe bằng tiếng Việt
Maria Pastrana Lujan là Cố Vấn Giao Liên về Sáng Kiến của Tòa Bạch Ốc về Người Á Châu và Đảo Thái Bình Dương.
Sáng Kiến của Tòa Bạch Ốc về Người Mỹ Gốc Á Châu và các Quần Đảo Thái Bình Dương (AAPIs) kính mời quý vị cùng tham gia vào Google Hangout và đối thoại về Thị Trường Sức Khỏe của chúng tôi bằng Tiếng Việt vào Thứ Tư, Ngày 6 Tháng Mười Một, Năm 2013, lúc 3:00 chiều (giờ Miền Đông- ET). Quý vị cũng có thể nêu ra các câu hỏi của mình trong dịp này qua mục ‘Ask a Question’ (Đặt một Câu Hỏi), của Google+ hoặc hỏi trước qua email, hoặc Twitter tại @WhiteHouseAAPI. Để biết thêm thông tin về các Hangout bằng ngôn ngữ bản xứ, quý vị có thể vào trang mạng của WHIAAPI, và tìm hiểu thêm về Đạo Luật Chăm Sóc Sức Khỏe Với Lệ Phí Thấp tại HealthCare.gov.
- Posted byon October 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM EST
One of the basic necessities for the best quality of life is good health. In today’s world with so many advancements in medicine and technology, no one should be denied affordable health care. With this in mind, the Affordable Care Act will ensure that many families will have excellent health coverage without going bankrupt, in fact, most Americans will be able to get coverage for less than $100 a month. Additionally, it will help ensure that many Latina women like me will have their preventative care covered completely.
In my early twenties, I could not afford to see a doctor regularly for women’s health care. Instead, I relied on Planned Parenthood for my basic exams. Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood could not cover all my health care needs, in particular provide me treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. As a result, I suffered through various symptoms that could have been easily treated with proper care but the cost was out of my budget. Personally, the services at Planned Parenthood were extremely beneficial but not enough. As a young Latina, with a low income I didn’t have very many options for quality health insurance. But now, the Affordable Care Act ensures that young adults are covered under a parent’s insurance plan until the age of 26 or they can purchase their own in the new Health Insurance Marketplace. These provisions are going to help many young women who suffer from the same disorder get the care that I didn’t have access to.
Finally, the need for good health care did not end with my struggles. In the fall of 2007 my future husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This was a concern at the time since he did not have health insurance and with the medical care he would need, we were worried that our savings would be depleted. The pre–existing condition limitations for coverage put us both in a complete panic. Luckily, at the time, he qualified for assistance on his medications which are extremely expensive. And now, the new health care law will make sure that many Americans who have a pre-existing condition are never denied care or treatment so people like my husband can afford the care that they need.
Now my husband and I are insured through his employer and enjoying all the protections of the Affordable Care Act. Fortunately, we will not have to worry about any policies that will prevent us from getting the care we need when we need it.
Edna Christine Baillif is studying Spanish and Communications/Media Studies student at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.
- Posted byon October 26, 2013 at 5:00 AM EST
In this week’s address, President Obama discusses the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace for the Affordable Care Act, which gives millions of Americans the opportunity to have access to affordable and reliable healthcare—many for the first time.