Blocking Medicaid Is UnAmerican. Get The Facts Here For YOUR Medicaid Expansion Coverage.


By Jueseppi B.



We won! A federal judge just ruled that we can keep up our billboard criticizing tea party Governor Bobby Jindal for standing between 242,000 Louisianans and Medicaid.


Quick recap: Republican governors and legislators are blocking a shocking 5 million Americans from accessing health care by refusing to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid. When we put up billboards in nine states calling out Republicans for standing in the way of health care, the state of Louisiana sued us, demanding we take down one of the billboards. But today, the judge issued a preliminary decision that allows our billboard to stay up and paves the way for the whole lawsuit to end with a victory.


But here’s the funny part: When we first put up the billboard, we reserved the space for only a month—and had no idea we’d be facing a lawsuit. 


In her decision, the judge wrote: “In this Court’s view, the Lieutenant Governor underestimates the intelligence and reasonableness of people viewing the billboard.”


But this case was never about a billboard, it was about health care for millions of Americans. Thanks for helping to keep the issue front and center




While Marketplace Enrollment Ended, Medicaid Enrollment Continues



The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already provided coverage to millions of Americans. More than 7.1 million Americans signed up for coverage through the Marketplaces, 3 million additional young adults were covered under their parents’ insurance and millions more will have access through Medicaid. A new report shows that more people are gaining coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a result of the health law.


The analysis, produced by the Health and Human Services Department shows enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP in February was at least 3 million people higher than it was, on average, between July and September. That does not include March, which saw an enormous spike in Marketplace enrollment and traffic to


While this is great progress, states where governors or legislatures refuse to implement the Medicaid expansion provisions of the law will leave 5.7 million Americans uninsured. States that have expanded Medicaid, such as Kentucky and New York, have seen particularly dramatic declines in their uninsured populations. Just take Kentucky, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kentucky has seen a 40 percent drop in its rate of uninsured since October 1.



Medicaid Enrollment Continues Year Round

While open enrollment for the Marketplaces closed on March 31st, Medicaid coverage enrollment continues year round. That means we are going to continue, working with partners, to sign people up for Medicaid. We have made improvements to our systems and we are ramping up the tactics and tools that are working to reach uninsured Americans. We have learned that Medicaid expansion had a positive impact in getting people covered, as enrollment growth in states that expanded Medicaid was over 5 times higher than in other states (8.3 percent versus 1.6 percent).


One effective strategy for reaching people to get them signed up is through creative partnerships with hospitals and other service providers. For example, in many places hospitals make preliminary eligibility determinations and use a single, streamlined application for coverage. One other effective effort underway in five states uses supplemental nutritional assistance program (SNAP) income data information to identify individuals who are likely eligible for Medicaid and CHIP.


As of the end of February, almost half a million individuals have been determined eligible for Medicaid or CHIP as a result of this targeted effort, and more States are exploring similar strategies. Finally, all States are working to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act which will make it much simpler and easier for individuals to apply for Medicaid coverage than prior to the law’s passage.



More States are Expanding Medicaid

Twenty-six States and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover low-income adults, providing access to millions of Americans who previously had no source of affordable health insurance. Earlier this week, on April 1, Michigan began enrolling individuals, expanding Medicaid eligibility to 470,000 people. The week before that, New Hampshire signed the Medicaid expansion into law, providing 50,000 people access to Medicaid coverage starting this July.


The arc of progress takes time. Since Medicaid was created in 1965, Medicaid has served a critical role in providing health coverage to certain low-income Americans. The ACA has moved beyond helping women and children, people with disabilities, and seniors, to expanding eligibility to all low-income people so that hard-working Americans who don’t have access to health care from their jobs don’t have to live in fear of getting sick. In the days and weeks to come, we will make sure we explain to the public the consequences of refusing to expand Medicaid and we will translate our learnings from the best practices of Medicaid enrollment to our year round effort to help more Americans access health care everyday.




Is my state expanding Medicaid coverage?


Some states are expanding their Medicaid programs. Others haven’t. Your coverage options depend on your state, your income and household size, and other factors.


To find out if your state is expanding Medicaid, scroll to the bottom of this page and use the “Get state information” menu.


You can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year.There’s no limited enrollment period for either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). If you qualify, your coverage can begin immediately.



Options depend on your state, your income, and other factors

  • If you live in a state that’s expanding Medicaid, you’ll probably qualify if you make up to $16,105 a year for 1 person ($32,913 for a family of 4).
  • If you live in a state that hasn’t expanded Medicaid you may not qualify for either Medicaid or reduced costs on a private insurance plan. It will depend on where your income falls.
  • Even if your state hasn’t expanded Medicaid coverage, you should still apply. The Medicaid program provides health coverage to millions of lower-income individuals and families today. You may qualify under your state’s existing rules. Use the “Get state information” menu at the bottom of this page to get contact information for your state Medicaid office. The office can tell you if you qualify.
  • States are continuing to make coverage decisions. They could expand Medicaid in the future.



If your state is expanding Medicaid

The health care law provides states with additional federal funding to expand their Medicaid programs to cover adults under 65 who make up to 133% of the federal poverty level. (Because of the way this is calculated, it’s effectively 138% of the federal poverty level.) Children (18 and under) are eligible up to that income level or higher in all states.


If your state is expanding Medicaid, you’ll probably qualify if you make up to $16,105 a year for 1 person ($32,913 for a family of 4). See this chart for income limits for different family sizes.


If you make more than this amount, you may be able to buy a private insurance plan in the Health Insurance Marketplace. You may be eligible for tax credits that lower the cost of your monthly premiums and for lower out-of-pocket costs. This will depend on your family size and income.


When you fill out a Marketplace application, you’ll find out whether you’re eligible for Medicaid or a private insurance plan at the same time.



If your state hasn’t expanded Medicaid

Some states haven’t expanded their Medicaid programs. If you live in one of these states, you may not have as many options for health coverage. It will depend on where your income falls.


  • If your income is more than 100% of the federal poverty level — $11,490 a year as a single person or about $23,550 for a family of 4 — you will be able to buy a private health insurance plan in the Marketplace and mayget lower costs based on your household size and income.
  • If you make less than about $11,490 a year as a single person or about $23,550 for a family of 4, you may not qualify for lower costs for private insurance based on your income. You may be eligible for Medicaid, even without the expansion, based on your state’s existing rules. But if you aren’t, you won’t qualify for either of the affordability options under the health care law.



Why this coverage gap exists

When the health care law was passed, it required states to provide Medicaid coverage for adults between ages 18 and 65 with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level, regardless of their age, family status, or health.


It also provides tax credits for people with incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level to buy private insurance plans in the Marketplace.


Under the law, the federal government will pay states all of the costs for newly eligible people for the first three years. It will pay no less than 90% of the costs in the future.


The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that the Medicaid expansion is voluntary with states. As a result, some states have not expanded their Medicaid programs.


Many adults in those states with incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level fall into a gap. Their incomes are too high to get Medicaid under their state’s current rules. But their incomes are too low to qualify for help buying private coverage in the Marketplace.



Apply for Medicaid, even if your state hasn’t expanded coverage


Even if your state hasn’t expanded Medicaid, you should apply for coverage to see if you qualify. Each state has coverage options that could work for you – particularly if you have children, are pregnant, or have a disability.


You can apply today by contacting your state Medicaid office. Use the “Get State Information” menu at the bottom this page to get the contact information.


You can also apply by filling out an application in the Marketplace online or by contacting the call center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Remember, you can apply for Medicaid and CHIP at any time. There’s no limited enrollment period for either program.



Get State Information






Effective January 1, 2014, Medicaid will be expanded to include individuals between the ages of 19 up to 65 (parents, and adults without dependent children) with incomes up to 138% FPL based on modified adjusted gross income. To get a very broad overview of Medicaid Expansion 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, watch the video to the right.


How does the Affordable Care Act affect eligibility for Medicaid?

  • Creates a new Medicaid group – Newly Eligible Individuals age 19 up to 65 who:
    • Have income below 138% FPL
    • Meet citizenship requirements
    • Are not incarcerated
    • Are not entitled to Medicare


  • Changes to income and deductions for existing Medicaid groups:
    • Children
    • Pregnant Women
    • Families (Parents/Caretaker Relatives)



  • Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI)methodology used for income calculation is the IRS
    • Countable income
    • Income deductions



  • Additional methods for determining income and deductions
    • Household composition – mirrors federal income tax filing rules
    • No asset/resource limits
    • 12 month certification periods



  • Simplified application and renewal process for:



  • The following groups will not have any changes in eligibility for Medicaid:
    • Aged, Blind or Disabled individuals
    • Foster Care children
    • SSI cash recipients




Check out the Medicaid Expansion 2014 sidebar navigation located on the upper left to get to the additional project web content.




ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion


ObamaCare’s Medicaid Could Insure 21.3 Million Americans in the Next Decade. So Why Do Some States Want to Opt-Out Of Expanding Medicaid to the Working Poor?


ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion is one of the biggest milestones in health care reform. ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion expands Medicaid to our nations poorest in order cover nearly half of uninsured Americans. The law previously required states to cover their poorest or lose federal funding to Medicaid (federalfunding covers 90-100% of state costs) until the supreme court ruling onObamaCare. State’s can now opt-out of Medicaid Expansion leaving millions of poor working families without coverage.


States opting out of the expansion of Medicaid under ObamaCare is projected to drive up insurance costs drastically (check out the facts below), while saving the States relatively small amounts, if anything at all. Join the ObamaCare Facts Mailing List to keep up to date on the Medicaid Expansion vote in your state.


The bottom line on Medicaid Expansion: Does the cost of Medicaid to the State outweigh the cost of unpaid hospital bills shifted to those who pay for insurance and the fact that millions of poor working families will go without proper health care creating a less healthy society who will potentially need more expensive unreimbursed care later in life?



Keep reading to find out more about Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act including how to find out if you are eligible for Medicaid under the expansion and how to sign up for Medicaid through your state’s health insurance marketplace.


States can now opt-out of Medicaid for it’s poorest without losing any federal funding.




ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion Opt-Out


The supreme court decided that states have the right to opt-out of Medicaid for it’s poorest without losing any federal funding. This may seem fair or harmless, but the implications of this are dire. This will leave many of the nations poorest without health insurance come 2014. ObamaCare Medicaid reform was meant to cover 17 million of our poorest through Medicaid and millions of higher income individuals through Medicare and the Online Health Insurance Exchange Marketplace. Now millions of people may go without health insurance.


If You Don’t Want Your State To Reject Medicaid Expansion For Your State’s Poorest. Vote For ObamaCare Supporters on A State Level.




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“The New Yorker” April 14, 2014 Magazine Cover

“The New Yorker” April 14, 2014 Magazine Cover




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The Perfect Storm

Originally posted on idealisticrebel:


In the sixties, there was a perfect storm of hatred and violence and passionate pacifism. Folk singers like Peter, Paul and Mary, Pete Seger and Joan Baez sang the songs that started the fire that crossed America to get the Vietnam War ended. Hearts were set afire with music, poetry, sit-ins and marches. We watched the boys we knew going off to the war. There was a draft and I can remember sitting at the dinner table and listening for the numbers to be selected. You knew the numbers of your family and friends. The silence that would envelope a family when a son’s number was called was so opaque you could cut it with a knife. In addition to this being held like a human sacrifice by a Pagan world, some of these men fled and went to Canada. Very few returned, even when all was forgiven.

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Contemplations from the Heart: My New Book

Originally posted on Grace Ji-Sun Kim:

Kim_FINAL Just learned that my 5th book, Contemplations from the Heart: Spiritual Reflections on Family, Community and the Divine is now available for purchase on the Wipf and Stock website and will be available on Amazon in 6 weeks.  I am thankful to Dr. Don McKim for his generous Foreword to my book.

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Where In The World Is Barack™: Bladensburg High School, Maryland. Maria Contreras-Sweet Gets Sweared In.


By Jueseppi B.

US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall


Rethinking High School: President Obama Announces New Youth CareerConnect Grants



“How do we start making high school … more interesting, more exciting, more relevant to young people?”


That’s the idea behind the Youth CareerConnect grant program, which President Obama discussed this morning during his visit to Bladensburg High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In his remarks, the President announced that Bladensburg High was part of a three-school team in Prince George’s County that won a $7 million Youth CareerConnect grant.



The grant will give students at Bladensburg High access to individualized college and career counseling, as well as paid work experiences with employer partners such as Lockheed Martin. What’s more, students concentrating in health professions will be able to earn industry-recognized certifications in nursing and pharmacy, and biomedical students will be able to earn college credit from the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.



President Barack Obama meets with students working in a biomedical sciences classroom at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland, April 7, 2014.President Barack Obama meets with students working in a biomedical sciences classroom at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland, April 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


All told, the grant will help prepare 2,500 students at Bladensburg High and other Prince George’s County schools to succeed academically and graduate career-ready in the high-demand fields of information technology and health care.


Youth CareerConnect is a national competition, backed by the Departments of Education and Labor, to start redesigning America’s high schools for the 21st century economy. The program is offering $107 million in new grants — ranging from $2.2 million to $7 million — to local partnerships of local education agencies, workforce investment boards, institutions of higher education, and employer partners.


We challenged America’s high schools to … say what can you do to make sure your students learn the skills that businesses are looking for in high-demand fields. And we asked high schools to develop partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on real-life applications for the fields of the future — fields like science and technology and engineering and math.



President Barack Obama shakes hands with the students on stage following remarks and announcing the winners of the Youth CareerConnect Competition, at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland, April 7, 2014.President Barack Obama shakes hands with the students on stage following remarks and announcing the winners of the Youth CareerConnect Competition, at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland, April 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


As President Obama explained, these grants will help ensure that more of America’s youth receive a world-class education, which will prepare them “with the skills they need for college, for a career, and for a lifetime of citizenship.”


“From preschool for every 4-year-old in America, to higher education for everybody who wants to go, every young person deserves a fair shot,” said the President. “And I’m going to keep on doing everything I can to make sure you get that shot and to keep America a place where you can make it if you try.”


To learn more about the Youth CareerConnect program, click here.
















Remarks by the President on Opportunity for All — Bladensburg High School



President Obama Speaks on Education and High School Redesign


Published on Apr 7, 2014

At Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland, President Obama announce the winners of a competition he launched last fall to bring together educators and employers to redesign the high school experience to give students access to real-world career skills and college-level courses. April 7, 2014.



FACT SHEET: Youth CareerConnect



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President Obama looks over a student’s work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School, Md., April 7

President Obama looks over a student’s work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School, Md., April 7

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All smiles at Bladensburg High School

All smiles at Bladensburg High School





Remarks by the President, Vice President, and SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet at Swearing-In Ceremony


The President and Vice President Speak at the Swearing-In of Maria Contreras-Sweet







Published on Apr 7, 2014

President Obama says he nominated Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the Small Business Administration because “she knows first-hand the challenges that small businesses go through — and she has a proven track record of helping them succeed.”




















FACT SHEET: Strengthening Entrepreneurship At Home and Abroad







4/7/14: White House Press Briefing


Published on Apr 7, 2014

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.





“The New Yorker” April 14, 2014 Magazine Cover

“The New Yorker” April 14, 2014 Magazine Cover


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Skin-bleaching singer Dencia slams Lupita Nyong’o for signing deal with Lancome

Originally posted on theGrio:

Lupita Nyong’o may have many admirers — but one person in particular doesn’t seem to be a fan of the Oscar-winning actress or the pride the she has in her dark-skinned complexion.

In several social media rants, Nigerian-Cameroonian pop star Dencia — who is also the creator of a controversial skin-whitening cream called Whitenicious — has repeatedly criticized the 12 Years a Slave star after the actress name-checked her company during an acceptance speech.

Nyong’o described a letter she’d received from a young girl who had been contemplating using Whitenicious at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards in February. The actress said the girl cited her as an inspiration not to go through with lightening her skin.

“My heart bled a little when I read those words,” said Nyong’o in her widely praised remarks.

Nyong’o’s speech shed light on the inferiority she once felt as a child because of her dark-skin color. Now, the Hollywood It girl exudes…

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