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Barack Hussein Obama: The Beginning.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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We all know the current story of POTUSA Barack Hussein Obama, He stands for Women, the LGBTQA1 community, the Poor, Veterans, Students, Youth, the Disadvantaged, and the Uninsured. Barack is a President Of The United States Of ALL Americans. Whether you like and voted for him or not.

 

Here is how he began.

 

 

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Barack Hussein Obama II ( born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States, and the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, running unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 2000.

 

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In 2004, Obama received national attention during his campaign to represent Illinois in the United States Senate with his victory in the March Democratic Party primary, his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July, and his election to the Senate in November. He began his presidential campaign in 2007, and in 2008, after a close primary campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he won sufficient delegates in the Democratic Party primaries to receive the presidential nomination. He then defeated Republican nominee John McCain in the general election, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. Nine months after his election, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

 

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During his first two years in office, Obama signed into law economic stimulus legislation in response to the Great Recession in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. Other major domestic initiatives in his first term include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare”; the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010. In foreign policy, Obama ended U.S. military involvement in the Iraq War, increased U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia, ordered U.S. military involvement in Libya, and ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

 

In November 2010, the Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives as the Democratic Party lost a total of 63 seats, and after a lengthy debate over federal spending and whether or not to raise the nation’s debt limit, Obama signed the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

 

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Obama was re-elected president in November 2012, defeating Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and was sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2013. During his second term, Obama has promoted domestic policies related to gun control in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, has called for full equality for LGBT Americans, and his administration filed briefs which urged the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 and California’s Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. In foreign policy, Obama has continued the process of ending U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan.

 

 

C-SPAN: Barack Obama Speech at 2004 DNC Convention

 

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PBS Version of 2004 Obama Speech at DNC Convention

 

 

 

 

 

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Barack Obama’s Speech – 2008 Democratic National Convention

 

 

 

Barack Hussein Obama was born on August 4, 1961, at Kapiʻolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital (now Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children) in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is the first President to have been born in Hawaii. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was born in Wichita, Kansas, and was of mostly English ancestry. His father, Barack Obama, Sr., was a Luo from Nyang’oma Kogelo, Kenya. Obama’s parents met in 1960 in a Russian class at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where his father was a foreign student on scholarship.

 

In 1963, Dunham met Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian East–West Center graduate student in geography at the University of Hawaii, and the couple were married on Molokai on March 15, 1965. After two one-year extensions of his J-1 visa, Lolo returned to Indonesia in 1966, followed sixteen months later by his wife and stepson in 1967, with the family initially living in a Menteng Dalam neighborhood in the Tebet sub-district of south Jakarta, then from 1970 in a wealthier neighborhood in the Menteng sub-district of central Jakarta. From ages six to ten, Obama attended local Indonesian-language schools: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School for two years and Besuki Public School for one and a half years, supplemented by English-language Calvert School homeschooling by his mother.

 

 

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In 1971, Obama returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Dunham, and with the aid of a scholarship attended Punahou School, a private college preparatory school, from fifth grade until his graduation from high school in 1979. Obama lived with his mother and sister in Hawaii for three years from 1972 to 1975 while his mother was a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Hawaii. Obama chose to stay in Hawaii with his grandparents for high school at Punahou when his mother and sister returned to Indonesia in 1975 to begin anthropology field work. His mother spent most of the next two decades in Indonesia, divorcing Lolo in 1980 and earning a PhD in 1992, before dying in 1995 in Hawaii following treatment for ovarian cancer and uterine cancer.

 

Of his early childhood, Obama recalled, “That my father looked nothing like the people around me—that he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk—barely registered in my mind.” He described his struggles as a young adult to reconcile social perceptions of his multiracial heritage. Reflecting later on his years in Honolulu, Obama wrote: “The opportunity that Hawaii offered—to experience a variety of cultures in a climate of mutual respect—became an integral part of my world view, and a basis for the values that I hold most dear.” Obama has also written and talked about using alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine during his teenage years to “push questions of who I was out of my mind”. Obama was also a member of the “choom gang”, a self-named group of friends that spent time together and occasionally smoked marijuana.

 

 

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Childhood Years

 

Right-to-left: Barack Obama and Maya Soetoro with their mother Ann and maternal grandfather Stanley Dunham in Hawaii (early 1970s)

Right-to-left: Barack Obama and Maya Soetoro with their mother Ann and maternal grandfather Stanley Dunham in Hawaii (early 1970s)

 

 

Parents’ background and meeting

President Barack Obama’s parents met in September 1960 while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Obama’s father, Barack Obama, Sr., the university’s first foreign student from an African nation, hailed from Kanyadhiang, Rachuonyo District, Nyanza Province in Kenya. Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, known as Ann, was born in Wichita. They married on the Hawaiian island of Maui on February 2, 1961. Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu on August 4, 1961 at the old Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital at 1611 Bingham Street (a predecessor of the Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children at 1319 Punahou Street) and named for his father. His birth was announced in The Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

 

Soon after their son’s birth, while Obama’s father continued his education at the University of Hawaii, Ann Dunham took the infant to Seattle, Washington, where she took classes at the University of Washington from September 1961 to June 1962. She and her son lived in an apartment in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. After graduating from the University of Hawaii with a B.A. in economics, Obama, Sr. left the state in June 1962, moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts for graduate study in economics at Harvard University that fall.

 

Ann Dunham returned with her son to Honolulu and, in January 1963, resumed her undergraduate education at the University of Hawaii. In January 1964, Dunham filed for divorce, which was not contested. Barack Obama, Sr. later graduated from Harvard University with an A.M. in economics and in 1965 returned to Kenya.

 

During her first year back at the University of Hawaii, Dunham met Lolo Soetoro. He was one year into his American experience, after two semesters on the Manoa campus and a summer on the mainland at Northwestern and the University of Wisconsin, when he encountered Dunham, then an undergraduate interested in anthropology. A surveyor from Indonesia, he had come to Honolulu in September 1962 on an East-West Center grant to study at the University of Hawaii. He earned a M.A. in geography in June 1964.

 

Dunham and Soetoro married on March 15, 1965, on Molokai. They returned to Honolulu to live with her son as a family. After two one-year extensions of his J-1 visa, Soetoro returned to Indonesia on June 20, 1966. Dunham and her son moved in with her parents at their house. She continued with her studies, earning a B.A. in anthropology in August 1967, while her son attended kindergarten in 1966–1967 at Noelani Elementary School.

 

 

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In October 1967, Obama and his mother moved to Jakarta to rejoin his stepfather. The family initially lived in a newly built neighborhood in the Menteng Dalam administrative village of the Tebet subdistrict in South Jakarta for two and a half years, while Soetoro worked on a topographic survey for the Indonesian government. From January 1968 to December 1969, Obama’s mother taught English and was an assistant director of the U.S. government-subsidized Indonesia-America Friendship Institute, while Obama attended the Indonesian-language Santo Fransiskus Asisi (St. Francis of Assisi) Catholic School around the corner from their house for 1st, 2nd, and part of 3rd grade.

 

In 1970, Soetoro took a new job at higher pay in Union Oil Company‘s government relations office. From January 1970 to August 1972, Obama’s mother taught English and was a department head and a director of the Institute of Management Education and Development. Obama attended the Indonesian-language government-run Besuki School, one and half miles east in the exclusive Menteng administrative village, for part of 3rd grade and for 4th grade. By this time, he had picked up on some Indonesian in addition to his native English. He also joined the Cub Scouts.

 

In the summer of 1970, Obama returned to Hawaii for an extended visit with his maternal grandparents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham. His mother had also arranged an interview for possible admission to the Punahou School in Honolulu, one of the top private schools in the city. On August 15, 1970, Dunham and Soetoro celebrated the birth of their daughter, Maya Kassandra Soetoro.

 

 

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Adult life

 

College years

Following high school, Obama moved to Los Angeles in 1979, where he studied at Occidental College for two years. On February 18, 1981, he made his first public speech, calling for Occidental’s divestment from South Africa. In the summer of 1981, Obama traveled to Jakarta to visit his mother and half-sister Maya, and visited the families of Occidental College friends in Hyderabad (India) and Karachi for three weeks.

 

He then transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in political science with a specialization in international relations. Obama lived off campus in a modest rented apartment at 142 West 109th St. He graduated with a A.B. from Columbia in 1983, then worked at Business International Corporation and New York Public Interest Research Group.

 

 

Early career in Chicago

After four years living in New York City, Obama moved to Chicago to work as a community organizer. He worked for three years from June 1985 to May 1988 as director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP), a church-based community organization originally comprising eight Catholic parishes in Greater Roseland (RoselandWest Pullman, and Riverdale) on Chicago’s far South Side. During his three years as the DCP’s director, its staff grew from 1 to 13 and its annual budget grew from $70,000 to $400,000, with accomplishments including helping set up a job training program, a college preparatory tutoring program, and a tenants’ rights organization in Altgeld Gardens. Obama also worked as a consultant and instructor for the Gamaliel Foundation, a community organizing institute. In the summer of 1988, he traveled for the first time to Europe for three weeks then to Kenya for five weeks where he met many of his paternal relatives for the first time.

 

 

Harvard Law School

Obama entered Harvard Law School in late 1988. In an interview with Ebony in 1990, he stated that he saw a degree in law as a vehicle to facilitate better community organization and activism: “The idea was not only to get people to learn how to hope and dream about different possibilities, but to know how the tax structure affects what kind of housing gets built where.” At the end of his first year he was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review based on his grades and a writing competition. In February 1990, his second year at Harvard, he was elected president of the law review, a full-time volunteer position functioning as editor-in-chief and supervising the law review’s staff of 80 editors. Obama’s election as the first black president of the law review was widely reported and followed by several long, detailed profiles.

 

He got himself elected by convincing a crucial swing bloc of conservatives that he would protect their interests if they supported him. Building up that trust was done with the same kind of long listening sessions he had used in the poor neighborhoods of South Side, Chicago. Richard Epstein, who later taught at the University of Chicago Law School when Obama later taught there, said Obama was elected editor “because people on the other side believed he would give them a fair shake.”

 

While in law school he worked as an associate at the law firms of Sidley & Austin in 1989, where he met his wife, Michelle, and where Newton N. Minow was a managing partner. Minow later would introduce Obama to some of Chicago’s top business leaders. In the summer of 1990 he worked at Hopkins & Sutter. Also during his law school years, Obama spent eight days in Los Angeles taking a national training course on Alinsky methods of organizing. He graduated with a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991 and returned to Chicago.

 

 

Settling down in Chicago

The publicity from his election as the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review led to a contract and advance to write a book about race relations. In an effort to recruit him to their faculty, the University of Chicago Law School provided Obama with a fellowship and an office to work on his book. He originally planned to finish the book in one year, but it took much longer as the book evolved into a personal memoir. In order to work without interruptions, Obama and his wife, Michelle, traveled to Bali where he wrote for several months. The manuscript was finally published as Dreams from My Father in mid-1995.

 

He married Michelle LaVaughn Robinson in 1992 and settled down with her in Hyde Park, a liberal, integrated, middle-class Chicago neighborhood with a history of electing reform-minded politicians independent of the Daley political machine. The couple’s first daughter, Malia Ann, was born in 1998; their second, Natasha (known as Sasha), in 2001.

 

One effect of the marriage was to bring Obama closer to other politically influential Chicagoans. One of Michelle’s best friends was Jesse Jackson‘s daughter, Santita Jackson, later the godmother of the Obamas’ first child. Michelle herself had worked as an aide to Mayor Richard M. Daley. Marty Nesbitt, a young, successful black businessman (who played basketball with Michelle’s brother, Craig Robinson), became Obama’s best friend and introduced him to other African-American business people. Before the marriage, according to Craig, Obama talked about his political ambitions, even saying that he might run for president someday.

 

 

Project Vote

Obama directed Illinois Project Vote from April to October 1992, a voter registration drive, officially nonpartisan, that helped Carol Moseley Braun become the first black woman ever elected to the Senate. He headed up a staff of 10 and 700 volunteers that achieved its goal of 400,000 registered African Americans in the state, leading Crain’s Chicago Business to name Obama to its 1993 list of “40 under Forty” powers to be. Although fundraising was not required for the position when Obama was recruited for the job, he started an active campaign to raise money for the project. According to Sandy Newman, who founded Project Vote, Obama “raised more money than any of our state directors had ever done. He did a great job of enlisting a broad spectrum of organizations and people, including many who did not get along well with one another.”

 

The fundraising brought Obama into contact with the wealthy, liberal elite of Chicago, some of whom became supporters in his future political career. Through one of them he met David Axelrod, who later headed Obama’s campaign for president. The fundraising committee was chaired by John Schmidt, a former chief of staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley, and John W. Rogers Jr., a young black money manager and founder of Ariel Capital Management. Obama also met much of the city’s black political leadership, although he didn’t always get along with the older politicians, with friction sometimes developing over Obama’s reluctance to spend money and his insistence on results. “He really did it, and he let other people take all the credit”, Schmidt later said. “The people standing up at the press conferences were Jesse Jackson and Bobby Rush and I don’t know who else. Barack was off to the side and only the people who were close to it knew he had done all the work.”

 

 

1992–1996

Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years, as a Lecturer for four years (1992–1996), and as a Senior Lecturer for eight years (1996–2004). During this time he taught courses in due process and equal protection, voting rights, and racism and law. He published no legal scholarship, and turned down tenured positions, but served eight years in the Illinois Senate during his twelve years at the university.

 

In 1993 Obama joined Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a 12-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development, where he was an associate for three years from 1993 to 1996, then of counsel from 1996 to 2004, with his law license becoming inactive in 2007. The firm was well-known among influential Chicago liberals and leaders of the black community, and the firm’s Judson H. Miner, who met with Obama to recruit him before Obama’s 1991 graduation from law school, had been counsel to former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, although the law firm often clashed with the administration of Mayor Richard M. Daley. The 29-year-old law student made it clear in his initial interview with Miner that he was more interested in joining the firm to learn about Chicago politics than to practice law. During the four years Obama worked as a full-time lawyer at the firm, he was involved in 30 cases and accrued 3,723 billable hours.

 

Obama was a founding member of the board of directors of Public Allies in 1992, resigning before his wife, Michelle, became the founding executive director of Public Allies Chicago in early 1993. He served on the board of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, which in 1985 had been the first foundation to fund Obama’s DCP, from 1993–2002, and served on the board of directors of The Joyce Foundation from 1994–2002. Membership on the Joyce and Wood foundation boards, which gave out tens of millions of dollars to various local organizations while Obama was a member, helped Obama get to know and be known by influential liberal groups and cultivate a network of community activists that later supported his political career.

 

Obama served on the board of directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995–2002, as founding president and chairman of the board of directors from 1995–1999. He also served on the board of directors of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and the Lugenia Burns Hope Center. In 1995, Obama also announced his candidacy for a seat in the Illinois state Senate and attended Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man March in Washington, DC.

 

 

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Family and personal life

In June 1989, Obama met Michelle Robinson when he was employed as a summer associate at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin. Assigned for three months as Obama’s adviser at the firm, Robinson joined him at several group social functions, but declined his initial requests to date. They began dating later that summer, became engaged in 1991, and were married on October 3, 1992.

 

The couple’s first daughter, Malia Ann, was born on July 4, 1998, followed by a second daughter, Natasha (“Sasha”), on June 10, 2001. The Obama daughters attended the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. When they moved to Washington, D.C., in January 2009, the girls started at the private Sidwell Friends School. The Obamas have a Portuguese Water Dog named Bo, a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy.

 

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Next Battle: The “NO”vember 4th, 2014 Mid-Term Elections.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The 2014 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested in this election along with 38 state and territorial governorships, 46 state legislatures (except LouisianaMississippiNew Jersey and Virginia), four territorial legislatures and numerous state and local races.

 

 

2014 United States elections
Midterm elections
Election day November 4
Senate elections
Seats contested 33 seats of Class II
and various mid-term vacancies

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English: 2014 Map (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Map of the 2014 Senate races
Light red: Retiring Republican
Dark red: Incumbent Republican
Light blue: Retiring Democrat
Dark blue: Incumbent Democrat
Gray: no election
House elections
Seats contested All 435 seats to the 114th Congress
Gubernatorial elections
Seats contested 38

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English: Color coded map for the 2014 U.S. gubernatorial races (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Map of the 2014 gubernatorial races
Light red: Term-limited or Retiring Republican
Dark red: Incumbent Republican
Light blue: Term-limited or Retiring Democrat
Dark blue: Incumbent Democrat
Green: Incumbent Independent
Gray: no election

 

 

Congressional elections

 

Senate elections…. All seats in Senate Class II will be up for election. Additionally, special elections will be held to fill vacancies in the other two Senate Classes.

 

Senate Class II 

Class 2 consists of:

 

States with a Class 2 senator: AlabamaAlaskaArkansasColoradoDelawareGeorgiaIdahoIllinoisIowaKansasKentuckyLouisiana,MaineMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMontanaNebraskaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNorth Carolina,OklahomaOregonRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasVirginiaWest Virginia, and Wyoming.

 

 

House of Representatives elections

 

All 435 voting seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for election. Additionally, elections will be held to select the delegates for the District of Columbia and four of the five U.S. territories. The only seat in the House not up for election will be the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, who serves a four-year term.

 

On March 11, there was a special election for Florida’s 13th congressional district.

 

 

Gubernatorial elections

 

Elections will be held for the governorships of thirty-six of the fifty U.S. States and threeU.S. territories. Special elections may be held for vacancies in the other states and territories.

 

OBAMA CORNELL

 

The 2014 Midterms are coming. Less than 7 months away. Get registered, get your voter ID. Get educated on new voting rules in YOUR State, county, districts.

 

The Mid Term Elections Are 7 Months Away. Here Is ALL You Need To Know For Voter Registration. Get Links, Facts, Phone Numbers & Mailing Information To Get Registered AND Learn New Voter I.D. Laws In YOUR State.

Mid Term Election Day November 4th, 2014…7 Months Away. Get Prepared. Barack That Vote!

 

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Voter Registration

 

VOTER REGISTRATION

 

 

Registration Deadline: Voter registration is closed for the ten (10) days before an election

 

Party Affiliation: No party registration required for primary voting

 

VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS:

 


Age: Must be 18 years old

 

Citizenship: Must be a United States Citizen

 

Residency: Must be a resident of your state

 

Mental Competency: Have not been legally declared “mentally incompetent” by a court

 

Felony Convictions: Have not been convicted of a disqualifying felony (or have rights restored)

 

ID Requirements: Driver’s license number or Social Security number

 

OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

 

 

Online: http://www.sos.state.  your state here /elections/GetRegForm.aspx

 

 

In person
- Local County Board of Registrars
- Driver’s licensing office
- County and select municipal public libraries
- Department of Human Resources
- WIC Program, Department of Public Health
- Medicaid Agency
- Department of Rehabilitation Services
- Public 4-year universities
- Select private 4-year universities

 

By mail/ in writing : Must write/phone your local elections office

 

 

 

VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS

 

 

Check Status of Your Voter Registration

 



The NAACP has once again teamed up with the National Urban League to sponsor the National Voter Empowerment Hotline at 1-866-MyVote1 (1-866-698-6831).

 

ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS

 

 

Who can vote absentee

 


   - Will be absent from the county on election day
- Is ill or has a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place
- Is a registered Alabama voter living outside the county, such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person
- Is an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place
- Works a required shift, 10-hours or more, that coincides with polling hours

 

 

Other absentee voter qualifications: Business/MedicalEmergency Voting application can be made after the absentee deadline but no later than 5 PM on the day before the election, if the voter is required by an employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on election day for an emergency business trip, or has a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician.

 

 

OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

 

 

Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad

 

 

Get Your Absentee Ballot Now! 

 

 

Federal Voting Assistance Program – Home – To Vote Absentee

 


In person: Visit the local absentee election manager(usually the Circuit Clerk) to request and absentee ballot.

 

 

By mail: Link to address/contact info – County election offices

 

 

Military and oversees voting: http://www.sos.state. your state here us/elections/MilitaryOverseas.aspx

 

 


Emergency Voting: For medical or business emergencies; must apply no later than 5pm the night before the election

 

 

Other absentee ballot information:The absentee ballot application must be returned to the Absentee Election Manager by the voter in person (or by the voter’s designee in the case of medical emergency voting) or by U.S. Mail.  No absentee ballot application may be mailed in the same envelope as another voter’s absentee ballot application.

 

 

SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Location and time: An absentee ballot returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day prior to the election and received by the Absentee Election Manager no later than noon on election day. If hand-delivered, the ballot must be in the office of the Absentee Election Manager by the close of business (but no later than 5 p.m.) on the day prior to the election.

 

Other absentee ballot submission information: An absentee ballot cannot be counted unless the affidavit is  notarized or has the signature of two witnesses. If the absentee ballot application is approved, the Absentee Election Manager forwards the ballot by U.S. mail or personally hands the absentee ballot to the voter (or to a designee in the case of emergency voting).

 

EARLY VOTING

 

Early Voting States

 

Absentee and Early Voting

 

Early Voting and Absentee Voting


Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org

 

Time off to vote: Employees can take time off to vote in any election for which the employee is qualified and registered to vote, unless the employee’s work hours commence at least two hours after the polls open or end at least one hour before the polls close. The employer may determine what hours are available for the employee to vote.

 

Polling Place: https://myinfo. your state here votes.gov/


ID Requirements: Photo ID or HAVA approved ID

 

How to Vote: Paper ballots + Optical scan voting equipment Link to Sample Ballots

 

Problems with voting: HAVA Voter Complaint Form

 

Verifying provisional ballot status: https://myinfo. your state here votes.gov/

 


Verifying absentee ballot status: https://myinfo. your state here .gov/

 

 

One Common Ground, Philipsburg, MT 59858 Hotline: 888-Vote-Smart (888-868-3762)

 

 

2014 U.S. Senate Midterm Election Races

 

Georgia, Iowa, New Mexico, and Virginia. We moved Iowa from “Democrat Hold” to “Tossup.”

 

We currently rate six races in the “Tossup” category (AK, CO, KY, LA, MI, IA), five Democrat seats and one GOP seat, with an additional five seats already projected as “GOP Takeaways” (AR, MT, NC, SD, WV). Republicans need a net six takeaways to regain control of the Senate. Polls and projections on the thirty-five 2014 U.S. Senate Midterm Election races. Get the latest information on the Senate contests here.

 

The Democrats have a five-seat majority (55-45) when you include the two “Independents” who caucus with them. That means Republicans will have to net gain six seats to retake control of the U.S. Senate (If it is 50-50 with the two Independents voting with the Democrats, it would remain in Democratic control because the Vice-President would cast the tie-breaking vote). There are 35 races, 21 of them seats currently held by Democrats, and 14 by Republicans.

 

The 35 races (including special elections) are listed in the table here:

Polls and Projections

 

 

2014 United States elections

 

U.S. Senate

 

U.S. House

 

Governors

 

Mayors

 

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TheObamaCrat™: George Takei via Democracy For America


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Our democracy is a people’s democracy, which makes it a double-edged sword — it can be as great as our people can be, but as fallible as them as well. That’s why I’m so glad that we have Congressman Mike Honda in Washington: he’s someone who always stands up for those who need it most, no matter how unpopular or politically risky the position is at the time.

 

Since his first day in office, Mike has been a passionate and outspoken ally for the LGBT community, fighting for the rights of our community long before the Democratic Party as a whole would take up our cause.

 

A progressive champion, Mike has never backed down from a worthy fight, or buckled in the face of adversity. But now Mike is facing the fight of his career, fending off attacks from a well-funded opponent fueled by max-out contributions from far-right conservatives.

 

Will you join me and Democracy for America in standing with Mike Honda today by chipping in to help send our progressive champion back to Washington?

 

Many people know me best for my work on Star Trek. At its best, the show transported viewers from the comfort of their armchairs to a strange new world where we set aside our differences and found strength in our diversity, where healthcare was accessible to all, and where want and hunger were things of the past.

 

Mike is someone who has spent his life trying to create a world like that. As children, both of us grew up in internment camps, and from a young age these experiences left us both with a strong sense of social responsibility. Only by being involved in the public realm could we ensure the freedoms on which our nation was founded would continue to endure for all Americans.

 

In the aftermath of 9/11, Mike vigilantly guarded the rights of Muslims and Sikhs, and spoke out against the fear mongers of the time. He wouldn’t allow our government to repeat the mistakes that led us to grow up in internment camps.

 
Will you stand with me and DFA in making a contribution to support Mike Honda and help send him back to Washington DC to keep fighting?

 

I don’t always endorse candidates, but Congressman Mike Honda is at the top of my list. With your support, and the support of DFA members nationwide, I know that Mike will continue to be our progressive champion for years to come.

 

Thanks for standing with me and Mike,

 


- George Takei

 

 

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The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES) IS Working


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The past three weeks have been a political nightmare for the Affordable Care Act.

 

A less than stellar website rollout and the media’s refusal to cover the stories of the millions of Americans who have already benefited from Obamacare have left the president weakened, Democrats scared, and Republicans emboldened to keep pushing their radical health-care-defunding agenda.

 

There is NO going back—we won’t go back—to the bad ol’ days before comprehensive health care reform.

 

Thankfully, we know what it’ll take to turn this political moment around: We’re launching a big campaign calling on the media to start giving balanced coverage—and demanding that Congress stand strong for health care reform, because their constituents depend on it.

 

If we’re going to change the narrative, though, we’ve got to start flooding the Internet and the newsrooms with real-world stories from people whose lives are already better because of the Affordable Care Act. That’s the only way the media is every going to pay attention.

 

Share your story (or that of a family member) today!!

 

The HealthCare.gov website rollout was just the latest piece in the enactment of the Affordable Care Act—Americans have actually been benefiting from the law since 2010. But that’s a fact you wouldn’t know if you only listened to mainstream media.

 

Here are just some of the ways you may have benefited already:

 

  1. If you have a child with a pre-existing condition—as of September 2010, health insurance companies can no longer deny your child coverage because of that condition, and as of next year, this rule will apply to Americans of all ages.
  2. If you’ve had a donut hole in your prescription drug coverage—thanks to Obamacare, you may be one of an estimated 4 million seniors with Medicare who will soon be able to cover the full costs of your prescriptions.
  3. If you’re recently out of college and struggling to find employer-based coverage in the sluggish economy—you can now opt tostay on your parents’ plan until you’re 26 years old.
  4. If you received an unexpected rebate from your insurance company—that’s because the ACA stops insurers from keeping exorbitant profits instead of paying out significant claims.
  5. If you live in one of the 25 states expanding Medicaid—you may be one of the 400,000 Americans who’ve already benefited from their new eligibility for free health care

 

MoveOn members fought long and hard for health care reform because we knew it would improve the lives of tens of millions of Americans. Democrats have had a hard time thus far explaining just how beneficial the new law is, but we don’t plan on letting a PR mishap derail the most significant investment in our country’s social safety net in generations.

 

If you’ve benefited from Obamacare, or know someone who has—share your story today

 

MoveOn members are committed to getting out the truth about Obamacare‘s successes, even amid the news’ recent slanted coverage.

 

But if we’re going to get the mainstream media to pay attention, we need to share the real-world stories of people whose lives are being improved.

 

Share your Obamacare success story (or that of a family member) today.

 

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My Obamacare Story

We’re launching a big campaign calling on the media to start giving balanced coverage to the Affordable Care Act, but for it to work, we need real-world stories from people whose lives are already better thanks to Obamacare. Click below to add your story, and feel free to include a photo!

 

Click To Read ObamaCARES Success Stories.

 

 

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President Barack Hussein Obama’s Positive Message To Organizing for Action Members: The Phone Call.

 

President Obama’s Message To OFA Supporters On ObamaCARES

 

President Obama reassured his supporters on Monday evening that the fight to spread the truth & facts about hishealth-care law would succeed, while also enlisting their help in spreading word about the importance of signing upAmericans for The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).

 

In a conference call with thousands of supporters hosted by Organizing for Action, President Obama said the problems with Healthcare.gov have led to “misinformation” about the health-care law.

 

“Frankly, there have been problems with the Web site that have created and fed this misinformation,” The President told what OFA said was an audience of more than 200,000 supporters. OFA was created out of the Obama 2012 campaign in the hopes of advancing the President’s agenda.

 

President Obama an exclusive call with OFA supporters 11/18/2013

 

 

President Obama is experiencing one of the biggest strikes against  his Presidency as his administration struggles to implement the health-care law against racist wealthy business interest from the Reich wing as well as greedy politicians in the pocket of big insurance corporations, not to mention professional hackers hell bent on crashing the marketplace website. In his remarks, the President said he and his supporters knew it would be a difficult process and referenced Republicans and their refusal to help make sure the law prospers for the millions of uninsured Americans.

 

“We knew it was going to be hard because change is hard, and there are a lot of vested interests,” the President said. “And obviously we haven’t gotten a lot of cooperation from the other party.”

 

Still, President Obama said, he wouldn’t stop working to ensure the law succeeds. “I’ve got one more campaign in me, and that’s making sure this law works,” he said.

 

The President told his supporters that his main message was that he needs their help in reminding people to sign up for health care through the law – whether on the Web site or through other separate marketplace venues.

 

“This law is going to be one that lasts for generations to come,” he said. “And people will see why we fought so hard to do it.”

 

In providing reassurance to his supporters, President Obama cast last week’s news that just over 100,000 people successfully signed up for the Affordable Care Act as a victory, noting that 400,000 other people obtained Medicaid coverage and many more expressed interest.

 

The actual National figures for October, released this month can be found here…..

 

The HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE: NOVEMBER ENROLLMENT REPORT

 

President Obama said he is confident that, by the end of the month, HealthCare.gov would be working for the vast majority of Americans, which the administration has defined as 80 percent of those seeking to sign up. “In fact, eventually, it’s going to be the easiest place to shop for healthcare.”

 

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HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE: NOVEMBER ENROLLMENT REPORT

 

Read The Complete Report From The Department Of Health & Human Services.

 

November 13, 2013
This issue brief highlights national and state-levelenrollment-related information for the first month of theHealth Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace hereafter) initial open enrollment period that began October 1, 2013 for coverage beginning January 1, 2014 (see Appendix A for state-level data).

 

It also provides an overview of the methodology that was used in compiling these data (see Appendix B), and includes information about strategies to reach consumers.

 

These data represent a “snapshot” of Marketplace enrollment that uses comparable definitions for the data elements across states, and between states that are implementing their own Marketplaces (also known as State-Based Marketplaces or SBMs) and states with Marketplaces that are supported by or fully-run by the Department of Health and Human Services (including
those run in partnership with states, also known as the Federally-facilitated Marketplace or FFM).

 

Data related to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility in this report are based on applications submitted through the Marketplaces. Enrollment based on applications submitted through state Medicaid/CHIP agencies will be released in a subsequent report.

 

 

The following are highlights of Marketplace enrollment-related information for the first month.
Marketplace Monthly Enrollment-Related Information, 10-1-13 to 11-2-13
Number of completed applications through the Marketplaces 846,184
Total number of individuals included in completed Marketplace applications 1,509,883
Number of individuals determined eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan 1,081,592
Number of individuals who have selected a Marketplace plan 106,185
(1) Oct 1- Nov 2 most closely represents the first month of operations since state based Marketplaces generally compile enrollment-related metrics on a weekly basis.

 

 

The first month enrollment experience in the Marketplace exceeds comparable first month enrollment in theCommonwealth Care program in the MassachusettsHealth Connector. In Massachusetts, the number of premium-paying enrollees who signed up during the first month of enrollment was 123 or 0.3 percent of the total enrollment of 36,167 at the end of the year.

 

 

Department of Health and Human Services 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

http://aspe.hhs.gov

 

 

Marketplace plan selection of 106,185 is 1.5 percent of the estimated enrollees at the end of the 2014 open enrollment period (Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate, May 2013). (See Appendix C for more information on enrollment experiences in other programs.)

 

 

Marketplace Website and Call Center Activity:
Unique Visitors on the SBM and FFM websites: 26,876,527
Calls to the SBM and FFM call centers: 3,158,436

 

 

Overview of Enrollment to Date

 

To date, 106,185 persons have enrolled and selected a Marketplace plan—this includes those who have paid a premium and those who have not yet paid a premium.

 

Based on available data, 846,184 completed applications were submitted to Marketplaces during the first month of the initial open enrollment period (10-1-13 to 11-2-13), including applications that were submitted to the SBMs and FFM.

 

These completed applications correspond to a total of 1,509,883 million individuals (persons) who have applied for coverage through the Marketplaces during this time period. This represents 22 percent of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated 7 million Marketplace enrollment in 2014.

 

The Marketplaces have helped a total of 1,477,853 persons by determining or assessing3that  they are either eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan (used throughout this report—also known as Qualified Health Plans or QHPs) with or without financial assistance, or in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

 

To date, 106,185 persons have selected a Marketplace plan—this includes 79,391 in SBMs and 26,794 in FFM. An additional 975,407
persons who have been determined eligible have not yet selected a plan through the Marketplace.

 

To date, the Marketplaces have processed eligibility determinations and assessments for 98 percent (1,477,853) of the 1,509,883 persons who have applied for coverage – including:

 

1,081,592 persons (73 percent of the total number of persons with processed eligibility determinations / assessments) have been determined eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan, (including 326,130 persons who have been determined eligible to enroll in a
Marketplace plan with financial assistance).

 

106,185 (10 percent) of the 1,081,592 total Marketplace plan eligible persons have already selected a plan by clicking a button on the website page.

 

Enrollment includes those who have selected a plan including those who have paid their first month premium and those who have not yet done so

 

396,261 persons (27 percent of the total number of persons with processed eligibility determinations / assessments) who have been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

 

A total of 502,446, or 1 in 3 of the 1,477,853 people whose eligibility determinations / assessments have been processed, have either been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or CHIP or have selected a plan in the Marketplaces. Meanwhile, 722,391 (49 percent) of the 1,477,853 whose eligibility determinations / assessments have been processed are either eligible
for financial assistance through the Marketplaces, or have been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

 

An additional 201,137 persons who applied for coverage through the Marketplaces have eligibility determinations that are either pending, not captured in the Marketplace plan and Medicaid/CHIP eligibility counts for a given state, or negative (meaning that they have not been determined eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan).

 

The available data on completed applications, eligibility determinations and assessments, and Marketplace plan selection represents a subset of the total number of Americans who have begun exploring the coverage options that are available through the new Marketplaces. There is considerable interest in the new Marketplaces as measured by unique visitors on the SBM and FFM websites (26,876,527), and calls to the SBM and FFM call centers (3,158,436).

 

These early enrollment-related statistics suggest that, in spite of recent information system and website issues, interest in the Marketplaces is high. For example a Commonwealth Fund survey conducted Oct. 9-275 polled adults (ages 19-64) who are uninsured or have individual market coverage and found that most (60 percent) are aware of the Marketplace.

 

Further, the Commonwealth Fund found that 53 percent are aware that financial support is available for Marketplace coverage and 17 percent have visited the Marketplace. Most (58 percent) said they are very likely or somewhat likely to go or go back to visit the Marketplace to enroll in a plan or to apply for the premium tax credit or for Medicaid/CHIP before the open enrollment period
ends on March 31, 2014. (See Appendix D for more information).

 

Marketplace enrollment is expected to increase as technical issues are resolved.

 

Read The Complete Department of Health and Human Services HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE: NOVEMBER ENROLLMENT REPORT

 

 

HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

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This holiday season, millions of Americans have a chance to get quality, affordable health insurance—many for the first time. If you have family members who are uninsured, you can play a big part in helping them find coverage that works for them. It might not always seem like it, but your family listens to you. So have the talk.

 

 

SEND A PACKING LIST

Use this list to make sure your family members have what they need to shop on the new health insurance marketplace.

 

SEND A PACKING LIST

Are your family members traveling home for the holidays? There are a few things they’ll need to sign up for health coverage. Make sure they bring the following items with them before they head home.

 

PACKING LIST

In order to shop on the new health insurance marketplace, you’ll need to have a few basic pieces of information with you:

  1. Your Social Security Number
  2. Information about your employer and income— either a pay stub or a copy of your most recent W-2 tax form
  3. If you currently have health insurance, you’ll need your health insurance card or paperwork that includes a health policy number

DOUBLE CHECK

Here are some common things to think about before getting started:

  1. Your budget: What is your budget? How much can you afford to pay each month for health coverage?
  2. Existing insurance: Is health insurance currently offered through your job?
  3. Current costs: If you do currently have coverage, what are your costs?
  4. Coverage Goals: What kind of coverage are you looking for? There are lots of options based on what you want and how much you want to pay.

 

 

PLAN YOUR TALK

Take a moment to plan when, where, and how you’ll talk to your family about health insurance.

 

PLANNING YOUR HEALTH CARE TALK

Make sure you have a plan for when, where, and how you’ll talk to your family about health insurance. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.

 

 

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PICK A TIME

Start early: Don’t wait until the last minute—be sure to start the conversation early!

Integrate the talk into family time:Take advantage of downtime after meals or between holiday activities to start your talk.

 

 

 

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THINK ABOUT HOW YOU’LL BRING IT UP

Make it personal: Be honest about your feelings and why this is important to you.

Be persistent, but keep it positive: Tell them you care about their health, and focus on the benefits that come from knowing that you have health insurance.

 

 

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CHOOSE A PLACE

Get creative: Think about what matters to your family member. Make it memorable!

Find a Quiet Place to Shop: You can start your conversation anywhere, but to shop for health coverage, you will want a more quiet, private place to make a phone call or use the internet.

 

 

 

START THE CONVERSATION

Here are some tips on talking to your family about how to sign up and how to answer common questions.

 

CONVERSATION TIPS

 

Start by asking: “Have you thought about signing up for health insurance on the new marketplace?”

 

Offer to walk them through it: “Would you like to take some time with me to sign up right now?”

 

Ask them to make a plan, and commit to it:“When do you plan on signing up?”

 

Don’t forget to follow up: “Have you signed up yet?”

 

 

WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO COMMUNICATE:

  • Being covered helps you stay healthy and protects you in an emergency.
  • You can find a plan that fits your budget—financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
  • You get to choose the plan that’s right for you.
  • All the health insurance plans on the new marketplace provide free preventive care—including routine checkups, vaccinations and screenings.
  • You can’t be denied insurance because of a preexisting condition, and lifetime limits are now banned, so your insurance will be there when you need it.
  • For your coverage to start January 1, you’ll need to sign up by December 15.
  • Open enrollment for plans in the marketplace is now through March, but getting started sooner is better.

 

 

PLEDGE TO HAVE THE TALK

Make a pledge to have a conversation with your family about health insurance this holiday season.

 

PLEDGE TO HAVE THE TALK

Make a pledge to have a conversation with your family about health insurance this holiday season.

 

Get ready to have the talk

 

Published on Oct 31, 2013

This holiday season, be ready to talk to your loved ones about getting covered. These conversations don’t have to be tough — OFA can help. Check out barackobama.com/talk to learn more.

 

 

ObamaCARES Works So Lets Get Out There And Spread The Word.

 

Join the team that’s helping make sure the new health care law is a success. Be part of Team Obamacare.

 

 

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President Barack Hussein Obama’s Positive Message To Organizing for Action Members: The Phone Call.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama’s Message To OFA Supporters On ObamaCARES

 

President Obama reassured his supporters on Monday evening that the fight to spread the truth & facts about his health-care law would succeed, while also enlisting their help in spreading word about the importance of signing up Americans for The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).

 

In a conference call with thousands of supporters hosted by Organizing for Action, President Obama said the problems with Healthcare.gov have led to “misinformation” about the health-care law.

 

“Frankly, there have been problems with the Web site that have created and fed this misinformation,” The President told what OFA said was an audience of more than 200,000 supporters. OFA was created out of the Obama 2012 campaign in the hopes of advancing the President’s agenda.

 

President Obama an exclusive call with OFA supporters 11/18/2013

 

 

President Obama is experiencing one of the biggest strikes against  his Presidency as his administration struggles to implement the health-care law against racist wealthy business interest from the Reich wing as well as greedy politicians in the pocket of big insurance corporations, not to mention professional hackers hell bent on crashing the marketplace website. In his remarks, the President said he and his supporters knew it would be a difficult process and referenced Republicans and their refusal to help make sure the law prospers for the millions of uninsured Americans.

 

“We knew it was going to be hard because change is hard, and there are a lot of vested interests,” the President said. “And obviously we haven’t gotten a lot of cooperation from the other party.”

 

Still, President Obama said, he wouldn’t stop working to ensure the law succeeds. “I’ve got one more campaign in me, and that’s making sure this law works,” he said.

 

The President told his supporters that his main message was that he needs their help in reminding people to sign up for health care through the law – whether on the Web site or through other separate marketplace venues.

 

“This law is going to be one that lasts for generations to come,” he said. “And people will see why we fought so hard to do it.”

 

In providing reassurance to his supporters, President Obama cast last week’s news that just over 100,000 people successfully signed up for the Affordable Care Act as a victory, noting that 400,000 other people obtained Medicaid coverage and many more expressed interest.

 

The actual National figures for October, released this month can be found here…..

 

The HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE: NOVEMBER ENROLLMENT REPORT

 

President Obama said he is confident that, by the end of the month, HealthCare.gov would be working for the vast majority of Americans, which the administration has defined as 80 percent of those seeking to sign up. “In fact, eventually, it’s going to be the easiest place to shop for healthcare.”

 

HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE: NOVEMBER ENROLLMENT REPORT

 

Read The Complete Report From The Department Of Health & Human Services.

 

November 13, 2013
This issue brief highlights national and state-levelenrollment-related information for the first month of theHealth Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace hereafter) initial open enrollment period that began October 1, 2013 for coverage beginning January 1, 2014 (see Appendix A for state-level data).

 

It also provides an overview of the methodology that was used in compiling these data (see Appendix B), and includes information about strategies to reach consumers.

 

These data represent a “snapshot” of Marketplace enrollment that uses comparable definitions for the data elements across states, and between states that are implementing their own Marketplaces (also known as State-Based Marketplaces or SBMs) and states with Marketplaces that are supported by or fully-run by the Department of Health and Human Services (including
those run in partnership with states, also known as the Federally-facilitated Marketplace or FFM).

 

Data related to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility in this report are based on applications submitted through the Marketplaces. Enrollment based on applications submitted through state Medicaid/CHIP agencies will be released in a subsequent report.

 

 

The following are highlights of Marketplace enrollment-related information for the first month.
Marketplace Monthly Enrollment-Related Information, 10-1-13 to 11-2-13
Number of completed applications through the Marketplaces 846,184

 
Total number of individuals included in completed Marketplace applications 1,509,883

 
Number of individuals determined eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan 1,081,592

 
Number of individuals who have selected a Marketplace plan 106,185

 
(1) Oct 1- Nov 2 most closely represents the first month of operations since state based Marketplaces generally compile enrollment-related metrics on a weekly basis.

 

 

The first month enrollment experience in the Marketplace exceeds comparable first month enrollment in theCommonwealth Care program in the MassachusettsHealth Connector. In Massachusetts, the number of premium-paying enrollees who signed up during the first month of enrollment was 123 or 0.3 percent of the total enrollment of 36,167 at the end of the year.

 

 

Department of Health and Human Services 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

http://aspe.hhs.gov

 

 

Marketplace plan selection of 106,185 is 1.5 percent of the estimated enrollees at the end of the 2014 open enrollment period (Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate, May 2013). (See Appendix C for more information on enrollment experiences in other programs.)

 

 

Marketplace Website and Call Center Activity:
Unique Visitors on the SBM and FFM websites: 26,876,527
Calls to the SBM and FFM call centers: 3,158,436

 

 

Overview of Enrollment to Date

 

To date, 106,185 persons have enrolled and selected a Marketplace plan—this includes those who have paid a premium and those who have not yet paid a premium.

 

Based on available data, 846,184 completed applications were submitted to Marketplaces during the first month of the initial open enrollment period (10-1-13 to 11-2-13), including applications that were submitted to the SBMs and FFM.

 

These completed applications correspond to a total of 1,509,883 million individuals (persons) who have applied for coverage through the Marketplaces during this time period. This represents 22 percent of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated 7 million Marketplace enrollment in 2014.

 

The Marketplaces have helped a total of 1,477,853 persons by determining or assessing3that  they are either eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan (used throughout this report—also known as Qualified Health Plans or QHPs) with or without financial assistance, or in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

 

To date, 106,185 persons have selected a Marketplace plan—this includes 79,391 in SBMs and 26,794 in FFM. An additional 975,407
persons who have been determined eligible have not yet selected a plan through the Marketplace.

 

To date, the Marketplaces have processed eligibility determinations and assessments for 98 percent (1,477,853) of the 1,509,883 persons who have applied for coverage – including:

 

1,081,592 persons (73 percent of the total number of persons with processed eligibility determinations / assessments) have been determined eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan, (including 326,130 persons who have been determined eligible to enroll in a
Marketplace plan with financial assistance).

 

106,185 (10 percent) of the 1,081,592 total Marketplace plan eligible persons have already selected a plan by clicking a button on the website page.

 

Enrollment includes those who have selected a plan including those who have paid their first month premium and those who have not yet done so

 

396,261 persons (27 percent of the total number of persons with processed eligibility determinations / assessments) who have been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

 

A total of 502,446, or 1 in 3 of the 1,477,853 people whose eligibility determinations / assessments have been processed, have either been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or CHIP or have selected a plan in the Marketplaces. Meanwhile, 722,391 (49 percent) of the 1,477,853 whose eligibility determinations / assessments have been processed are either eligible
for financial assistance through the Marketplaces, or have been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

 

An additional 201,137 persons who applied for coverage through the Marketplaces have eligibility determinations that are either pending, not captured in the Marketplace plan and Medicaid/CHIP eligibility counts for a given state, or negative (meaning that they have not been determined eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan).

 

The available data on completed applications, eligibility determinations and assessments, and Marketplace plan selection represents a subset of the total number of Americans who have begun exploring the coverage options that are available through the new Marketplaces. There is considerable interest in the new Marketplaces as measured by unique visitors on the SBM and FFM websites (26,876,527), and calls to the SBM and FFM call centers (3,158,436).

 

These early enrollment-related statistics suggest that, in spite of recent information system and website issues, interest in the Marketplaces is high. For example a Commonwealth Fund survey conducted Oct. 9-275 polled adults (ages 19-64) who are uninsured or have individual market coverage and found that most (60 percent) are aware of the Marketplace.

 

Further, the Commonwealth Fund found that 53 percent are aware that financial support is available for Marketplace coverage and 17 percent have visited the Marketplace. Most (58 percent) said they are very likely or somewhat likely to go or go back to visit the Marketplace to enroll in a plan or to apply for the premium tax credit or for Medicaid/CHIP before the open enrollment period
ends on March 31, 2014. (See Appendix D for more information).

 

Marketplace enrollment is expected to increase as technical issues are resolved.

 

Read The Complete Department of Health and Human Services HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE: NOVEMBER ENROLLMENT REPORT

 

 

HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

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This holiday season, millions of Americans have a chance to get quality, affordable health insurance—many for the first time. If you have family members who are uninsured, you can play a big part in helping them find coverage that works for them. It might not always seem like it, but your family listens to you. So have the talk.

 

 

SEND A PACKING LIST

Use this list to make sure your family members have what they need to shop on the new health insurance marketplace.

 

SEND A PACKING LIST

Are your family members traveling home for the holidays? There are a few things they’ll need to sign up for health coverage. Make sure they bring the following items with them before they head home.

 

PACKING LIST

In order to shop on the new health insurance marketplace, you’ll need to have a few basic pieces of information with you:

  1. Your Social Security Number
  2. Information about your employer and income— either a pay stub or a copy of your most recent W-2 tax form
  3. If you currently have health insurance, you’ll need your health insurance card or paperwork that includes a health policy number

DOUBLE CHECK

Here are some common things to think about before getting started:

  1. Your budget: What is your budget? How much can you afford to pay each month for health coverage?
  2. Existing insurance: Is health insurance currently offered through your job?
  3. Current costs: If you do currently have coverage, what are your costs?
  4. Coverage Goals: What kind of coverage are you looking for? There are lots of options based on what you want and how much you want to pay.

 

 

PLAN YOUR TALK

Take a moment to plan when, where, and how you’ll talk to your family about health insurance.

 

PLANNING YOUR HEALTH CARE TALK

Make sure you have a plan for when, where, and how you’ll talk to your family about health insurance. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.

 

 

Clock

PICK A TIME

Start early: Don’t wait until the last minute—be sure to start the conversation early!

Integrate the talk into family time:Take advantage of downtime after meals or between holiday activities to start your talk.

 

 

 

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THINK ABOUT HOW YOU’LL BRING IT UP

Make it personal: Be honest about your feelings and why this is important to you.

Be persistent, but keep it positive: Tell them you care about their health, and focus on the benefits that come from knowing that you have health insurance.

 

 

Place

CHOOSE A PLACE

Get creative: Think about what matters to your family member. Make it memorable!

Find a Quiet Place to Shop: You can start your conversation anywhere, but to shop for health coverage, you will want a more quiet, private place to make a phone call or use the internet.

 

 

 

START THE CONVERSATION

Here are some tips on talking to your family about how to sign up and how to answer common questions.

 

CONVERSATION TIPS

 

Start by asking: “Have you thought about signing up for health insurance on the new marketplace?”

 

Offer to walk them through it: “Would you like to take some time with me to sign up right now?”

 

Ask them to make a plan, and commit to it:“When do you plan on signing up?”

 

Don’t forget to follow up: “Have you signed up yet?”

 

 

WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO COMMUNICATE:

  • Being covered helps you stay healthy and protects you in an emergency.
  • You can find a plan that fits your budget—financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
  • You get to choose the plan that’s right for you.
  • All the health insurance plans on the new marketplace provide free preventive care—including routine checkups, vaccinations and screenings.
  • You can’t be denied insurance because of a preexisting condition, and lifetime limits are now banned, so your insurance will be there when you need it.
  • For your coverage to start January 1, you’ll need to sign up by December 15.
  • Open enrollment for plans in the marketplace is now through March, but getting started sooner is better.

 

 

PLEDGE TO HAVE THE TALK

Make a pledge to have a conversation with your family about health insurance this holiday season.

 

PLEDGE TO HAVE THE TALK

Make a pledge to have a conversation with your family about health insurance this holiday season.

 

Get ready to have the talk

 

Published on Oct 31, 2013

This holiday season, be ready to talk to your loved ones about getting covered. These conversations don’t have to be tough — OFA can help. Check out barackobama.com/talk to learn more.

 

 

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Join the team that’s helping make sure the new health care law is a success. Be part of Team Obamacare.

 

 

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