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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Does Her Job: 9.1 Covered Under ObamaCARES. Now Time To Move On.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Job well done, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Resigning

Job well done, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Resigning.

 

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Official: Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigning

 

From CNN:

 

By Jim Acosta and Greg Botelho, CNN

 

(CNN) – Kathleen Sebelius — who weathered heavy criticism over the flaw-filled launch of the Obamacare website, then saw the program through as it topped a major milestone — is resigning as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, a White House official said Thursday.

President Barack Obama intends to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, current director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace Sebelius, according to the official.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Sylvia Mathews Burwell

A former Kansas governor and, before that, state insurance commissioner, Sebelius was sworn in as HHS secretary in April 2009.

Her time as head of the federal health agency coincided with the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the bill often referred to as Obamacare.

Sebelius came under fire last fall for the rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov, the website central to the new law’s implementation.

That included being subject of a “Saturday Night Live” parody and talk show one-liners panning her. Republicans in Congress were especially critical of what they saw as her lack of leadership shepherding through what they saw as an ill-conceived, ill-advised law. Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso went so far as to characterize her last October as the “laughingstock of America.”

But Sebelius, 65, held on to her job, insisting America shouldn’t abandon the legislation and all that it hopes to achieve.

In an interview with CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, she admitted that Obama didn’t know of the website’s many technical problems until “the first couple of days” after it went live October 1.

“There are people in this country who have waited for decades for affordable health coverage for themselves and their families,” Sebelius said, explaining why the website’s launch wasn’t pushed back despite anticipated problems. “…So waiting is not really an option.”

The website’s performance did improve significantly, prompting the calls for her job to die down as well. Earlier this month, in a letter to department employees, Sebelius reflected on Obamacare enrollment exceeding its target of 7 million as evidence of “the progress we’ve made, together,” while stating “our work is far from over.”

“I know that this law has been at the center of much debate and discourse in Washington, but what this enrollment demonstrates is that the Affordable Care Act is working and much needed,” she said in the note.

Obamacare hits 7.5 million sign-ups, Sebelius says

According to senior Obama administration officials, Sebelius told the President in early March that she thought the enrollment period would end well and, after that, she planned to step down. Even granted the initial uproar over the website, her decision to resign was on her own accord, the officials said.

One White House official praised her overseeing “one of the most consequential initiatives of this administration” as well as her efforts to “improve children’s health, expand mental health care, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, bring us closer to the first AIDS-free generation and promote women’s health.”

“The President is deeply grateful for her service,” the official said.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, thanked Sebelius for her five years in the federal government — while taking at a swipe at the legislation she is most closely associated with.

“She had an impossible task: nobody can make Obamacare work,” Cantor tweeted.

Other Republicans weren’t that gracious. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said Sebelius’ departure “has been a long time coming after a litany of failures and total mismanagement.”

Not surprisingly, given the sharp partisan divide that defines the Obamacare debate, Democrats came to her support. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi commended the outgoing health secretary for her dedication “to a single purpose: to make health care a right, not a privilege, for all Americans.”

“When all is said and done,” tweeted ex-Obama senior adviser David Axelrod, “Sebelius has lots to be proud of, including the surprisingly strong finish on exchange signups after rocky start.”

Sebelius is expected to be by the President’s side at 11 a.m. Friday when he announces Burwell’s nomination, according to a White House official.

Burwell, 48, was confirmed to her current Cabinet-rank position in April 2013. She came to the White House from her spot atop the Walmart Foundation — the giant retail chain’s charitable organization which, according to its website, donated nearly $1 billion to causes worldwide in 2011.

Prior to that, Burwell worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and in President Bill Clinton’s administration under then-Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.

States work with Obamacare to help undocumented immigrants

CNN‘s Jake Tapper contributed to this report.

Thank you CNN.

 

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wave goodbye to the du,nass 113th CongrASS, thats the 113th Do Nothing CongrASS

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wave goodbye to the du,nass 113th CongrASS, thats the 113th Do Nothing CongrASS

 

From ABC News:

 

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will announce Friday she is stepping down, ABC News has confirmed.

 

The president will nominate Sylvia Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her.

 

Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Sylvia Mathews Burwell

 

Sebelius approached President Obama about a month ago and asked to step down after the health care sign-up numbers were released, two senior administration officials and a confidante of Sebelius’ told ABC News.

 

The White House always worried about finding someone to win confirmation at HHS, but Burwell was overwhelmingly confirmed as budget director with a vote of 96-0 about a year ago.

 

Earlier today Sebelius was on Capitol Hill to announce that 400,000 additional people have chosen insurance plans through the Obamacare exchanges as of this week, raising the total number of enrollees to approximately 7.5 million.

 

“As of this week, 400,000 additional Americans have signed up and we expect that number to continue to grow,” Sebelius said at a Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday.

 

Last week, the administration announced 7.1 million people had enrolled as of April 1.

 

“From her work on Head Start, to expanding mental health coverage, to advancing cutting-edge health care research and, of course, her unwavering leadership in implementing the Affordable Care Act, Secretary Sebelius often calls her work here the most meaningful of her life,” an HHS official said in a statement. “As she closes this chapter, Secretary Sebelius is extremely thankful to President Obama and very proud of the historic accomplishments of this Administration.”

 

ABC ’s Arlette Saenz and Devin Dwyer contributed reporting.

 

Thank you ABC News

 

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President Obama Announces his Intent to Nominate Dr. William “Bro” Adams as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

 

President William (Br0) Adams

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. William “Bro” Adams as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

President Obama said, “Bro brings demonstrated leadership and decades of experience as an administrator at major universities and liberal arts institutions.  His clear dedication and lifelong commitment to the humanities make him uniquely qualified to lead the nation’s cultural agency. I’m proud to nominate Bro as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and look forward to working with him in the months and years to come.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. William “Bro” Adams as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities:

Dr. William “Bro” Adams, Nominee for Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
Dr. William “Bro” Adams is President of Colby College, a position he has held since 2000.  Previously, he was President of Bucknell University from 1995 to 2000.  Dr. Adams was Vice President and Secretary of Wesleyan University from 1993 to 1995, and was Program Coordinator of the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University from 1986 to 1988.  Earlier in his career, he held various teaching positions at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and the University of North Carolina.  Dr. Adams served in the Vietnam War as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.  In 1977, he became a Fulbright Scholar and conducted research at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes and the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France.  Dr. Adams is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Film Center and the Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation.  Dr. Adams received a B.A. from the Colorado College and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

 

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Statement by the President

Today, the Minnesota Legislature took action to increase the state minimum wage, giving more hardworking Minnesotans the raise they deserve. With this important step, Minnesota joins a growing coalition of states, cities, counties and businesses that have taken action to do the right thing for their workers and their citizens. I commend the state legislature for raising their minimum wage and we look forward to Governor Dayton signing the bill into law soon.  I urge Congress to follow Minnesota’s lead, raise the federal minimum wage, and lift wages for 28 million Americans.  Congress should listen to the majority of Americans who say it’s time to give America a raise and help ensure that no American who works full time has to raise a family in poverty.

 

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Statement by the President

Today, Senate Republicans overwhelmingly blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act – preventing it from even receiving an honest debate, let alone a simple yes-or-no vote.  The Paycheck Fairness Act is commonsense legislation that would strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act and reinforce our country’s commitment to the principle of equal pay for equal work.  Yesterday, I took two actions that will make it easier for working women to earn fair pay, and my Administration will continue to do everything we can to make sure that every hard-working American earns the respect and wages that they deserve on the job.  But Republicans in Congress continue to oppose serious efforts to create jobs, grow the economy, and level the playing field for working families.  That’s wrong, and it’s harmful for our national efforts to rebuild an economy that gives every American who works hard a fair shot to get ahead.

 

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Statement by the President

The Maryland Legislature did the right thing for its workers today by increasing the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Maryland’s important action is a reminder that many states, cities and counties – as well as a majority of the American people – are way ahead of Washington on this crucial issue. I applaud Governor O’Malley and the state legislature for leading by example and giving more Maryland workers the raise they deserve. But there’s only one group who can get the job done for the entire country – that’s Congress. They should follow Maryland’s lead and lift wages for 28 million Americans by passing legislation to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10, helping to ensure that no American who works full time has to raise a family in poverty, and that every American who works hard has the opportunity to succeed.

 

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From Politics Early & Often, Chicago Sun-Times:

 

House kills effort to ban ‘conversion therapy’ for gay kids

 

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, voted against a bill to outlaw “conversion therapy” -- intended to make gay, bisexual and transgender youth heterosexual. File Photo | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, voted against a bill to outlaw “conversion therapy” — intended to make gay, bisexual and transgender youth heterosexual. File Photo | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

 

SPRINGFIELD-A bid to block therapists from engaging in “conversion therapy” with gay, bisexual and transgender youth in order to make them heterosexual failed Thursday in the Illinois House.

 

The measure, proposed by Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, lost on a 44-51 roll call despite her plea to colleagues to stop gay, bisexual and transgender teens 17 and under from being “horribly and humiliatingly abused.”

“This treatment plan causes depression, causes suicidal actions and is incredibly harmful to children,” said Cassidy, who is openly lesbian and one of the lead architects of Illinois’ same-sex marriage law.

“The practice of conversion therapy is dismissed by every major scientific organization and should not be utilized. There’s not a single scientific basis for one’s sex orientation being a disorder,” she said. “We need to protect our children.”

House Bill 5569 states that being lesbian, gay or bisexual is not a disease, and that mental health practitioners should not be treating it as such. Conversion therapy would be considered “unprofessional conduct” under Cassidy’s bill and those who perform it could have their state licenses sanctioned.

 

Twenty-two House members didn’t vote on her legislation either because they chose not to or decided to begin their two-week break early Thursday. Because the legislation failed to receive 47 votes, Cassidy could not keep her measure alive for another vote.

Critics of the bill included conservative Republicans, who argued state lawmakers lacked the knowledge about whether such therapy works or not and that, ultimately, people should decide what type of professional help is right for them.

 “I honestly don’t believe there’s one single individual in this body that’s absolutely able to stand here and say that they know enough about this area to make a decision on what is appropriate or what is not appropriate, “ said Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, who voted against the bill.

“This is not stuff we should be legislating on at all. Let people decide for themselves what they need to have for themselves,” Ives said.

 

Thank you Politics Early & Often, Chicago Sun-Times.

 

Seems we are headed back to the stone ages, or rather the ages of stoning witches, or members of The LGBTQA1 community. Lets “Pray The Gay Away” legislation!

 

 

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The President Wants You To Get Covered Today: “Don’t Just Think About It, Just Do It”


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Message from President Obama: Get Covered Today

 

Published on Mar 26, 2014

Time is running out to get health insurance coverage for 2014 at http://HealthCare.gov – open enrollment ends on March 31. If you haven’t signed up yet, get covered today.

 

 

 

There are only 5 days left to get health insurance coverage for 2014 at HealthCare.gov before open enrollment ends on March 31. If you haven’t signed up yet, the President wants you to get covered today.

 

As the President says, “No one’s invincible. We all get sick, or get into accidents. Life happens. But you should never have to worry you’ll lose everything to medical bills. That’s why health insurance is so important.”

 

If you’re not covered, don’t wait any longer — sign up today.

 

And if you already have health insurance, tell your friends, family, and co-workers that they need to get covered, too. VisitWH.gov/GetCovered for tips on how to spread the word.

 


 

Learn more:

 

 

The White House Extends The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES) Enrollment Deadline.

 

Federal officials confirmed Tuesday evening that all consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, but who do not finish by Monday, will have until about mid-April to ask for an extension.

 

The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline.

 

Under the new rules, people will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a blue box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline. This method will rely on an honor system; the government will not try to determine whether the person is telling the truth.

 

Obama administration will allow more time to enroll in health care on federal marketplace

 

 

The rules, which will apply to the federal exchanges operating in three dozen states, will essentially create a large loophole even as White House officials have repeatedly said that the March 31 deadline was firm. The extra time will not technically alter the deadline but will create a broad new category of people eligible for what’s known as a special enrollment period.

 

The change, which the administration is scheduled to announce Wednesday, is supported by consumer advocates who want as many people as possible to gain insurance under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. But it’s likely to be criticized by Republicans who oppose the law and have denounced the way the administration is implementing it.

 

Administration officials said the accommodation is an attempt to prepare for a possible surge of people trying to sign up in the final days before the deadline. Such a flood could leave some people unable to get through the system.

 

“We are . . . making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment — either online or over the phone,” said Julie Bataille, director of the office of communications for theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency overseeing the federal health-care exchange.

 

The extra time will not be restricted, though, to people who wait until the last minute to try to sign up. Although no one will be asked why they need an extension, the idea is to help people whose applications have been held up because of the Web site’s technical problems, or who haven’t been able to get the system to calculate subsidies to help them pay for coverage.

 

According to a Health and Human Services official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about decisions that have not been made public, an exact time frame for this extension has not been set, and it will depend in part on how many people request it. Nor have officials decided precisely how long people will have to select a health plan after they get the extra time.

 

Starting in about mid-April, people will no longer be able to get extensions through HealthCare.gov. After that, consumers will be able to request one through one of the federally sponsored call centers nationwide. At that point, the grounds for an extension will become narrower, matching rules for special enrollment periods that have existed for the past few months. Those include people who have a new baby, are getting a divorce, lose a job with health insurance or had a technical problem signing up for coverage through HealthCare.gov.

 

Once the narrower rules take effect, people will still be trusted to tell the truth about why they need more time — a method known as “self-attestation.”

 

The new rules are similar to steps being taken — or contemplated — by some of the 14 states that are running their own health-insurance exchanges.

 

Last week, the governing board of Maryland’s exchange, which has been hampered by serious computer problems, decided to let residents complete their enrollments after the March 31 deadline, as long as they had started the process beforehand. Minnesota officials announced this week that they would do the same thing. Oregon’s governor plans to announce a similar plan this week, according to his spokeswoman, and the board of Nevada’s exchange is considering several alternatives, including a special enrollment period.

 

The impact of such leeway, coming in the final days of a sign-up period that began in October, remains unclear. This year’s enrollment period is the first opportunity for Americans who are unable to get affordable insurance through a job to choose whether to enroll in one of the plans offered under the 2010 law.

 

In recent weeks, the White House and its allies have been mounting an intense public relations campaign to motivate people to sign up. Amid signs of increasing interest, federal health officials have privately worried whether HealthCare.gov could withstand an expected last-minute enrollment surge this weekend.

 

Administration officials have adopted an enrollment target of 6 million Americans, forecast this winter by congressional budget analysts. The analysts had lowered their previous prediction of 7 million after problems with HealthCare.gov thwarted many people who attempted to enroll during the fall.

 

Until now, the March 31 deadline has been the date by which most Americans must choose a plan — or risk a government fine in the form of a tax penalty when they file their 2014 taxes next year. The fine will not apply to people who get an extension under the new rules and enroll in plans within the allotted time.

 

The constituency that has been most wary of extra sign-up time has been the insurance industry. Insurance firms selling plans in the new marketplace want to minimize the possibility that people might wait to get coverage until they become sick — a practice that would undermine the central idea of keeping costs in check by balancing people who are expensive to insure with those who are healthy and require little medical treatment.

 

On the other hand, consumer advocates say it is important to give as many people as possible a chance to obtain insurance.

 

“The whole point of the thing is to get people covered,” said Jon Kingsdale, a health-care consultant and former director of Massachusetts’s insurance exchange, which was the first in the country, opening several years before the federal law set up a similar national marketplace. “In the first year, there has been so much confusion, I think it’s only natural there will be people who just don’t feel as if they fully understood what the law was and what they were supposed to do and that the opportunity would close.”

 

The change will be announced Wednesday.

 

 

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The White House Extends The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES) Enrollment Deadline.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Extends Obamacare Enrollment Deadline

 

 

From The Washington Post:

 

Obama administration will allow more time to enroll in health care on federal marketplace

 

By Jenna Johnson contributed to this report.

 

The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline.

 

Federal officials confirmed Tuesday evening that all consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, but who do not finish by Monday, will have until about mid-April to ask for an extension.

 

Under the new rules, people will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a blue box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline. This method will rely on an honor system; the government will not try to determine whether the person is telling the truth.

 

The rules, which will apply to the federal exchanges operating in three dozen states, will essentially create a large loophole even as White House officials have repeatedly said that the March 31 deadline was firm. The extra time will not technically alter the deadline but will create a broad new category of people eligible for what’s known as a special enrollment period.

 

The change, which the administration is scheduled to announce Wednesday, is supported by consumer advocates who want as many people as possible to gain insurance under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. But it’s likely to be criticized by Republicans who oppose the law and have denounced the way the administration is implementing it.

 

Administration officials said the accommodation is an attempt to prepare for a possible surge of people trying to sign up in the final days before the deadline. Such a flood could leave some people unable to get through the system.

 

“We are . . . making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment — either online or over the phone,” said Julie Bataille, director of the office of communications for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency overseeing the federal health-care exchange.

 

The extra time will not be restricted, though, to people who wait until the last minute to try to sign up. Although no one will be asked why they need an extension, the idea is to help people whose applications have been held up because of the Web site’s technical problems, or who haven’t been able to get the system to calculate subsidies to help them pay for coverage.

 

According to a Health and Human Services official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about decisions that have not been made public, an exact time frame for this extension has not been set, and it will depend in part on how many people request it. Nor have officials decided precisely how long people will have to select a health plan after they get the extra time.

 

Starting in about mid-April, people will no longer be able to get extensions through HealthCare.gov. After that, consumers will be able to request one through one of the federally sponsored call centers nationwide. At that point, the grounds for an extension will become narrower, matching rules for special enrollment periods that have existed for the past few months. Those include people who have a new baby, are getting a divorce, lose a job with health insurance or had a technical problem signing up for coverage through HealthCare.gov.

 

Once the narrower rules take effect, people will still be trusted to tell the truth about why they need more time — a method known as “self-attestation.”

 

The new rules are similar to steps being taken — or contemplated — by some of the 14 states that are running their own health-insurance exchanges.

 

Last week, the governing board of Maryland’s exchange, which has been hampered by serious computer problems, decided to let residents complete their enrollments after the March 31 deadline, as long as they had started the process beforehand. Minnesota officials announced this week that they would do the same thing. Oregon’s governor plans to announce a similar plan this week, according to his spokeswoman, and the board of Nevada’s exchange is considering several alternatives, including a special enrollment period.

 

The impact of such leeway, coming in the final days of a sign-up period that began in October, remains unclear. This year’s enrollment period is the first opportunity for Americans who are unable to get affordable insurance through a job to choose whether to enroll in one of the plans offered under the 2010 law.

 

In recent weeks, the White House and its allies have been mounting an intense public relations campaign to motivate people to sign up. Amid signs of increasing interest, federal health officials have privately worried whether HealthCare.gov could withstand an expected last-minute enrollment surge this weekend.

 

Administration officials have adopted an enrollment target of 6 million Americans, forecast this winter by congressional budget analysts. The analysts had lowered their previous prediction of 7 million after problems with HealthCare.gov thwarted many people who attempted to enroll during the fall.

 

Until now, the March 31 deadline has been the date by which most Americans must choose a plan — or risk a government fine in the form of a tax penalty when they file their 2014 taxes next year. The fine will not apply to people who get an extension under the new rules and enroll in plans within the allotted time.

 

The constituency that has been most wary of extra sign-up time has been the insurance industry. Insurance firms selling plans in the new marketplace want to minimize the possibility that people might wait to get coverage until they become sick — a practice that would undermine the central idea of keeping costs in check by balancing people who are expensive to insure with those who are healthy and require little medical treatment.

 

On the other hand, consumer advocates say it is important to give as many people as possible a chance to obtain insurance.

 

“The whole point of the thing is to get people covered,” said Jon Kingsdale, a health-care consultant and former director of Massachusetts’s insurance exchange, which was the first in the country, opening several years before the federal law set up a similar national marketplace. “In the first year, there has been so much confusion, I think it’s only natural there will be people who just don’t feel as if they fully understood what the law was and what they were supposed to do and that the opportunity would close.”

 

The change will be announced Wednesday.

 

Thank you  The Washington Post.

 

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on New Hampshire expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act

Today’s passage of Medicaid expansion by the New Hampshire House of Representatives marks a major step forward in ensuring that all Americans, including those in New Hampshire, have access to quality, affordable health care.  New Hampshire’s decision to expand Medicaid is about people, not politics. Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act means that 26,000 residents who would otherwise be uninsured will finally have access to affordable coverage, and hospitals and businesses throughout New Hampshire will save on uncompensated care costs.  New Hampshire is joining a growing number of states that have put politics aside to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and we look forward to seeing Governor Hassan sign this important legislation into law.

 

 

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SIX (6) Days Left To #GetCovered. Next Open Enrollment Date Is On NOVEMBER 15, 2014, Don’t Wait.


 

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MARCH 31, 2014

2014 open enrollment ends

If you have not signed up for health insurance by this date, you will need to wait until the next open enrollment period — and will likely have to pay a fine.

 

 

NOVEMBER 15, 2014

2015 open enrollment begins

You can search for and purchase health insurance in the Marketplace for the following year.

 

 

FEBRUARY 15, 2015

2015 open enrollment ends

If you have not signed up for health insurance by this date, you will need to wait until the next open enrollment period, and will likely have to pay a bigger fine than 2014.

 

Can This Be Said Enough?

 

Simple question….if you don’t get healthcare coverage in 6 days time and allow the Healthcare.gov marketplaces to close until NOVEMBER 15, 2014 which won’t allow you coverage until 2015, what happens if you get sick now?

 

 

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The President Answers Questions About Health Care from the Quora Community

 

Today, President Obama answered questions on Quora, a leading question-and-answer website, about Affordable Care Act enrollment and how the law affects young people across America.

 

The deadline to enroll for health care coverage for this year is March 31 — only seven days from now — so if you’re not covered yet, sign up today at HealthCare.gov. And if you do have health insurance, make sure to tell your friends, family, and co-workers why they need to get covered. Visit WH.gov/GetCovered for tips on how to spread the word.

 

Read the President’s responses to Quora users’ questions below.

 

Q: Why has ACA enrollment accelerated so much over the past few months? What changes did the White House make to make enrollment faster and easier?

 

A: First of all, if you still need to sign up for health insurance, you should go to HealthCare.gov right now and sign up for coverage. You’ve got just seven days left until the March 31st deadline. It’s last call for 2014 if you want to be covered this year.

 

Now, it’s no secret to anyone that we had some issues with the website at launch. But that was months ago. Thanks to a team of experts who worked around the clock to get the site working back then, response times on HealthCare.gov are faster than ever. Most young people are eligible for financial help to make health insurance more affordable. And more than 5 million people have already signed up for coverage — with tens of thousands more signing up every day.

 

We’ve also added more call center staffers to help people enroll over the phone, and launched new search tools at localhelp.healthcare.gov where you can find in-person help with filling out your application.

 

Historically, we know that most people buy health insurance close to the enrollment deadline. We’re human. We procrastinate. Massachusetts, which passed a health care law in 2006 that served as a model for the Affordable Care Act, saw similar trends early on in its enrollment period. In the first month people could sign up for plans in Massachusetts, just 123 people enrolled. After the first four months, 15,560 people had enrolled. And more than 20 percent of all those who enrolled in that first year signed up in the last month.

 

But the broader reason that enrollment has improved these past few months is that the Affordable Care Act is working. Folks are recognizing that quality, affordable health care is available to them in the marketplace, very often with a tax credit that lowers monthly premiums and makes coverage even more affordable. For many Americans, it’s the first time they’ve been able to afford care at all.

 

So, one more time: If you still need to sign up for health insurance, go to HealthCare.gov right now and get yourself covered — this is the last call for 2014.

 

 

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Q: How will ACA affect how young people make career and job choices? If I’m a young person, how will the ACA impact my life?

 

A: First and foremost, it’s last call for 2014. If you haven’t signed up for health insurance and want to be covered in 2014, you should go to HealthCare.gov right now and sign up for coverage. You’ve got just seven days left until the March 31st deadline.

 

The whole point of health insurance is to protect you from massive medical bills that come with illness or injury. None of us are invincible – we all get sick or get into accidents. So for young people, health insurance is about peace of mind. It gives you the freedom to try several jobs until you find the one you love, chase that new idea, or start your own business, without fear that the unexpected will derail your dreams.

 

Before I signed the Affordable Care Act, many young people had difficulty finding affordable health insurance as they were starting their careers. Some were able to get coverage through their employer, but those who couldn’t often went without health insurance altogether. And that’s mostly because too often plans on the individual market were prohibitively expensive, and young people with pre-existing conditions were turned down when they applied for coverage because of their health history.

 

Today, thanks to the health care law, young adults can stay on their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26. Young people can also shop for coverage online through the Health Insurance Marketplace. You can compare plans and benefits and enroll in a plan that fits your budget, and many young people qualify for tax credits to help make coverage even more affordable. In fact, seven in ten single young adults without insurance now may get covered for under $100 a month through the Marketplace.

 

The law also provides new protections and benefits that are especially important for young people. Insurance companies now have to provide free preventive care that will help you stay healthy. They have to provide contraceptive care for women at no extra cost. Insurance companies can’t deny coverage or charge you more because you’ve been sick in the past, and they can’t charge women more than men for the same coverage.

 

So here’s the bottom line. If you want to take a chance and start your own business, or try multiple careers before you settle down, you’re not going to have to wonder whether or not you can do that because you’re worried about maintaining insurance coverage. And that’s what this law is about: health care that’s there for you when you need it; financial protection for you and your family if you get sick; the security of knowing that when life happens, you’ll be protected.

 

 

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Top 5 Lies About Obamacare

 

Published on Mar 23, 2014

To mark the four year anniversary of the signing of theAffordable Care Act we’ve collected and debunked the top 5 lies spread by right-wing media concerning it.

 

Myth 5
http://mythopedia.mediamatters.org/my…

Myth 4
http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/10/…

Myth 3
http://mythopedia.mediamatters.org/my…

Myth 2
http://mythopedia.mediamatters.org/my…

Myth 1
http://mythopedia.mediamatters.org/my…

 

 

 

 

Statement by the President on the Fourth Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

 

Since I signed the Affordable Care Act into law, the share of Americans with insurance is up, and the growth of health care costs is down, to its slowest rate in fifty years – two of the most promising developments for our middle class and our fiscal future in a long time.

 

More Americans with insurance have gained new benefits and protections – the 100 million Americans who’ve gained the right to free preventive care like mammograms and contraception, the eight million seniors who’ve saved thousands of dollars on their prescription drugs, and the untold number of families who won’t be driven into bankruptcy by out-of-pocket costs, because this law prevents insurers from placing dollar limits on the care you can receive.

 

More Americans without insurance have gained coverage.  Over the past four years, over three million young Americans have been able to stay on their family plans.  And over the past five and a half months alone, more than five million Americans have signed up to buy private health insurance plans on HealthCare.gov – plans that can no longer discriminate against preexisting conditions or charge you more just because you’re a woman or a cancer survivor – and millions more have enrolled in Medicaid.

 

It is these numbers, and the stories behind each one of them, that will ultimately determine the fate of this law.  It is the measurable outcomes – in savings for families and businesses, healthier kids with better performance in schools, seniors with more money to spend because they’re paying less for their medicine, and young entrepreneurs who’ll have the freedom to try new jobs or chase that new idea – that will ultimately offer more security and peace of mind to more Americans who work hard to get ahead.

 

Last month, after her first wellness visit under her new insurance plan, a woman from Colorado shared with me what that peace of mind meant to her. “After using my new insurance for the first time, you probably heard my sigh of relief from the White House,” she wrote.  “I felt like a human being again.  I felt that I had value.”

 

This is what’s at stake any time anyone, out of some outdated obsession, pledges to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act.  And that’s why my administration will spend the fifth year of this law and beyond working to implement and improve on it.

 

If you’re an American who wants to get covered – or if you know someone who should – it’s now last call for 2014.  March 31st is the deadline to get covered this year.  So check out HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to see what new choices are available to you, and get covered today.

 

 

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One More Time…..

 

MARCH 31, 2014

2014 open enrollment ends

If you have not signed up for health insurance by this date, you will need to wait until the next open enrollment period — and will likely have to pay a fine.

 

 

NOVEMBER 15, 2014

2015 open enrollment begins

You can search for and purchase health insurance in the Marketplace for the following year.

 

 

FEBRUARY 15, 2015

2015 open enrollment ends

If you have not signed up for health insurance by this date, you will need to wait until the next open enrollment period, and will likely have to pay a bigger fine than 2014.

 

 

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#GCISuccess: Carlos’ Story

 

Published on Feb 21, 2014

Having health coverage gives you access to thepreventive care you need to stay healthy. Watch asMichelin star Chicago chef and fourth runner up in the latest season of Bravo’s Top Chef, Carlos Gaytan, explains how regular check-ups are allowing him to spend more quality time with his family.

Stay educated on Get Covered Illinois news and information at http://www.facebook.com/coveredillinois and http://www.twitter.com/coveredillinois. Join the conversation at #GetCoveredIllinois

 

 

 

 

Remember….

MARCH 31, 2014

2014 open enrollment ends

If you have not signed up for health insurance by this date, you will need to wait until the next open enrollment period — and will likely have to pay a fine.

 

 

NOVEMBER 15, 2014

2015 open enrollment begins

You can search for and purchase health insurance in the Marketplace for the following year.

 

 

FEBRUARY 15, 2015

2015 open enrollment ends

If you have not signed up for health insurance by this date, you will need to wait until the next open enrollment period, and will likely have to pay a bigger fine than 2014.

 

 

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Find out which Marketplace plans include Planned Parenthood:

 

Marketplace plans that include Planned Parenthood

 

Planned Parenthood Plan Finder

 

 

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Statement By The President On 4 Year Anniversary Of ObamaCARES. EIGHT (8) Days Left This Year To Get Covered. Are You Covered?


 

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MARCH 31, 2014

2014 open enrollment ends

If you have not signed up for health insurance by this date, you will need to wait until the next open enrollment period — and will likely have to pay a fine.

 

 

NOVEMBER 15, 2014

2015 open enrollment begins

You can search for and purchase health insurance in the Marketplace for the following year.

 

 

FEBRUARY 15, 2015

2015 open enrollment ends

If you have not signed up for health insurance by this date, you will need to wait until the next open enrollment period, and will likely have to pay a bigger fine than 2014.

 

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#GCISuccess: Katy’s Story

 

Published on Mar 19, 2014

Even people who are young and healthy need coverage. Thanks to Get Covered Illinois, Katy is finally able to have peace of mind with affordable health coverage.

Stay educated on Get Covered Illinois news and information at http://www.facebook.com/coveredillinois and http://www.twitter.com/coveredillinois. Join the conversation at #GetCoveredIllinois

 

 

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GCI Navigator Chat with Laura Leon

 

 

 

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GCI Navigator Chat with Tatiana Alonso

 

 

 

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Affordability Chat w/ Navigator LaShanda Howard

 

Streamed live on Feb 28, 2014

Navigator LaShanda Howard talks about the affordability of health coverage.

 

 

 

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Do YOU Trust THIS Man? Get Covered…cause nobody else gives a damn about YOUR HealthCare.

 

From First Lady Michelle Obama:

 

Do you have Barack‘s back?

 

If you ever need a reminder of why we all work so hard to build a better future for our country, just take a minute to think about the Affordable Care Act, which Barack signed into law four years ago today.

 

Obamacare is a once-in-a-generation achievement, and it wouldn’t have happened without you. We all invested so much time, effort, and energy into getting that law passed. That work wasn’t glamorous, and I know it didn’t always seem like it was going to pay off.

 

But because of what we did together, millions of Americans now have access to quality, affordable health care — in many cases for the first time.

 

That’s amazing, Steven. That’s why I’m in this. That’s why Barack is in this. And I have a sneaking suspicion that’s why you’re in this, too.

But our work here isn’t done — far from it. We need to make sure that no one can turn back the clock on the progress we’ve made.

 

So I hope you will chip in $10 or more today, and help support candidates and leaders who will protect Obamacare.

 

The health of our families and the future of our country depend on it:

 

https://my.democrats.org/Four-Years-of-Obamacare

 

Thanks so much,

Michelle

 

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Statement by the President on the Fourth Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

 

Since I signed the Affordable Care Act into law, the share of Americans with insurance is up, and the growth of health care costs is down, to its slowest rate in fifty years – two of the most promising developments for our middle class and our fiscal future in a long time.

 

More Americans with insurance have gained new benefits and protections – the 100 million Americans who’ve gained the right to free preventive care like mammograms and contraception, the eight million seniors who’ve saved thousands of dollars on their prescription drugs, and the untold number of families who won’t be driven into bankruptcy by out-of-pocket costs, because this law prevents insurers from placing dollar limits on the care you can receive.

 

More Americans without insurance have gained coverage.  Over the past four years, over three million young Americans have been able to stay on their family plans.  And over the past five and a half months alone, more than five million Americans have signed up to buy private health insurance plans on HealthCare.gov – plans that can no longer discriminate against preexisting conditions or charge you more just because you’re a woman or a cancer survivor – and millions more have enrolled in Medicaid.

 

It is these numbers, and the stories behind each one of them, that will ultimately determine the fate of this law.  It is the measurable outcomes – in savings for families and businesses, healthier kids with better performance in schools, seniors with more money to spend because they’re paying less for their medicine, and young entrepreneurs who’ll have the freedom to try new jobs or chase that new idea – that will ultimately offer more security and peace of mind to more Americans who work hard to get ahead.

 

Last month, after her first wellness visit under her new insurance plan, a woman from Colorado shared with me what that peace of mind meant to her. “After using my new insurance for the first time, you probably heard my sigh of relief from the White House,” she wrote.  “I felt like a human being again.  I felt that I had value.”

 

This is what’s at stake any time anyone, out of some outdated obsession, pledges to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act.  And that’s why my administration will spend the fifth year of this law and beyond working to implement and improve on it.

 

If you’re an American who wants to get covered – or if you know someone who should – it’s now last call for 2014.  March 31st is the deadline to get covered this year.  So check out HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to see what new choices are available to you, and get covered today.

 

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Top 5 Lies About Obamacare

 

Published on Mar 23, 2014

To mark the four year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act we’ve collected and debunked the top 5 lies spread by right-wing media concerning it.

 

Myth 5
http://mythopedia.mediamatters.org/my…

Myth 4
http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/10/…

Myth 3
http://mythopedia.mediamatters.org/my…

Myth 2
http://mythopedia.mediamatters.org/my…

Myth 1
http://mythopedia.mediamatters.org/my…

 

 

 

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#GCISuccess: Carlos’ Story

 

Published on Feb 21, 2014

Having health coverage gives you access to the preventive care you need to stay healthy. Watch as Michelin star Chicago chef and fourth runner up in the latest season of Bravo’s Top Chef, Carlos Gaytan, explains how regular check-ups are allowing him to spend more quality time with his family.

Stay educated on Get Covered Illinois news and information at http://www.facebook.com/coveredillinois and http://www.twitter.com/coveredillinois. Join the conversation at #GetCoveredIllinois

 

 

 

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Find out which Marketplace plans include Planned Parenthood:

 

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Marketplace plans that include Planned Parenthood

 

Our committed, professional staff provides high-quality, affordable sexual and reproductive health care for millions of women, men, and teens.

 

Planned Parenthood health centers around the country offer you the health care you need. Our caring and knowledgeable staff provide a wide range of services. These services vary by location. They may include

 

  • Abortion
  • Birth Control
  • Emergency Contraception (Morning After Pill)
  • General Health Care

 

  • HIV Testing
  • LGBT Services
  • Men’s Health Care
  • Pregnancy Testing & Services

 

  • STD Testing, Treatment & Vaccines
  • Women’s Health Care

 

Search for your nearest Planned Parenthood health center to find out about the services it offers.

 

Planned Parenthood Plan Finder

 

Some health insurance plans include Planned Parenthood and some don’t. If you want Planned Parenthood as an option for care with your new insurance, look for a plan that includes us.

 

 

Find out which plans in the Marketplace include Planned Parenthood

 

CHOOSING A PLAN

Choosing a health insurance plan can be really confusing. Planned Parenthood can help you figure out what to consider when picking a plan.

 

PAYING FOR YOUR PLAN

Your new insurance options might be more affordable than you think. Under the law millions of people will get financial help to buy a health insurance plan.

 

ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE LAW

The health care law can be confusing, and many women have a lot of questions about it. Planned Parenthood is here to help you figure out what the law means for you.

 

 

Remember….

MARCH 31, 2014

2014 open enrollment ends

If you have not signed up for health insurance by this date, you will need to wait until the next open enrollment period — and will likely have to pay a fine.

 

 

NOVEMBER 15, 2014

2015 open enrollment begins

You can search for and purchase health insurance in the Marketplace for the following year.

 

 

FEBRUARY 15, 2015

2015 open enrollment ends

If you have not signed up for health insurance by this date, you will need to wait until the next open enrollment period, and will likely have to pay a bigger fine than 2014.

 

 

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Barack Is Worried Sick YOU'RE NOT Covered. #GetCovered.

Barack Is Worried Sick YOU’RE NOT Covered. #GetCovered.

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