In The States: Affordable Care Act Enrollment “Soars,” “Spikes,” “Surges” And “Takes Off”


 

By Jueseppi B.

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ObamaCARES Works!! You Can Say This Better Than We Ever Could: David Simas, The White House.

 

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

 

Josh Earnest
Josh Earnest

January 13, 2014
06:37 PM EST

 

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

 

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

 

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  • Detroit Free Press: “Health insurance enrollment takes off in Michigan, nation for coverage under ACA”

 

  • Detroit News: “Feds: Michigan experiences 11-fold increase in health care sign-ups”

 

  • MLive: “Obamacare signups in Michigan spike in December; see demographic breakdown”

 

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  • Sun-Sentinel:  “Obamacare enrollment gains traction in Florida”

 

 

  • Palm Beach Post: “Florida’s Obamacare enrollment surges, as does the nation’s”

 

 

 

  • WSFA: “More Alabamians signing up for health insurance”

 

 

  • Gannett: “More Hoosiers joined health exchange in December”

 

  • Des Moines Register: “7,500 Iowans have signed up for private insurance on healthcare.gov, compared to 757 a month ago”

 

  • The Gazette: “Colorado health insurance enrollments continue at steady pace”

 

  • WRAL: “North Carolina fifth nationally in enrollment under health law”

 

 

  • WLTX: “Health Insurance Enrollment Spikes in South Carolina”

 

  • Billings Gazette: “Montana sign-ups for Obamacare policies surge in December”

 

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ObamaCARES Works!! You Can Say This Better Than We Ever Could: David Simas, The White House.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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

 

It’s you. Or your neighbor, coworker, sister, or partner.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Stella R., California
“For me this makes all the difference between having good health or not. I recently had a CAT scan (which I had to pay out of pocket for) because I was losing a lot of weight. It turns out that something was found and now I will need to see specialists and have further procedures done to make sure it is not cancer. My first appointment is on January 6 with a specialist. If I did not have health insurance, I would not be able to see a specialist. It would wipe out any savings I have and leave me medically at high risk.”

 

Brian F., Florida
“I have not had Insurance for over 10 years. I had a pre-existing condition that made me uninsurable — even though I was perfectly healthy. The last quote I got was in 2008: It was $1,750 a month with a $10,000 deductible. There was no way to ever afford that. …This insurance changes everything for me.I do not have to worry anymore when I get a sore throat or an infected cut that I will have to go to the emergency room — run up thousands in bills and then have to file bankruptcy. This is a great day. Thank you for the ACA. It is a life changer.”

 

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Elina K., Colorado
“My mom, who is 61 and works as a freelance Russian interpreter, went to the ER in November. She, her partner and myself are uninsured. Tests confirmed she had a major blockage and would need surgery. The mass appears to be cancerous and is pushing down on her internal organs. She has been in severe pain for weeks. … Last night, around 3 a.m., she was admitted to the hospital and will be having surgery which she had to put off until her ACA policy kicked in at midnight. She now has expert care in a facility that in less than 24 hours changed her medication and treated her symptoms with noticeable results. When my stepdad came home tonight, exhausted after spending all day at the hospital, all he could say was ‘thank god for Obamacare’ …It may well end up saving her life.”

 

Kendra S., Oklahoma
“Just this past October, my husband was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. This devastating news was compounded by the fact we were not insured, my husband could no longer work, and the rapid medical procedures that occurred quickly ran up thousands of dollars that we don’t have the money to pay. We quickly began researching the ACA, made an appointment with a local Community Care office and after many hours of research, to determine the coverage that we could afford. We are so grateful for the ACA. With the incredibly terrible stress that has befallen upon our family, at least now we know his medical expenses are covered.”

 

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Rachelle L., Florida
“My 28-year-old daughter was able to get healthcare coverage on her own for the first time through the ACA. She has a pre-existing condition, a genetic kidney disease that prevented her from getting coverage in 2009 at the age of 24 when she had to come off of our policy due to the age requirement. Her Cobra payments were $650 a month because she could not get more reasonable private coverage due to her pre-existing condition. In 2010, she was able to come back on our BCBS plan because of the ACA and was able to remain there until she finished school. We signed her up through the website and paid for her plan directly through Cigna on December 2: $298/month for a silver plan with a $0 deductible! She received her new insurance card on December 27th for coverage starting Jan 1!We now have peace of mind that all of her medical needs will be covered at a reasonable cost.”

 

Curtis D., Washington
“Our new coverage has begun. I am 62, and my wife is 55. We are both self employed and neither of us have had coverage for the past seven years. Thankfully we are both pretty healthy, but it feels good to know we can schedule a checkup and take care of any lingering issues we’ve been putting off. Thank you for making improvements to the health care of the country.”

 

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Kelly M., Maryland
“I have a new plan. I haven’t had insurance for years. When I applied for insurance before, I was denied for pre-existing conditions, even for plans with huge deductibles. I signed up on the Maryland Healthcare Exchange back in October, and by January 1st, I was holding an insurance card from Carefirst Blueshield and have already had my first doctor’s appointment. It works. I am proof. And I’m so grateful that I can take care of myself with dignity without having to go to the ER whenever I’m sick or have to spend half of my paycheck at an urgent care center. I can do all of the preventative measures that I have been putting off, and get back on the road to health. It’s a good feeling.”

 

Kate S., Connecticut
“This healthcare reform is a life-changing event for my family. My husband and I have had to carry our own insurance for the past 25 years and, with the family insurance we had, we were paying $2,500.00 a MONTH for coverage, which we could not afford. Once the children graduated from high school, we had to take them off our policy because we could not afford it anymore. … We have never been high wage earners and the costs of our insurance have for years been an impossible burden. Now that the system is fair and goes by our income, we finally may be able to set money aside and save for our future.”

 

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Simply put, for millions of Americans: Health reform matters.

 

If you’ve got a story of your own, share it with us here.

 

And if you don’t think stories like these ones get told enough — then do something to change that. Pass this on.

 

Thank you,

 

David

 

David Simas
Deputy Senior Advisor
The White House
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This Is The Affordable Care Act: Giving Women At High Risk For Breast Cancer Access To Free Chemoprevention Medication


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Dr. Jill Biden
Dr. Jill Biden

January 09, 2014
11:30 AM EST

 

More than 20 years ago, my personal involvement in the fight against breast cancer started after four of my friends were diagnosed with the disease in the same year. After one of those friends lost her battle, I saw just what a ruthless adversary breast cancer could be. Far too many of us have lost a loved one to breast cancer or seen a colleague or friend endure painful treatments to fight the disease.

 

That is why I am so pleased that today the Administration is making clear that most health insurance plans must soon cover chemoprevention medications like tamoxifen and raloxifene that can reduce the risk of breast cancer for women who have an increased chance of developing the disease. In addition, these health plans will have to cover the medications at no cost to these women.

 

Women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer face many questions. Now, if their doctor recommends that the benefits of this treatment outweigh the risks, one question women across the country won’t have to ask is whether they can afford it.

 

This is just one more way the Affordable Care Act is helping fight breast cancer. Already, the ACA ensures that about 47 million women have access to free mammograms every year or two, that insurance companies can no longer deny coverage or increase premiums due to pre-existing conditions like breast cancer, and new health plans can no longer set an annual or lifetime cap on someone’s health insurance benefits – meaning women diagnosed with breast cancer will not max out their insurance benefits while seeking treatment.

 

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For breast cancer survivors, these changes can make all the difference. I met Myrna Rodriguez Previte, in 2012. In 2003, Myrna, a self-employed real estate broker, was refused health coverage when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36. Thankfully, Myrna eventually got covered on her husband’s policy, but because of the Affordable Care Act, it is now illegal for an insurance company to drop people like Myrna from coverage because they receive a breast cancer diagnosis.

 

This fight is personal for so many of us, including me. Not just for the friends and family who have already received a breast cancer diagnosis, but for our friends, sisters, daughters, and mothers who are at increased risk of developing breast cancer.

 

Learn more:

 

Dr. Jill Biden is Second Lady of the United States. She is a lifelong educator and a proud military mom.

 

Related Topics: Health CareWomen

 

 

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Weekly Address: Time To Pass Bipartisan Legislation To Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Weekly Address: Time to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance

January 04, 2014 | 3:18 |Public Domain

 

In this week’s address, President Obama says Congress should act to extend emergency unemployment insurance for more than one million Americans who have lost this vital economic lifeline while looking for a job.

 

 

 

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En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora del Consejo de Política Doméstico Cecilia Muñoz habla sobre la importancia de que el Congreso extienda el seguro de desempleo cuando regrese de nuevo a Washington la próxima semana. El seguro de desempleo proporciona una fuente vital para millones de estadounidenses, incluyendo a muchos Latinos, que siguen buscando trabajo.

 

 

 

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Statement by Gene B. Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council

 

This New Year’s Day, there is likely less joy and more fear and distress in the homes of 1.3 million Americans who this week have seen their unemployment insurance suddenly cut off – a vital lifeline that these Americans depend on as they fight to find a job. There would be no better New Year’s resolution for Congress to make today than to commit to making the first new legislation for the new year the restoration of emergency unemployment insurance for those who have this week just been cut off.

 

Failing to extend emergency unemployment insurance through 2014 will negatively impact 14 million Americans – the 4.9 million workers who will see unemployment insurance cut off and the approximately 9 million additional family members they are supporting. But if Congress does the right thing and acts to extend emergency unemployment benefits through 2014, it is estimated to lead to 200,000 jobs and a fifth of a point of additional economic growth. This emergency unemployment insurance is temporary and by design will taper off as the unemployment falls around the nation.

 

The claims by some that those experiencing long-term unemployment are solely at fault are belied by the countless accounts of the names, faces and stories of responsible Americans among those 1.3 million who have worked hard their whole lives and are fighting to find a new job to support their families. Because these workers are only eligible for this emergency assistance if they are actively looking for work, extension will help encourage many of the long-term unemployed to keep at it even if they are getting discouraged.

 

We as Americans can choose to have each other’s backs when we face serious spells of long-term unemployment. In more than 50 years, we have never cut off emergency unemployment insurance when the rate of long-term unemployment was even above 50% of its current level, even though none of those recessions were nearly as deep as the one we are now recovering from. Serious studies make clear that those who are long-term unemployed face serious barriers to getting new jobs than can lead to lasting damage to their economic future. At a time when we as a nation should be moving forward in our efforts to help those who are long-term unemployed find new jobs, we should not take a harsh step backwards by abruptly cutting off their unemployment insurance.

 

The President strongly supports Majority Leader Harry Reid’s commitment to bring the bipartisan Reed-Heller bill for a vote the very first day the Senate returns on January 6th. By temporarily extending emergency unemployment insurance for three months, this bipartisan bill will provide benefits for over 2 million Americans when they need it most, and we urge every member of Congress to support this vitally important bill.

 

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West Wing Week 01/03/14: Best Of The West (Wing Week) 2013


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Adam Garber
Adam Garber

January 03, 2014
02:30 PM EST

 

As we move into 2014 we’d like to take a quick look back with you at some of our favorite moments, large and small from the 2013 White House video library. There was quite a bit to choose from, but we were able to narrow it down to 10. Take a look in this years edition of “Best of the West (Wing Week).”

 

 

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Obama Family’s Gift To Girls Godmother Delivered By Mistake To A Suburban Chicago Woman.

 

“I don’t want him to ever be forgotten.” A Grieving Cousin Speaks To Moms Demand Action

 

President Barack Hussein Obama Meets With Prime Minister Key Of New Zealand…On Hawaiian Golf Course.

 

Real Success Stories From Real People: The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).

 

New Health Insurance Options, New Consumer Protections: New Year. A New Day in Health Care Coverage. New Year, New Coverage: Trinace’s Story.

 

Statement By Gene B. Sperling, Director Of The National Economic Council

 

Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America Applauds Upholding Of NY SAFE Act By Federal Court

 

James La Rue Avery, Sr, Star Of ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air,’ Dies At Age 68

 

Barack’s World™: Happy New 2014…Now Lets Get To Work. Presidential Actions On New Years Eve.

 

Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America: The New Leaders On Gun Safety In 2013? Moms

 

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