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


 

By Jueseppi B.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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While Marketplace Enrollment Ended, Medicaid Enrollment Continues

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Medicaid Enrollment Continues Year Round

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

More States are Expanding Medicaid

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

 

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

 

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Is my state expanding Medicaid coverage?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

If your state is expanding Medicaid

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

If your state hasn’t expanded Medicaid

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

 

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

 

 

Why this coverage gap exists

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Get State Information

 

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MEDICAID EXPANSION 2014

 

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

 

How does the Affordable Care Act affect eligibility for Medicaid?

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

  • Simplified application and renewal process for:

 

 

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

 

 

Resources

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

 

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ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion Opt-Out

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Staples You Suck: Printed Copy Of Petition To Be Delivered To Staples Corporate Today!


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Printed copy of Petition to be Delivered to Staples Corporate Today!

 

By Sue Whistleblower

 

This is it! The day where all our hard work pays off! A 10 lb box of printed signatures was sent to Staples Corporate Headquarters and is scheduled to be delivered today!

 

If Staples doesn’t respond within a week, I would like to schedule a Call-In to the Office of the President on Monday February 3rd.

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Thanks again for your continued support!
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The following letter was included with the petition signatures:
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Sue Whistleblower
1660 Soldiers Field Road
Brighton, MA 02135
January 18, 2014
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Ron Sargent
Chief Executive Officer
Staples
500 Staples Drive
Framingham, MA 01702
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Dear Ron Sargent:
I am a part-time employee of your company, Staples. I have served Staples faithfully for many years, and have earned your company far more income than you have paid me over that time. On January 4th, 2014, a policy was enacted at your retail stores that limited part-time employees to 25 hours a week. I have worked over 25 hours a week for the entirety of my employment at your company, as have a vast majority of your part-time staff. I inquired about the reason of the policy up the chain of command, and was not given a straight answer at every level.
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It is for this reason, that we the part-time employees of Staples, hereby petition your company for the following actions:
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1. Amend your policy to at least 35 hours a week for part-time employees or abolish said policy.
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2. If there are reasons this cannot be done, Staples is to make an honest and truthful public statement as to why.
You are probably wondering under what authority we as employees have the right to demand such changes from the CEO of a company. As Customer Service Representatives, it is not only our duty to represent the company to the customer, it is also our duty to represent the customer to the company. Enclosed is a printed copy of over 200,000 signatures of people who disagree with your current actions and demand you change your policy. Most of them are your customers and have pledged not to shop at your stores until you take corrective action.
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We know that thousands of other companies have been enacting similar policies for one reason, the Affordable Health Care Act. We also know that the medical insurance you currently offer through Aetna does not meet the minimum standards of the law. The ACA states that any employee working over 30 hours a week is entitled to health insurance, or the company faces steep fines. We understand that paying those fines would be an unacceptable cost to your corporation. However, we encourage Staples to be more open as to why this company is enacting such changes. If complying with the law would cost Staples hundreds of millions of dollars, then speak out!
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If you truly need to enact such policies to avoid hefty fees, and to give you time to research ways to comply with the law that meet the needs of both the company and its employees, then please make this known in a public statement!
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We also hereby inform you that we will use all lawful means to petition your company until we receive an answer, and that this letter will be distributed to all petition signers.
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Sincerely,
Sue Whistleblower
Petition Executor
Enclosed: 201,751 petition signatures from Change.org
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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
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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.

 

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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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