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Alexander Star at Howard

Young musician knows how important it is to have health insurance

Alexander Star sets an example, especially for those with chronic conditions. Get covered before Jan. 31!

You’d never know by looking at him that Alexander Star has had type 1 diabetes since he was 15 years old. In fact, most people are surprised when the recording artist/songwriter pulls out his insulin pump — a small device that gives him insulin injections if his blood glucose levels get too high.

It’s not like you can tell someone has diabetes by appearance. But Star says he’s determined to “break out of the box of what people think, if I can lead by example” to encourage others to live well with the chronic condition.…

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Making a fresh start in 2016? Make sure you get covered: enroll in health insurance by Jan. 31

Making a fresh start in 2016? Make sure you get covered: enroll in health insurance by Jan. 31

Enroll in health insurance by January 15 for coverage that starts February 1.

The new year is a time for new beginnings — or at least thinking about them. If you’re considering starting your own business or taking a similarly bold step in 2016, one thing you won’t have to worry about is buying health insurance.

Like millions of other Americans, Leslie and her husband, Bill, have the freedom to pursue their career dreams, because they aren’t tied to a job just for the health insurance. That freedom was not possible before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. Buying private health insurance was prohibitively expensive for individuals — if they could even get covered at all.…

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Time's almost up! Enroll in health insurance by December 15 for coverage starting January 1

Time’s almost up! Enroll in health insurance by December 15 for coverage starting January 1

It doesn’t take long to enroll — in fact, it’s easier than ever.

Everyone’s been known to procrastinate. You think you have plenty of time to get something done, and then all of a sudden the deadline is upon you.

If you haven’t signed up for 2016 health insurance yet, the time is now. The deadline to get coverage that kicks in on January 1, 2016, is December 15th. Open enrollment continues through January 31, but why wait?

Sure, this is a busy time of year, but with the continued improvements to …

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Faith communities engage with enrollment partners during Obamacare weekend of action

Faith communities engage with enrollment partners during Obamacare weekend of action

Leaders from all faith traditions are spreading the word about ACA open enrollment, especially the weekend of December 5-6.

For people of faith, their church, mosque, synagogue or other place of worship is central to their community — a vital resource for guidance and support.

That’s one reason organizations like Enroll America work closely with faith leaders to help spread the word about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, especially during open enrollment.

“Faith engagement is a crucial part of our open enrollment strategy,” says David Street, national director for Faith and African American Engagement at Enroll America, and associate pastor at Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Washington, DC.…

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Marion + Daughter 2015

‘Obamacare saved my life,’ says thankful cancer survivor

Without health insurance, this woman would not have received the treatment she needed to survive.


In April 2014, Marion N. Seidel was given the news no one wants to hear: “You have cancer.” She had a cancerous tumor on her tonsils that had already started affecting her lymph glands — a potentially dire situation.

Regular readers of Eclectablog or those who saw my IGNITE talk at Netroots Nation 2014 may remember Marion, whose doctors gave her just one year to live if she didn’t start treatment right away.

“Without Obamacare, I’d be dead in 12 months,” she told me in June 2014, when I first told her story.…

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Why Obamacare is good for the health of women and their families

Why Obamacare is good for the health of women and their families

Affordable insurance means better access to preventive healthcare services for everyone, but especially for women.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) isn’t just about making it easier for Americans to buy health insurance. It guarantees coverage for essential preventive services that can help people stay healthy, like annual check-ups and cancer screenings, and for services such as mental health care and maternity care.

Because the ACA, or Obamacare, says that insurance companies can’t turn people away or cut them off because of a pre-existing or newly diagnosed condition, it also means women can’t be denied coverage if they’re pregnant or be forced to pay a higher premium just because they’re women, says Ebonee Rice, national young American and women’s engagement director at Enroll America.…

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Obamacare, still working: A good news round-up

Obamacare, still working: A good news round-up

The positive stories about the ACA are starting to outnumber the negative ones. It’s about time.

Two years ago, it wasn’t easy to find a positive story about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), derisively called Obamacare by its critics. It wasn’t that there wasn’t plenty of good news to share, but the media loves a bad-news story.

But now, with the name “Obamacare” considered well-deserved praise for the President who ensured its passage, the good news just keeps on coming. Here’s a sampling of some of the positive stories released this week.

2014 Census data shows how well the ACA is working.

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Members of the Michigan Nurses Association, including Carolyn Hietamaki, RN, at a rally in Marquette.

Ignored in the Detroit News editorial on Medicaid expansion: human lives

Chris already did an excellent job highlighting the significant shortcomings of Sunday’s Detroit News editorial, which essentially asserts that the sky is falling and we’d all better run away from Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program, the Healthy Michigan Plan. If you haven’t read Chris’ piece, you should.

But there’s a sobering omission I had to weigh in on, something that’s left out of the editorial entirely: human beings. The lives of people who are relying on the Healthy Michigan Plan, mostly the working poor who earn far too little to afford health insurance otherwise.

That’s why I’m re-posting this piece I originally published on July 25, 2013, when we were waiting for the Michigan Legislature to decide whether to expand Medicaid in the first place.…

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OMG_ONOZ

The Detroit News concern trolls Medicaid expansion in Michigan, ignores glaring Republican failure to invest savings

“Obamacare savings may be short-lived”! shouts the headline of an editorial in today’s edition of The Detroit News. They are referring to Medicaid expansion in our state, a program that is fully funded by the federal government until 2017 and funded at a level of 90% after that, all while giving an additional 600,000 working poor Michiganders health care coverage they wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise and saving the state $220 million a year.

So, what has happened that prompted The News to sound the warning bells? Have health care costs suddenly skyrocketed under the Affordable Care Act?

No.…

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Obamacare is there for Western Michigan University students who lost insurance

Obamacare is there for Western Michigan University students who lost insurance

Students starting the new school year have one less thing to worry about thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

With the announcement this week that Western Michigan University (WMU) will no longer offer student health insurance, there were probably more than a few students wondering, “Now what?”

Fortunately, the Affordable Care Act has the answer. Thanks to the ACA (aka Obamacare), students have an affordable coverage option.

Losing any current health coverage is considered a “qualifying life event” under the ACA. That means that students who lose their coverage qualify for a “special enrollment period,” so they can sign up for a new health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace at Healthcare.gov.…

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StandWithPP

How defunding Planned Parenthood would put health and lives at risk

While anti-choice activists try to fight the truth with misinformation, it’s imperative to defend the facts.

This post is not about abortion. It’s about people’s health and lives.

I’m not shying away from the fact that abortion is a legal healthcare service, and that it accounts for 3 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provides. No one is denying that fact and we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it. Abortion is a choice that every woman has the right to make for herself.

But with a vote to defund Planned Parenthood looming in the U.S. Senate, expected on Monday, we must look at what’s at stake here — the 97 percent of essential healthcare services Planned Parenthood provides that protects the health and well-being of women, men and babies.…

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