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Healthcare countdown: Get ready to get covered or stay covered starting Nov. 15

A little advance planning will make insurance enrollment or renewal a breeze.

November is going to be a big month! After Election Day on November 4th, the next date to remember is November 15th — the day open enrollment through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace begins.

If you’ve already bought health insurance through the ACA marketplace (aka Obamacare), you know the drill, although depending on when you enrolled it may be even easier than it was last year. But you’ll still want to review and confirm your coverage.

And if you haven’t signed up for health insurance yet, why the heck not?…

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TEDMED 2014 showcases the bigger picture of health reform

It’s not just about health insurance. It’s about reimagining the way we deliver care.


If I could only tell you one thing I saw at TEDMED 2014, it would be this: Health reform goes far deeper than the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That isn’t news to me, but it was gratifying to see some of the leading minds in health and medicine articulating it so clearly.

There was very little discussion of the ACA or health insurance from the stage, but there was plenty of information shared about other ways America must overhaul its healthcare system — about what’s necessary to transform it from a “sick care” system into a system that promotes true health and wellness.

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Republican Rick Snyder now running on Obamacare after failure to lead on Medicaid expansion

Back when Michigan legislators were debating whether to expand Medicaid in our state through the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), Rick Snyder expressed his concern that our state didn’t “have enough capacity to put essentially 400,000 more people into a medical home model with a primary care environment, as opposed to having them simply go to an ER”.

That’s the sort of “leadership” provided by Rick Snyder on this issue.

Once Republican legislators finally figured out what a great deal this is for our state, they passed the legislation without giving it “immediate effect”, something they do for nearly every bill passed.…

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VIDEO: Amy Lynn Smith on how Democrats can win with Obamacare success stories

At Netroots Nation 2014, I explained why I think Obamacare is a winning issue for Democrats — and what we can do to help.

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. And I’m a firm believer that Obamacare is a winning issue for Democrats.

To make the case for this, I had the honor of being one of the speakers chosen to present an Ignite talk at Netroots Nation in Detroit as part of the closing keynote session. The Ignite format works like this: You have five minutes to speak, accompanied by 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds.…

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Get Covered America launches Michigan Youth Outreach Advisory Council

The council, along with a new Fellows program, gives young people more opportunities than ever to get involved and help others get covered.

Get Covered America is all about helping people enroll in insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There are still a lot of young adults to reach — which is why the organization has launched a Michigan Youth Outreach Advisory Council.

The Youth Outreach Advisory Council will feature youth leaders from across the state coming together to help Michigan’s uninsured young people find affordable coverage. The first of its kind for Get Covered America-Michigan’s field team, the Youth Outreach Advisory Council is made up of elected officials, consumers and local leaders who serve as trusted voices among 18- to 34-year-olds across the Great Lakes State, and focuses on honing youth outreach efforts to ensure that every uninsured young Michigander can access quality, affordable care, especially heading into the next open enrollment period that begins November 15.…

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ACTION: Voice your support for the Obama administration’s proposed rule to protect birth control access

Less than one minute could stop corporations like Hobby Lobby from violating women’s reproductive rights.

You may have heard the great news that the Obama administration has introduced a plan to make sure women continue to have access to contraception without a co-pay — one of the tenets of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that helps ensure that women don’t pay more for preventive healthcare services just because they’re women.

The Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case threatens women’s access to care, and not just the women who work for the for-profit corporation that objected to the birth control mandate on religious grounds.…

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MI GOP candidates flat-out lie about the ACA

Yes, I realize that’s about the least-shocking headline of the day, but it’s still appalling just how casually Republican candidates in Michigan are spreading misinformation about the Affordable Care Act.

First up is everyone’s favorite foreclosure attorney and MI-11 Congressional candidate David Trott (best known for kicking old ladies out of their homes), who gave a newspaper interview recently which was jaw-droppingly full of nonsense when it comes to (among other subjects) the Affordable Care Act.

For starters, the question itself was disgustingly biased:

Many American families experienced sticker shock when the first monthly premium arrived for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.…
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Another benefit of Michigan Medicaid expansion: reducing state prison costs

It’s not just good for the state budget — it’s good for the health of current and former prisoners, which may help keep them from returning to prison.

I wrote more than a year ago about the benefits Medicaid expansion would bring to Michigan, including a boost to the health of Michigan’s citizens and its economy, with $1 billion in federal funding and an expected $2.1 billion increase in economic activity.

Now, the Healthy Michigan Plan — Michigan’s version of Medicaid expansion — is on track to help the state save $19 billion in 2015 and improve the health of current and former prison inmates.…

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URGENT ACTION: Be heard on Michigan health insurance rate increases before Aug. 1

Some insurers want to raise your rates significantly for 2015. In Michigan, it’s your right to tell them how you feel about that.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has gone a long way toward making health insurance more affordable, but until there’s full reform of the insurance industry, there isn’t very much incentive for insurance companies to stop raising your rates year after year.

Michigan gives consumers a chance to comment on premium rate increases as part of the rate review process — and the time to speak up is now.

Public comments on proposed rate increases must be submitted before August 1, 2014.

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Michigan tea partiers in full-blown panic over possible creation of state-run health insurance exchange

With the recent conflicting rulings by federal courts over whether subsidies for health insurance can be used by residents in states relying on the federal health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act, there is discussion of revisiting the creation of a state-run exchange in Michigan.

There could be another push in Lansing to set up a state-run website to purchase insurance through the federal healthcare law. [...]

Republican Jim Marleau chairs the state Senate Health Policy Committee. He says the federal health exchange has worked well for Michiganders since problems with the website were fixed late last year.

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