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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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Mark Totten: AG Bill Schuette helped give half million Michiganders a $4700 tax hike in Halbig case


Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

A federal court’s decision in the Halbig v. Burwell lawsuit earlier this month threatens the Affordable Care Act subisidies of nearly a half million Michiganders. The ruling contends that the law is written to exclude subsidies from residents in states that rely on the federal health insurance exchange. This, of course, wouldn’t be an issue if Michigan Republicans not stopped our state from setting up its own exchange.

In an op-ed in The Detroit News today, Democratic candidate for Attorney General Mark Totten calls the result a tax hike on a half million Michiganders and lays the blame for it largely on Republican AG and tea party darling Bill Schuette:

This week, a federal court accepted Attorney General Bill Schuette’s argument that hundreds of thousands of Michigan families are ineligible for federal tax credits to purchase health insurance.…
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Michigan insurers are denying transgender people coverage for necessary medical care

Advocates are working to get the same services covered for trans men and women that are covered for everyone else.

Jay Maddock has known he was a man for most of his life, even though that’s not the body he was born with. At age five, he told his dad he wanted to be a man, and was fortunate to grow up in a family that didn’t push gender stereotypes.

After spending 10 years living as a gay woman, Maddock decided he wasn’t going to let another year go by without living his real life. At age 25, he came out as a transgender man, and in 2011 he began his medical transition with therapy, testosterone injections and surgery to remove his breasts.…

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