Tag: Medicaid

What you need to know about Medicaid coverage for residents impacted by the #FlintWaterCrisis

What you need to know about Medicaid coverage for residents impacted by the #FlintWaterCrisis

Enrollment is open to help Flint residents access vital healthcare services.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Flint water crisis is a public health emergency. Every single one of the nearly 100,000 residents of Flint have been exposed to dangerous levels of lead, with no resolution in sight to ensure them access to safe water.

Meanwhile, the long-term health and wellness of everyone poisoned by toxic levels of lead in Flint is at stake, with children and pregnant women at greatest risk. Children, especially those under six years old, are especially susceptible to the harms of lead exposure, because their bodies absorb more lead than those of adults and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead.…

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A silent problem: Children’s hearing aids are not covered by most insurance

A silent problem: Children’s hearing aids are not covered by most insurance

Lack of insurance coverage means many kids won’t get help for their hearing impairment, which is linked to serious risks.

When it comes to advocating for important issues, Barb Byrum is a pro. The Michigan Ingham County Clerk and former state Representative is not shy about speaking out on behalf of people who may not otherwise be heard.

So it’s no surprise that she’d do the same for her own child.

A mother of two, Byrum and her husband learned early on that their son, Bryce, was having hearing issues. He failed his very first hearing test as a newborn. Now in kindergarten, Bryce has failed nearly every hearing test he’s been given since, and was eventually diagnosed with conductive hearing loss in his left ear that fluctuates, known as a mixed hearing loss.…

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Koch brothers front group Americans for Prosperity faces fierce backlash in Montana over Medicaid expansion

Koch brothers front group Americans for Prosperity faces fierce backlash in Montana over Medicaid expansion

Montanans are a special breed of Americans. They are fiercely independent and, in general, quite conservative. However, one thing that most folks from Montana have no patience for is when outsiders come into their state, run down their elected officials, and try to tell them how to vote. That’s exactly what the Koch brothers corporatist front group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) did in Montana over the issue of Medicaid expansion and the results are enough to warm the cockles of this liberal’s heart.

AFP decided to target a number of Republican state legislators in Montana, legislators who had previously voted in favor of Medicaid expansion.…

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UPDATED: A Supreme Court decision against Obamacare “would be a serious danger to my husband’s health,” says woman

UPDATED: A Supreme Court decision against Obamacare “would be a serious danger to my husband’s health,” says woman

If SCOTUS eliminates the ACA’s tax credits, Dolly and Chip would no longer be able to afford insurance — and the consequences could be life-threatening.

UPDATE: After this story was posted, Dolly resubmitted an application for Medicaid and she and her husband were accepted into the program based on their very low income. So although they are no longer at risk of losing their health insurance, their story is an example of what millions of other Americans could face in the wake of the King v. Burwell case.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working. Millions are finally able to afford health insurance — many because of tax credits the law provides to help those who otherwise couldn’t afford the monthly premiums.…

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

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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Healthy Michigan Plan is working for hard-working young people

Healthy Michigan Plan is working for hard-working young people

One 27-year-old with multiple part-time jobs on how important — and easy — it is to get health insurance.

With apologies to James Brown, Marcus Laban may be the hardest-working man in show business. He works part-time for a casting director, directs high school plays on a seasonal basis and just ended a tour with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. To make ends meet, he also works part-time as an assistant at a funeral home and does administrative work for a healthcare provider.

I know Laban personally, and I always wonder when he finds time to sleep — let alone volunteer at area community theaters, which he does often.…

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Happy birthday, Medicaid! You’re helping more Americans than ever

Happy birthday, Medicaid! You’re helping more Americans than ever

Medicare is healthier, too, and it’s all thanks to Obamacare.

July 30th marks the 49th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, and both programs are looking better than they were just a few years ago.

As LOLGOP wrote earlier, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already extended the life of Medicare by 13 years — and that’s just one piece of the good news. Be sure to read his terrific piece.

The ACA has been good for Medicaid, too, which is good for the health of middle-class and poor Americans. Since October 2013, more than 6.7 million people have enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP programs, thanks to Medicaid expansion under the ACA.…

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Michigan Senate Republicans fail to act on Medicaid expansion

Michigan Senate Republicans fail to act on Medicaid expansion

Despite urging from Democrats, citizens, businesses and healthcare professionals, Republicans continue to stall.

Senate Republicans said they would hold a hearing on Medicaid expansion on Wednesday. But despite the many citizens who came to be heard — packing the committee room and overflowing into the lobby, according to Whitney Mich, Government Relations Coordinator for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan — there was no action from Senate Republicans.

There was no testimony. There was no vote.

Senate Democrats called for a vote. They called on their Republican counterparts to do the right thing. They provided the testimony Republicans wouldn’t hear from those who came to speak in support of Medicaid expansion, sharing stories of constituents in need.…

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ACTION: Show your support for Medicaid expansion in Michigan

ACTION: Show your support for Medicaid expansion in Michigan

Join Wednesday’s day of action and sign petitions urging Senate Republicans to vote now.

July 3 could prove to be a big day for Medicaid expansion in Michigan. At least, that’s what supporters of Medicaid expansion hope — and every voice can make a difference.

Senate Democrats will be urging their Republican colleagues to vote on HB 4714 to expand Medicaid to more than 450,000 low-income residents in Michigan.

From a release issued by the Senate Democrats:

The Senate Republican Majority is treating the session as a formality and plans to gavel in and out without taking any votes. Michigan Senate Democrats, Congressman John Dingell and Medicaid supporters will be on-hand to urge the Senate to take up this life-saving and time-sensitive legislation.…
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Actions speak louder than words on Michigan Medicaid expansion

Actions speak louder than words on Michigan Medicaid expansion

Democrats urge a vote while Senate Republicans want more time to debate. Talk is cheap.

Michigan Senate Democrats want action on Medicaid expansion and they want it now. They’ve challenged Senate Republicans to hold a vote on July 3 and a rallying cry from Democrats and healthcare advocates has been sent out to the public. Details on joining the call to mobilize are below.

The response from Senate Republicans so far? “We’re not ready.” They’ve had a full year to think about Medicaid expansion. Apparently, they put off doing their homework until the night before the big exam. Plus, they apparently have an aversion to taking a simple up-or-down vote.…

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Tea Party activists turn against Michigan Gov. Snyder for supporting Medicaid expansion

Tea Party activists turn against Michigan Gov. Snyder for supporting Medicaid expansion

An open letter urges conservatives to “sit out” Governor Rick Snyder’s re-election campaign.

That’s how much the Michigan Tea Party hates Obamacare. They’d sabotage the Republican Governor’s chances of winning re-election to prove a point.

They published an open letter today railing against Gov. Snyder’s continued efforts to convince the Michigan legislature to accept Medicaid expansion. Never mind the fact that Medicaid expansion would bring more than $1 billion in federal funding into the state to provide healthcare coverage to as many as 730,000 uninsured citizens, along with 18,000 jobs and $2 billion in economic activity by 2016. You can read details of the benefits here.…

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