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Obamacare’s stronger anti-discrimination protections couldn’t come at a better time

Obamacare’s stronger anti-discrimination protections couldn’t come at a better time

New rule clarifies access to coverage and care for LGBT people, as anti-equality sentiment continues to run high.

Discrimination against transgender people is nothing new — and it’s a problem that’s sadly going to get worse before it gets better. (See: North Carolina’s HB2.)

Consider Jay Maddock of Kalamazoo, Mich., whose coverage for care he needs as a transgender man was actually taken away by his insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

That’s all going to change thanks to a final rule issued last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). When it comes to healthcare coverage and care, LGBT people can no longer be discriminated against.…

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House GOP uses taxpayer funds in attempt to break Obamacare

House GOP uses taxpayer funds in attempt to break Obamacare

Republicans may have prevailed in their latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, but it’s nothing but another political stunt.

It’s the same old story from Republicans: Do everything possible to make government look dysfunctional in an effort to dismantle it.

On Thursday, a federal judge struck down a portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ruling that President Obama overstepped his authority in funding a provision of the law that sent billions of dollars in subsidies to health insurers.

The same judge put the ruling on hold, pending an appeal from the Obama administration, which is certain to come.…

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Happy anniversary, Obamacare! Here’s a few of the millions of people you’ve helped so far

Happy anniversary, Obamacare! Here’s a few of the millions of people you’ve helped so far

The Affordable Care Act has transformed the healthcare landscape, and the work continues.

Six years ago, on March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. Even as he celebrated the historic achievement in healthcare reform, he admitted there was still work to do — and he was right.

Since that day, President Obama and healthcare advocates have been pushing against the tide of ideological opposition — including so many attempts to repeal the law that I’ve lost track — to continue improving on the gains we’ve made. In fact, there’s yet another challenge to the mandate to include no-cost birth control with every insurance plan being heard by the U.S.…

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What exactly has Obamacare done for Americans anyway?

What exactly has Obamacare done for Americans anyway?

A lot more good than you may realize — and definitely more than most of its opponents will ever admit.

On a visit to Wisconsin on Thursday, President Obama celebrated the achievements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), reminding voters of the disastrous consequences if a Republican is elected President and repeals the law known as Obamacare.

During his visit, President Obama had lunch with people who had written him letters about how the ACA has helped them, including Brent Brown, who has voted Republican all his life and had spoken out in strong opposition to the ACA. That all changed when he needed treatment for a serious health condition — and was able to get the care he needed thanks to Obamacare.…

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Good for you: You’ve got health insurance! So now how do you use it?

Good for you: You’ve got health insurance! So now how do you use it?

Getting covered is only the beginning of Obamacare’s benefits. Here are some tips for using your health insurance.

As of March 1, every health insurance plan purchased and paid for during Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment went into effect.

More than 12.7 million Americans chose a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the third marketplace open enrollment period. Those consumers now have peace of mind knowing they’re protected in the event of an unexpected illness or injury — and access to ongoing care, which is essential to staying healthy, especially if you have a chronic condition such as asthma or diabetes.…

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Young musician knows how important it is to have health insurance

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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Healthy Michigan Plan earns approval to continue customized Medicaid expansion program

Healthy Michigan Plan earns approval to continue customized Medicaid expansion program

Fantastic news for the 600,000 low-income Michiganders who rely on the program for their health insurance.

When the Michigan Legislature submitted their plans for a customized version of Medicaid expansion to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2013, there was no guarantee CMS would sign off on either of the waivers to require more “skin in the game” from beneficiaries. The first waiver was approved, allowing the Healthy Michigan plan to kick off in 2014. Higher-than-expected enrollment proved the need to provide assistance to Michigan’s low-income and working poor residents.

Since then, many healthcare advocates have been concerned about whether CMS would approve the second waiver by the December 31 deadline required by state law.…

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Do you know the deadline to buy 2016 health insurance?

Do you know the deadline to buy 2016 health insurance?

If you don’t, you’re not alone. And this post is for you.

Not everyone is great at meeting deadlines. If that applies to you, raise your hand.

Plenty of people are paying attention to the deadline to sign up for 2016 health insurance. According to our friend Charles Gaba at ACA Signups, as of December 17 more than 5 million Americans have signed up for 2016 health insurance. That’s a good thing. And he’s predicting that a total of more than 14 million Americans will sign up before the end of open enrollment on January 31, 2016, both at Healthcare.gov and through other channels such as insurance brokers.…

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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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Get covered and assert your rights during Obamacare LGBT Week of Action

Get covered and assert your rights during Obamacare LGBT Week of Action

With the deadline to get insurance starting January 1 coming up on December 15 the time to act is now.

Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), LGBT people faced significant discrimination in access to healthcare. That all changed with the passage of the law fondly known as Obamacare, and the uninsured rate for LGBT people has reached an all-time low.

But there are still far too many uninsured people in the LGBT community — which is why the White House, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and partners like Out2Enroll and Enroll America have designated the week of December 7-11 a LGBT Week of Action.…

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