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If you’re being helped by the Affordable Care Act, thank the Democrats with your vote

Wisconsin woman who couldn’t get insurance without Obamacare urges everyone to remember who supported the law on Election Day.

Jenell Larson is a healthy 61-year-old woman who could not buy insurance at any price due to a single illness in her 30s — an illness that was treated successfully. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, she didn’t have to go a single day without insurance when her COBRA coverage ran out.

Larson had cerebral aneurysms in her 30s, and neurosurgery repaired the problem. Even though her doctors told her she would be just fine, no insurance company would cover her.…

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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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How the high cost of HIV/AIDS drugs puts lives at risk — and what’s being done to change that

Even with insurance, some people can’t afford treatment or preventive medications. Advocates are working on solutions.

Imagine being diagnosed with HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS, and being reassured that with treatment there’s no reason for the quality or length of your life to be diminished.

Then imagine being told that the drugs you need to start taking right away could cost you upwards of $1,000 a month — and that’s with insurance. Without coverage, it could cost as much as $3,000 a month.

That’s the reality being faced by many people living with HIV/AIDS, due in part to the high cost of prescription medications.…

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Terri Lynn Land signs pledge to repeal Obamacare which would deny healthcare to hundreds of thousands of Michiganders

The conservative group Independent Women’s Voice announced yesterday that Terri Lynn Land has signed their “Pledge to Repeal Obamacare”. The pledge reads:

The Repeal Pledge
(Candidate Version)

I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010.*

To that end, I would now and will in the next Congress endorse and vote for all measures, including discharge petitions, leading to its defunding, deauthorization, and repeal.

I shall do so whether those measures are taken for the whole of the bill or those component parts that impose mandates, restrict patient and doctor choice and access, violate individual freedom and privacy, reduce healthy competition, increase costs, or raise taxes.

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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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Changing jobs? Obamacare has got you covered no matter what

The Affordable Care Act gives everyone the freedom to change jobs without worrying about finding affordable insurance, even outside the open enrollment period.

When Maria changed from a job that provided health insurance to one that didn’t, she wasn’t worried for a moment about getting covered — even though she has a pre-existing condition. That’s because she knew she could get insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) no matter what.

“I didn’t go a single day without coverage because I knew what my new salary would be,” she says. “I could sign up immediately using the estimator tool based on what my income would be to qualify for a tax credit.…

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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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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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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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