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Marion + Daughter 2015

‘Obamacare saved my life,’ says thankful cancer survivor

Without health insurance, this woman would not have received the treatment she needed to survive.

In April 2014, Marion N. Seidel was given the news no one wants to hear: “You have cancer.” She had a cancerous tumor on her tonsils that had already started affecting her lymph glands — a potentially dire situation.

Regular readers of Eclectablog or those who saw my IGNITE talk at Netroots Nation 2014 may remember Marion, whose doctors gave her just one year to live if she didn’t start treatment right away.

“Without Obamacare, I’d be dead in 12 months,” she told me in June 2014, when I first told her story.…

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Why Obamacare is good for the health of women and their families

Why Obamacare is good for the health of women and their families

Affordable insurance means better access to preventive healthcare services for everyone, but especially for women.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) isn’t just about making it easier for Americans to buy health insurance. It guarantees coverage for essential preventive services that can help people stay healthy, like annual check-ups and cancer screenings, and for services such as mental health care and maternity care.

Because the ACA, or Obamacare, says that insurance companies can’t turn people away or cut them off because of a pre-existing or newly diagnosed condition, it also means women can’t be denied coverage if they’re pregnant or be forced to pay a higher premium just because they’re women, says Ebonee Rice, national young American and women’s engagement director at Enroll America.…

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Kathe Koja

Obamacare open enrollment is here! Get covered, get care, stay healthy

Kathe is one of millions of examples of how the Affordable Care Act delivers better access to healthcare at a lower cost.

November 1 marks the beginning of the health insurance open enrollment period — and another chance for Americans to get affordable coverage that gives them access to the essential healthcare services they need.

Just ask Kathe Koja of Berkeley, Michigan. As a self-employed writer married to an artist, Kathe and her husband always had trouble buying health insurance before the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Although they’re both healthy, the 55-year-old Kathe once had pre-cancerous cells on her ovaries that marked her forever as someone with a “pre-existing condition” — even though they were removed to keep her cancer-free.…

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Health insurance open enrollment begins Nov. 1: Get ready to buy the right plan

Health insurance open enrollment begins Nov. 1: Get ready to buy the right plan

Whether you already have insurance or are a first-time buyer, be a savvy shopper.

Buying health insurance is a lot like buying anything else: It pays to shop around. And with open enrollment beginning again on November 1, the time to start thinking about your insurance coverage is now.

The beauty of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is the fact that you do have a choice — something too many people still don’t fully appreciate. If I had a dollar for every time someone complained that their insurance company switched them to an expensive new plan “because of Obamacare,” I’d be a wealthy woman.…

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Obamacare, still working: A good news round-up

Obamacare, still working: A good news round-up

The positive stories about the ACA are starting to outnumber the negative ones. It’s about time.

Two years ago, it wasn’t easy to find a positive story about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), derisively called Obamacare by its critics. It wasn’t that there wasn’t plenty of good news to share, but the media loves a bad-news story.

But now, with the name “Obamacare” considered well-deserved praise for the President who ensured its passage, the good news just keeps on coming. Here’s a sampling of some of the positive stories released this week.

2014 Census data shows how well the ACA is working.

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Members of the Michigan Nurses Association, including Carolyn Hietamaki, RN, at a rally in Marquette.

Ignored in the Detroit News editorial on Medicaid expansion: human lives

Chris already did an excellent job highlighting the significant shortcomings of Sunday’s Detroit News editorial, which essentially asserts that the sky is falling and we’d all better run away from Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program, the Healthy Michigan Plan. If you haven’t read Chris’ piece, you should.

But there’s a sobering omission I had to weigh in on, something that’s left out of the editorial entirely: human beings. The lives of people who are relying on the Healthy Michigan Plan, mostly the working poor who earn far too little to afford health insurance otherwise.

That’s why I’m re-posting this piece I originally published on July 25, 2013, when we were waiting for the Michigan Legislature to decide whether to expand Medicaid in the first place.…

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The Detroit News concern trolls Medicaid expansion in Michigan, ignores glaring Republican failure to invest savings

“Obamacare savings may be short-lived”! shouts the headline of an editorial in today’s edition of The Detroit News. They are referring to Medicaid expansion in our state, a program that is fully funded by the federal government until 2017 and funded at a level of 90% after that, all while giving an additional 600,000 working poor Michiganders health care coverage they wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise and saving the state $220 million a year.

So, what has happened that prompted The News to sound the warning bells? Have health care costs suddenly skyrocketed under the Affordable Care Act?


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Obamacare is there for Western Michigan University students who lost insurance

Obamacare is there for Western Michigan University students who lost insurance

Students starting the new school year have one less thing to worry about thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

With the announcement this week that Western Michigan University (WMU) will no longer offer student health insurance, there were probably more than a few students wondering, “Now what?”

Fortunately, the Affordable Care Act has the answer. Thanks to the ACA (aka Obamacare), students have an affordable coverage option.

Losing any current health coverage is considered a “qualifying life event” under the ACA. That means that students who lose their coverage qualify for a “special enrollment period,” so they can sign up for a new health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace at Healthcare.gov.…

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Can't wait to get hitched now that marriage equality is here? Don't wait to get health insurance, either

Can’t wait to get hitched now that marriage equality is here? Don’t wait to get health insurance, either

Everything LGBT people need to know about signing up for health insurance after getting married.

Last week’s historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court affirming marriage equality for everyone across the country means there are going to be a lot of weddings this summer. But that’s just the beginning of the good news.

Many LGBT people may not realize that once they begin their lives of legally wedded bliss, they have a special opportunity to enroll in quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Getting married is considered a “qualifying life event” under the Affordable Care Act. That means that newly married couples qualify for a “special enrollment period,” which lets them sign up for a new health plan or make changes to the plan they enrolled in during the last open enrollment period.…

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Take a moment to celebrate and then let’s finish the job once and for all

Last week was an incredible week for all Americans, but most especially for progressives and activists and advocates for equality and equity. We need to take time to celebrate these crucial and impactful Supreme Court decisions, all three of them.

King v. Burwell affirmed what most common sense non-elected Republicans have known from the beginning of the Affordable Care Act. Among them, that without subsidies millions of Americans would not have health care today. Semantics did not get in the way of this majority decision and I was clearly thrilled for the many who would have found themselves lost and on another horrific path to ill-care and a destruction of progress and what should clearly be a right in this country: Health Care.…

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