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Alexander Star at Howard

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

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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Faith communities engage with enrollment partners during Obamacare weekend of action

Faith communities engage with enrollment partners during Obamacare weekend of action

Leaders from all faith traditions are spreading the word about ACA open enrollment, especially the weekend of December 5-6.

For people of faith, their church, mosque, synagogue or other place of worship is central to their community — a vital resource for guidance and support.

That’s one reason organizations like Enroll America work closely with faith leaders to help spread the word about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, especially during open enrollment.

“Faith engagement is a crucial part of our open enrollment strategy,” says David Street, national director for Faith and African American Engagement at Enroll America, and associate pastor at Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Washington, DC.…

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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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