Posts from — January 2017
January 31, 2017 No Comments
The Trib Live shared the stories of two consumers we’ve helped together with getting coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. From the article:
“Consumer Health Coalition, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, has helped people — including Whiting — enroll in Medicaid and individual insurance plans sold on the federal insurance marketplace at healthcare.gov.
Sally Jo Snyder, the organization’s director of advocacy and consumer engagement, said Whiting’s situation is common. Many people breathe a sigh of relief after signing up, Snyder said.
“It’s a huge exhale for them finally to be able to have coverage,” she said.”
Read the full article here: http://triblive.com/news/healthnow/11842404-74/medicaid-expansion-percent
January 20, 2017 No Comments
1. What is happening with attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act?
Last week, the Senate and House of Representatives both passed procedural measures which will set the stage for a vote to repeal the ACA. Despite opposing the ACA since it was passed seven years ago, Republicans still have no plan for replacement. They also can’t decide on a timeline for repealing and replacing.
Future votes on the ACA will involve actual changes to the law itself. Republicans need a simple majority to defund the ACA through a budget reconciliation process. This is why our voices are essential right now!
2. What’s at stake in Pennsylvania if the Affordable Care Act is repealed?
321,000 Pennsylvanians would lose Marketplace subsidies to lower insurance costs
603,000 people (mostly who are working) would lose Medicaid Expansion coverage
134% increased uninsured rate in Pennsylvania
$36 billion lost in federal funds for Medicaid programs.A full repeal of the ACA is expected to leave 32 million people uninsured nationwide, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and it would cost $350 billion, according to the nonpartisan, nonprofit Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
3. What can you do right now to help save the ACA?
Call your elected officials now as they prepare for upcoming votes.
Find who they are and how to call here.
Organize 5 people to join you. Schedule a time to make calls together.
Voice: lift yours now and constantly. It is the most powerful tool you have.
Enroll now. The final deadline for Open Enrollment is January 31.
Real people & real stories. Share yours with friends, legislators, and with us.
Messaging. Use #SpeakOut4Health and #ProtectOurHealth. Write a letter to the editor.
Educate yourself. Stay informed and current with reliable news outlets.
4. Can people still get Affordable Care Act health insurance?
Yes! A record 11.5 million people have already signed up for Marketplace health insurance. Open Enrollment is right now, and the final deadline to sign up for coverage is Tuesday, January 31. CHC has appointments available every week, Monday through Saturday. Contact us to receive enrollment assistance.
January 13, 2017 No Comments
Tara Sherry-Torres knows what it’s like to be uninsured. She had no health or dental insurance in her mid-20s. When she was finally able to see a dentist, she learned that her teeth were in horrible condition and she was close to having gingivitis.
Now Tara has health and dental coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, and she is dedicated to maintaining her preventative care so she doesn’t find herself in that situation again.
“It gives me peace of mind,” Tara says. “Healthy individuals make for healthy families, healthy families make for healthy communities, which ultimately makes a healthy world.”
The ACA requires insurance companies to cover the full cost of preventive care.
Join the fight to protect our care. Make your voice heard. Get involved. Share your story.
January 10, 2017 No Comments
Robert Paradise was unable to afford his own health insurance before the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
When he seriously cut his hand while working on a construction project, he knew it needed stitches. He was uninsured, so he avoided going to the doctor and instead asked a friend to help him close the wound with bandages.
Now Robert has health coverage through the ACA. As someone who works in construction, he can do his job better if he knows he’s protected in case of unexpected injuries.
“If something happens to me, I’ll be taken care of,” Robert said. “It’s one less thing to stress about.”
Help us to continue fighting to protect the ACA and sharing essential stories like Robert’s.
What you can do: Call 1-888-897-9753 and tell your senators to vote NO on ACA repeal.
Share your story and #SpeakOut4Health.