Health decision is not a one and done, analysts warn

June 8, 2015   No Comments

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

People who bought health insurance through online marketplaces are going to want to shop for a better deal in 2016 and avoid being hit by skyrocketing premium prices.

Experts say that advice is even more important for the millions of Americans who receive government subsidies through that offset the cost of coverage.

In Western Pennsylvania, Highmark Inc. has proposed raising premiums by as much as 39 percent. But the level of subsidy is likely to increase by only about 10 percent, meaning people with Highmark plans are going to pay a lot more each month if they let their enrollment automatically renew later this year.

“It’s very disheartening to see a proposed rate increase of nearly 40 percent,” said Jason Snyder, executive director of the Consumer Health Coalition, a North Side nonprofit that helps people enroll in Affordable Care Act insurance coverage.

“But the beauty of the marketplace is there is choice,” he said.

“I would strongly urge anyone who has bought a Highmark plan or any other plan on the marketplace to do their homework.”

Experts said too many people let their coverage automatically renew for 2015 instead of comparing their options. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which runs, last week said nearly half of people who had coverage in 2014 let their plans renew for 2015 without shopping. Open enrollment for 2016 begins Nov. 1.

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CHC’s May 2015 Newsletter

May 21, 2015   Comments Off

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Theses are the stories you’ll find in May’s newsletter:

  • CHC’s new partnership with Operation Safety Net to reach the homeless
  • 25 Year Anniversary of the ADA
  • Our very own Sally Jo’s dancing debut with City of Asylum!
  • Successful Rally for Full Medicaid Expansion
  • Pennsylvania State Budget Plans

The full newsletter is available at this link:

CHC plans April 27 rally to celebrate Full Medicaid Expansion!

April 24, 2015   Comments Off

Meet us at the clock in Market Square for a lunchtime celebration on the day that Full Medicaid Expansion begins in PA. We’ll share the tale of MA Expansion with it’s happy ending!April 27 Health Care Story Day

CHC’s April 2015 Newsletter!

April 21, 2015   Comments Off

Anitra Lyles, CHC's Health Care Navigator working in the county jail

Anitra Lyles, CHC’s Health Care Navigator working in Allegheny County Jail.


Read Consumer Health Coalition’s April 2015 Newsletter!

In this newsletter, you can read about:

  • PA’s transition from Healthy PA to full Medicaid Expansion
  • CHC’s innovative project at the Allegheny County Jail
  • Our partnership with Northern Area Multi-Service Center to aid refugees with health coverage
  • Our call for interns and volunteers during summer 2015 and the 2015-2016 school year
  • Upcoming events where you can find us!

April 2015 Newsletter

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Consumer Health Coalition helps people enroll in insurance programs

April 6, 2015   Comments Off

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Consumers have one last chance to obtain health care coverage for 2015 to avoid the fee when filing taxes in 2016. A special enrollment period began Sunday, March 15, and it will run until Thursday, April 30.

Although this is the last opportunity to enroll in health care coverage for 2015 for people who are eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan, it’s important for those who are uninsured and may qualify for medical assistance to know that they can get coverage at any time of the year. This includes uninsured children.

The Consumer Health Coalition works year-round to educate and provide free enrollment assistance to the uninsured to get them covered through the most appropriate health care coverage program, whether it is medical assistance, the health insurance marketplace or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Read the full Letter to the Editor from our Executive Director Jason Snyder here:

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