Obamacare, ACA, insurance exchange, marketplace—whatever you call it, the time to enroll is right now! Here are some tips and resources: Don’t wait until the last minute, because the last minute is coming sooner than you think. The enrollment period for the federal marketplace, Healthcare.gov, as well as multiple state marketplaces, is only six weeks—that’s … Continue reading Online Health Insurance Marketplaces are Open NOW!
In 1917, Woodrow Wilson bestowed on Puerto Ricans a class of U.S. citizenship that was decidedly less than what residents of the mainland enjoyed. It was the start of a long history of inequitable treatment by the U.S. government, which today has left Puerto Rico with a weakened infrastructure, a tattered healthcare safety net, and … Continue reading Puerto Rico’s Public Health Crisis Has Its Roots in a Law Signed 100 Years Ago
Trump said Obamacare is dead (nope, definitely not). Then he said he supported a bipartisan plan to save subsidies (well, that’s good news). Then he said he did not support that same plan (what the…?). You might feel like you need a scorecard and a decoder ring to keep up with it all. To help, … Continue reading Confused About What’s Going On with Obamacare? Here Are Some Answers.
According to the vanished report, published four years ago and available online until recently, “It is no longer a question whether the coasts of Puerto Rico and many port cities in the Caribbean will be inundated, but rather it is a question of when and by how much.” Updated, 10/20/17: The PRCCC website and the State … Continue reading What Happened to the Puerto Rico Climate Change Council’s ‘State of the Climate’ Report? UPDATED: The Council Website is Back Online.
Updated Oct. 2, 1:30 pm: The KIDS Act of 2017 (described in my original post below) is scheduled for markup by the Senate Finance Committee this Wednesday, October 4, at 9:30 a.m. It's still important to make those calls to your Senators to make sure they act swiftly to restore funding to this critical program, and … Continue reading Yes, Funding Has Expired for the Children’s Health Insurance Program— But We Can Still Save Coverage for the 9 Million Kids Who Depend on It.
Racing against the September 30 deadline for budget reconciliation, Republican leadership has thrown all its energy into passing the mind-bogglingly bad Graham-Cassidy repeal bill. However, September 30, the last day of the federal fiscal year, is a significant date for other reasons that right now are being largely neglected by that same leadership. On that … Continue reading Republican legislators’ obsession with repealing the ACA proves they don’t deserve to call themselves public servants.
Earlier this week, after Senator John McCain said he'd prefer that a healthcare bill be subject to hearings before coming up for a vote, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Orrin Hatch of Utah, obliged by scheduling a last minute hearing this coming Monday, September 25. It's clear that Hatch intends the hearing to … Continue reading How to go on record for Monday’s Senate hearing on Graham-Cassidy.
Conservative Republicans in the Senate are going for broke in their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act before September 30. The latest bill, drafted by Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, combines every bad idea that has appeared in a repeal bill to date and then some. The impact … Continue reading The New Republican Healthcare Bill Doesn’t Only Repeal the ACA. It Also Blows Giant Holes in Medicaid.
Updated Fri., Sept. 8: After unexpectedly announcing extreme cuts to funding to support outreach for the 2018 open enrollment period, the Trump administration has allowed funding to enrollment assistance programs to lapse entirely. According to Sarah Kliff at Vox, who broke this story, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hasn't told the organizations … Continue reading Were Cuts to Outreach Funding a Last Minute About-Face? UPDATE: Outreach Budgets Have Lapsed, Programs Are Laying Off Navigators.
Last week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a 72% cut to funding to support enrolling eligible individuals into coverage under the ACA. This includes a 90% cut to the advertising budget for the 2018 marketplace enrollment period—from $100 million to $10 million—and a 41% cut to funding for navigators, the in-person … Continue reading Forty Percent of Uninsured People Still Don’t Know the Health Insurance Marketplace Exists. Cuts to Outreach Will Make Sure It Stays That Way.