Affordable Care Act

Ensuring that Filing Isn’t Overly “Taxing” for Uninsured/Under-insured Floridians

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Ensuring that Filing Isn’t Overly “Taxing” for Uninsured/Under-insured Floridians Tax filing season is officially underway. In addition to promoting enrollment in coverage for 2015, we will also need to increase awareness of issues related to filing taxes and health coverage.  For starters, individuals and families were required to have coverage throughout 2014, or they must […]

Incomplete Reporting of Marketplace “Premium Increases” Misleads, Harms Consumers

Despite an array of reports to the contrary, most consumers purchasing health coverage in the Marketplace for 2015 can pay about the same – or lower – in monthly premiums for the same level of coverage as they did in 2014. Underlying the confusion is the fact that the amount each consumer using Premium Tax […]

Happy to have “real” insurance now

Marty Riordian saw an ad in the newspaper that a Navigator for the Health Insurance Marketplace would be holding an enrollment event at a local library. He jumped at the chance to meet with a Navigator to discuss the possibility of getting a new health insurance plan. “I have a catastrophic plan and I wanted […]

(Video) Gap Consumer shares her story: It is not a factor of being lazy

Alison King is a very grateful patient of the Brandon Outreach Clinic near Tampa, Florida. She relies on the free health services of volunteer medical staff at Brandon to help her manage her many health issues. Alison sat down at the Brandon Outreach Clinic in September 2014 to share her story with community members and […]

Elsie Crowell: Numbers Tell a Story of Obamacare’s Success

Numbers Tell a Story of Obamacare’s Success(Tallahassee Democrat, OPINION, 11/5/14, p. 5A) One year ago, we embarked on the first nationwide health insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. Approximately 8 million people across the country enrolled in health insurance plans to gain access to comprehensive health coverage. Although Florida refused to expand Medicaid to help […]

Teach Others about the Health Care Law

There is still mass confusion about what’s in the health care law. Opponents are continuing to spread lies and misinformation. This is nothing new, but it is dangerous. A senior who is confused by the lies is a lot less likely, for example, to take advantage of that free, important preventive care made available by the health […]

Advocates Request Review of Florida’s Essential Health Benefits Package

More than two dozen organizations have sent a letter to Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty that will be a topic of discussion at a rare meeting of the Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board, the group appointed by the Commissioner to discuss issues related to the regulation of health insurance in the state. The request is that […]

How the Affordable Care Act Helps Seniors

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law on March 23, 2010, aims to provide greater access to health care coverage, improve the quality of services delivered and reduce the rate of increase in health spending. The ACA provides new ways to help hospitals, doctors and other health care providers coordinate care for beneficiaries so that health care quality […]

Divorcee’ finds affordable care through Florida’s healthcare exchange

During her married years, Joyce Dauby, 59, health insurance was never a question. She always had access to affordable healthcare either through her work or through her husband’s employer. “When my husband and I were going through our divorce I needed health insurance until I could find full-time employment. Presently I’m working on getting my […]

Mid-life career change creates struggles to afford healthcare

Laurie Pinna is unemployed. It’s a unique situation for the 49 year old who has worked in retail for 30 years. “I’ve gone through my savings and find myself struggling financially.” A full time student at USF finishing her degree in Information Technology, Laurie feels strongly that if she is ever to have better job […]