Affordable Care Act

Op-Ed: Health Care Plan Saves Money, Lives

By Dr. Lawrence P. Floriani The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine examined the effects of Medicaid vs. no insurance on a Medicaid-eligible population and found that those with no insurance had a 6 percent higher early mortality rate than those with Medicaid. In Florida, that means at least three and possibly more premature deaths occur every […]

Miami Herald: Feds Award $10M in Grants to Help Floridians Enroll for Obamacare

By Daniel Chang, The Miami Herald Federal healthcare officials on Wednesday announced nearly $10 million in grants to fund in-person counseling for eligible Floridians to enroll for health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchange. The grants announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will help Florida-based and national organizations hire and […]

CHAIN’s Brennaman: Expanding Medicaid Could Help Florida’s Finances

Florida will have more federal money to reimburse health care providers for care they provide uninsured patients if the state accepts federal funding for Medicaid expansion, says Florida CHAIN’s Policy & Research Director Laura Brennaman, PhD, RN. Dr. Brennaman told WMNF’s Sean Kinane that the federal government’s 60-day extension to spend about $166 million to fund […]

Essential Health Benefits Overview

Introduced by the Affordable Care Act, Essential Health Benefits (EHB) are a set of ten health care service categories that certain health plans must cover. In February 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a Final Rule, which finalized changes to the EHB standard. This month’s National Health Law Program Health Advocate […]

Florida Leads Obamacare Enrollment

By Gray Rohrer, The Orlando Sentinel Nearly 944,000 people signed up for health care through federal exchanges during the latest enrollment period, which ran from Feb. 23 to June 30, with the largest number coming from Florida, according to data released Friday by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Sunshine State residents accounted for […]

Essential Health Benefits Update and Advocacy Opportunities

On February 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued regulations that finalized changes to the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) standard of the Affordable Care Act. The National Health Law Program’s fact sheet provides an overview of the original rules, changes being made to EHB standards by way of this rule, and an overview of […]

Health Care Wins at the Supreme Court!

Following a 2-year distraction from the essential task of covering all Americans with high quality, affordable health insurance, in its King v Burwell decision the Supreme Court resoundingly upheld the Affordable Care Act’s premium tax subsidies availability in all states.  This is the second time the Supreme Court has upheld the ACA over unfounded challenges […]

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 […]

Special Olympics Gold Medalist Left Uninsured

As a child, Matt Ross won medals in the Special Olympics. Today, he is a 23 year old part-time worker who has been denied Medicaid as it stands in Florida. Matt is living with autism. Even though he has a developmental disability, he has been denied Medicaid because he is considered fully functional. Matt works […]

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 […]