Health Insurance Marketplace

Florida CHAIN responds to Governor Rick Scott’s Letter to Congress re. #ACA repeal.

  FLORIDA CHAIN’S RESPONSE TO GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT’S JANUARY 6, 2017, LETTER TO THE U.S. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER   For Immediate Release January 12, 2017   For the average Florida Health Care consumer who is not intimately familiar with the workings of the US health care delivery system, Governor Rick Scott’s letter late last week […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CMS: 20% of 1095-A forms are Incorrect

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, has reported that as many as 800,000 taxpayers may have gotten incorrect information on their 1095A tax forms. CMS is notifying affected individuals by phone and email and will send corrected forms by early March. It’s estimated that about 50,000 of them have already filed their taxes […]

Some Floridians Getting Another Week to Buy Health Insurance

Associated Press, February 17, 2015 MIAMI — Federal health officials are granting a special enrollment period for consumers who unsuccessfully tried to buy health insurance before Sunday’s deadline and were sidelined by long wait times or computer glitches. Some consumers who tried to pick a health plan through healthcare.gov or its call centers were unable […]