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Need new health insurance NOW?

If you experience certain life changes, you don’t have to wait for Open Enrollment in November to enroll in affordable health coverage on healthcare.gov or your state’s marketplace. You have 60 days after the following events to apply for a Special Enrollment Period and enroll:

• Moving to a new zip code or county
• Getting married or divorced
• Having a baby, adopting or becoming a foster parent
• Becoming a U.S. citizen or getting a green card

You have 60 days before or after the following to enroll: 

• Losing your health insurance from your job
• Turning 26 and aging off your parent’s health plan

And if you are experiencing domestic violence and want to apply for your own health plan, you can do so at any time.

Learn more about Special Enrollment Periods at healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.

 

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Friday
Oct032008

Efforts of MergerWatch, Avery Institute for Social Change, and The National Women's Health Network are Spotlighted in Discussion of Presidential Candidates' Health Care Platforms

Amy Allina, of The National Women's Health Network, was interviewed by Women's eNews for their story on the campaign trail, today.  The article focuses on the efforts of women's health advocates to inform voters of the presidential candidates' health care platforms, and what their proposed policies could mean for women.

"Ahead of the Nov. 4 election, the Kaiser Family Foundation joins a cluster of prominent health-care groups--the Women's Law Center, the Center for Policy Analysis, the Women's Universal Health Initiative, the National Women's Health Network, MergerWatch and the Avery Institute for Social Change--which are still wondering how the candidates' plans could affect women."


"'Women have an enormous stake in what happens to our health care system because we use it more than men do but have a much harder time affording it,' agrees Amy Allina, program director of the Washington-based National Women's Health Network. 'We need to weigh our choices carefully and elect a leader who will address our health care crisis.'"



Read the full article here.
Tuesday
Sep302008

Private Insurance is Unaffordable to Many with Pre-existing Conditions

The Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report today links to a Philadelphia Inquirer article, the second installment in a series called "Falling Through: Casualties of the Health Insurance Crisis," profiling the obstacles that people with chronic illnesses face in obtaining affordable health insurance.

Private insurance becomes unaffordable to many with chronic conditions because insurance companies are permitted to "cherry-pick" customers based on pre-existing conditions.  The man profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer article was diagnosed with a chronic illness shortly after letting his health coverage lapse.

"When he felt better, he looked to buy insurance, but couldn't find anything affordable.


The cheapest he was able to find, he said, cost him $1,000 a month only for himself, and that covered only 50 percent of his medications.


'The cost of insurance is astronomical,' he says, 'and so is the cost of getting sick. I play a game: How long can I stay well?'


'One anti-inflamatory, Pentasa, is $392 a month,' he says. 'The amount they want me to take - I take half of that.'"



Read the full article here.
Friday
Sep262008

A Useful Resource: Updated State-by-State Data on Health Coverage for Women

You can now access 2007 data on the health insurance status of women in each state by visiting statehealthfacts.org.

Statehealthfacts.org is a project of the Kaiser Family Foundation that provides up-to-date, easy-to-use health coverage data for all 50 states, based on population subset (men, women, children, low-income people) and insurance-type (employer-sponsored, Medicaid, the uninsured).
Friday
Sep262008

What does the Wall Street bailout package mean for Health Care Reform?

The Treasury Department's proposal of a $700 billion bailout package in the face of this financial crisis has a lot of people wondering what this will mean for our next president's spending plans and tax policies.  Two recent articles, published in BusinessWeek and The New York Times, examine some of the heaviest costs of using taxpayer money for this purpose.

"The more funding the financial bailout demands, the tougher the trade-offs the [next president] will have to consider when it comes to his priorities. Spending on health-care reform or tax cut packages will likely take the first hit." - BusinessWeek

"A $700 billion Wall Street rescue plan would likely delay some campaign spending promises...'Does that mean that I can do everything that I've called for in this campaign right away, probably not. I think that we are going to have to phase it in. A lot of it is going to depend on what our tax revenues look like,' Obama said." - NY Times


 


Read the full articles at BusinessWeek and The New York Times.

Friday
Sep262008

Issue Brief Examines Harmful Effects of High-deductible Health Plans on Communities of Color

High-deductible health plans have been supported by some policymakers as a strategy for reducing the number of uninsured Americans.  But a new issue brief released by Minority Health Initiaves at Families USA discusses the ways in which such policy would disproportionately burden racial and ethnic minorities with unaffordable health care expenses.

The issue brief identifies three serious concerns with the impact of high-deductible health plans on communities of color:



High out-of-pocket costs;
Incentives to delay or avoid necessary care; and
Barriers that will widen the health disparities gap.

Read more here.