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5 Ways the ACA Helps Address Disparities

March 23, 2012

From our friends at NHELP, five ways health care reform addresses disparities in health care: ALREADY IN PLACE: Prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, and disability The ACA extended the nondiscrimination protections of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Age Discrimination Act to…

Urban Institute Releases Snapshot of Federal Spending on Children on the Eve of Health Reform

March 23, 2012

The Urban Institute recently released a comprehensive paper on the status of children’s healthcare in the United States. The intent of the authors is to provide a benchmark prior to the implementation of several key components of the Affordable Care Act. This will make it easier to guage the impact of the ACA on children’s…

5 Ways Health Reform Helps Medicaid Beneficiaries

March 20, 2012

From the folks at the National Health Law Program, 5 ways that health reform helps medicaid beneficiaries. 1.     ALREADY IN PLACE: Protection for Medicaid enrollees           The ACA included a “Maintenance of Effort” provision prohibiting states from cutting eligibility for adults until 2014 and children until 2019. If states do not comply, they can be…

Haley’s Panel: No State Health Insurance ‘Exchange’ For S.C.

November 22, 2011

From The Post & Courier: By Renee Dudley [email protected] Friday, November 18, 2011 South Carolina should not manage its own “exchange” where health coverage will be sold once the new federal health care law takes full effect in 2014, a state panel is expected to recommend today. The S.C. Health Planning Committee wants private companies…

More S.C. Residents Go Without Health Coverage

September 15, 2011

From The Greenville News: The Taylors Free Medical Clinic has seen a 25 percent increase in the number of people seeking health care over the past two years, sometimes getting so busy they must turn new patients away. By Liv Osby | Staff Writer 1:17 AM, Sep. 14, 2011 The Taylors Free Medical Clinic has…

Kaiser Poll: The Uninsured Don’t Understand ACA

September 7, 2011

From Politico: People will only understand the law when it becomes tangible for them, Drew Altman said. | AP Photo By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 8/29/11 12:24 PM EDT About half of the uninsured Americans who stand to benefit the most from the health care reform law aren’t aware of how the legislation is designed to…

Check This Healthcare Fact Sheet; Know What You’re Owed

September 1, 2011

Preventive Services Covered by Private Health Plans Under the ACA The Affordable Care Act created new requirements that private insurers cover preventive services, including routine immunizations, screenings for conditions such as cancer and high cholesterol, and preventive services for women. A new fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation outlines these prevention requirements and discusses…

New Healthcare Rules Would Empower Consumers

August 19, 2011

From The Washington Post: New regulations proposed on Wednesday by the Obama administration would require private health insurers to offer cost/benefit summaries of their insurance plans in “plain English,” enabling us all to comparison shop with confidence. By N.C. Aizenman, Published: August 17 What would your health insurance cover if you got pregnant? How much could…

Think Medicaid Is Safe? Think Again.

August 9, 2011

From The Washington Post: By Sarah Kliff 11:20 AM ET, 08/05/2011 Medicaid advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief when the debt debate wrapped up early this week. The entitlement program, initially seen as vulnerable in negotiations, was protected from across-the-board cuts in the trigger deal. A federal exemption, however, is only half the story.…

Advocates Take Health Care Fight To Main Street

August 4, 2011

From Politico: The reliance on grass-roots activists is part strategic and part financial. | AP Photo By MATT DOBIAS | 8/4/11 9:06 AM EDT As Washington’s health care advocates steel for another push by Congress to rein in entitlement spending, their focus is less on K Street and more on Main Street, where a patchwork…

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