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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…

Clarence and Virginia Thomas Against Healthcare Reform

August 22, 2011

From The New Yorker: As the Justice has assumed an influential role on the Roberts Court, his wife has helped lead the public war against the Administration. ILLUSTRATION: PHILIP BURKE By Jeffrey Toobin August 29, 2011 It has been, in certain respects, a difficult year for Clarence Thomas. In January, he was compelled to amend several…

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…

Feds To Unveil Health-Insurance Exchange Details

August 17, 2011

From The Wall Street Journal: Associated Press/Don Berwick, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will help unveil the plan Wednesday. By ANNA WILDE MATHEWS And JANET ADAMY Consumers shopping for health insurance will soon get a peek at a new standard form—akin to the nutrition label on food products—that will lay out…

Gov’t Lays Out Health Insurance Exchange Details

August 15, 2011

From Reuters: By Alina Selyukh and Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON | Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:43pm EDT (Reuters) – The government on Friday laid out incentives for states and people to participate in health insurance exchanges, including tax credits and funding grants for the states. Health regulators also clarified how they expect states to determine who…

11th Circuit Rules Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

August 12, 2011

From Politico: The Department of Justice is expected to appeal. | Reuters By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 8/12/11 1:29 PM EDT The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that the health care reform law’s requirement that nearly all Americans buy insurance is unconstitutional, a striking blow to the legislation that increases the odds that…

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.…

What The Debt Deal Means For Health Reform

August 8, 2011

From The Washington Post: 10:40 AM ET, 08/04/2011 By Sarah Kliff For a law regularly at the center of controversy, there was surprisingly little talk of the health care reform law during the debt ceiling debate. It certainly factored into some discussions — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reportedly pushed for the individual mandate’s repeal…

Employers Expand Health Benefits Under ACA’s Reforms

August 3, 2011

From The Los Angeles Times: August 2, 2011 | 10:37 am Nearly 18 months after passage of the national healthcare overhaul, American employers say they are providing health benefits for growing numbers of people as they extend coverage to their workers’ adult children, a new survey finds. The federal healthcare law allows young adults up to age…

Affordable Care Act Helping South Carolinians (Episode 4)

April 7, 2011

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t-ouoFFI1g] Stacy Arnold, a USC student who is about to graduate with a master’s degree in social work, speaks out on a key benefit of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults like her to stay on their parents’ health insurance policies until they turn 26. Thanks, Stacy!

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