If the Affordable Care Act is a government takeover of healthcare then why are health insurance company stock prices at all-time highs?
There is no stupider creature on earth than a poor Republican. Such a person would stand in line to be sodomized and then thank their assailant afterward.
That's easy hondo. People here in west virgina are being told they work hour is being cut bu obamacare and many union minors here has been told they will pay more and get less because of obamacare. It looks like to slim that this was all a setup to screw workin folks and make insurnce companys rich.
Slim has been a democrat his whole life but he is rethinking some of this stuff.
Training on the New Enrollment Process is Available from WVAHC
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands health insurance coverage to virtually all Americans in two basic ways. First, many states, including West Virginia, are expanding Medicaid up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) on January 1, 2014. The Medicaid expansion means that everyone who earns less than $15,800, who is a US citizen, who lives in West Virginia and is under age 65, is eligible for Medicaid beginning January 1, 2014. An estimated 133,500 low-income West Virginians will qualify under the Medicaid expansion. Second, subsidized private insurance plans will be available in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The subsidies for these insurance plans are available on a sliding scale to individuals and families earning between 100 percent (about $11,500 for an individual and $19,500 for a family of three) and 400 percent of the FPL (about $46,000 for an individual and $78,000 for a family of three). These policies also become effective as early as January 1, 2014. Enrollment in both the expanded Medicaid and the subsidized private insurance plans can begin on October 1, 2013.
The Offices of the Insurance Commissioner projects that over the next three years the percentage of uninsured West Virginians will be reduced by 70 percent. The current number of uninsured, 246,000, will be reduced to 76,000. Imagine 170,000 fewer uninsured West Virginians within three years.
This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide health care and financial security to thousands of our neighbors, friends and colleagues. In order to take full advantage of this opportunity, WVAHC is offering a series of regional training across the state. The training is designed to develop “community assisters.” The role of community assisters is to educate the public on the new insurance options and how to enroll; assist people with uncomplicated family situations to enroll in Medicaid; and to connect the uninsured to more highly trained individuals who can enroll even the most complicated situations.
If you are a FRN, CAP agency, a faith-based organization, a local health department, volunteer fire department or someone who wants to help with enrollment, you can register for any of the training sessions listed below through the web site www.enrollwv.org.
A link to a four page summary of the new insurance options and who will be involved in the new enrollment process can be found here.
This is an opportunity to improve the quality of life for thousands of West Virginians. Please join us in taking full advantage of this golden opportunity. Thanks.
Oak Hill: August 21, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Historic Oak Hill School. Registration starts at 8:30 am.
Parkersburg: August 27 at WVU Parkersburg. Time to be decided.
Morgantown: August 27, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at Mon General Hospital in the Mylan Room. Registration starts at 9:30 am.
Beckley: August 29 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Dream Center. Registration starts at 8:30 am.
Clarksburg: August 29 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at United Hospital. Registration starts at 12:30 pm.
Martinsburg: September 4, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Byrd Center at WVU Eastern Hospital. Registration begins at 8:30 am.
Wheeling: September 9, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at West Liberty University’s Highlands Center in Triadelphia. Registration starts at 8:30 am.
Weirton: September 18, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Mary H. Weir Library, 3422 Main Street, Weirton. Registration begins at 8:30 am.
Charleston: September 12, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm in the auditorium of the Columbia Gas Building in Kanawha City, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. Registration starts at 9:30 am.
Mineral County and surrounding counties: September 13, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Mineral County Health Department in Keyser, West Virginia. Registration begins at 8:30 am.
Huntington: September 20 from 9:00 am to 1 PM, Cabell-Huntington Health Department,
Governor Tomblin Approves the Medicaid Expansion
On May 2nd, Governor Tomblin approved the Medicaid expansion clearing the way for an estimated 133,500 low-income west Virginians to become eligible for Medicaid benefits as early as January 1, 2014.
In approving the expansion, Governor Tomblin released an actuarial analysis finding that over the next ten years West Virginia would receive $5.2 billion in federal money. The Medicaid expansion would only cost the state $375 million over the same time period. Put another way, West Virginia will receive almost $14 in federal money for each dollar they invest in the Medicaid expansion over the next ten year. In fact, the federal government pays 100 percent of the expansion cost over the next three years. Over time their percentage is reduced to 90 percent but never falls below a $9 return on every $1 that the state contributes to the expansion.
Behind all these numbers are west Virginians, most of whom work but work for an employer who cannot afford to provide health insurance for their employees. They are the waitress who serves us our lunches, employees of small roofing contractors, aides in a nursing home or employees of day care centers.
Governor Tomblin deserves credit for extending health insurance coverage to these working poor individuals and families. The chart below illustrates what difference the Medicaid expansion will mean to a family of three. The current income eligibility rises from $6,000 a year to almost $27,000 a year. Please write Governor Tomblin a letter of thanks for expanding Medicaid. His address is Building 1, State Capitol Complex, Charleston, west Virginia 25305. Thank you.
Lower Costs Make for Higher Quality
The report, Lower Costs – Higher Quality, describes actions West Virginia can take to improve quality and contain costs in our health care system. This report is based on in-depth interviews conducted with thirty-three health care opinion leaders in West Virginia and is patterned on a national report prepared by the Commonwealth Fund. In the national report, heath care opinion leaders in high performing states found certain traits led to their state having a high performing health care system. These traits included:
•Strong and continuous political leadership
•Collaboration among medical provider organizations
•Data and transparency
•Healthier, better educated and a more affluent population
Read what West Virginia health care leaders thought would led our state to become a high performing health care system: one with higher quality and lower costs by clicking .
Tell Us Your Story
Most of us already know that West Virginia is facing a health care crisis. Almost seventeen percent of West Virginians under the age 65 don't have health insurance of any kind. Thousands more are inadequately covered. But behind these numbers are real people with real stories, and each one of them is another reason why West Virginia needs real, meaningful reform. The Affordable Care Act instituted effective reform but it has been under attack even before it is fully implemented. That’s why West Virginians for Affordable Health Care wants to hear your stories. We want to hear from you and add your voice to the ever-growing number of people who are tired of the rising cost of premiums; overwhelming medical debt or being denied coverage because of a pre-existing conditions. Share your story today! Small business owners, patients/consumers, health care providers - everybody has a telling story. We want to hear from you! Tell us Your Story.
Health Insurance Exchanges: Better Quality with Costs Contained
Health Insurance exchanges are marketplaces where small businesses and individuals can shop for easy to understand insurance options. This one-stop shopping for health insurance holds the promise of controlling increases in costs and offering better value--for example, health insurance products with expanded wellness and chronic disease management programs.
West Virginians for Affordable Health Care has developed a four page summary, What Is an Exchange and How Will It Impact Small Businesses and Individuals, on the important decisions facing West Virginia as we begin the process of establishing our health exchanges. Families USA, a national health care research and consumer advocacy organization, has written a more extensive booklet, Implementing Health Insurance Exchanges: A Guide to State Activities and Choices. And the Commonwealth Fund as published Health Insurance Exchanges and the Affordable Care Act: Eight Difficult Issues. This report was written by Professor Timothy Jost of Washington and Lee University School of Law, and is a leading national expert on health exchanges.
The Office of the Insurance Commissioner issued a Request for Comments. In response, WVAHC drafted detail comments on who should govern the West Virginia exchange and outlining the mission of the exchange, which should be to promote the interest of consumers. These comments were endorsed by organizations representing nurses, teachers, organized labor, social workers,cancer survivors and consumes. You can read the detailed comments here.
Early Deaths: West Virginians Have Some of the Shortest Life Expectancies in the United States
West Virginians have life expectancies that are below the national average, and southern West Virginians have some of the lowest life expectancies in the country, particularly women. These are some of the findings of a report issued in September, 2008 by West Virginians for Affordable Health Care (WVAHC).
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