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The Herndon Alliance compiles a daily collection of news clips relating to health reform. They allow us to pass these along to you, keeping you up to date on the latest developments in the fight for health care justice.
On days when Herndon news clips are unavailable, we use stories collected by Kaiser Health News instead.
March 11th, 2014
The Day in Quotes and Headlines:
22 DAYS TO #GETCOVERED
Check it Out. Encourage people to go to www.healthcare.gov and see the choices they have so they can pick a plan that fits their needs.
It’s Affordable: There are financial tax credits available to help pay for the cost. Nearly 6 in 10 uninsured can find coverage for $100 or less.
There’s help. We know this is a very personal decision for people. They are going to want to research and learn more before picking a plan. Let them know there are experts waiting to help walk them through the process – FREE OF CHARGE.
LET ‘EM KNOW THAT FINANCIAL HELP IS AVAILABLE: “Young people often think health coverage is expensive, and they assume they can’t afford it. And they simply don’t know about the subsidized plans offered under the law, or how to get them. Kaiser Health News by Carrie Feibel
It’s Obamacare Crunch Time: Cincinnati Enquirer by Lisa Bernard- The final push to enroll millions of uninsured Americans into a health plan is here. By March 31, most adult Americans younger than 65 are required to have health insurance or pay a fine when they file their 2014 taxes next year. That makes the coming weeks among the most critical in the rollout of Obamacare.
Survey: Uninsured Rate Drops; Health Law Cited AP - With just three weeks left to sign up under President Barack Obama health care law, a major survey tracking the rollout finds that the uninsured rate keeps going down. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, released Monday, found that 15.9 percent of U.S. adults are uninsured thus far in 2014, down from 17.1 percent for the last three months — or calendar quarter— of 2013 .
GOOD FOR WOMEN: “The Affordable Care Act includes a lot of benefits that may appeal to women, including free preventive health care, contraceptive coverage and premium parity. Health plans can no longer charge women more than men just because they are women. Politico – Joanne Kenen
Tuesday’s Special U.S. House election in Florida:
“We can’t go back to letting insurance companies do whatever they want, Instead of repealing the healthcare law, we need to keep what’s right and fix what’s wrong.” Alex Sink – Running for Florida’s 13th Congressional District
“To pay for Obamacare, Washington is forcing seniors to endure deep cuts to Medicare Advantage. Sadly, Alex Sink supports these cuts, sticking with Nancy Pelosi, who wants to keep Obamacare intact,” Chamber of Commerce TV AD In FL Congressional District 13
FIX IT – DON’T REPEAL IT: And then there’s this finding: Only 28% of respondents believe the law should be totally eliminated; 54% say it should be fixed; and 17% say the law should be kept in place as is. If you wanted to know why many Republicans are beginning to back away from repeal, here’s your answer.” NBC’s First Read
MORE ON THE MATHEMATICALLY CHALLENGED: But polls show widespread support for the Medicaid expansion, even in some parts of the Deep South, where governors and statehouses have rejected the possibility outright. - The Hill
STATE WEEK - Even as several states have moved closer to expanding Medicaid, another state was eyeing a government shutdown due to stalemate over the issue. That’s Virginia, where Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe dug into his expansion effort but the General Assembly ended its regular session without passing it, increasing the prospect of a historic impasse that could shut down services. Meanwhile, New Hampshire’s Senate voted for a private-sector version of Medicaid expansion and Utah lawmakers appear ready to urge Republican Gov. Gary Herbert to discuss Medicaid waivers. PULSE
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare News:
Calling All Moms: It’s Obamacare Politico by Joanne Kenen
Obamacare On Campus: Reaching The Young And Uninsured Kaiser Health News by Carrie Feibel
Slew Of Changes To Health-Care Law Creates More Confusion For ConsumersWashington Post by Sandhya Somashekhar
The Obamacare Money Under The Couch Politico by Brett Norman and David Nather
Tuesday’s Special U.S. House election in Florida:
Republicans Press Medicare Attack In Congressional Elections Reuters by David Morgan
Dems, GOP Test Fall Strategy In Florida House Race AP by MICHAEL J. MISHAK
Where the Rubber Meets the Road: State Based Health Care News:
Dems see healthcare opening on Medicaid The Hill by Jonathan Easley
California Drafts Labor Icon Huerta To Woo Latinos To Obamacare LA Times by Soumya Karlamangla
(VA) Gov. McAuliffe Tells Virginia Legislators He Will Call Special Session To Resolve Budget Impasse Washington Post by Laura Vozzella and Rachel Weiner
New Hampshire Clears Major Medicaid Expansion Hurdle Washington Post by Reid Wilson
What Makes A Community Healthy? LA Times by Noam Levey