Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2934, June 10th, 2015

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The Affordable Care Act has already covered one in four uninsured Americans – more than ten million – and improved coverage for virtually everyone with health coverage. Insurers can no longer discriminate against preexisting conditions, charge women more just for being women, or put caps on the care you receive. Hospitals, doctors and other providers are changing the way they operate to deliver better care at lower cost. In the years to come, the ability to buy portable and affordable plans on a competitive marketplace will allow countless Americans to move, start businesses, and dream big American dreams -- without worrying if an illness will bankrupt them. Here is how the Affordable Care Act is working for families in Pennsylvania:
After Health Reform: Improved Access to Care
• Gallup recently estimated that the uninsured rate in Pennsylvania in 2014 was 10.3 percent, down from 11.0 percent in 2013.
• Prohibits coverage denials and reduced benefits, protecting as many as 5,489,162 Pennsylvanians who have some type of pre-existing health condition, including 656,877 children.
• Eliminates lifetime and annual limits on insurance coverage and establishes annual limits on out-of-pocket spending on essential health benefits, benefiting 4,582,000 people in Pennsylvania, including 1,769,000 women and 1,136,000 children.
• Expands Medicaid to all non-eligible adults with incomes under 133% of the federal poverty level. 153,468 more people in Pennsylvania have gained Medicaid or CHIP coverage since the beginning of the Health Insurance Marketplace first open enrollment period.
• Establishes a system of state and federal health insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, to make it easier for individuals and small-business employees to purchase health plans at affordable prices through which 427,454 people in Pennsylvania were covered in March 2015.
• Created a temporary high-risk pool program to cover uninsured people with pre-existing conditions prior to 2014 reforms which helped more than 7,106 people in Pennsylvania.
• Creates health plan disclosure requirements and simple, standardized summaries so 7,586,200 people in Pennsylvania can better understand coverage information and compare benefits.
After Health Reform: More Affordable Care

• Creates a tax credit to help 348,823 people in Pennsylvania who otherwise cannot afford it purchase health coverage through health insurance marketplaces.
• Requires health insurers to provide consumers with rebates if the amount they spend on health benefits and quality of care, as opposed to advertising and marketing, is too low. Last year, 90,485 consumers in Pennsylvania received $5,198,874 in rebates.
• Eliminates out-of-pocket costs for preventive services like immunizations, certain cancer screenings, contraception, reproductive counseling, obesity screening, and behavioral assessments for children. This coverage is guaranteed for more than 6,127,383 people in Pennsylvania including 2,511,285 women.
• Eliminates out-of-pocket costs for 1,801,768 Medicare beneficiaries in Pennsylvania for preventive services like cancer screenings, bone-mass measurements, annual physicals, and smoking cessation.
• Phases out the “donut hole” coverage gap for 297,058 Medicare prescription drug beneficiaries in Pennsylvania, who have saved an average of $948 per beneficiary.
• Creates Accountable Care Organizations consisting of doctors and other health-care providers who share in savings from keeping patients well while improving quality, helping 289,927 Medicare beneficiaries in Pennsylvania.
• Phases out overpayments through the Medicare Advantage system, while requiring Medicare Advantage plans to spend at least 85 percent of Medicare revenue on patient care. Medicare Advantage enrollment has grown by 152,265 to 1,009,759 in Pennsylvania since 2009.
After Health Reform: Improved Quality and Accountability to You
• Provides incentives to hospitals in Medicare to reduce hospital-acquired infections and avoidable readmissions. Creates a collaborative health-safety learning network, the Partnership for Patients, that includes 157 hospitals in Pennsylvania to promote best quality practices.
We're not done. Other legislation and executive actions are continuing to advance the cause of effective, accountable and affordable health care.
This includes:
• Incentive payments for doctors, hospitals, and other providers to adopt and use certified electronic health records (EHR). In Pennsylvania more than 53.2 percent of hospitals and 41.8 percent of providers have electronic health records systems.
• A new funding pool for Community Health Centers to build, expand and operate health-care facilities in underserved communities. Health Center grantees in Pennsylvania now serve 680,017 patients and received $189,115,545 under the health care law to offer a broader array of primary care services, extend their hours of operations, hire more providers, and renovate or build new clinical spaces.
• Health provider training opportunities, with an emphasis on primary care, including a significant expansion of the National Health Service Corps. As of September 30, 2014, there were 208 Corps clinicians providing primary care services in Pennsylvania, compared to 62 clinicians in 2008.


At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great list of benefits provided by the ACA - no thanks to Pat Toomey, Lou Barletta, tea party Tom Marino, and most every other Republican in Congress. Ooop...almost left out Tom Corbett too.

At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the benefits in the world won't change the fact that we are creating a new dependent class. Every person who uses a subside is now reliant on the government.
Live free or die, unless someone else can take care of you.


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