affordable care act

Angry About the Shutdown? Join the Club

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAmericans don’t want the government shuttered to block Obamacare, and they lay blame for the shutdown on Republicans, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released on Oct. 1. To be sure, Americans aren’t wild about the Affordable Care Act, but they oppose the idea of shutting down the government to stop it by a massive 50-point margin — 72 percent to 22 percent. A similar share is also against blocking an increase in the debt ceiling for the same purpose. …

Medicare and the Marketplace: 4 Things You Need to Know

Posted on 09/30/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThere’s a lot to understand about the health insurance marketplace that opens on Oct. 1 — not to mention the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”), which created it. But if you’re on Medicare, there’s really nothing to be confused about. Here are key facts to remember: If you’re on Medicare, don’t worry about the marketplace. The new health exchanges, as they’ve also been called, are for people without insurance. Medicare beneficiaries will continue to have Medicare. Unfortunately, there’s a lot …

Affordable Care Act Opens Internet Marketplaces

Posted on 09/26/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthBy Nicole Duritz If you’re like Linda Tramel, from suburban St. Louis, you’ve probably been following the slow and sometimes confusing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it’s sometimes called. Although the majority of Americans are insured,  14% of the U.S. population are uninsured and will  have a new opportunity to purchase health insurance through their state’s Health Insurance Marketplace.  The Marketplace allows consumers to shop, compare and purchase health insurance policies online. Tramel knows her family …

New Health Plan Premiums Will Be Less Than Expected

Posted on 09/25/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Julie Appleby and Phil Galewitz, for Kaiser Health News Just days before new online health insurance markets are set to open, the Obama administration Wednesday released a look at average premiums, saying rates in most states are lower than earlier projected – and that 95 percent of consumers will have at least two insurers to choose from. The report — released the same day that President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton touted the law’s benefits — comes …

Stay Safe in the Health Insurance Marketplaces

Posted on 09/20/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

PoliticsThis week, the Obama administration announced a comprehensive, interagency initiative to fight fraud, prevent privacy violations, and protect consumers in the Health Insurance Marketplaces. AARP applauds this effort, and we encourage the administration to continue to take steps to protect and defend consumers from unscrupulous practices — especially people under the age of 65 who will soon be eligible to sign up for the marketplaces. Unfortunately, we know that there are scam artists who will try to take advantage of Americans as …

The New Health Care Law: It’s Personal!

Posted on 09/18/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post by Charlotte Whittaker, AARP Kentucky volunteer Watch AARP Live September 19th, 10pm ET, 9pm CT For me, the Affordable Care Act could not be more personal.  You see, my grandson Mason suffers from an acute form of asthma.  His medications typically cost $8,000 per month. Without access to quality health care, I’m certain he wouldn’t be with us today. But because of the Affordable Care Act, Mason’s future is more secure. We can rest …