Affordable Care Act Opens Internet Marketplaces

By 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

By 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

This 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!

The 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 …

Midlife Adults Not Getting Recommended Preventive Services

Midlife Adults Not Getting Recommended Preventive Services   Midlife adults who receive recommended preventive services and engage in healthy behaviors are more likely to remain healthy and function independently in old age. Yet, according to a new AARP Public Policy Institute report, two-thirds of Americans aged 50-64 are not up-to-date with certain recommended preventive services.   Underuse of Preventive Services Tied to Determinants of Health   The report highlights that underuse of preventive services among midlife adults is an even …

Many Older Americans Not Getting Recommended Preventive Services

The following is a guest post by Yolanda Taylor, integrated communication director at AARP. It takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. If you want to age well, maintaining a healthy lifestyle - along with having routine recommended screenings and immunizations - is critical. However, fewer than a third of the 60 million Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 are up-to-date with many recommended preventive services; 44 percent have high blood pressure; and 33 percent are …