The New Online Marketplace for Affordable Health Care Statewide Options Now Available Through Illinois' Official Health Marketplace Created by the Affordable Care Act
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today launched Get Covered Illinois, the state’s comprehensive education and enrollment online platform for uninsured residents to sign up for health coverage under the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn's commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Illinois.
“Today we are launching a new state of health care for more than one million of our uninsured relatives, loved ones, friends and neighbors,” Governor Quinn said. “Get Covered Illinois – the state’s new health insurance marketplace – will make health care more affordable than ever for those who need it. While there may be bumps along the way, this is a turning point in our nation and the state as we strive to provide decent health care to all.”
GetCoveredIllinois.gov is the official website marketplace where individuals, families and small business owners can get connected to their new health insurance options with coverage starting Jan. 1. The state is working with community groups in every corner of the state to provide direct enrollment assistance. Get Covered Illinois will be robust with eight major companies that are participating:
Aetna Life Insurance Company
Coventry Health and Life Insurance Company
Coventry Health Care of Illinois, Inc.
Health Alliance Medical Plans, Inc.
Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company (Blue Cross)
Humana Health Plan, Inc.
Humana Insurance Company
Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Company
"Illinois is excited and proud to be launching the most ambitious wellness initiative in our state’s history," Deputy Governor Cristal Thomas said. “This will require a massive education and sign-up effort, and we are committed to working with our partners across the state to ensure that all of those who are eligible know about their options and are able to select a health plan that meets their needs.”
ADP®, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, today announced further enhancements to its TotalSource® solution to help small and midsized businesses manage compliance and avoid penalties associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since TotalSource’s initial release of the dashboard in February 2013, ADP has continued to refine and enhance the solution as additional ACA information and guidance has become available.
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As early as next week millions of Americans will see health care reform in action, but many are speculating premiums will rise across the board.
The Patients' Bill of Rights, an important part of President Obama's health care bill, kicks in on Thursday. Now, the president is campaigning for support for the changes before mid-term elections.
An Ohio McDonald's owner is in hot water after distributing pamphlets with his employees' paychecks urging them to vote for "the right people."
An educational short about Obamacare, 'cause people don't seem to be as informed about what exactly it does as they should be.
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Land of Lincoln Health™, the first and only consumer operated and oriented health insurance plan (CO-OP) in Illinois, is offering 35 health insurance plans on the State of Illinois’ health insurance marketplace, Get Covered Illinois. Land of Lincoln Health is a non-profit health insurance company with the primary focus of improving services for its members.
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It’s been one year since President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- widely considered the biggest piece of social legislation since Social Security. Analysts are observing the one-year anniversary with a look at the law’s effects.
An NPR reporter tells Kaiser Health News seniors have gained the most from the health care law - especially when it comes to prescription drug coverage.
“Last year, if they fell into the donut hole, they got a $250 check. This year they’re getting a 50% discount on brand name drugs if they reach that donut hole. They’re also getting preventive care with, again, with no deductible like many other people, and they’re also getting an annual wellness physical, something they haven’t gotten in Medicare before.”
But the law - dubbed “Obamacare” by its critics - doesn’t have many supporters in small businesses. Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO interviewed a coffee shop owner, who says he’s struggling to meet the new law’s requirements.
ERIC REICHARDT: “I don’t feel it’s done a lot of benefit for us, frankly there was a lot of paperwork initially to get things rolling, but for the most part, we’ve only seen costs increase.”
BILL PRICE: “There were hopes the coffee shop could finally start offering insurance to part-timers, but they couldn’t afford it this year.”
A recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found most Americans are still confused about the law. Pollster Scott Rasmussen tells the conservative Heritage Foundation Americans will probably remain that way until the law changes their daily routine.
“They will be interested when they see it affecting their life, and that could be in terms of expanded deficits, which is sort of a distant relationship, or it could be when they have to change their insurance coverage or when the doctor says ‘I have to do this because of the new health care law.’ It won’t even really matter if it’s true, they will attribute anything bad that happens to this new law.”
That Kaiser poll also found a slight majority were against the law - but also against replacing or repealing it. The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein suggests that’s because at the end of the day, it does what it’s supposed to do: and that’s cover more people and control costs.
“Is it a perfect piece of legislation? Not even close. Will everything work as expected? Almost certainly not. But for all its flaws, it’s a good law, which is why Republicans have had so much trouble coming up with state plans that could cover more people at a lower cost.”
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Vice-President Joe Biden led a round of bipartisan budget talks in Washington Monday with leading Republicans.
If Congress does not increase the debt limit by May 16, the Treasury says it will take measures into its own hands to keep servicing Americas debt without default.
Biden and others say meeting went well, but Fox New’s Russell Pearlman says compromise will be difficult to achieve. The ideological differences are just too vast.
RUSSELL PEARLMAN: “They’re serious that they want to cut the debt, but they’re not so serious that they’re willing to do it before the 2012 election. It’s somewhat unfortunate. At least the issue seems to be a legitimate point of negotiation. Which it hasn’t been essentially been for forever, since we’ve essentially had a debt. So that’s at least a good step. But, not addressing Medicare and Medicaid and social security, and any sort of tax reform when you wanna cut the deficit is kinda like deciding you want to go on a diet but you’re not going to change what you eat for lunch or dinner.”
Pressures continue to mount for leaders to find an agreement after recent backlash over house republican Paul Ryan’s budget plan. The Washington Post reports House majority leader Eric Cantor felt the heat from President Obama’s criticisms on proposed Medicare and Medicaid changes.
“On the eve of debt-reduction talks... Cantor (Va.) said Republicans remain convinced that reining in federal retirement programs is the key to stabilizing the nation’s finances over the long term. But he said Republicans recognize they may need to look elsewhere to achieve consensus after President Obama ‘excoriated us’ for a proposal to privatize Medicare.”
Not to mention, a key Republican platform---the repeal of the Affordable Care Act--isn’t going anywhere in the Senate. Michigan Rep. Dave Camp tells the Huffington Post it’s time to move on:
“Is the repeal dead? I don’t think the Senate is going to do it, so I guess, yes...I think we have to see where this [health care] lawsuit that is working its way through the courts goes. ... I'd rather have the committee working with the Senate and the president, focusing on savings and reforms that can be signed into law. I don’t think we can afford to wait. I think we needed to make progress now.”
Although Republicans may have lost on one key front -- a writer for The New York Times says the Democrats aren’t out of the line of fire just yet -- 2012 is around the corner.
“Many Democrats were cheered by the evidence of Republicans’ disarray on Medicare... But Democrats have tensions, too. Many, sensing a political opening going into the 2012 elections, suspect that President Obama and Mr. Biden, in their zeal for a deal, will compromise too much on Medicare and Social Security.”
If the limit is not raised by August 2, the country would be forced to stop borrowing altogether and default on its debt. The next scheduled meeting is set for May 10.
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There's a four-letter word that’s getting a lot of attention in politics. J-O-B-S. Jobs...and how to create them.
“I am sending this Congress a plan that you should pass right away.” (Video: CBS Early Show)
“If we’re serious about creating jobs in this country, we’ve got to take real action.” (Video: Fox News)
“This bill will serve as a blueprint to bring our country back economically, create jobs” (Video: WPLG)
The Washington Post reports while there were many options on the table, none of them have hit the sweet spot.
“There is a Senate Republican jobs plan and a House Republican jobs plan. There is a Democratic jobs plan and a progressive jobs plan. There is a new presidential jobs plan and an old presidential jobs plan... What Washington lacks is an actual jobs plan, with sufficient agreement from both parties to actually create jobs.”
But with all the disagreement in Washington over what to do about jobs, the executive editor of CBS Money Watch**** argues the solution may not come from a Congressional jobs package.
“We’re becoming a service economy. This has been happening for a long time. Health care is the most obvious service...there’s been a demographic trend, more people are getting older, going to need health care and if the Affordable Care Act comes online, that’s 34 million people who suddenly have health care, a lot of primary care physicians and nurses to take care of those people. “
But a writer for the Fiscal Times points out the downside to hoping the economy will fix itself-- saying the longer someone is unemployed, the more likely it is they’ll stay unemployed.
“The long-term jobless are losing their skills and their employment connections, and are drifting further away from the labor force. The most effective policy in that case would be retraining for the unemployed and education geared toward growth industries.”
And as MSNBC reports-- many of those who are unemployed are looking for labor jobs that are now harder to come by, especially in southern states.
“...the region relied heavily on manufacturing and construction for growth and it was slammed by the downturn, especially in the housing market.”
As debate goes on in Washington, many say the dispute comes down to a fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. One analyst tells Bloomberg, that historical divide could be the reason America has yet to see a viable job creation plan.
“We certainly need to set aside the partisan debate. But we have differences on views on what the economy needs now to recover and start to grow and create jobs. There is an ideological base, there’s partisan base to that, but there are fundamental disagreements over what the right economic policy is.”
After President Obama’s most recent proposal failed to pass Congress Tuesday, Republicans rolled out yet another plan. Whether this one will make it through Congress...well, it’s anyone guess.