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9000 Ill. inmates enroll in Obamacare
COOK COUNTY, Ill. — Rising mental health problems at the Cook County Jail have prompted nearly 9,000 inmates to sign up for Obamacare, according to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. NBC Chicago reports that Dart said that health care services for the …
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Under Obamacare, some workers to be auto-enrolled in health plans
Under the law, companies with more than 200 full-time workers have to enroll new, full-time employees in one of the company health plans unless the employee chooses not to join. Employers are waiting for the Department of Labor to issue regulations …
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9000 Cook County Jail Inmates Enroll in Obamacare Amid Mental Health Crisis
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says nearly 9,000 inmates have signed up for Obamacare amid a rising mental health problem in county jail. "Systemically, over the course of decades, we've sort of carved back all the mental health services to the point …
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The 8 Biggest Myths About ObamaCare: NCPA Report

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) May 29, 2014

While millions of Americans have already lost their health coverage due to ObamaCare, many more will see their health care disrupted as the new law changes the American health system, according to a new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis that debunks eight of the most pervasive myths surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

“Two months after ObamaCare’s open-enrollment finished, the cracks are showing,” says NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham. “Millions of people have lost their health benefits and have signed up for ObamaCare plans in health-insurance exchanges. They are discovering that they have limited access to care, and were even misled about which doctors are in their provider networks. Medicare, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home-health care were raided for billions of dollars to pay for this new health program, which is already broken.”

For example –

Myth: If you like your health plan, you can keep it.

    Actually, 6 million people have had their insurance policies canceled, and another 19 million are enrolled in private health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirements.
    Business’ employee health plans were supposed to be grandfathered into the law, but they lose that protection when small changes — such as a change in the deductible — occur.
    A government memo predicts that up to two-thirds of Americans with employer-provided health insurance will have to switch to more expensive, regulated plans and that, eventually, all plans will lose their grandfathered status.

Myth: If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.

    In reality, many exchange plans have narrow networks that limit a patient’s choice of doctor. In fact, a staggering 70 percent of California physicians are not in California’s exchange networks.
    Without an influx of new doctors, there is no realistic way to meet the demand that will be created by 26 million newly insured who seek to double their health care consumption. By 2015, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a shortfall of 21,000 primary care doctors.

Myth: There is an employer mandate to offer affordable coverage.

    Actually, an employer is fined $ 2,000 for each employee if he refuses to provide health coverage. $ 2,000 is generally cheaper than the cost of health benefits, so many employees will stop offering health insurance.
    Moreover, the Affordable Care Act incentivizes self-insured employers to offer very expensive coverage and require their employees to pay up to 9.5 percent of their wages in premiums and the full cost of coverage for their families. If an employee turns down this offer from his employer, he is not entitled to subsidies in the exchanges.

Myth: Health reform will lower the cost of health insurance by $ 2,500 a year per family.

    In fact, coverage will become more expensive for everyone outside of a small portion of older, low-income adults who have access to highly subsidized exchange coverage.

Graham also said, “The myths peddled by the Administration to sell ObamaCare are not harmless fairy tales, they have resulted in a program that is harming people’s access to health care.”

Full text: The Biggest Myths of ObamaCare: http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/ib144.pdf

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Medica Workshop on Medicare
Event on 2014-07-21 18:00:00




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 As you approach your 65th birthday, there are many things to consider when making decisions about your health plan coverage.  I would like to invite you to attend a FREE Medicare Workshop where you will receive easy-to-understand information about Medicare and your options as a beneficiary.


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The Mystery Obamacare Enrollment Number Has a New Estimate

The Mystery Obamacare Enrollment Number Has a New Estimate
We finally have a number for how many people who enrolled in Obamacare exchanges were previously uninsured: about 4.6 million. Fifty-seven percent of the more than 8 million individuals who purchased private coverage through the health law's new …
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HHS sets enrollment rules for year two of Obamacare
The Obama administration proposed new rules Thursday to let most Americans with health plans in the federal health insurance marketplace be enrolled automatically in a second year of coverage, but the approach prompted swift questions about how it …
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Obamacare's 95% solution: Automatic re-enrollment
The vast majority of people who enrolled in Obamacare on the federal health exchange will be both automatically re-enrolled in the health plans they selected in 2014 and automatically receive the subsidies to help pay for that insurance that they got …
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New Crawford Advisors Benefits Webinar: Wellness Plans in the Wake of Obamacare – Prior Rules vs. Final Rules

Hunt Valley, MD (PRWEB) April 14, 2014

Join Crawford Advisors senior counsel for this on demand webinar, and learn how PPACA changed the landscape for many employers, exposing plans to unlimited claims. High claimants expose plan sponsors to extraordinary costs as 20% of plan claimants can drive 80% of plan costs. This metric is compelling plan sponsors to “bend their cost curve.” The DOL, Treasury and HHS has now published Final Rules under incentives for nondiscriminatory wellness programs in group health plans. Employers must understand these final rules, how they impact their plan design and employee contributions, and the administrative burdens associated with their implementation. Join Senior Counsel, Patrick Haynes, as he discusses this important topic and addresses these questions:

Are there plans that are exempt from these rules?
What are employees’ rights under these plans?
What rules apply to your company’s 10,000-steps walking initiative?
Prior rules vs. Final rules – what has changed?
How can I maximize penalties for employees refusing to participate in wellness plans?
How do the Final rules and PPACA’s Affordability Test work together?

Title: Wellness Plans in the Wake of Obamacare – Prior Rules vs. Final Rules

Watch this on demand webinar at: http://www.crawfordwebinars.com/.

Open to all benefits professionals, but not other brokers or agents.

About Crawford Advisors, LLC

Crawford Advisors is a full-service consulting, administration and brokerage firm. Crawford has invested heavily in technology and an expert team to bring sophisticated solutions and comprehensive services to help organizations manage and deliver the best value for health and welfare benefits. Crawford Advisors provides:

Benefits Consulting and Brokerage
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Flexible Spending Accounts
Employee Communications
Employee Health Improvement

Crawford Advisors, LLC, understands that employee health benefits are often large expenses with complex compliance requirements. Crawford Advisors is committed to providing the brightest consulting talent to help manage cost, improve the health and productivity of employees, and add profits to their clients’ bottom line. Crawford Advisors expert team helps organizations deliver the best value for health and welfare benefits.

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A few nice enroll obamacare images I found:

SW 134 AV (Miami) – March 18, 2014 … Spanish language site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov …item 2.. Florida students assist with ‘Obamacare’ enrollment (Mar. 21, 2014) …
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The rear doors of the white van, striped in red and blue, were wrapped in yellow with black text in Spanish which translated in English to:

You can still subscribe to Obamacare
Apply today!
Qualify and receive calls
Totally free

……..*****All images are copyrighted by their respective authors ……..

… marsmet534 photostream … marsmet534 …


Thursday, April 3, 2014



Black text on white background




Common use/ Matt Drudge Twitter image


SW 134th Ave Miami, FL 33186


……item 1)…. Spanish language site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov …


Durante los momentos de gran demanda y para garantizarle la mejor experiencia posible, se le dará prioridad al orden de llegada para comenzar a llenar su solicitud electrónica en el Mercado de seguros.

La fecha límite para inscribirse este año y obtener cobertura médica: 31 de marzo

Actúe ahora y goce de paz y tranquilidad para usted y su familia — y ahorre dinero en cobertura de calidad.

…..item 2)…. Florida students assist with ‘Obamacare’ enrollment …

… FSU News … www.fsunews.com/

FSU News / section / News … www.fsunews.com/section/NEWS

img code photo … Anthony Rouzier helps Valentina Adarraga, 20


Anthony Rouzier helps Valentina Adarraga, 20, sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in Miami on Friday. / AP


Written by
Kelli Kennedy
Associated Press


Mar. 21, 2014 11:52 PM |


MIAMI — As federal health officials are aggressively courting young adults to sign up for health insurance with celebrity endorsements and social media campaigns, they are also getting significant help from the very demographic they’re targeting.

Busy medical, nursing and law students across Florida are getting certified as counselors and are staffing enrollment events as the March 31 deadline to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act looms. Many of the students were active in outreach programs to provide medical and legal services in low-income neighborhoods, but being “able to sign up patients for health insurance and get coverage that’s more than just one time care really completes the circle,” said Ali Moody, a second year medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

More than 60 UM medical students went through a five-hour training to become certified application counselors and have enrolled more than 50 people since December. They’ve staffed several major enrollment events as well as manned tables daily outside their school, where they end up enrolling many low-income patients recently released from the nearby hospital.

University of Miami’s medical school places a strong emphasis on connecting students to underserved communities “so it’s natural to have them take an active role in getting the same patients enrolled in the Affordable Care Act so they get preventive care more frequently and keep them out of the emergency room,” said Donna Shalala, the school’s president and former Health and Human Services Secretary under President Bill Clinton.

Farther south at Florida International University in Miami, seven students were crammed around a massive conference table this week trying to sign up for health insurance on their laptops.

Law students Allan Zullinger, 28, and Anthony Rouzier, 27, hustle back and forth across the room, overseeing two and three enrollees at a time, all in various stages of the application process, explaining to a professor and his wife that they must use next year’s tax income to determine if they are eligible for a subsidy and telling a student that they may qualify for insurance under their parents’ plan because they are under the age of 26.

Rouzier frequently peers over Valentina Adarraga’s laptop, cheering her on, getting on the phone with federal health officials when her application stalls and explaining various health plans during the nearly three-hour long process.

The 20-year-old ultimately chose a silver plan with a monthly premium, thanks to a 9 tax credit. Adarraga, a full-time student, also works part-time as a beach attendant.

“It’s good to know I’m not going to be denied assistance,” said Adarraga, who has been without insurance for several months and recently couldn’t get treatment when she tried to see a doctor for serious migraines. She tried signing up on her own online, but wasn’t able to complete the process.

“We understand that it’s going to take people like us to make it work,” said Zullinger, who works more than a dozen hours a week enrolling people. “It’s an experiment almost and we understand that we have to put the labor in right now.”


Who Benefits from Obamacare? Democrats, Republicans & the Corporations that Control Both Parties.
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Both Democrats & Republicans are lying for their corporate masters:
Obamacare was not primarily about healthcare OR taxes. The goal was the
individual mandate.


In last week’s United States Supreme Court ruling re National Federation of
Independent Business Et Al v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human
Services, Et Al (11-393/28-Jun-2012) a.k.a. "NFIB v. Sebelius", the
individual mandate to purchase health insurance and associated penalties for
non-compliance contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
(Public Law 111-148/H.R.3590/PPACA/23-Mar-2010) a.k.a. the "Affordable Care
Act" a.k.a. "Obamacare" were declared to be a tax and therefore



The Obamacare bill is a massive piece of legislation – depending on
formatting, anywhere from 900+ to 2000+ pages – much of which can loosely be
construed as "healthcare reform". That millions of Americans will be
impacted by this law is beyond dispute. Whether that impact will be
positive or negative, on the other hand, will be a source of sociopolitical
debate for many years – assuming of course our illegal and immoral
death-from-above droning and Oil Wars Iran-baiting antics in Syria,
Baluchistan and elsewhere don’t get us all blown to Kingdom Come in the



There are, however, three clear and immediate beneficiaries of Obamacare:
the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, and the Global Corporations who
control them both:

1. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY can truthfully energize their base of lemmings on
the left side of the false divide by declaring a victory for "healthcare
reform" – although the percentage of Americans who can expect to receive a
net benefit from all the changes in that mass of legalese is only about 10
percent, and some 5 million of us are projected to actually LOSE our health
insurance coverage as a result of Obamacare. According to the Congressional
Budget Office (CBO):

"Compared with prior law, the ACA is now estimated by CBO and JCT to reduce
the number of nonelderly people without health insurance coverage by 30
million to 33 million in 2016 and subsequent years, leaving 26 million to 27
million nonelderly residents uninsured in those years… The share of legal
nonelderly residents with insurance is projected to rise from 82 percent in
2012 to 93 percent by 2022. According to the current estimates, from 2016
on, between 20 million and 23 million people will receive coverage through
the new insurance exchanges, and 16 million to 17 million people will be
enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. Also, 3 million to 5 million fewer people
will have coverage through an employer compared with the number under prior


2. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY can legally (and from that narrow perspective
truthfully) energize their base of lemmings on the right side of the false
divide by parroting Chief Justice Roberts’ proclamation that its individual
mandate and therefore Obamacare represent a "tax increase" from a President
whose campaign promised no tax increases on the middle class, and who
personally and through his administration vowed repeatedly that Obamacare
was NOT a tax. In Obama’s own words:

2.a. "I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than
0,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not
your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."



2.b. "I absolutely reject that notion," Obama said under repeated
questioning by Stephanopoulos. "For us to say that you’ve got to take a
responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase,"
Obama said. "You can’t just make up that language and decide that that’s
called a tax increase."



3. THE GLOBAL CORPORATIONS that control both the Democratic and Republican
Parties – and through that "Two-Party Tryanny" our government and all of us
– are the biggest beneficiaries of Obamacare. The global fascist elite 1%
could care less about improving the health of the other 99% or what new tax
burdens are placed on the backs of a middle-class struggling to survive yet
still desperately hanging on to the belief that somehow, someday they too
will be rich, famous and have their own Reality TV show if they just stay on
the treadmill and keep running. And by using the Congressional power to tax
rather than the Commerce Clause as the basis for his decision, corporate
puppet Chief Justice Roberts made sure the NFIB v. Sebelius ruling would
stir up a partisan political firestorm – and accompanying smokescreen – to
keep the Sheeple divided and fighting each other, blinded to the
white-collar crime being perpetrated by their common enemy:

Reaching far beyond the corporatization of medicine and privatization of
healthcare in America, the 1%’s objective with Obamacare was to establish a
constitutional legal precedent for individual mandates by which the wealthy
can become even wealthier simply by having their paid political puppets pass
laws mandating that we buy their corporate products and increase their
profits – regardless of whether we want, need or can afford them.


Today, it’s overpriced health insurance. Tomorrow, it might be underpowered

Where are the Jeffersonians? And where is the outrage?

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of
patriots and tyrants."–Thomas Jefferson




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Marina, Kate, and Gregory have been working pretty much 24/7 to get people enrolled into health care. I know Gregory finished up his last one at 11 p.m. on the last night of open enrollment. It’s been a real marathon, but they’re champs.

April 23 Webinar Will Provide Analysis, Strategies for the Final CMS 2015 Pay Notice and Call Letter

Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 15, 2014

The final 2015 Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D pay notice and Call Letter, issued by CMS earlier this month, contains good news but also a host of changes that plans were not expecting. There is a lot of uncertainty, since the impact of many of the changes in the final notice will vary dramatically depending on the particular counties served by the MA plans. On April 23, participants of the Atlantic Information Services webinar, “Final CMS 2015 Pay Notice and Call Letter: Implications and Strategies for MA and Part D,” will learn the implications of CMS’s final 2015 documents and the strategies MA and Part D plans should consider as a result.

William MacBain, senior vice president of strategy at Gorman Health Group, LLC, and Tim Courtney, senior consulting actuary at Wakely Consulting Group, will analyze the final notice and Call Letter, and translate it into steps and strategies organizations should consider for the rapidly approaching bids deadline and beyond. In a lively 60-minute presentation, followed by 30 minutes of responses to individual questions, participants will get reliable answers to questions such as:

What will be the range of the final “all in” 2015 pay change for MA plans? On what will the impact on a particular MA plan depend?
How can MA plans determine the effect of the new reduction in the fee-for-service normalization factor in each of your plan’s service areas?
What will be the impact of CMS’s unprecedented decision to retreat from the phase-in of its new MA risk adjustment system? Why did it do that?
Why did CMS decide to delay its controversial rule limiting the use of home health risk assessments for pay-related diagnosis purposes? What might the agency wind up doing, and when?
How can plans offset declining pay for 2015 if CMS is limiting the maximum increase in Total Beneficiary Cost to less than is permissible for 2014?
How will new restrictions, including possible midyear special enrollment periods, on mass terminations of providers by MA plans affect plan strategies?
What will be the impact of CMS’s decision to delay implementation of the new Part D risk adjustment model?
What information are Part D plans still missing regarding preferred pharmacy cost sharing, and how should they prepare bids until they get it?

Visit http://aishealth.com/marketplace/c4a19_042314 for more details and registration information.

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Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is a publishing and information company that has been serving the health care industry for more than 25 years. It develops highly targeted news, data and strategic information for managers in hospitals, health plans, medical group practices, pharmaceutical companies and other health care organizations. AIS products include print and electronic newsletters, websites, looseleafs, books, strategic reports, databases, webinars and conferences. Learn more at http://www.AISHealth.com.

Array Health to Offer Private Health Insurance Exchange Solution Through AHIP Connect Program

Seattle, Wash. (PRWEB) April 10, 2014

Array Health, a provider of private insurance exchange technology, today announced its approval to participate in the AHIP Connect program.

AHIP Connect is an industry solution provider sourcing and independent evaluation program that helps AHIP’s health plan members choose companies to implement operational business solutions that reduce costs; increase efficiency, safety, and quality; and enhance the consumer experience.

As an AHIP Connect approved solutions provider, Array Health seeks to engage payers interested in launching branded private exchange solutions. Health plans can leverage the Array Spectrum™ private health insurance exchange platform to support end-to-end consumer engagement for marketing, selling, enrolling, managing, renewing and administering health and ancillary benefits for their large and small group, individual and retirement business segments.

Array Health delivers a world-class experience for consumers shopping for and enrolling in benefit programs. As employer and consumer needs continue to change, Array Health’s technology is designed to simplify and humanize the process of buying benefits. The Array SmartFit™ technology takes the consumer’s responses to simple behavioral statements indicating their preferences around financial risk, desired access to providers, prescription needs and more; it then uses proprietary algorithms to suggest plans that best map to each individual’s values based on the responses provided. In addition to simplifying the decision-making process, health plan details are presented in natural language, not insurance terms, further facilitating the shopping experience.

“Private health insurance exchanges represent a substantial opportunity in the new marketplace,” said Jonathan Rickert, CEO of Array Health. “As health plans are learning how to sell to consumers in this retail-focused world, our participation in AHIP Connect can help payers build and offer a superior and differentiated shopping and enrollment experience to attract new business and enhance existing relationships.”

“The market for health insurance continues to diversify, and payers are developing promising new products to reduce costs and improve outcomes,” said Charles Stellar, Executive Vice President of Professional Services at AHIP. “We look forward to exposing our health plan members to Array Health’s team of technology, retail and insurance industry experts as they consider new exchange options.”

About America’s Health Insurance Plans

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is the national trade association representing the health insurance industry. AHIP’s members provide health and supplemental benefits to more than 200 million Americans through employer-sponsored coverage, the individual insurance market, and public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. AHIP advocates for public policies that expand access to affordable health care coverage to all Americans through a competitive marketplace that fosters choice, quality and innovation.

About Array Health

Array Health is a leading provider of private insurance exchange technology. Its cloud-based software platform enables health plans of any size to power their own branded online exchanges—a strategic channel that helps them compete and thrive in the post health-reform world. With its state-of-the-art member marketplace and support for defined contributions, insurers win and retain business by giving employers a way to control costs and members a better way to buy benefits. Array Health is a privately held company based in Seattle. To learn more, visit http://www.arrayhealth.com.