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Obamacare Enrollment Data: Employer Based Coverage Declines

Obamacare Enrollment Data: Employer Based Coverage Declines
That was because almost all the gains in individual coverage through the Obamacare exchanges were offset by reduced enrollment in employer-sponsored group coverage. During the same period, Medicaid enrollment increased by about 5 million, …
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Latest Obamacare freakout: enrollment 'plummeting' (Spoiler: not so)
In the latest leg of their endless journey to find bad news about the Affordable Care Act, conservative analysts and websites have seized on some ambiguous figures to declare that enrollment is "plummeting," "shrinking," "sinking rapidly"–choose your …
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Wellpoint, Humana Obamacare Enrollment On The Rise
Wellpoint (WLP), parent of several Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans across the country, enrolled more Americans than it thought via public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act and expects even more people to sign up to its Medicaid plans for the …
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Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition Presents Eighth Annual

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 23, 2014

On Saturday, June 28, 2014, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health with the Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition presents ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® Chicago. The event promotes Hispanic family physical activity and good nutrition for better health and wellness for people of all ages and all sizes. The event this weekend is free and open to the public and will be held at the McKinley Park Field House at 2210 West Pershing Road in Chicago, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

“At ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® thousands of Chicagoans have received free health screenings, joined an exercise group or sports team, or learned about health services available to them,” said Esther Sciammarella, Executive Director of Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition. “By promoting exercise and healthy eating in a fun and entertaining way, ¡Vive tu Vida! Get up! Get Moving!® is working to change the lives of Latinos in Chicago and around the country,” stated Alderman George A.Cardenas, Chairman of the Committee on Health and Environmental Protection and co-organizer of the event.

Made possible by an extraordinary group of partners and volunteers, the Chicago event will feature health screenings and information including blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and kidney disease; vision and dental exams; and, Medicare and Medicaid enrollment details. There will also be activities for the whole family including Mexican folkloric dance performances, a fitness walk; raffles, exercise demonstrations tennis clinics provided by the U.S. Tennis Association; and a youth soccer tournament sponsored by 5 de Mayo and Univision!

Title sponsor Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company are bringing their Llaves para una mejor salud (Keys to a Healthier You) diabetes education pavilion to a 10-city tour of the Alliance’s signature ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® event series. This fun and interactive pavilion will include music and dance demonstrations, good nutrition stations, and the chance to talk to a certified diabetes educator.

“We are proud to be the title sponsor for ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® as part of our ongoing commitment to the communities we serve, and education about diabetes and healthy living,” said Christopher Kaplan, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “We recognize we are part of a global community and our family of employees feels strongly about partnering with organizations like the Alliance to improve it.”

“The support we receive from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly), Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Healthy Americas Foundation allows us to serve 25,000 people at community family health events every year, like the one this weekend in Chicago,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group.

“We are proud to support the National Alliance for Hispanic Health in providing community-based health and nutrition outreach,” said Robert Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “One of the Foundation’s priorities is the support of nonprofits whose focus is on nutrition, and ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® works to address a broad range of needs on the local level.”

All participants of ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® Chicago will be eligible to register for the National Alliance for Hispanic Health’s Buena Salud® Club. This free membership club is designed to promote healthy lifestyles by providing year-round reliable and confidential health information and provider referrals.


About the Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition

The Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition was established in June 1991 as a multi-disciplinary membership organization to address the need to promote health and prevent disease among Chicago’s Hispanic community. The Coalition’s mission is to promote healthy behavior and prevent chronic disease. CHHC advances health education and disease prevention in the Hispanic community through coalition building and direct action. It seeks to empower the Hispanic community by providing a centralized forum for capacity building, coordination, policy and networking among health and human service providers and the communities they serve. For more information visit http://www.chicagohispanichealthcoalition.org/.

About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health

The Alliance is the nation’s foremost science-based source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the United States. The Alliance represents thousands of Hispanic health providers across the nation providing services to more than 15 million each year, making a daily difference in the lives of Hispanic communities and families. For more information, visit http://www.hispanichealth.org or call the Alliance’s Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 1-866-783-2645.

About ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!®

In its eighth year, ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® is the premier national family physical activity and healthy lifestyle event series in the nation. These family-oriented events are organized by leading Hispanic community-based organizations along with the support of over 400 local partners and hundreds of volunteers, and are tailored to the interests and cultures of each community. The National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the Health Foundation for the Americas present the series, along with title sponsor Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Eli Lilly and Company; national supporter Newman’s Own Foundation; national media partner Univision Communication’s Salud es vida; and, national partners the Embassy of Mexico and the United States Tennis Association. For more information call 1-866-783-2645, or visit http://www.getupgetmoving.org or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/healthyamericas/events.

Medicaid Enrollment Jumps Due to Affordable Care Act

affordable care act medicaid enrollmentWith the release of the first monthly report on Affordable Care Act Medicaid enrollments since the expansion, it is apparent that the decision of both Democrat and Republican officials in 26 states to expand the government program to more individuals was a good one. 1.46 million Americans applied for and were accepted into the Medicaid program in October alone.

The numbers show that if all states would expand the program, 5.4 million more Americans would also gain quality, affordable healthcare under Medicaid. In Texas alone, an additional 1 million residents would be eligible for benefits if the state reversed its decision not to participate in the expansion. While states that did elect to expand Medicaid saw a 15 percent increase in Obamacare Medicaid enrollment when compared with numbers from the three months prior to October, states that chose not to participate saw only a 4.1 percent increase.

People Want Insurance

The significant increase in Medicaid applications proves there is a demand for affordable healthcare coverage. Currently, with the expansion of the program, six out of every 10 uninsured Americans can access healthcare coverage for $ 100 or less per month. However, with the release of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid enrollment numbers, evidence exists that if every state in the country offered Medicaid according to the expansion rules, the number of people who could gain access to insurance for $ 100 or less would jump to eight out of every 10.

In addition to illustrating the demand for affordable insurance, the Obamacare Medicaid enrollment numbers also prove the government has done a good job with outreach efforts that have allowed states to use innovative methods of getting people enrolled. For example, one method that has been exceptionally effective is to reach out to people who already receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) because they are most likely to also be eligible for Medicaid in states that elected to expand the program. Almost 223,000 people were enrolled in Medicaid using this method.

Affordable Care Act Medicaid Enrollment State Specifics

For the month of October, most states submitted data showing how many Medicaid enrollments there were so they could be compared with numbers from before the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period began. In Ohio, 319,886 people submitted new applications for Medicaid, the most of any state in the union. California followed in second, with 276,427 new enrollments.

While those were the only two states that enrollments that reached six figures, other states were successful in their Affordable Care Act Medicaid enrollment as well. Michigan enrolled 79,381 residents, Arkansas enrolled 65,355, and Maryland enrolled 42,122. Interestingly, not all states that have chosen to expand Medicaid are developing their own healthcare exchanges. This just goes to show that even if political ideology prevents a state from creating its own exchange, it doesn’t mean they can’t expand affordable care to its poorest residents by participating in the Medicaid expansion program.

Some states, including Arkansas, which is not developing its own exchange, but is expanding Medicaid, have discovered that making enrollment easy for Medicaid-eligible residents has boosted enrollment. Arkansas was one of the first states to use SNAP enrollments as a way to encourage more residents to sign up for Medicaid.

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