CA legislative team takes member survey results directly to Congress

CA legislative team takes member survey results directly to Congress

Communicating for America’s legislative team recently met with more than 50 House and Senate offices in Washington, DC to relay the results of the most recent CA Member survey. CA met directly with both Democrats and Republicans, advocating commonsense solutions that include giving consumers more affordable health coverage options under the ACA, and supporting bipartisan immigration reform legislation. Above, CA’s Michael Smedsrud and Ben Schierer meet with South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson.
A full copy of the survey results is available here.

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Clear Answers: The ACA’s Enrollment Deadline and Health Insurance Mandate

Clear Answers: The ACA’s Enrollment Deadline and Health Insurance Mandate

With the Healthcare Exchange Open Enrollment deadline of March 31 fast approaching, it is important to have all the facts about who is and who is not required to have health insurance in 2014.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most Americans are required to have health insurance or pay a penalty. However, there are many exemptions to this requirement. For example, individuals may qualify for an exemption from the penalty if they are uninsured for less than 3 months of the year, if the lowest-priced coverage available would cost them more than 8% of their household income, or if they are not required to file taxes because their income is below the threshold. There are several other situations that would qualify an individual for a waiver from the penalty. A full list of exemptions is available at https://www.healthcare.gov/exemptions/.

Additionally, many individuals may qualify for a “hardship exemption” if they experience certain circumstances that would affect their ability to purchase affordable health coverage. In December, President Obama announced that those Americans whose health insurance policies have been cancelled would be allowed to purchase catastrophic health insurance plans or claim a hardship exemption and avoid the ACA’s insurance mandate entirely. Earlier this month that waiver was extended through 2016.

Click here to view the entire article with links to a complete list of exemptions and Special Enrollment Period guidelines

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Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) Extended

Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) Extended

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that those consumers enrolled in the PCIP program will be allowed to keep their coverage until the end of April. Communicating for America continues to be a leading voice on this issue. In a recent press release published by multiple news outlets, CA President Patty Strickland argues for an extension and continued funding for both the PCIP and state run high-risk pools through the end of 2014.

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CA becomes first national organization to call on President Obama to extend Open Enrollment period to purchase health insurance to May 15
By February 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

CA becomes first national organization to call on President Obama to extend Open Enrollment period to purchase health insurance to May 15

Communicating for America is calling on President Obama to extend the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) open enrollment period for individuals to sign up for a health insurance plan without facing a penalty. 

In a statement picked up by dozens of top news outlets, CA Chairman Jeff Smedsrud urged the Administration to give consumers more time to enroll in new health plans. He noted that President Obama recently waived certain provisions of the health law for businesses and said consumers should be given same flexibility.  A full copy of of the release is available here. 

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CA Supports Legislation Providing Additional Coverage Options
By February 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

CA Supports Legislation Providing Additional Coverage Options

In a letter to US Senator Mark Begich, CA joined forces with several other national business, self employed and consumer advocacy groups in support of S. 1729, The Expanded Consumer Choice Act. The legislation would create a new “Copper” level of coverage, giving consumers additional options beyond the four tiers currently available under the Affordable Care Act.

We believe this legislation would give consumers more affordable coverage options than are currently available and potentially encourage small businesses to retain their employee plans, which may in turn lower taxpayer costs.

 

The full letter is available here

 

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CA Urges Bi-partisan Immigration Reform
By January 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

CA Urges Bi-partisan Immigration Reform

In a letter to key House members in both parties, Communicating for America is urging lawmakers to take up bi-partisan Immigration reform legislation. Immigration reform that strengthens American agriculture and rural business is a CA Member-adopted resolution and one of CA’s top legislative priorities. In the letter, CA outlines 5 key principles on behalf of its members that must be included in any reform legislation.

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CA President: Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) Extension a Start, More Needed to Protect the Most Vulnerable Americans
By January 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

CA President: Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) Extension a Start, More Needed to Protect the Most Vulnerable Americans

Communicating for America continues to advocate for additional measures to protect the sickest most vulnerable Americans during the transition to the new exchanges created under the ACA. In a recent press release published by multiple news outlets, CA President Patty Strickland argues that while the extension of the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) program recently announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will help thousands continue their health coverage and treatments, more can be done and needs to be done to protect this high-risk population.

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Communicating for America celebrates major victory in the effort to expand affordable healthcare options
By December 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Communicating for America celebrates major victory in the effort to expand affordable healthcare options

President Obama announced on Thursday that those Americans whose health insurance policies have been cancelled will be allowed to purchase catastrophic health insurance plans or claim a hardship exemption and avoid the ACA’s insurance mandate entirely. Communicating for America (CA) has been a leading voice urging these and other changes through articles, op-eds and discussions with Congressional offices. CA is committed to seeing additional solutions implemented in order to ensure all Americans have real and meaningful options when purchasing health insurance.

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How to fix this mess
By December 13, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

How to fix this mess

Amid the finger pointing and political theatre surrounding the so far inauspicious debut of Obamacare lurks this startling possibility:  Come February, fewer Americans could be enrolled in private health insurance than were covered on December 1, 2013. Jeff Smedsrud of CA and Joel White  of the Council for Affordable Health Care Coverage offer up five suggestions for Congress and the President to ensure stability and health security for people losing their coverage.

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The Law of Unintended Consequences: Will we have more people uninsured after health care reform than before?
By October 31, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

The Law of Unintended Consequences: Will we have more people uninsured after health care reform than before?

The following op-ed written by CA Chairman Jeff Smedsrud appeared in a number of online and print publications:

Sadly, fewer Americans could be covered under permanent private health insurance on February 1, 2014, than were on December 1, 2013. Call it a perfect storm of unintended consequences.   We shouldn’t let that happen. Here is why it may and what can be done to prevent it.

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