Julie is a private school teacher with Type-2 Diabetes, who couldn’t afford the pre-condition $2,000+ premium before the Affordable Care Act. She asked her employer not to increase her salary so that she could be eligible for a county health plan and not have to leave the job that she loved to find one that provided healthcare coverage. Through the Marketplace, with tax credits, she obtained a Silver plan that cost her $18 monthly. And instead of having to pay $100 per bottle of insulin as before, she now only pays $40 per bottle – a huge saving for the three bottles that she needs monthly.
Last week, Enroll Michigan and other navigator organizations across the country joined in on a conference call with President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Sydney Burwell. The call was part of a White House effort to promote the Affordable Care Act, as it has officially entered its third open enrollment season as of November 1.
President Obama stressed to navigators and other representatives on the call the importance of outreach and education, and encouraged them to get more uninsured citizens signed up for health plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
“You are changing people’s lives with your work,” POTUS told navigators during the call.
President Obama continued his push for the health care law later last week during his weekly address.
“What we’re talking about is no longer just a law, and it’s certainly not the myths and scare tactics that the cynics have peddled our way for years. This is reality,” he said. “This is health care in America. And the bottom line is, Americans like it. They’re happy with their plans and their premiums.”
In support of President Obama’s efforts, the Enroll Michigan navigators are working tirelessly to serve uninsured populations around the state of Michigan. With this week marking Women’s Outreach Week, Enroll Michigan navigators around the state will be hosting a series of outreach, education and enrollment events catered to uninsured women.
The events’ info and flyers can be found below:
Get Covered, Get Fit!
Alger Middle School, Grand Rapids, MI
November 14, 2015, 12:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Celebrating Women’s Health
Boll Family YMCA, Detroit, MI
November 14, 2015, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
We purchased a private insurance that was $490 a few years ago for the two of us, then it was $827. Then this year it was going to be over $1000 per month for the premium. So we decided to look at the Marketplace and Mike had to talk me into it.
So for us to get insurance for that price ($650 less/month) on such a limited income was extremely important. This will make it so we can actually live our life, instead of having to using money saved for retirement. And we could keep our doctors with the plans we chose. It’s hard when you’re on a fixed income — what you plan on and then what happens in the years to come is really different. Everything costs more, and especially as you get older all health things start to cost more.
This was just so nice. Its been a godsend to us, really. We are extremely happy. And we are actually getting better coverage, we had an 80/20 but they cover more of the procedures than our previous plan. Once you’re over 60 you have a lot more tests.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today the findings of a new report that shows that consumers who reenrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace last year and who switched to a plan with the same level of coverage saved nearly $33 per month after tax credits, or almost $400 annually, relative to what they would have paid had they remained in the same plan as in 2014. Those who also switched issuers within the same level of coverage were able to save $41 per month, or over $490 annually after tax credits.
Today’s report shows Marketplace consumers were active shoppers last year, with about one third (31 percent) of re-enrollees from 2014 switching to a new plan for 2015. [Read more…]
With the third open enrollment period beginning November 1, the countdown to enrollment has officially begun. This means that our network of navigators, in-person assisters (IPAs) and certified application counselors (CACs) are preparing for another season of helping consumers apply for health coverage through the Marketplaces. [Read more…]
Mark your calendars for the Michigan Consumers Healthcare Annual Meeting on April 20, 2015. [Read more…]
Joyce came to me last year to look for insurance. She had tried on her own at first, and had struggled a bit to get through the application on her own. She was dealing with end of life care for her husband, and eventually the death of her husband. [Read more…]
Confused about the new healthcare law and how it could impact you, your family or your small business? Enroll Michigan is here to help. [Read more…]