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July 30, 2015

FamiliesUSA: Medicaid: 50 Years of Helping States Achieve Health and Economic Gains

July 30 marks 50 years since President Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965 into law. Along with Medicare, the law created Medicaid, the joint state and federal health insurance program for low-income people. In the past 50 years, Medicaid has not only helped countless Americans get the health care they need, it has also served as a reliable source of financial support for states.



August 13, 2015

FamiliesUSA: How to Help Assisters Thrive in Local Communities

Thousands of enrollment assisters across the country have worked tirelessly to help consumers sign up for coverage, often under stressful circumstances with little support. These assisters typically work independently in their communities, and it’s important to prevent them from feeling isolated or burned out. This blog shares creative ways that organizations can support and motivate enrollment assisters.

We know how much assisters contribute to the success of the enrollment process, which is why it’s crucial that advocacy groups and organizations help support them in their work. In a recent webinar, we invited three groups from different states to discuss strategies for making sure assisters feel supported in their work.

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June 25, 2015

Statement by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on the Affordable Care Act

Today’s Supreme Court decision confirms that the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits are available to all eligible Americans no matter where they live. Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia can continue to rely on the security and peace of mind that come with affordable, quality health care coverage.

Over six million Americans and their families will sleep easier knowing they will still be able to afford health coverage. Millions more won’t have to worry about an upward spiral in their premiums because of today’s decision, even if they didn’t buy their insurance through the Marketplace. And the law’s financial assistance will be available in the next open enrollment so that others can benefit as well.

The Affordable Care Act is working to improve access, affordability and quality.

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June 5, 2015

FamiliesUSA: What You Need to Know about King v. Burwell

Later this month the Supreme Court will announce its decision in King v. Burwell, a case that threatens the health coverage of millions. This overview will bring busy readers up to speed on what’s at stake in the case and what the fallout will be if the justices rule against the government (the case specifically names U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell).

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May 26, 2015

Enroll America: Ten Tips on Using Centralized Scheduling Tools for In-Person Assistance

Across the country, in-person assisters are helping consumers sort out their new health insurance options and enroll in coverage.

We know how much of a difference they can make. In the most recent open enrollment period, people who got in-person assistance were nearly 60 percent more likely to successfully get covered.

And centralized scheduling tools make it easier for consumers to find and make appointments for help. One such tool is the Get Covered Connector, which people can use to find local assistance and schedule an appointment.

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