This is important:Since October 1st, more than 1.2 million Americans are poised to gain coverage under Obamacare — and more are picking plans every day.Now, the deadline is coming up to get coverage from the Marketplace in time for the new year. You have until December 23rd to select a plan in order for your health insurance to start by January 1st.

So if you’re reading this email and you need health coverage, go to HealthCare.gov right now. Shop for a plan that meets your needs, compare prices, and get covered



News from The Hill:

ObamaCare sign-up date pushed to Christmas 
By Elise Viebeck

Federal health officials announced a delay Friday for people seeking ObamaCare coverage that starts on Jan. 1, 2014.

Rather than signing up for health insurance by Dec. 15, as previously required, these users will have until Dec. 23 to choose their plans.

The policies will still begin on Jan. 1 of next year, said the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Read the story here.

IMAGINE: ‘Boss, I can’t come in today: Heavy period.’

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“Signing up for Obamacare: An expert explains the basics”


Open enrollment has begun under the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — and the kickoff has generated tremendous interest from Americans. But there’s still a lot of confusion about how the enrollment process actually works.

This week, millions of people flocked to Heathcare.gov, the program’s main website, to find out more about the options. That website then directs people to online insurance marketplaces where they can sign up for health insurance based on the state they live in.

The large number of people trying to access the website led to outages and delays caused by the unexpectedly high traffic volume.

The Obama administration hopes 7 million people will sign up for insurance during the 2014-2015 year, and more than 1 million Americans visited Healthcare.gov before 7 a.m. ET on the first day of enrollment alone.


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Did you know?

“Freedom Works,” Says Burn Your ‘Obamacare Card”



There’s just one problem . . .

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“Kaiser study: Romney’s Medicare plan raises costs”


By Steve Benen

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The Romney/Ryan Medicare plan is pretty straight forward: end the guaranteed benefit, and transition seniors into a voucher system — effectively giving the elderly a coupon towards private insurance. What happens when the value of the coupon fails to keep up with rising costs? Too bad — you should have thought of that before Election Day 2012.

To hear the Republican candidates tell it, this is worthwhile anyway, not because they’re obsessed with privatization or tearing down public pillars of American society, but because upending the entire Medicare system would save money and improve our broken finances.

The detail that often goes overlooked is how exactly turning Medicare into vouchers would “save money.” As a practical matter, the Kaiser Family Foundation found, it’d save thegovernment money, but cost you more, even if you opted to stay in the public system.

Using 2010 data as a model, Kaiser’s study found that among seniors who chose toremain in traditional Medicare, more than half would have paid higher premiums. Just under half would have paid the same. That would’ve yielded an average premium hike of $720 annually for seniors who chose to remain in traditional Medicare.

Among seniors with private Medicare Advantage plans, 88 percent would have paid higher premiums unless they switched to a cheaper plan with less generous benefits. On average, seniors already in private plans would have paid $1,044 more annually, according to the study.

Taken together, 59 percent of Medicare beneficiaries would have ended up paying higher premiums than they do in the current system if they remained in their current plan.

In fairness, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s research had to fill in certain gaps because the Romney/Ryan campaign refuses to explain in detail how their proposal would work. But based on all available information, the analysis is more than fair.  Full Article

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Truth for Today 4

Obamacare by the numbers
We’re already seeing clear signs that Obamacare is working. Reports show that consumers have saved more than $2 billion on their premiums with the help of Obamacare’s protections against overcharging by insurance companies. And the Census Bureau reported this week that the number of uninsured Americans fell from 16.3 percent to 15.7 percent this year — the first decrease in years. Take a look at this post on Obamacare’s impact, and be sure others do, too.

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Breaking News from Politico

POLITICO Breaking News
The health law update from the Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday found that costs would drop by $84 billion over 11 years because not all states would opt in to Medicaid expansion. About 6 million fewer people will be covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but about half of them would end up covered in the state-based health insurance exchanges, so about 3 million more people would be uninsured.

For more information… http://www.politico.com

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