Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Navigating Health Care Reform

Prickly Hearts
We are fortunate in not having to deal with changing health insurance. Our sons have been covered by Medicaid since they were 18 years old in a Medicaid friendly part of Michigan. Medicaid also pays for the services they need as developmentally disabled adults. Medicaid expansion should help more children and adults with disabilities qualify for mental health services if they have mental illness or  DD.

Last Sunday, 3/23/14, The Detroit Free Press published a whole section on navigating health care reform with about 50 links to articles on just about every topic concerning the Affordable Care Act and obtaining health insurance you could imagine. Here is the introduction to the On-Line version of the DFP's special health care section:

Are you ready?

The most contentious piece of federal health reform legislation – a requirement that every person have health insurance by next year or face tax penalties – has begun. It is officially named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, although some groups refer to the legislation as just the Affordable Care Act, ACA or "Obamacare." The enrollment period began October 1 and runs through March 31. Many Michigan residents will be able to buy insurance through the Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace, an online exchange where the coverage may be more affordable. If you have questions, let us know and we'll try to find answers. Write: healthreform@freepress.com.

Good luck to those who have not yet signed up for a workable health insurance policy.

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