Most of us can figure out ways to cutback on our energy consumption to reduce our expenditures at the gas pump but cutting back on health care is a bit trickier. We can’t very well stop our kids from getting sick and even if we could, it wouldn’t impact our premiums – insurers would just pocket the savings. But that’s about to change.
Getting To the Finish Line: Investments in State-Based Advocacy Show Real Returns in Covering Uninsured ChildrenPosted February 11th, 2011 by Say Ahhh!
Cross posted from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families Say Ahhh! blog By Liane Wong and Eugene Lewit, David and Lucile Packard Foundation Even though last week seemed like it was all about the run-up to the Super Bowl, many of us in the nation had another cause to celebrate. February 4, 2011 was [...]
Steeler SuperBlogger: ‘No Baby Should Leave the Hospital Without an Insurance Card or a Terrible Towel’Posted February 5th, 2011 by Say Ahhh!
(In honor of the Superbowl, Say Ahhh! is hosting a Super Blog-Off to determine whether the Steeler Nation or Packer fans are doing a better job of Connecting Kids to Coverage. Please read both blogs and vote for your favorite by submitting a comment. Comments must be submitted by kick-off Sunday night. See Say Ahhh! [...]
Green Bay Packer SuperBlogger Invokes Lombardi to Show Wisconsin is Leading the Charge for Children’s HealthPosted February 5th, 2011 by Say Ahhh!
“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
– Vince Lombardi
Cross posted from Say Ahhh! (Editor’s Note: CHIPRA celebrates its second anniversary this week and Say Ahhh! is featuring guest blogs about how the law has impacted children and families in their states. Mary Wachtel of Voices for Ohio’s Children is today’s featured blogger. Ohio was also featured in CCF’s 50-state survey of Medicaid and [...]
Despite millions of dollars being poured into anti-health reform advertisements and mailings, the poll did not find a mandate for action one way or another. The poll also found that several key provisions of the Affordable Care Act remain very popular, even among those who support repeal of all or parts of the law.
An investigation conducted by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce confirmed that major insurers consider pregnancy to be a pre-existing condition that would result in an automatic denial of coverage, and that insurers typically exclude maternity coverage from the plans they offer individuals who are not pregnant.
“Hundreds of consumers have contacted my office, upset over Regence refusing to cover kids and for blaming its recent rate increases on health reform,” said Commissioner Kreidler in a statement. “I can understand why they’re confused and mad. I’m sick and tired of the insurance industry pulling these stunts and misleading the public about health reform. I expect better of companies wanting to do business in Washington.”
This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the “Get Covered. Get in the Game initiative” which will be launched in seven pilot states across the country including: Colorado, Florida, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Ohio and Wisconsin. The initiative brings together coaches, schools, and communities to educate families with children who are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) about the immediate availability of free and low-cost health care programs for children.
The Restemayers’ story is a powerful reminder of why we all need to be rolling up our sleeves and making sure that health care reform works as intended for families and children.