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Keywords in Health Care Reform

Across the wide range of proposals for health care reform, a number of concepts and catch-phrases have emerged as crucial elements of the debate in Congress, in the media and in the public square.

Get keywords here.

Five Major Goals of Health Care Reform

It's time to fix America's health care system. The leading proposals in Congress agree on these goals.

Health care reform bulletin insert

Our neighbor needs a healing hand. Will we walk by on the other side?

Use this bulletin insert to help your congregation speak out on health care reform.

Hooray for the ACA!

Nearly 180,000 Alabamians signed up for 2017 health coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Confusion over the status of ACA coverage after the presidential election may have contributed to the 8.5 percent drop in enrollment from 2016.

Open enrollment for 2017 coverage ended Jan. 31, 2017. But between annual open enrollment periods, uninsured Alabamians may qualify for Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs) when they experience certain life-changing events, such as marriage, birth or adoption and loss of coverage through job loss, relocation or divorce. Visit healthcare.gov for more information about SEPs and coverage options on the Marketplace.

The resources below describe how the Marketplace works, other benefits of the Affordable Care Act, how Alabama is addressing health care reform and what lies ahead.

Healthcare.gov -- The Marketplace website is your one-stop hub for new coverage options and other benefits of the ACA.

Do you have health insurance? Get ready to enroll! -- This flier is an overview of how to enroll, how to get help and the information you'll need to start the enrollment process.

To find out what premium discounts you may qualify for on the Marketplace, use this handy subsidy calculator from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

This Marketplace flier from Arise helps you reach out to the uninsured.

This Marketplace bulletin insert is formatted for church bulletins.

Find your way around the Marketplace -- This brochure from AARP highlights the basics.

Health security for Alabama's working families -- This fact sheet makes the case for Medicaid expansion. 

Health security for Alabama's uninsured veterans

Health security for Alabama's women

You got covered. Now what? -- This one-page overview looks at what people who have health coverage for the first time can expect from their insurance plan.

UAB study shows huge economic benefits of Medicaid expansion

The ACA helps nonprofits offer health insurance

Health reform and young Alabamians

Health reform and Alabama seniors

How the ACA helps America's families (Families USA)

How the ACA helps small businesses (Families USA and Small Business Majority)

ACA implementation timeline (Community Catalyst) 

Do you have health insurance?

Tips for tax time and getting enrolled -- This one-page overview looks at the shared responsibility penalty, who may be exempt from it, and how people who owe a penalty for 2014 can avoid owing one again in 2015.

A new health care option for former foster youths

Medicaid RCOs: Better care, better health, lower costs -- This one-page overview looks at Alabama's promising new Medicaid regional care organization (RCO) reforms, designed to keep patients healthier while cutting health care costs.

Guidelines for health care reform

Most Americans support health care reform if it makes quality health care more affordable and accessible. We invite you to join your voice with a new coalition of Alabama non-profit groups to ask our members of Congress to support a 3-part vision.

Read guidelines here.

Policy Choices 2009: Hospital financial assistance disclosure

Many, if not all, Alabama hospitals have traditionally offered financial planning and assistance to their patients. Admitting personnel usually notify "self-pay" patients (those whose payments will not be covered by insurance) and their families about this service upon admission to the hospital or during registration for emergency or outpatient services. However, if uninsured people need hospital admission or outpatient services and are unaware of this help, they may be reluctant to seek care, fearing their budgets cannot bear the hospital charges.

Two bills this year would partially address this problem.

Do You Have a Health Care Story to Tell?

ACPP is collecting stories about how having or not having access to health care is affecting Alabama individuals and families. If you have a story you're willing to share with us, please fill out this form and send it in.

Get story form here.

How Healthy Is Alabama's Health Care System?

ACPP is holding listening sessions around the state to find out.

Read listening session flyer here.

State Should Expand "Good Samaritan" Coverage

Current Alabama law extends "Good Samaritan" malpractice protections to practicing physicians but not to fully licensed physicians who have retired or are not currently practicing. This loophole is preventing many such physicians from volunteering their services at free clinics around the state.

This fact sheet outlines proposed legislation that would close the loophole.

 

Money Follows the Person

Current Medicaid policies leave most low-income elderly Alabamians and low-income people with disabilities no choice in subsidized long-term care. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1999 (Olmstead v. L.C.) that the Americans with Disabilities Act may require states to provide community-based alternatives to institutionalized care for people with disabilities. More recently, the federal government has encouraged states to reduce the "institutional bias" of Medicaid long-term care by allowing Medicaid dollars to "follow the person" into home- and community-based care settings. Home- and community-based carehelps keep families together and gives recipients more control over their daily lives -- from household routines to activities in the community, such as recreation, shopping, school or work.

 This fact sheet  This fact sheet outlines proposed 2007 legislation to reform Alabama Medicaid's long-term care policy.

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