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Health Help Hattiesburg helping people with health care benefits

July 5, 2018, WDAM, WDAM Staff- Health Help Hattiesburg is a program designed to provide assistance and resources to residents attempting to obtain and retain their health care benefits. The statewide program provides help for enrollment and advocacy services to eligible Mississippians applying for state benefits in Medicaid and chip programs. They also help residents navigate the new benefits under the Affordable Care Act. “We provide free assistance for anyone looking for health coverage or if they have any issues with anything dealing with health insurance,” Samantha Wells, program manager for Health Help Hattiesburg. “So if you need help filing appeals or complaints or if you need help just navigating all of your benefits and understanding your benefits.”


Obamacare Is Proving Hard to Kill

July 3, 2018, The New York Times, Reed Abelson- As health insurers across the country begin filing their proposed rates for 2019, one thing is clear: The market created by the Affordable Care Act shows no signs of imminent collapse in spite of the continuing threats by Republicans to destroy it. In fact, while President Trump may insist that the law has been “essentially gutted,” the A.C.A. market appears to be more robust than ever, according to insurance executives and analysts. A few states are likely to see a steep spike in prices next year, but many are reporting much more modest increases. Insurers don’t appear to be abandoning markets altogether. In contrast to last year, regulators are not grappling with the prospect of so-called “bare” counties, where no carrier is willing to sell A.C.A. policies in a given area.


Agents and brokers flee ACA exchanges despite Trump administration support

July 3, 2018, Modern Healthcare, Shelby Livingston- As health insurers across the country begin filing their proposed rates for 2019, one thing is clear: The market created by the Affordable Care Act shows no signs of imminent collapse in spite of the continuing threats by Republicans to destroy it. In fact, while President Trump may insist that the law has been “essentially gutted,” the A.C.A. market appears to be more robust than ever, according to insurance executives and analysts. A few states are likely to see a steep spike in prices next year, but many are reporting much more modest increases. Insurers don’t appear to be abandoning markets altogether. In contrast to last year, regulators are not grappling with the prospect of so-called “bare” counties, where no carrier is willing to sell A.C.A. policies in a given area.


Despite U.S. Court’s Ruling, Medicaid Work Requirements Advance In Other States

July 2, 2018, Kaiser Health News, Phil Galewitz-The fallout from Friday’s federal court ruling that struck down the Medicaid work requirement in Kentucky was swift. The decision by Judge James Boasberg immediately blocked Kentucky from enacting the provision in Campbell County, which had been set to start Sunday and roll out statewide later this year. Within 36 hours, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, eliminated vision and dental benefits to nearly 500,000 Medicaid enrollees, saying the state could no longer afford it. Meanwhile, Arkansas, New Hampshire and Indiana are moving ahead with the implementation of their versions of a Medicaid work requirement. It is not clear how or if Boasberg’s ruling invalidating the Trump administration’s approval of Kentucky’s plan affects these states.


More Americans pay for ACA health plans, despite Trump administration moves to undercut law

July 2, 2018, The Washington Post, Amy Goldstein- The number of Americans who bought and began to pay for Affordable Care Act health plans grew slightly this year, despite repeated efforts by the Trump administration to undermine the insurance marketplaces created under the law, new federal figures show. As of February, a month after the start of 2018 coverage, 10.6 million people had paid premiums for ACA health insurance, about 3 percent more than the year before, according to enrollment analyses released Monday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The increase is striking because it happened even though federal health officials last year slashed ACA funding to grass-roots groups that help consumers sign up for coverage, cut advertising and other outreach activities by 90 percent, and shortened the enrollment period by half.


With Medicaid under siege, CHA trumpets program’s critical importance

July 1, 2018, CHA, Julie Minda- Millions of people who rely on Medicaid for their care including many with complex medical needs could lose their coverage if the program’s opponents have their way. By telling the stories of people who have benefitted from Medicaid, CHA hopes to grow public support for the insurance program and stave off threats to its reach and solvency.