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Newsmotion - Health Care http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/17/all en Amid peace talks, health cooperation in Karen State sends positive signals http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/amid-peace-talks-health-cooperation-karen-state-sends-positive-signals <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amid peace talks, health cooperation in Karen State sends positive signals </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 04/18/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Over six decades of civil war in Eastern Burma, civilians fled en masse over the border to Thailand in search of basic necessities – physical security, food, medicine.</p> <p dir="ltr">But now, glimmers of hope are shining through back home. A nationwide ceasefire process is underway, and the government has signed ceasefires with the vast majority of the country’s ethnic armed groups. To be sure, the durability of these accords is far from assured. Conditions in some parts of the country remain violent and tense, but Karen State &#8212; where the majority of the refugees in Thailand originate &#8212; is experiencing what is perhaps the calmest period in its modern history.</p> <p>Although high-level negotiations are still underway, health services for tens of thousands of people living in territories controlled by the Karen National Union (KNU) are steadily improving, a corollary of the peace process that is already palpable.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We can conduct our activities safely, and we have more access to our communities,” says Gyi Gyi, an official with the KNU’s medical relief arm, the Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW), who conducts cross-border relief work from his regional headquarters in Mae Sariang, Thailand. “When we met with the SPDC soldiers [in the past], they would shoot our medics. But now, according to the ceasefire process, our medics can [travel] freely.”</p> <p>The KDHW provides the only front-line health care available to residents of KNU-controlled areas of Karen State, and other Karen-majority territories further afield. The Burmese military classified these areas “free fire” zones when hostilities were active, rendering impossible any hope of offering permanent health services across vast swathes of the state.</p> <p>Although a finalised peace accord is still elusive, the KDHW has taken steps to increase its presence in areas where fighting historically limited its ability to operate. In the past, the KDHW operated most of its brick-and-mortar clinics at a distance from populated areas likely to come under attack; the core of its operations were based around ten-man “mobile clinics” that moved from village to village, able to pack up and leave on short notice.</p> <p>As perceived security has increased, the KDHW has transformed these mobile clinics into 35 “village-tract health centres,” physical bases of operation from where medics can travel to more remote locations. “Some clinics that we built in remote areas, we have now moved to villages, which acts as a centre for other villages,” Gyi Gyi said.</p> <p>The village-tract health centres offer basic front-line health services, including immunizations, malaria treatment, nutrition programmes and trauma care, and serve populations of between 3,500 and 5,000 each. But despite the advantages inherent to not having to move around, facilities are rudimentary and health outcomes are still poor.</p> <div class="related-box"><h3 class="widget-title fix"><span>Related Stories</span></h3><ul class="widget_wpb_tabs"><li><img width="326" height="231" src="http://www.dvb.no/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/2_G_KachineIDPsFleeingMansi_131118_0414_SMM-326x231.jpg" class="attachment-226x160 wp-post-image" alt="In this file photo from 2013, Kachin IDPs flee Namlim Pa. (PHOTO: Lee Yu Kyung)" /><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/aid-shortage-hits-kachin-refugees-burma-myanmar/39734"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Aid shortage hits Kachin refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/journalists-charged-with-defaming-thai-navy-burma-myanmar/39694"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Journalists charged with defaming Thai Navy</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/boatpeople-story-lands-reuters-a-pulitzer-as-local-reporters-face-jail-burma-myanmar/39644"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> ‘Boatpeople’ story lands Reuters a Pulitzer as local reporters face jail</a></li></ul></div> <!-- .related-box --> <p>Poor healthcare is not unique to Karen State, but rather a nationwide phenomenon. In 2011, Naypyidaw allocated just US$2.90 per person for healthcare, less than almost any other government on earth.</p> <p>But despite the government’s own limited provision of health services, cooperation is on the agenda. The KDHW opened a dialogue with their counterparts in the Karen State health department one year ago, a development that would have been implausible just months before. “Now, the KDHW is still talking with the government,” Gyi Gyi said. “We have talked with the state health department seven times.”</p> <p>The KDHW seeks official recognition as the main healthcare provider for areas outside the reach of the government in Karen State, and wants to cooperate with the government on a range of initiatives, including maternal health, malaria eradication, and infrastructure projects, such as improving access to water and sanitation. To facilitate communication, it recently opened a branch office in Hpa-An, the capital of Karen State. It is also seeking official accreditation for the KDHW’s medics, who undergo much more rigorous training than do government employees.</p> <p>State-level negotiations have been extremely positive, Gyi Gyi claims, but true decision-making power is out of the local government’s hands. “They need to send all information to the union health level, and then if the union health level says we can proceed, we will,” he said.</p> <p>While the KDHW still receives the bulk of its funds from border-based organisations, it is now able to receive funds from Rangoon-based donors through the Myanmar Peace Centre, the government’s one-stop clearinghouse for peace negotiations and the allocation of funds associated with it.</p> <p dir="ltr">For the KDHW, it’s a welcome change, but not one that it’s entirely accustomed to yet. “When you build peace, you need to adjust many things,” Gyi Gyi said. “At least, we now have channels: Even if we cannot go directly to the government, we can go through the peace centre, which coordinates between us and the government.” Eventually, he believes, the KDHW will receive funds directly from the government, but “it’ll be better to negotiate that after a [peace] agreement is signed.”</p> <p> For all the tangible progress made on health in Karen State, the gains witnessed over the past two years could be eradicated if the peace process were to turn sour. A long-postponed third round of peace talks is set to be held in Hpa-An in May, but there can be no assurances it will go smoothly. “While we see there’s no fighting, both sides, especially from the military, should sign onto a code of conduct, but that [agreement] hasn’t been reached yet,” Gyi Gyi said.</p> <p>Yet the positive ties forged between the KDHW and the government may serve as a bellwether for the future of the peace process writ large. “We are looking forward to the next KNU meeting with the government. It’s very important for us, to be able to work for our people in the future,” Gyi Gyi said. “This process has progressed very far in one year, but we will see how things will be in 2015 about Burma.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.dvb.no/analysis/amid-peace-talks-health-cooperation-in-karen-state-sends-positive-signals-burma-myanmar/39726" target="_blank">http://www.dvb.no/analysis/amid-peace-talks-health-cooperation-in-karen-state-se...</a> </div> </div> </div> ALEX BOOKBINDER analysis Burma Citizen Ethnic issues Health Health Care karen state KDHW knla KNU Lead Story Mae Sariang Malaria news Rangoon Thailand Thailand Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:43:51 +0000 feed 270187 at http://newsmotion.org West Wing Week: 4/18/14 or, “Pull Together, Fight Back, and Win” http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/west-wing-week-41814-or-%E2%80%9Cpull-together-fight-back-and-win%E2%80%9D <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> West Wing Week: 4/18/14 or, “Pull Together, Fight Back, and Win” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 04/18/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This week, the President nominated Sylvia Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services, hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast and a Passover Seder, discussed immigration reform with Faith leaders, welcomed the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, announced a major milestone in the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and hit the road to New York City and Oakdale, Pennsylvania.</p> <p></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/17/west-wing-week-41814-or-pull-together-fight-back-and-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/17/west-wing-week-41814-or-pull-together-fight-back-and-win" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/17/west-wing-week-41814-or-pull-together-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Adam Garber Boston Economy Education Health Care Inside the White House Kathleen Sebelius manufacturing New York New York City Oakdale Official Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Sylvia Burwell Sylvia Mathews Burwell The First Lady The President The Vice President White House Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 feed 270504 at http://newsmotion.org President Obama: 8 Million People Have Signed Up for Private Health Coverage http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-8-million-people-have-signed-private-health-coverage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama: 8 Million People Have Signed Up for Private Health Coverage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 04/17/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/acanumbers_041714_thumb.jpg" /></div> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/4.17.14_aca_8_million.jpeg" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BTOvPwVtpo">Speaking from the White House Briefing Room</a>, President Obama announced that 8 million Americans have signed up for private health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act.</p> <p>He noted that 35 percent of those people are under 35 years old.</p> <p>What&#39;s more, costs associated with expanding coverage under the Affordable Care Act are lower than expected:</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/acacbonumbers_1.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/17/president-obama-8-million-people-have-signed-private-health-coverage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/17/president-obama-8-million-people-have-signed-private-health-coverage" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/17/president-obama-8-million-people-have-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Barack Obama Chuck Kennedy Health Care Lindsay Holst Massachusetts Official The President White House Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:58:30 +0000 feed 270046 at http://newsmotion.org Sylvia Mathews Burwell Nominated to Be the Next Secretary of Health and Human Services http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/sylvia-mathews-burwell-nominated-be-next-secretary-health-and-human-services <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sylvia Mathews Burwell Nominated to Be the Next Secretary of Health and Human Services </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 04/11/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLmz4uO2nvg">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p>Today, <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/11/remarks-president-nominating-sylvia-mathews-burwell-secretary-health-and">President Obama announced</a> that Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the current director of the Office of Management and Budget would follow Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services.</p> <p>Secretary Sebelius&rsquo;s work over the last five years have been critical to the health and welfare of the American people, and will benefit our families and this country for decades to come, President Obama said.</p> <blockquote><p>She has fought to improve children&rsquo;s health, from birth to kindergarten; expanded mental health care; reduced racial and ethnic disparities; brought us closer to the first AIDS-free generation.&nbsp; She&rsquo;s been a tireless advocate for women&rsquo;s health. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>And, of course, what Kathleen will go down in history for is serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/11/sylvia-mathews-burwell-nominated-be-next-secretary-health-and-human-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/11/sylvia-mathews-burwell-nominated-be-next-secretary-health-and-human-services" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/11/sylvia-mathews-burwell-nominated-be-ne...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Barack Obama Health Care Joe Biden Kathleen Sebeliu Kathleen Sebelius Lawrence Jackson Megan Slack Official Sylvia Mathews Burwell The President United States White House Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:17:57 +0000 feed 267415 at http://newsmotion.org New Medicare Data Offers Unprecedented Transparency for Consumers http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/new-medicare-data-offers-unprecedented-transparency-consumers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Medicare Data Offers Unprecedented Transparency for Consumers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 04/09/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Today, the Administration took another historic step in making data open and accessible to the public, when the Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services (CMS) <a href="http://blog.cms.gov/2014/04/09/historic-release-of-data-delivers-unprecedented-transparency-on-the-medical-services-physicians-provide-and-how-much-they-are-paid/">released information</a> for the first time about the types and frequency of medical services that doctors and health care providers deliver to people with Medicare and about how much providers are paid&mdash;all while maintaining the privacy of beneficiaries.</p> <p>This is great news for the American people. These valuable data had been inaccessible for decades, and today&rsquo;s release provides unprecedented visibility into how American seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare are treated.</p> <p>These data create transparency for consumers to help inform their health care decisions such as which doctor to choose, or which course of treatment to pursue.</p> <p>As we have seen with other releases of government data&mdash;from <a href="https://www.data.gov/safety/blog/obama-administration-drives-release-car-safety-data-unveils-new-nhtsa-safercar-app-ios">car safety ratings</a>, to <a href="http://catalog.data.gov/dataset/consumer-complaint-database">consumer credit card complaints</a>, to <a href="http://www.data.gov/weather/">weather and climate measurements</a> and the recent launch of the Administration&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/19/climate-data-initiative-launches-strong-public-and-private-sector-commitments">Climate Data Initiative</a> to help spur the development of resiliency tools&mdash;this kind of openness and transparency can fuel innovation and research for years to come.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/09/newly-accessible-data-medicare-services-and-payments-will-inform-and-empower-consume" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/09/newly-accessible-data-medicare-services-and-payments-will-inform-and-empower-consume" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/09/newly-accessible-data-medicare-service...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Health Care Official Todd Park White House Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:05:19 +0000 feed 266807 at http://newsmotion.org While Marketplace Enrollment Ended, Medicaid Enrollment Continues http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/while-marketplace-enrollment-ended-medicaid-enrollment-continues <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While Marketplace Enrollment Ended, Medicaid Enrollment Continues </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 04/04/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already provided coverage to millions of Americans. More than <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/blog/2014/04/medicaid-chip-determinations-february.html">7.1 million</a> Americans signed up for coverage through the Marketplaces, <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/blog/2014/04/medicaid-chip-determinations-february.html">3 million additional young adults</a> were covered under their parents&rsquo; insurance and millions more will have access through Medicaid. A <a href="http://medicaid.gov/AffordableCareAct/Medicaid-Moving-Forward-2014/Downloads/February-2014-Enrollment-Report.pdf">new report shows</a> that more people are gaining coverage through Medicaid and the Children&rsquo;s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a result of the health law.&nbsp;The analysis, produced by the Health and Human Services Department shows enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP in February was at least <a href="http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2014-Fact-sheets-items/2014-04-04.html">3 million people</a> higher than it was, on average, between July and September. That does not include March, which saw an enormous spike in Marketplace enrollment and traffic to <a href="http://healthcare.gov">HealthCare.gov</a>.</p> <p>While this is great progress, states where governors or legislatures refuse to implement the Medicaid expansion provisions of the law will <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/medicaid-map">leave 5.7 million Americans uninsured</a>. States that have expanded Medicaid, such as Kentucky and New York, have seen particularly dramatic declines in their uninsured populations. Just take Kentucky, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kentucky has seen a 40 percent drop in its rate of uninsured since October 1.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/image/getcovered_medicare_map_040314_520.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/04/while-marketplace-enrollment-ended-medicaid-enrollment-continues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/04/while-marketplace-enrollment-ended-medicaid-enrollment-continues" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/04/while-marketplace-enrollment-ended-med...</a> </div> </div> </div> District of Columbia Health Care Kentucky Kentucky Louisville Michigan New Hampshire New York New York Official Tara McGuinness Tara McGuinness White House Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:15:33 +0000 feed 264167 at http://newsmotion.org President Obama: "7.1 Million Americans" http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-71-million-americans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama: &quot;7.1 Million Americans&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 04/01/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="embed"> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/p040114ck-0447.jpg?itok=p1BSRuEt" alt="President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, delivers a statement on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Rose Garden of the White House, April 1, 2014." title="President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, delivers a statement on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Rose Garden of the White House, April 1, 2014." width="430" height="287" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, delivers a statement on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Rose Garden of the White House, April 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) </p> </div> </div> <p>The President sent the message below to the White House email list this afternoon following his <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmONeJ_j8EU">remarks</a> in the Rose Garden, announcing that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces.</p> <p>Didn&#39;t get the email? Make sure you&#39;re <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/email-updates">signed up for White House updates</a>.</p> <p>Hello everybody,</p> <p>Last night, the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act came to an end.</p> <p>And this afternoon, we announced that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces.</p> <p>7.1 million.</p> <p>That doesn&#39;t count the more than 3 million young adults who have gained insurance under this law by staying on their families&#39; plans. It doesn&#39;t count the millions more who have gotten covered through the expansion of Medicaid and the Children&#39;s Health Insurance Program. It doesn&#39;t include the more than 100 million folks who now have better care -- who are receiving additional benefits, like mammograms and contraceptive care, at no extra cost.</p> <p>Now, millions of our fellow Americans have the comfort and peace of mind that comes with knowing they&#39;re no longer leaving their health and well-being to chance. For many of them, quality health insurance wasn&#39;t an option until this year -- maybe because they couldn&#39;t afford it, or because a pre-existing condition kept them locked out of a discriminatory system.</p> <p>Today, that&#39;s changed. And while our long-broken health care system may not be completely fixed, it&#39;s without question a lot better. That&#39;s something to be proud of -- and there&#39;s no good reason to go back.</p> <p>Regardless of your politics, or your feelings about the Affordable Care Act, millions more Americans with health coverage is something that&#39;s good for our economy and our country.</p> <p>At the end of the day, that is what this law -- and the other reforms we&#39;re fighting for, from a 21st-century immigration system to a fairer wage for every American who&#39;s willing to work for it -- are all about:</p> <p>Making sure our country lives up to our highest ideals.</p> <p>I am thankful to be your President today, and every day. And I am proud that this law will continue to make life better for millions of Americans in the years to come.</p> <p>Thank you.</p> <p>President Barack Obama</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/01/president-obama-7-million-americans" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/01/president-obama-7-million-americans</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Barack Obama Chuck Kennedy Health Care Joe Biden Lindsay Holst Official The President White House Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:42:48 +0000 feed 262955 at http://newsmotion.org 7.1 Million Americans Have Enrolled in Private Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/71-million-americans-have-enrolled-private-health-coverage-under-affordable-care-act <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7.1 Million Americans Have Enrolled in Private Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 04/01/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmONeJ_j8EU">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p class="p1">Today, the White House announced that more than 7 million Americans signed up for affordable health care through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the Affordable Care Act&#39;s open enrollment period, which ended on March 31.</p> <p class="p1">The number, initially announced during Press Secretary Jay Carney&#39;s briefing, means that millions of Americans across the country now have access to quality, affordable care.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">President Obama updated that number to 7.1 million&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/01/remarks-president-affordable-care-act">during remarks delivered in the Rose Garden</a>:</p> <blockquote><p class="p1">The truth is, even more folks want to sign up.&nbsp; So anybody who was stuck in line because of the huge surge in demand over the past few days can still go back and finish your enrollment -- 7.1 million, that&rsquo;s on top of the more than 3 million young adults who have gained insurance under this law by staying on their family&rsquo;s plan.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s on top of the millions more who have gained access through Medicaid expansion and the Children&rsquo;s Health Insurance Program.&nbsp; Making affordable coverage available to all Americans, including those with preexisting conditions, is now an important goal of this law.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/01/more-7-million-americans-are-signed-private-health-coverage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/01/more-7-million-americans-are-signed-private-health-coverage" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/01/more-7-million-americans-are-signed-pr...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Health Care Jay Carney Lindsay Holst Official The President White House Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:48:51 +0000 feed 262957 at http://newsmotion.org Last Call for Health Insurance: It's the Last Day to Get Covered http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/last-call-health-insurance-its-last-day-get-covered <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Last Call for Health Insurance: It&#039;s the Last Day to Get Covered </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 03/31/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1"><a href="http://healthcare.gov"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/image/3.28.14_countdown_today_red.jpeg" /></a></p> <p class="p1">If you don&#39;t have health insurance, today is the last day to get coverage that starts in 2014. Go right now to <a href="http://healthcare.gov">HealthCare.gov</a> to sign up.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">There are three ways to sign up:</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li4"> <b>Online</b>. You can sign up at <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/"><b>HealthCare.gov</b></a> . You can also sign up in Spanish at <a href="https://www.cuidadodesalud.gov/"><b>CuidadoDeSalud.gov</b></a>.</li> <li class="li4"> <b>On the Phone</b>. You can call 1-800-318-2596, any time, any hour, and a trained representative will help you enroll.</li> <li class="li4"> <b>In Person</b>. You can also find a person in your community to help you at <a href="https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/"><b>localhelp.healthcare.gov</b></a>.</li> </ul> <p class="p3">Don&#39;t put it off any longer -- get covered now!</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/31/last-call-health-insurance-its-last-day-get-covered" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/31/last-call-health-insurance-its-last-day-get-covered" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/31/last-call-health-insurance-its-last-da...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Health Care Megan Slack Official White House Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:06:14 +0000 feed 262247 at http://newsmotion.org The #ACASurge Continues: Here's Where I Was Today http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/acasurge-continues-heres-where-i-was-today <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The #ACASurge Continues: Here&#039;s Where I Was Today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 03/30/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">I saw it firsthand today: The surge of folks across the country getting covered ahead of the March 31 deadline is continuing.</p> <p class="p1">Today, I stopped by a D.C. Health Link faith-based enrollment event -- put on by a community that&#39;s played a key role in efforts to educate and enroll District residents, small businesses, and their employees.</p> <p class="p1">It was really inspiring to see -- and it was just one of hundreds of events happening around the country this weekend.</p> <p class="p1">Take a look at a couple photos from that event -- and a few more from events happening this weekend. If you&#39;re getting covered yourself, <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/share-your-aca-photo">share a photo of your own</a>.</p> <p class="p1">And, of course, if you still need coverage, <a href="http://www.healthcare.gov">visit HealthCare.gov right now</a> and get yourself signed up.</p> <p class="p1">Washington, D.C.:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/dc1.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/30/acasurge-continues-heres-where-i-was-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/30/acasurge-continues-heres-where-i-was-today" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/30/acasurge-continues-heres-where-i-was-t...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Health Care Marlon Marshall Official san antonio Tampa The President Washington Washington D.C. White House Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:43:17 +0000 feed 262248 at http://newsmotion.org