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WHITE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE -HELP TO CONSUMERS FACING HEALTH INSURANCE CANCELLATIONS

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2013

FACT SHEET: New Administration Proposal To Help Consumers Facing Cancellations

“I’ve assigned my team to see what can we do to close some of the holes and gaps in the law, because my intention is to lift up and make sure the insurance that people buy is effective, that it’s actually going to deliver what they think they’re purchasing.  Because what we know is, before the law was passed, a lot of these plans people thought they had insurance coverage and then they’d find out that they had huge out-of-pocket expenses or women were being charged more than men.  If you had preexisting conditions, you just couldn’t get it at all.
 
“And we are proud of the consumer protections we’ve put into place.  On the other hand, we also want to make sure that nobody is put in a position where their plans have been canceled, they can’t afford a better plan even though they’d like to have a better plan.  And so we’re going to have to work hard to make sure that those folks are taken care of.” – President Barack Obama, November 7, 2013
Today, the majority of Americans have employer-based health insurance that is already providing them quality health care coverage. The Affordable Care Act strengthens employer coverage while creating new protections for people in the individual market – preventing them from being charged more because of a pre-existing condition or getting fewer benefits like mental health services or prescription drugs.
The new Health Insurance Marketplace will help millions of hard-working Americans find affordable health insurance.  Premiums are, on average, 16 percent below what was originally projected.  Nearly one in four insurers offering health plans through the Marketplace are selling to individuals for the first time.  And a recent study found that an estimated 17 million Americans can get discounts on their premiums through the Marketplace, through tax credits.
The law aimed to make Marketplace coverage optional for the less than 5 percent of Americans who have individual market coverage that they want to keep.  Health plans that consumers had when the law was passed in 2010 are “grandfathered” in and do not have to adopt most of the new consumer protections. But, in order to provide consumers with better protections and coverage, health insurers in the individual and small group markets have to adopt consumer protections for any new plans purchased after 2010. In some instances, they are adopting those protections by canceling current policies and replacing them with new and sometimes more costly plans.
Many consumers receiving these cancellation letters will be able to find a better deal with financial assistance or better coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, but we know a small slice of these consumers may not be eligible for a plan at a more affordable price. Last week President Obama directed his team to explore administrative actions that could be taken to help these consumers who are receiving cancellation letters.
 
To meet that commitment, today, HHS is using its administrative authority to:
·         Allow insurers to renew their current policies for current enrollees without adopting the 2014 market rule changes.  This will give consumers in the individual and small group markets the choice of staying in their plan or joining a new Marketplace plan next year.  HHS will consider the impact of this transitional policy in assessing whether to extend it beyond 2014.
·         Require insurers offering such renewals to ensure consumers are informed about their options.  Specifically, insurers offering these renewals must inform all consumers who either already have or will receive cancellation letters about the protections their renewed plan will not include and how they can learn about the new options available to them through the Marketplaces which will offer better protections and possible financial assistance.
·         To protect against the potential impacts this change will have on premiums, HHS will adjust the temporary risk corridor program which is designed to stabilize premiums as changes are implemented.

Whether an individual can keep their current plan will also depend on their insurance company and State insurance commissioner – but today’s action means that it will no longer be implementation of the law that is forcing them to buy a new plan.  Turnover is high in the individual market, with 50 to 67 percent of enrollees staying for a year or less.  This means that the number of people in these bare-bones policies will decrease over time.  As such, this action provides a smoother transition in a market that’s generally used as a bridge by most consumers.  And, this action will not allow these older plans to be sold to new customers in 2014, which would undermine the Marketplace and drive up premiums for millions of hard-working Americans.  In short, this administration solution will give consumers more information and choices, including keeping their old plans. As he has said since he signed the bill into law, the President is willing to work with members of Congress in either party on good-faith, constructive solutions that strengthen the law by pursuing the same goals as this Administrative action and do not seek to undermine or repeal the law as a whole.

Better Choices, Better Health – A Family Affair event November 9

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Ka’u Rural Health Community Association, Inc. (KRHCAI) Newsletter (Special Edition)

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CancerCares Fall 2013 Online Support Groups Now Open for Registration

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CancerCare® Fall 2013 Online Support Groups Now Open for Registration
   

Having difficulty finding a local support group or feeling too tired to travel to one? Connect with others in a similar situation.

 
CancerCare‘s free, password-protected online support groups are led by professional oncology social workers, and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fall 2013 groups begin Oct. 1. Register today!
 
Select a group below for registration instructions:
 
For Patients
For Caregivers and Loved Ones
Bereavement/Grief
CancerCare also offers telephone support groups that connect you with other people from across the country who share similar concerns. All telephone support groups are regularly scheduled, one-hour sessions and are led by professional oncology social workers.
   
To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org/support_groups or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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Support Services
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Founded in 1944, CancerCare® is the leading national organization committed to improving lives
by providing professional services to help people manage the emotional and financial challenges of
cancer. CancerCare‘s comprehensive network of quality support services includes telephone, online
and in-person counseling and support groups, resource referrals, publications, education and financial
and co-payment assistance. CancerCare helps 1,000,000 people each year throughout the U.S. and distributes more than $30 million in financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services
are provided by our large staff of professional oncology social workers and are offered completely
free of charge.
To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).
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CancerCare E-News – September 2013

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  September 2013

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CancerCare® Co-Payment Assistance Foundation Launches New Website and Same-Day Approval
 
CancerCare® Co-Payment Assistance Foundation (CCAF) announced the launch of its new website and online application process. The new technology will allow CancerCare® Co-Payment Assistance Foundation to provide same-day, conditional approvals. This will enable faster access to treatments and a higher standard of care for people coping with cancer.
 
Patients will also have real-time insight into their status, eliminating the usual wait and uncertainty. Both patients and health care providers will experience an enhanced level of customer service because the site closely monitors each individual’s unique treatment plan and medication usage. The site provides reminder tools and an interactive calendar to assist patients in managing their care. Grants and payments can also be closely tracked.
 
CancerCare® Co-Payment Assistance Foundation is also uniquely able to provide immediate access to the full array of CancerCare‘s free support services. “We have found that co-payment assistance coupled with a network of professional emotional and practical support improves quality of care for the patient and their loved ones,” said CancerCare Chief Operating Officer, John Rutigliano.
 
To learn more, visit www.cancercarecopay.org
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Caribou Coffee to Support CancerCare® in October With Amy’s Blend Collection

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, national coffee and tea retailer Caribou Coffee will offer a special Amy’s Blend collection of coffee, tea and merchandise to support CancerCare. The collection honors their original roastmaster and friend, Amy Erickson, who passed away from breast cancer. CancerCare supporters can pay tribute to Amy and those impacted by breast cancer by purchasing any item from the Amy’s Blend collection September 28 through October 31. For the second year in a row, Caribou will donate 10 percent of all retail coffeehouse sales from the Amy’s Blend collection directly to CancerCare.
 
In the meantime, CancerCare supporters can order Amy’s Blend in bulk from 6 lbs. to 100 lbs. Orders from 25 lbs. to 100 lbs. come with a gift card. Orders will ship once the campaign launches on September 28. To place your order, contact Aundrea Johnson at AKJohnson@cariboucoffee.com, or for more information visit www.cariboucoffee.com/AmysBlendPurchase.
 
Visit www.cariboucoffee.com to find a location near you.

Awareness Calendar

September 12, 2013 marks the first annual MPN Awareness Day. To raise awareness of Blood Cancer Awareness Month, CancerCare was on hand to ring the opening bell at the NASDAQ on September 3. CancerCare Program Division Director Rosalie Canosa, LCSW-R, and CancerCare Director of Education and Training Carolyn Messner, DSW, LCSW-R, are pictured at the ceremony.

 

September is an awareness month for many diagnoses. Learn more about our support services and educational resources we offer for:

 
Leading Experts Discuss Important Cancer Topics  
 
Our free teleconferences/webcasts, Connect Education WorkshopsTM, give you the latest cancer information straight from leading experts. You can listen in live by telephone or online, and you will have a chance to ask the experts your own questions.
 
Calendar
 
Register online, or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).
 
Missed a Connect Education Workshop? Listen to past workshops as podcasts through CancerCare‘s website.

WALK/RUN FOR HOPE and Help Us Make a Difference!

CancerCare® WALK/RUN FOR HOPE events bring friends, families and community members together to raise funds for a great cause–supporting our free, professional services we provide to anyone affected by cancer.

 
Create Your Own Unique Fundraiser in Support of CancerCare®
 

Team CancerCare is a free online tool that helps you create your own fundraiser and collect donations in a secure environment.

 

Whether it’s a bake sale, awareness walk, sporting event or concert, there are no limits to the types of events you can organize!

 

To learn more or get started, visit teamcancercare.org.
 

Founded in 1944, CancerCare® is the leading national organization committed to improving lives
by providing professional services to help people manage the emotional and financial challenges of
cancer. CancerCare‘s comprehensive network of quality support services includes telephone, online
and in-person counseling and support groups, resource referrals, publications, education and financial
and co-payment assistance. CancerCare helps 1,000,000 people each year throughout the U.S. and distributes more than $30 million in financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services
are provided by our large staff of professional oncology social workers and are offered completely
free of charge.
To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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Rural Health Clinic Conference
Oct. 1-2
Austin, Texas
Rural Health Policy Institute
Feb. 4-6
Washington, D.C.

In this issue:

  • 3 days to save on NRHA’s fastest-growing events
  • NRHA makes Modern Healthcare’s list of top influencers
  • State’s refusal to expand Medicare hurts rural residents, reports AP writer from NRHA event
  • 2 days to apply: Become a Rural Health Fellow
  • Are critical access hospitals on the brink of closing?
  • Quality project aims to measure, improve care at rural health clinics
  • Some rural residents may benefit from health overhaul, NRHA comments
  • NRHA seeks volunteer leaders
  • We’re busy setting the record straight on rural health, economies
  • NRHA accepting scholarship applications, poster submissions for multicultural event
  • Protest against rural hospital cuts being led by Sen. Baldwin
  • Rural US hospitals are in a world of pain
  • How advocates can talk to rural America
  • Primary care deserts exist with, without nurse practitioners
  • Transforming food deserts and swamps to fight obesity
  • Join Journal of Rural Health editorial board
  • Policy brief outlines clinic alternative for small rural communities
  • HHS awards $67 million to health insurance marketplace navigators
  • First population-based US-Mexico border reproductive health report released
  • Policy update: How obesity threatens America’s future
  • Free NRHA partner webinars on aquatic therapy and patient, family-centered care
  • CDC extends recruitment for Tips from Former Smokers campaign
  • CDC study: Schools are getting healthier
  • 3 days to save on NRHA’s fastest-growing events
    Get your tickets today for NRHA’s Rural Health Clinic Conference , Oct. 1-2, and Critical Access Hospital Conference, Oct. 2-4, in Austin, Texas. A recent HHS report indicates that 846 CAHs would lose certification and funding if forced to re-enroll in the CAH program. Hear from your national advocates on the impact of this recommendation and what you can do to make sure it doesn’t happen. Register by Sept. 1 to save hundreds on both events.

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    NRHA makes Modern Healthcare’s list of top influencers
    NRHA CEO Alan Morgan again made Modern Healthcare’s annual ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. “It’s great to see that readers of Modern Healthcare magazine recognize the efforts of NRHA,” Morgan says. Modern Healthcare’s list honors individuals in health care who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact.

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    State’s refusal to expand Medicare hurts rural residents, reports AP writer from NRHA event
    The Associated Press via Minneapolis StarTribune
    Though it’s likely rural residents will benefit from the health care overhaul, many will be hurt if the Medicaid program is not expanded, said a health economist during NRHA’s Preserving Community Hospitals meeting in Milwaukee. Less than half the states have opted not to expand the program eligibility, however, many others still are debating the issue, said Tim McBride, a health economist with the Rural Policy Research Institute’s Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis.

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    2 days to apply: Become a Rural Health Fellow
    NRHA is accepting applications for its 2014 Rural Health Fellows program through Aug. 31. The goal of the fellows program is to educate, develop and inspire a networked community of rural health leaders who will step forward to serve in key positions in NRHA, affiliated rural health advocacy groups and local and state legislative bodies. Fellows meet in person three times throughout the year to undergo leadership and advocacy training. Apply or share this opportunity today .

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    Are critical access hospitals on the brink of closing?
    RACmonitor.com
    The Department of Health and Human Services recently released a report stating that two-thirds of the nation’s critical access hospitals would not meet the distance requirement if they were to re-enroll in the Medicare program. “The 34-page report would eradicate individual state determinations on which small, rural hospitals are critical ‘necessary providers’ in a state by overriding state decisions with complete federal authority,” NRHA’s Brock Slabach explained. Read more national coverage of NRHA’s response to the report.

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    Quality project aims to measure, improve care at rural health clinics
    Rural health clinics are the last type of primary care provider that isn’t being penalized or incentivized for reporting patient care quality data. A new quality improvement project involving multiple stakeholders and rural health experts from across the country aims to change that. “You can’t improve what you don’t measure,” says John Gale, research associate at the University of Southern Maine Rural Health Research Center. “It’s a standard axiom in the quality improvement world.” Hear more on this with NRHA Oct. 1-2 in Austin, Texas.

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    Some rural residents may benefit from health overhaul, NRHA comments
    The Associated Press via Miami Herald
    Rural residents could be paying less for health insurance and medical care under the new health law, according to the Center for Rural Affairs, Nebraska. “I see that all the time: Farm families who have to work a second job so that they can provide insurance to their families,” NRHA’s Brock Slabach said.

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    NRHA seeks volunteer leaders
    NRHA is currently seeking volunteers for leadership positions within its Board of Trustees and Rural Health Congress. NRHA’s strength and success is largely the result of leaders, members and staff working together with a common purpose to ensure the broadest range and highest quality of health care services for rural America. We ask that you give thoughtful consideration to nominating or accepting nomination by Sept. 16 for one of several positions that will begin Jan. 1.

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    We’re busy setting the record straight on rural health, economies
    NRHA is busy making your voice louder in national news outlets and on Capitol Hill by speaking out against HHS’ flawed critical access hospital report. And Rep. David McKinley sent out a press release denouncing the report. Check out articles from The Washington Post, Modern Healthcare, HealthLeaders Media and other media outlets highlighting NRHA’s response to the report NRHA’s Alan Morgan says “would kill rural health.”

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    NRHA accepting scholarship applications, poster submissions for multicultural event
    The Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Conference is one of the only meetings in the nation designed for those dedicated to bringing quality health care to this underserved and often under-represented portion of the rural population. NRHA is offering scholarship funds to attend this event on a first come, first served basis for students and community members with a critical need for financial support. We are also accepting poster presentation submissions until Sept. 30.

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    Protest against rural hospital cuts being led by Sen. Baldwin
    The Associated Press via The Journal Times
    A protest in a fight against the proposed cuts to Medicare reimbursements for rural hospitals is being led by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Baldwin states that these cuts will reduce access to health care in rural areas and weaken the economy in these areas nationwide.

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    New Center for Disesase Control (CDC) Report on older drivers

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    New CDC report on older drivers in the workforce
    complements Drive Safely Work Week 2013 theme

    Download the free employer toolkit at http://www.trafficsafety.org/drivesafelyworkweek
    Older workers who drive as part of their job have significantly higher traffic death rates than younger workers, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
    “Driving safety is really a shared responsibility between employers and workers,” said lead researcher Stephanie Pratt in an interview with HealthDay. Dr. Pratt is the coordinator of the Center for Motor Vehicle Safety at the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and a federal liaison to the NETS Board of Directors.
    According to the CDC report, more than 11,500 workers aged 18 and over died while driving for work between 2003 and 2010. Among these deaths, 26.9 percent were those aged 55 and older.
    “The risk is not restricted to workers employed in what we think of as typical transportation occupations, like a truck driver or delivery driver,” Pratt said when speaking to HealthDay. “The risk cuts across all industries and occupations.”

    This year’s Drive Safely Work Week campaign toolkit has resources to address health and wellness issues that apply to drivers of all ages, but is particularly relevant for an aging workforce.

    The CDC report states the ability to drive is affected by physical and cognitive changes associated with normal aging: declines in visual acuity, skill in processing complex visual information, reaction time, executive functioning, and contrast and glare sensitivity. These factors might be addressed by employers through injury prevention and wellness programs, and by workers through regular health examinations and screenings.
    This year’s Drive Safely Work Week campaign toolkit has resources to address health and wellness issues that apply to drivers of all ages, but is particularly relevant for an aging workforce. The free employer toolkit includes information and activities related to vision screening, vehicle ergonomics, improving driver range of motion and more.
    NETS urges employers to use the Drive Safely Work Week materials to address what the CDC projects to be an issue that will continue to grow as workers aged 55 and older are expected to comprise more than 25% of the workforce in 2020 compared to less than 12% in 1990. Drive Safely Work Week is Oct. 7-11 but materials are not dated and may be used throughout the year.
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    314-680-3293
    jhanley@trafficsafety.org

     

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    Millions of Uninsured Americans will get coverage. Are you one of them?

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    Millions of uninsured Americans will get coverage. Are you one of them?

    On October 1, millions of uninsured Americans will start applying for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace and will be on their way to living happier, healthier lives. You could be one of them.
    Take your first step to getting quality, affordable health insurance and improving your life and the lives of your family—create your Marketplace account today! If you’ve already created your account, answer a few quick questions to see if you qualify for lower costs on coverage.
    Find out how health care is changing—in 214 words. And tell us why you’re looking forward to getting covered in 2014.
    Open enrollment begins on October 1, 2013. Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014.
    Questions? Call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325.