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Read How The Affordable Care Act Helped Me

Read the stories of four people who have told their personal experiences with the Affordable Care Act and how it has helped them.

Mr. Ray Acosta, who was diagnosed with chronic leukemia in 2010 and since been paying high insurance premiums just discovered he is eligible for Medicaid under the new health care law. This will come as huge relief to Mr. Acosta and his family who have all pulled together to cover the much needed treatments to keep him alive. Read More

Wait, I Can Keep My Canceled Health Insurance Policy?

After a recent tweak from President Obama, stating that Americans can keep canceled insurance policies for one year has left even more people confused, including the insurance companies and state officials. Read More

What Preventive Services are Available to Adults

As an adult do you know what preventive services you are eligible for?

Services and screenings include:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm – one-time screening for men of specified ages who have ever smoked
  • Alcohol Misuse – screening and counseling
  • Aspirin – use for men and women of certain ages
  • Blood Pressure – screening for all adults
  • Cholesterol – screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk
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Do I Really Need Health Coverage?

We don’t plan to get sick or injured in an accident but it would be reasonable to say most people will need medical care at some point. Health insurance covers the costs and prevents very high expenses. The plan acts as a contact between you and the insurance company, where you buy a plan and agree to pay part of the medical costs when you need medical treatment. Read More

Obamacare Causes Thousands of Tennesseans to Lose Insurance

As state-sponsored insurance programs start to wind down or limit enrollment due to the Affordable Care Act, more than 28,000 Tennesseans will be without insurance. The state-sponsored programs include CoverKids, CoverTN, AccessTN and CoverRX.

Now that the exchanges is open people may shop for new policies, but not all will qualify for the subsidies that make it ‘affordable’ in the real world not just what is termed so on paper. Read More

Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Which level is right for me?

Come October 1st many Americans will be shopping for insurance plans and will have the choice of what type of plan best suits their needs. The health insurance exchanges are required to offer four coverage levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

How will the levels of coverage differ? Read More

How Can I Afford to Buy Health Insurance?

With the new Health Care reform only days away from coming into practice perhaps one of the biggest concerns for many Americans is: Will I be able to afford to buy health insurance? The Health Care Law is setup to provide affordable insurance for people with low and moderate incomes. Implementing discounts, subsidies and specially designed plans for young adults to achieve this. Read More

Scammers Prey on the Confusion over ObamaCare

With the open enrollment date drawing closer there is confusion over what the next step for many Americas in regards to acquiring health insurance, in some case for the first time, will be. It is this confusion that scammers are preying upon and looking for ways to manipulate unsuspecting individuals.

Stealing medical identities is the goal for these fraudsters. This will include a person’s address, Social Security number, Medicare number and medical history. Read More

ObamaCare, What You Need to Know

ObamaCare, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA for short), is a national health care reform targeting the American health care system. There are around 44 million Americans without health insurance, which ObamaCare aims to help through expanding Medicaid, Medicare and other types of assistance. What is important to note, ObamaCare does not replace private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. Read More

Tennessee Remains Undecided on Affordable Care Act

Governor Haslam visits Washington, D.C., this month before making decision

Crunch time drawers closer, and the decision whether the state’s Medicaid program will partner with the federal government seems no clearer. Governor Bill Haslam was asked recently about his final decision said he had no "new insight" that could potentially impact as many as 180,000 Tennesseans.

Later this month Haslam will visit Washington D.C. and continue discussions. A focus of talks will be how the Affordable Care Act can line up with ‘Tennessee plan’, which is a ‘third option’ unveiled in March. Read More

The Healthier Tennessee Initiative

Result in lower health care costs across the state

Governor Bill Haslam is throwing full support behind a new program targeting the state’s residents of Tennessee to live healthier.

It is known as the Healthier Tennessee Initiative, and will partnered with schools, community centers and churches across the state. Haslam notes this program will differ from past state initiatives due to the various groups who have come together with the same common goals; healthy activities, better eating and reduced tobacco use. Read More

Who will be paying the most for the Affordable Care Act?

Medical device manufacturers, high-wage earners, and tanning salons will have to pay up to cover the cost of implementing the Affordable Care Act.

There are legitimate reasons that some industries bear a bigger tax burden, said Sara Collins, an economist with The Commonwealth Fund, a foundation that supports improving health care and expanding access for the poor. Read More

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