Millions of Americans newly eligible for affordable healthcare from 2014

Hannah Blake

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From 2014, millions of Americans eligible for quality, affordable healthcare coverage through Medicaid and the new insurance marketplaces, due to the Affordable Care Act. Over 30 million uninsured Americans secured access to healthcare when Barrack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States in November 2012.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has released a proposed rule that promotes consistent policies and processes for eligibility notices and appeals in Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Exchanges and give states more flexibility when operating their Medicaid programs. HHS encourages all Americans to review and submit comments on the proposed rule.

“Before the health care law was passed, millions of Americans were unable to obtain or afford quality health coverage. Today, we are proposing a rule to provide Americans with access to affordable, high quality health coverage and give states more flexibility to implement the law in a way that works for them.”

Secretary Sebelius said.

The new healthcare law will provide opportunities for Medicaid coverage for adults who earn up to 133 percent of poverty – US $14,865 for an individual or US $30,656 for a family of four. These newly proposed rules will help develop systems that will make it easy for consumers to determine if they are eligible for Medicaid or tax credits that make insurance more affordable.

Other Americans looking for coverage will be eligible to buy it through a health insurance marketplace, where many will be eligible for tax credits to make coverage more affordable.

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Reference links:

HHS.gov: U.S. Department of Health &amp, Human Services

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