Health Care Experts Launch Get America Covered


Sunbury News Staff



To Help People Left Out By Trump Administration’s Attempts To Undermine Open Enrollment

Starting on November 1, people can sign up for health care at HealthCare.gov. However, unlike previous years, the current administration has made clear they’re not going to provide people with the information they need to sign up for health coverage, so others must fill in the gaps.

Former top health care officials, Lori Lodes and Joshua Peck, who oversaw outreach, paid media and public education for HealthCare.gov’s second, third, and fourth Open Enrollment periods, are launching Get America Covered. National Co-Chairs, Van Jones, Alyssa Milano, Mario Molina, Andy Slavitt and Bradley Whitford will be leading the charge to build awareness about Open Enrollment and get even more people involved.

With a significantly shortened enrollment window, only a single deadline and less public education by the administration, Get America Covered’s nationwide campaign is needed to cut through the confusion and make sure people get the information they need to get covered and stay covered.

Get America Covered will help people looking to enroll in health coverage, as well as those who are helping other people sign-up; paying special attention to those states that rely on HealthCare.gov to sign people up for coverage.

“If the administration was committed to making sure people had the information they needed to sign up for health care, we wouldn’t need to start Get America Covered. But people’s lives are at stake so everyone has to step up and fill whatever gaps they can so people get the health care they need,” said Lori Lodes, co-founder of Get America Covered. “With an Open Enrollment period that’s half as a long, a new final deadline to enroll, cancelled advertising and gutted funding for guides who help people through the process, the administration is making it harder for people to get their health care coverage. We can’t fix that but we can’t sit on the sidelines either. So we’re going to do everything we can to make sure people have the facts about the quality, affordable health care coverage that’s available at HealthCare.gov.”

The facts people need to know – and that the administration isn’t talking about – is that they must take action to sign up for coverage by December 15 for 2018 coverage.

“We’re taking everything we learned about how to reach people with the information they need about deadlines and financial help and are getting to work helping more people enroll,” said Joshua Peck, co-founder of Get America Covered. “We can’t make up for what the administration refuses to do, but working with people like Van, Alyssa, Andy, Mario and Bradley – along with dedicated local organizations, mayors and other state elected officials, businesses, hospitals, doctors and nurses and anyone else who wants to help – we will make sure people get the facts.”

Visit Get America Covered to learn more about their campaign to sign people up for coverage and to better understand what all was done in years past through resources such as the Open Enrollment Calendar and Open Enrollment By the Numbers which provide detailed information about previous Open Enrollments.

President Trump signs executive order on health care

Trump forgets to sign executive order following speech, Pence reminds him. Trump says order will increase competition, access to healthcare options and will cost government virtually nothing.

Source: Inform Politics

Tom Perez on Trump’s Executive Order to Sabotage Americans’ Health Care

In response to President Trump signing an executive order that would continue his sabotage of health insurance markets across the country, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“Donald Trump is signing away Americans’ right to quality, affordable health care. This loophole will undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions and raise premiums for those who need affordable health care the most. Instead of letting Americans suffer from Trump’s recklessness, Republicans should put an end to their party’s efforts to sabotage our health care system.

“Democrats believe health care is a right, not a privilege – and so do the American people. It’s time for Republicans to join us as we work to build on the progress of the Affordable Care Act and improve our health care system for all Americans.”

Protect Our Care Statement on

President Trump’s Sabotage Executive Order

Washington, DC — In response to President Trump’s signing of an Executive Order this morning – which independent experts and state insurance commissioners agree will sabotage the country’s health care, raise health care premiums, deny access to coverage for millions of Americans and end affordable coverage for those with pre-existing conditions – Protect Our Care Campaign Director Brad Woodhouse released the following statement:

“President Trump’s Executive Order is a disaster for America’s health care which is exactly why he is doing it,” said Woodhouse. “Angry that Congress wouldn’t repeal the health care Americans depend on, President Trump is purposely trying to sabotage the law by creating garbage insurance which will undermine the market, raise premiums, reduce coverage and expose millions of Americans again to discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. If you were born with a health problem, or will ever get sick, you should be be very worried today. And to be clear, every dollar in premium increases, every denial of care you need and everyone discriminated against because of a prior illness will lay at the feet of President Trump and Republicans who support this approach or refuse to fight back.

“But even if they choose not to fight back, we will. President Trump doesn’t get to have the final word on this – the courts, Congress and the American people will have the opportunity to be heard as well. This order is repeal of American health care by other means. Neither Congress nor the American people stood by for that failed legislative effort and there is no reason to stand by now and allow a president to sabotage the American health care system out of spite and pure politics.”

Brown has Called for Democrats and Republicans to Work Together to Fix Healthcare

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) blasted President Trump’s executive action on healthcare and called on the president to work with Congressional Democrats and Republicans to improve healthcare for Ohioans. Today, President Trump signed an executive order to roll back standards for risky health insurance plans and expand access to barebones short term health plans, threatening the health insurance market and potentially driving up insurance rates for Ohioans.

“Instead of employing backdoor tactics meant to undermine important healthcare protections, President Trump should come to the table with members of both parties to pursue meaningful healthcare reform that benefits Ohioans,” said Brown. “We should be taking steps to stabilize insurance markets, extend funding for CHIP, lower the cost of prescription drugs, and combat the addiction epidemic. Instead, President Trump continues to pursue harmful action to destabilize the insurance market and increase costs for Ohio families.”

Trump’s action would allow so-called association plans to limit access to important healthcare benefits such as substance abuse treatment, maternity services, and emergency care. The order would also expand the length of time that individuals can keep short-term health insurance plans, causing additional uncertainty and unpredictability in the market. By flooding the market with association plans and short-term health plans, Trump’s executive order threatens to destabilize the insurance market and cause rates to increase for Ohioans – especially older and sicker Ohioans.

Brown has called for Republicans and Democrats to work together following failed efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, repeal would have raised premiums and kicked millions of Americans off of their insurance.

In September, Brown and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) asked Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price to work with them to fix the healthcare system so it keeps people healthy, rather than just treating them when they are sick.

Brown has also cosponsored bipartisan legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known as Healthy Start in Ohio, for five years. Brown introduced the bipartisan bill with leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, on which Brown sits, last month ahead of CHIP’s expiration. The bill has passed the Senate Finance Committee, and now the bill awaits action in the full Senate. Funding for CHIP expired on Sept. 30.

DNC Chair Tom Perez on Trump Refusing To Make CSR Payments

In response to President Trump’s decision to refuse to pay cost-sharing reduction payments, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“Donald Trump is gambling with American lives. By ending cost-sharing reduction subsidies, Trump will cause millions of Americans to face skyrocketing premiums, and a million people will lose their insurance entirely in the next year. Trump and Republicans in Congress will bear sole responsibility for the devastation they inflict on hardworking families.

“The American people believe health care is a right, not a privilege. But with this decision, Trump is betraying their trust and intentionally sending our health care system into chaos. It’s time for Republicans to put an end to Trump’s recklessness and start working with Democrats to protect and expand health care for all Americans.”

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