What Empowered Patients Need To Know About Healthcare Access – Empowered #patientchat

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You’re Invited! We’ll be chatting about ACA Open Enrollment with the Patient Empowerment Network on a special tweetchat for the next Empowered #patientchat. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @healthcareRC.

Everyone deserves affordable health insurance to achieve their best health, which is one of the reasons ACA was created This comprehensive health care reform law enacted in March 2010 (sometimes known as ACA, PPACA, or “Obamacare”).

The law has 3 primary goals:

  • Make affordable health insurance available to more people. The law provides consumers with subsidies (“premium tax credits”) that lower costs for households with incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level.
  • Expand the Medicaid program to cover all adults with income below 138% of the federal poverty level. (Not all states have expanded their Medicaid programs.)
  • Support innovative medical care delivery methods designed to lower the costs of health care generally.

You can enroll in or change 2018 Marketplace health insurance right now. The 2018 Open Enrollment Period runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017.

Guiding our discussion will be the following Topic (T#:) Questions:

T1: First things first, why is it important for EVERYONE to have access to quality health care coverage?

T2: During this period of Open Enrollment, what are some things that people shopping for coverage need to know?

T3: As part of a “basic” health care plan that can be obtained through the Marketplace, what is covered?

T4: How can more people and organizations encourage uninsured people to ultimately get the coverage they need?

T5: Now let’s talk resources. What’s out there that everyone can use to help get coverage during Open Enrollment?

T6. Let’s share more resources. What Twitter accounts do you follow for information about health care coverage?

We hope to see you Friday, November 17th on Twitter (or tchat.io/rooms/patientchat) at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern. Be sure to include the hashtag #patientchat in all your responses!

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