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Affordable Care Act

March 17, 2012

Health Coverage for Millions

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced final policies on March 16 that will ensure that millions of uninsured Americans will have a simple, seamless path to affordable health insurance coverage.

“The Medicaid improvements in the Affordable Care Act will help simplify the system and ensure all Americans have the affordable high-quality coverage they need,” said Secretary Sebelius.

The Affordable Care Act makes Medicaid available to individuals between ages 19 and 64 with incomes up to $14,856 for an individual and $30,656 for a family of four. These changes will become effective in 2014 when Affordable Insurance Exchanges begin operation.  The federal government will pay 100% of the cost of the Medicaid expansion for the first three years and at least 90% after that. http://www.hhs.gov

That’s good news. The bad news is that millions cannot afford to get health insurance now.

Free health clinics in or near L.A, CA:

Westside Family Health Center, 1711 Ocean Park Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405

March 21, 2012: Join the Lunch & Learn Series. Deb Farmer, President/CEO of Westside Family Health Center will discusses Trends in Women’s Health Care. In addition, our Mobile Medical Unit team will be on hand for diabetes screenings, blood pressure checks, and bone density screenings for $20. http://wwhcenter.org

BUDDHIST TZU CHI FREE CLINIC, 1000 S. Garfield Ave. Alhambra, CA 91801 http://www.us.tzuchi.org

Ingrid Cheng

Author, Health Advocate

http://fit-twist.blogspot.com

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