THE COST OF ILLINOIS’ BUDGET STALEMATE
The State’s continued failure to pass a budget is already hurting service providers and their clients. A survey found social service agencies are cutting services and tapping into reserves. Stay updated on the budget crisis:

Know Your Lingo

The U.S. Department of Education recently found that only a little more than 1 in 10 U.S. adults understand how to navigate medical care and health insurance. People who lack health literacy are often less healthy and spend more money on medical care.

The The Access Better Coverage site is an initiative from PhRMA, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. The site explains basic information about health insurance. The DOE survey is available here.

Myths & Facts

MYTH: “ACA plans are not affordable”

FACT: The ACA makes health insurance more affordable by providing financial assistance based on income. Four out of five people who bought a plan on the marketplace received financial assistance, in the form of tax credits and cost sharing subsidies. The law also protects consumers from high costs by placing caps on consumer out-of-pocket spending. (more…)

MYTH: “Because of the ACA I’m going to lose Medicare benefits”

FACT: Medicare benefits will not be altered or cut due to the ACA. No Medicare money is being transferred to the ACA. The projections of reduced Medicare spending are based on cost-saving reforms in Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals. No cuts are being made to benefits. In fact, the ACA adds new benefits for seniors, including an annual wellness visit; and it will gradually eliminate the gap in coverage for prescription drugs. (more…)

MYTH: “People are losing good insurance plans because of the ACA”

FACT: The Affordable Care Act outlawed plans that did not provide a minimum level of coverage. Such plans seemed like a bargain because of the low monthly premiums, but if the patient had a serious illness or injury, the plan would only pay a tiny fraction of the cost, leaving them at risk for bankruptcy. Medical bills account for more than half of all U.S. bankruptcies. (more…)


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