By: Whitney McFadden
Chair, AMSA Health Policy Team
How can we learn about the Affordable Care and and encourage uninsured citizens to buy health insurance? Each state is adopting their own methods for tackling this issue. California has stepped up their game and funded an $80 million campaign, "Covered California" to address this issue.
Other states have made similar strides to provide information on the variety of available health insurance plans for individuals and businesses like Rhode Island and their exchange, HealthSource RI. However, not all states have been successful in providing full support to their residents. Georgia has taken an obstructionist approach with Ralph Hudgens, the Georgian Insurance Commissioner leading the way to dismantle the ACA. This tactic is keeping Georgians from receiving lower health insurance premiums, making it harder for individuals with pre-existing conditions to get coverage, and preventing 600,000 low income families from obtaining coverage through Medicaid. Georgia is not educating residents about their eligibility for subsidies to help them pay for health insurance. These subsidies save residents in Ohio 21% on their health insurance when they buy individual plans.
We can only benefit from discovering how Obamacare succeeds and keep ourselves informed so that we may drive forward the improvements in healthcare coverage for all Americans.