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1 Coverage is Good Medicine for Wyoming Health Insurance for You and Your Family Last updated: 8/8/2013

2 On March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act became law.

3 Health care is more secure for millions of people. If you have insurance: You don’t have to pay extra for preventive care like annual check ups and shots If you have insurance: You don’t have to pay extra for preventive care like annual check ups and shots

4 Health care is more secure for millions of people. If you have insurance: No lifetime limits on how much of your care insurance companies will cover No dropping your coverage when you get sick If you have insurance: No lifetime limits on how much of your care insurance companies will cover No dropping your coverage when you get sick

5 Health care is more secure for millions of people. Get a rebate if your insurance company collects too much money in premiums and only spends 80% on medical care. 8.5 million people got checks in 2013

6 3.1 million young adults are covered through their parents’ insurance

7 6.6 million seniors have saved $7 billion on prescription drugs ($1060 per person average)

8 500 new doctors and 600 new nurses are being trained, including a focus on primary care

9 Hospitals have incentives to coordinate care, decrease complications, and improve quality.

10 Now, health care is more secure for millions of people. Starting January 1, 2014, if you have a pre-existing condition, you will not be charged more or get denied coverage for it. Half of Americans have a pre-existing condition and will be safe. Starting January 1, 2014, if you have a pre-existing condition, you will not be charged more or get denied coverage for it. Half of Americans have a pre-existing condition and will be safe.

11 However, in America, 1 in 7 people has no health insurance right now At some point in 2012, nearly 1 in 2 adults had no insurance or was underinsured. (accessed 8/5/2013)

12 In Wyoming, 1 in 6 people has no health insurance. That’s 84,000 people.

13 : A Historic Opportunity Health insurance for millions of people Largest expansion of coverage since Medicare in 1965.

14 Millions will have a chance to sign up for coverage. October 1, 2013: First day to sign up for new health insurance options. January 1, 2014: Coverage starts! March 31, 2014: Last day to sign up until October, % of uninsured people don’t know about this!

15 Three *New* Ways to Get Covered Expanded Medicaid* In participating states only Expanded Medicaid* In participating states only Insurance Marketplace (private insurance) Insurance Marketplace (private insurance) Higher Income Lowest Income Small Business Marketplace (private insurance) Small Business Marketplace (private insurance) Small Business

16 uninsured/http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/05/florida-rejects-medicaid-expansion-leaves-1-3-million- uninsured/ (accessed 8/5/2013) Supreme Court Decision: States have a choice of whether to expand Medicaid

17 decisions2.pdfhttp://kaiserfamilyfoundation.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/8458-analyzing-the-impact-of-state-medicaid-expansion- decisions2.pdf (accessed 8/5/2013) Governors and state legislators can choose to expand Medicaid at any time.

18 State-run, mostly federally-funded health insurance for people with the lowest income. Who Qualifies: Medicaid Expansion Family SizeHousehold income is less than 1$15, $20, $25, $31, $36, $42, $47, $52,707.90

19 Health Insurance Marketplace A supermarket where health insurance companies compete for your business. Clear Information: What’s covered What it costs Simple language No fine print allowed

20 Health Insurance Marketplace Insurance companies have to offer you a plan even if you’ve been denied before Only these will affect your premium: How old you are Where you live Number and age of people in your family Whether you smoke

21 Health Insurance Marketplace All insurance plans will cover the basics. Doctor Visits ER Visits Hospital Stays Maternity and Newborn Care Maternity and Newborn Care Prescriptions Blood Tests Prevention (shots, cancer screenings) Prevention (shots, cancer screenings) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Physical Therapy Pediatrics with vision and dental Pediatrics with vision and dental

22 Most people will get a tax credit to help pay for your insurance. Number of people in your familyYou can get a tax credit if you make 1$11,490 - $45,960 2$15,510 - $62,040 3$19,530 - $78,120 4$23,550 - $94,200 5$27,570 - $110,280  Employer doesn’t offer affordable insurance (you would have to pay more than 9.5% of your income)  You’re not on Medicare  Must buy insurance on the marketplace.

23 Here’s how it would work. $50,000 annual income Ages: 35, 32, 8, and 7 Total estimated cost per month: $ Federal tax credit covers: $ You pay (estimated): $ Kaiser Calculator: kff.org/interactive/subsidy-calculator

24 Health Insurance Marketplace You CAN shop at the marketplace if you:  Live in the U.S.  Are a U.S. Citizen or legal resident  Are not in prison

25 Health Insurance Marketplace You MUST shop here if you:  Are a member of Congress or his/her staff

26 Choose the Plan that Fits Your Needs What You Pay Lowest Monthly Premiums (fees) You get 3 primary care visits and preventive care for free. You pay for 100% of your other care until you reach the limit (exact amount depends on your income). Who Might Choose Catastrophic Healthy. No or low expected medical costs. Ok with taking a financial risk. Can’t afford anything else. Must be younger than 30. “Catastrophic” Plan – for people under 30

27 What You Pay Lower monthly premium (fee). Preventive care is covered. Insurance covers about 60% of your total medical costs. Who Might Choose Bronze Healthy. Don’t expect to use a lot of health care. Willing to take a financial risk. Can’t afford a higher level plan. Bronze Plans Choose the Plan that Fits Your Needs Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Plans

28 Platinum Plans Choose the Plan that Fits Your Needs Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Plans What You Pay Highest monthly premium (fee). Preventive care is covered. Insurance covers about 90% of your total medical costs. Who Might Choose Platinum Expect to use more health care. Already have medical problems. Don’t want to take a financial risk. Can afford it.

29 What If I Don’t Get Insured? Exceptions: Uninsured for less than 3 months in a row All available insurance options cost more than 9.8% of your income Undocumented immigrant Belong to an exempt religious sect Why? Hospitals will save your life in an emergency – even if you have no insurance. If you can’t pay your hospital bills, people with insurance and the government (taxpayers) get charged more. You’ll pay a fine: In 2014: $95 (or 1% of your income) In 2016: $695 (or 2.5% of your income) Plus the cost of health care ($2500 for a broken ankle)

30 How Many Employees Do You Have? 1 to or More Buy insurance the way you always did. Shop on the small business marketplace. Small Business Marketplace (SHOP) More information at BusinessUSA.gov

31 Small Business Marketplace (SHOP) 1 to 49 employees 1 to 49 employees Shop on the Small Business Marketplace 2014 Coming Soon Pick ONE plan for all employees. Pick a VARIETY of plans for all employees. Pay one lump sum to the SHOP exchange More information at BusinessUSA.gov

32 Small Business Marketplace Tax Credits  2-24 full-time equivalent employees  You pay at least 50% of premiums  Average wages less than $50,000/year Up to 50% tax credit for premiums

33 Large Employer Penalties (delayed till 2015) More than 50 full-time equivalent employees You don’t offer insurance OR employees can’t afford the insurance you offer (they have to pay more than 9.5% of their income) One employee needs help from taxpayers (Medicaid or a tax credit) to be able to afford health care You pay ($2000-$3000 per year) x (# of full- time employees) *Would affect 1% of all employers.

34 It’s Easy to Sign Up (starting October 1) STEP 1: You can apply in 3 ways ONLINE HealthCare.gov ONLINE HealthCare.gov PHONE PHONE IN PERSON Search HealthCare.gov for locations IN PERSON Search HealthCare.gov for locations *Note: If your state is running its own marketplace, you will be redirected to your state’s website and hotline.

35 STEP 2: Fill out the form. (5-7 minutes for an individual) All you need is:  Basic information about you and your family (age, address, employer, social security number)  Your income (W-2 or pay stubs) If you have insurance or your employer offers insurance, you also need:  Your insurance policy number  Information about your employer’s insurance All you need is:  Basic information about you and your family (age, address, employer, social security number)  Your income (W-2 or pay stubs) If you have insurance or your employer offers insurance, you also need:  Your insurance policy number  Information about your employer’s insurance ONLINE HealthCare.gov ONLINE HealthCare.gov PHONE PHONE IN PERSON Search HealthCare.gov for locations IN PERSON Search HealthCare.gov for locations

36 STEP 3: Submit the form. Medicaid Insurance marketplace with a tax credit. Insurance marketplace without a tax credit. IRS will verify your income based on last year’s tax return. Depending in income, you will qualify for: ONLINE HealthCare.gov ONLINE HealthCare.gov PHONE PHONE IN PERSON Search HealthCare.gov for locations IN PERSON Search HealthCare.gov for locations

37 STEP 4: Pick Your Insurance Plan! Or enroll in Medicaid. You’ve Signed Up! Pay your premium and wait 15 days. Then get a doctor, and get the care you need! ONLINE HealthCare.gov ONLINE HealthCare.gov PHONE PHONE IN PERSON Search HealthCare.gov for locations IN PERSON Search HealthCare.gov for locations

38 “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

39 Spread the Word: Healthcare.gov October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 For more resources, visit

40 SUPPLEMENTAL SLIDES

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42 Paying for Reform 1 st 10-year net deficit reduction = $140 billion Taxes Industry (insurance, pharmaceutical, medical devices) On individuals –Payroll: additional 0.9% Medicare payroll take on wages >$250,000 (couple), >$200,000 (individual) –Capital gains: 3.8% tax on unearned income (interest, dividends) ONLY for those w/ income >$250,000 –“Cadillac Tax”: insurance plans >$27,500 (family) and >$10,200 (individual) taxed starting in 2018 –Tanning tax 10%

43 Medicare is saving $716 Billion. Medicare reimbursements rise at a lower rate, lower quality providers reimbursed less ($415B) –Less uncompensated care (more people with insurance) means Medicare could slow the rate of growth of reimbursements. –Hospitals have a financial incentive to improve care. Medicare subsidies to private insurance companies are decreased to equal what we spend to take care of regular Medicare patients ($156B) Bottom Line: The ACA increases benefits for seniors and the disabl ed.

44 Medicare is saving $716 Billion. Medicare pays lower subsidies to hospitals that were taking care of uninsured patients, now that many will be insured ($56B) All other, including enhanced fraud prevention ($89B) Bottom Line: The ACA increases benefits for seniors and the disabl ed.


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