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By contactus@napeds.com
December 24, 2013
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National health care reform:
Source:  New Health Connector Microsite Launched

National health reform (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or the ACA) is a major step forward toward making health insurance more accessible and affordable for people in the United States. Here in Massachusetts, which laid the groundwork for national health reform, the new national law strengthens and even expands upon the health care improvements that Massachusetts residents have enjoyed since health care reform was implemented here in 2006.

 Massachusetts: The model for national health reform

Massachusetts led the nation in 2006 by initiating comprehensive health care reform. The state established the Massachusetts Health Connector, a marketplace designed to make affordable health insurance available to more people. Since then, 250,000 Massachusetts residents have bought health insurance through the Health Connector, giving our state the highest rate of health insurance coverage in the country.

 The Health Connector is getting better

Because of national health reform, Massachusetts residents can now find even more options, enhanced benefits, and savings for individuals, families, and small businesses at the Health Connector.

On October 1, 2013, we launched our all-new website at the start of the new national open enrollment period. National health care reform expands health insurance programs that are already in place and working well in Massachusetts. Residents will also benefit from expanded funding for community health centers, assistance with prescription drug costs for seniors, and tax credits for small employers.

Beginning October 1, through the Health Connector website—MAhealthconnector.org—individuals and families will be able to find out right away whether they qualify for different programs and subsidies that make health insurance more affordable. New tools and features will be available to help make the right choices for you, your family or your small business.

How does national health reform help individuals and families?

Federal funding for our state’s Medicaid and Commonwealth Care programs will increase by nearly $5 billion between 2014 and 2020. Also in 2014, new federal tax subsidies will help people who earn up to 400% of the federal poverty level afford health insurance. Eligibility for Massachusetts’ subsidized Commonwealth Care program currently ends at 300%.

Today, an individual with a yearly income of more than approximately $34,000 does not qualify for a public subsidy for insurance. In 2014, the limit will be approximately $46,000. Today, a family of four with a yearly income of more than approximately $70,000 does not qualify for a public subsidy for insurance. In 2014, the limit will be approximately $94,000. This new federal commitment will save Massachusetts almost $5 billion between 2014 and 2020.

The Health Connector is your trusted source for up-to-date
information.

If you have any questions about the changes coming as a result of national health care reform or need objective, timely, and consumer-friendly information, visit MAhealthconnector.org or call 1-877 MA-ENROLL (1-877-623-6765) or TTY 1-877-623-7773 to learn more. We’re here Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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