The Affordable Care Act (ACA) also better known as Obama Care is in its 4th enrollment period ending on January 31, 2017. The number of people in the US without health insurance has decreased more than 20 million since 2010. As of now, the ones who have received the most benefit are adults between 19 to 34 years old, minorities, and single people. According to a recent study by The Common Wealth Fund, 40% of Hispanics in DC do not have health insurance yet. Hispanics Leaders in the DC area are making efforts to promote, educate, and motivate the Latino community to get quality health insurance during the National ACA Latino Week of Action.
Community leaders and experts from the health sector and immigration affirmed that the community affected by the imminent revocation of ACA will have full support from the public and private organizations so that families don’t lose coverage. That’s how it was expressed at the Health Leadership Symposium: “The Impact of Repealing the ACA for the immigrant Community” organized by The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and DC Health Link during the National Latino Week of Action. A few days from the presidential inauguration and the announced revocation of ACA in the Congress, DC Health Link is doubling their efforts to motivate Latinos to enroll in affordable health insurance during the Latino Week of Action.
There is a debate in the US Congress whether it is convenient to revoke Obamacare imminently without having a new plan in place. Trump advised democrats about the risk of being against his orders, especially to the senators from some states that have to opt for reelection in 2018. In spite of this uncertainty, Latino leaders in the health sector encourage the community to enroll in health services during the National Latino Week of Action which ends this Sunday January 15. Read more
Just a few years ago, the D.C. metropolitan area boasted more than 100,000 small businesses.
The area also ranked among the top places to jump-start a small business, according to CNN Money, which at the time, shared that prospective business owners found that the costs of setting up shop in the region -which includes the cities of Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia as well as Prince George’s County -was usually outweighed by the advantages of being within reach of a lucrative consumer base.
However, one of the greatest challenges for small businesses – particularly those owned and operated by minorities – continues to be the lack of that all-important positive cash flow, so essential to helping to grow and keep the establishments afloat.
The Future Of The Individual And Small Group Market Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health
The Affordable Care Act included provisions for online health insurance exchanges where individuals and small employers can shop for health insurance coverage and determine if they are eligible for tax credits and other subsidies. State and federal marketplaces for individual enrollees are up and running, but they face ongoing challenges maintaining affordable and attractive products. Meanwhile, implementation of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchanges has been delayed and has not provided small businesses with the new coverage options the law's architects envisioned. Read more
The national capital is one of the sites in the metropolitan area with strong potential for startup small and medium businesses in an amalgam of goods and services offered with high expectations of success, but which also need to promote health care for employees and owners. The event called POWER UP DC held on Tuesday, May 3, at a hotel in downtown Washington DC, brought together hundreds of small business owners as well as business managers to exchange information with government agencies and other offices that provide help to assist in businesses’ growth and provide essential information on health benefits.
The executive director of DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority, Mila Kofman, one of the organizers of the event, told El Tiempo Latino that this meeting's main objective is to connect a variety of agencies with potential beneficiaries of programs to let them know about the opportunities that exist in the field of health care and insurance. Read more (Spanish)
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Obamacare is starting to have some of its intended effects on the price of insurance for small businesses, particularly in the city in which it was enacted.
District officials last week announced that, for the third time since they started posting proposed plans on a new health insurance marketplace for small businesses, an insurer has lowered its initial prices for coverage. It is a sign, they say, that the marketplace will help bring down health costs for businesses, which have skyrocketed in recent years. Read more
If a stranger claiming to be from the government calls to offer you an “Obamacare card” or threatens to throw you in jail unless you buy insurance, hang up the phone. It’s a scam. Read more
Small business workers in at least 15 states and the District of Columbia may have a menu of health insurance choices next year, something that didn’t seem likely a few months ago.
Back in April, federal officials concerned about the potential for major glitches put off until 2015 a provision that would offer small businesses owners a way to allow their employees to choose from among a variety of competing plans in the new online marketplaces being overseen by the Obama administration.
Similar to last week’s announcement of a one-year delay in the requirement that businesses with 50 or more workers provide coverage or pay a fine, the move to delay the “employee choice provision” was cited by opponents as an example that the health law was in trouble. Read more
DC is moving ahead in creating its health exchange—the marketplace for individual and small group insurance plans required under the provisions of President Obama's health care reform—and the board responsible for it yesterday voted to bar insurers ... Read more