Friday, September 30, 2022

Play

Florida begins a long effort to recover from Ian, an Arkansas school works to attract more students to higher education, and Massachusetts Narcan trainers enlist the public's help to prevent overdose deaths.

Play

Hurricane Ian leaves severe flooding and millions without power in Florida, the Senate passed a spending bill to keep the government running to December, and senators aim for greater oversight of federal prisons.

Play

Baseball is America's pastime, and more international players are taking the stage, rural communities can get help applying for federal funds through the CHIPS and Science Act, and a Texas university is helping more Black and Latina women pursue careers in agriculture.

A More Affordable Health Plan for Working Families

Play

Thursday, October 29, 2015   

ALBANY, N.Y. – Starting Sunday, many low- and moderate-income New Yorkers will be able to enroll in a new health-insurance plan that‘s more affordable than what's currently offered through the marketplace.

State officials say 2 million people have enrolled in the state's health-insurance marketplace since the Affordable Care Act took effect. But some New Yorkers who don't qualify for Medicaid still can't afford private insurance.

Insert the Essential Plan here.

Advocates such as the Children's Defense Fund's policy associate for health, Andrew Leonard say the plan targets working families and individuals who don't qualify for Medicaid but can’t afford private insurance.


"The Essential Plan is really applicable to those consumers who find the existing premiums for qualified health plans or private plans in the marketplace too out of reach," said Leonard, "considering the limited resources they might have that typically have to go toward their housing, food or child care."

Those who qualify for the Essential Plan will pay a premium of either zero or $20 depending on their income. Enrollment in the Essential Plan begins Sunday for coverage beginning Jan. 1.

Elizabeth Swain, chief executive of the Community Health Care Association of New York, said the plan will help the state continue enrolling as many people as possible — especially the uninsured — while offering more medical services.

"They are eligible for a comprehensive package of services that will make getting access to services that we don't provide at our health centers," she said. "Specialty care and imaging services, some of the non-primary care services. It will make those services accessible to them."

Eligible individuals include those who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but earn less than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level - roughly between $14,000 and $23,000 for a single person. Immigrants with legal status at this income level, including green-card holders and those seeking refugee status, also are eligible to apply for the Essential Plan.


get more stories like this via email

The number of absentee ballots requested by Michigan voters increased by 73% between the 2018 and 2020 elections, according to the Michigan Secretary of State. (JimCanally/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Voting advocates say more and more Michiganders are choosing to cast absentee ballots to save time and avoid long lines on Election Day. In 2020…


Social Issues

With the election a little over a month away, some say caregiving and long-term care are issues too big for candidates in Oregon to ignore. There …

Environment

Pennsylvania has a strong commitment to urban agriculture and community gardening, and some groups in the state are working to get more colorful …


Southern Co., the parent company of Georgia Power, says it is actively advancing a net-zero goal by 2050. (Photo of Plant Wansley by Joe Cook; flight provided by SouthWings)

Environment

Georgia Power is reducing its reliance on coal by phasing out several coal-fired units. However, clean-energy advocates say the company should …

Social Issues

A new report on Black students in the community college system found fewer are signing up to attend two-year schools, and the college enrollment …

No-till farming is considered one of several conservation practices in agriculture. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

Greenhouse gas emissions have been potentially reduced by 50,000 tons in the state, with the help of Wisconsin farmers supported by a statewide …

Social Issues

Social Security benefits again could see their highest increase in several decades, but those advocating for beneficiaries say there is still plenty …

Environment

Watchdog groups say chickens used by Costco are bred to grow so quickly, many of them cannot stand under their own weight, and recent lawsuits …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021