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laughingliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 06:50 PM
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47. The way I read the bill people at over 400% of the poverty level do not qualify for subsidies
Edited on Thu Nov-12-09 06:51 PM by laughingliberal
Hoping this will change but that is the limit of income eligibility for help in the Senate version. The most generous subsidy was in one of the House bills and helped people at up to 500% of federal poverty guidelines. I used the 400% figures in my post as I believe it is the one most likely to make it in. Baucus' bill only allowed help for those at up to 300% of federal poverty guidelines.

The public option may help some but, as it stands now, so few will be eligible to enroll the risk will not spread wide enough to bring premiums down by much.

I'm as hopeful as anyone that we can get some benefit out of this. But, for the most part, I've resigned myself to my husband and myself trying to hang on til we are eligible for Medicare. He could make it. He's 62. Me? 54. Not eligible til 66 years and 2 mos old. A long way to go.

edited for typo
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