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Mon May 25, 2020, 01:56 AM

First Deadlines For Laid-Off Workers To Get Health Insurance

Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many laid-off workers who lost health insurance in the coronavirus shutdown soon face the first deadlines to qualify for fallback coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Taxpayer-subsidized health insurance is available for a modest cost — sometimes even free — across the country, but industry officials and independent researchers say few people seem to know how to find it.

For those who lost their health insurance as layoffs mounted at the end of March, a 60-day “special enrollment” period for individual coverage under the ACA closes next week in most states. Altheia Franklin, who lives near Houston, lost her medical plan after being laid off from a job at an upscale retirement community, as a counselor to seniors making the move. Stay-at-home orders and higher virus risks for older people have put such life transitions on hold in the pandemic.

Franklin said she received plenty of government information about coronavirus safety and economic stimulus payments, but “the insurance piece just has not been mentioned.” She scrambled and finally found an ACA — or “Obamacare” — plan she could still afford on a reduced income. “We are in the middle of a pandemic, and God forbid if I get sick and if I don't have it,' she said of her health insurance.

The nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that nearly 27 million workers and family members had lost job-based health coverage as of the start of this month, a number now likely higher with unemployment claims rising...

Read more: https://apnews.com/5259f21711b0bfb12caf8870c8d2a24e

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Reply First Deadlines For Laid-Off Workers To Get Health Insurance (Original post)
appalachiablue May 25 OP
duforsure May 25 #1
Bernardo de La Paz May 25 #3
paleotn May 25 #6
Bernardo de La Paz May 25 #2
Cozmo May 25 #4
paleotn May 25 #5
appalachiablue May 25 #7

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 05:30 AM

1. Biden needs an ad showing the numbers

The number of people who had health care insurance under Obama and now, and how many have lost the insurance now under a trump reign of terror. trump and Moscow Mitch doesn't want you to have any health care plan, and trump lied claiming he would have one better , cheaper covering more, where's his plan at? Just like he's doing now , it was all lies and trump bs.

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Response to duforsure (Reply #1)

Mon May 25, 2020, 08:04 AM

3. He'd do great by making ads showing how to sign up for ACA, deadlines, etc


And close as always with Biden 2020.

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Response to duforsure (Reply #1)

Mon May 25, 2020, 08:36 AM

6. Exactly.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 08:03 AM

2. "few seem to know". Republicons strangle ACA information, because ... Obama. . . . nt

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 08:34 AM

4. Dem Leaders in All states need to inform their constituency about this

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Response to Cozmo (Reply #4)

Mon May 25, 2020, 08:35 AM

5. +1000

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Response to Cozmo (Reply #4)

Mon May 25, 2020, 02:50 PM

7. Immediately, early this week because of today's holiday.

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