American Heart Association

Obamacare replacement bill passes House

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act on Thursday, the Republicans’ first successful attempt in seven years to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care law.

An updated version of the bill had not yet received a […]

Public health groups: Healthcare legislation needs to be affordable, accessible, adequate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association and 10 other public health groups joined together this week to release their stance on possible changes to the Affordable Care Act.

The Consensus Health Care Reform Principles outlines the groups’ criteria for what needs to be jn any new health care […]

Affordable Care Act enrollment begins Sunday

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The third round of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, widely known as “Obamacare,” opens on Nov. 1.

Window-shopping for consumers began last week when the Obama Administration released premiums. The rates are going up in many parts of the country, but people do have […]

Healthcare enrollment begins this weekend

Sign-up season for HealthCare.gov and state insurance marketplace begins this weekend.

Individuals or families can either sign up or renew their health insurance coverage for 2015 using the Health Insurance Marketplace. The program offers options for differing plans, as well as financial assistance for those who qualify.

The health insurance marketplaces […]

Appeals courts split on Affordable Care Act tax subsidies

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that participants in health exchanges run by the federal government in 36 states are not eligible for tax subsidies. A separate court upheld the system a few hours later, setting up a potential Supreme Court showdown.

After the rulings, the White House said that […]

Health insurance can’t be denied for pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act

When Ron Byzet was laid off as a government contractor for NASA after 33 years on the job, he also lost his health insurance. He wasn’t old enough for Medicare, but he knew he would qualify in a few years and thought he would make it.

Then, in February 2013, […]

Stroke survivors will benefit from healthcare law on World Stroke Day

This year alone, about 795,000 Americans will have a stroke. The health impact for stroke survivors can be shattering, while the financial impact can add to the difficulties for people who don’t have health insurance.

About 14 percent of stroke survivors are uninsured and more than one-third have been forced […]

Affordable Care Act promises patient protections for young family members

Cardiovascular health begins at an early age, making the need for affordable health care critical for our country’s littlest citizens.  Since the Affordable Care Act became law, patient protections are providing families with help toward their children’s medical needs.  Here are some highlights:

Birth: Nine of every 1,000 babies will […]

Affordable Care Act offers essential health benefits to consumers

In the past, even with health insurance, a serious heart attack or stroke could mean financial disaster.

For example, some types of health plans excluded coverage for basic care, such as prescription drugs or hospital services. Or the plans imposed low annual coverage limits of  $5,000 or $10,000.  Often consumers didn’t realize […]

New tax credit helps make health insurance affordable

The biggest barrier to obtaining comprehensive health care coverage is affordability for many of the United States’ 48.6 million uninsured individuals.

Nearly  half of the uninsured with heart disease or stroke cite cost as the reason they lack coverage. Soaring premium and out-of-pocket costs have kept quality health insurance out […]