How Insurers Are Trying To Get Around Obamacare And Avoid Covering Sick Patients

Tara Culp-Ressler

Tara Culp-Ressler Health Editor, Think Progress

How Insurers Are Trying To Get Around Obamacare And Avoid Covering Sick Patients

The second year of open enrollment for Obamacare plans is underway, most of the health law’s consumer protections are now in place, and the changes to the insurance market are so firmly entrenched that some Republican opponents have stopped advocating for a total repeal. Indeed, a growing number of GOP governors are acknowledging that the law is here to stay.

The Affordable Care Act may be the law of the land, but that doesn’t mean everyone is happy about complying with it. Insurance companies and businesses are still using several tactics to avoid extending adequate coverage to the Americans whom Obamacare is intended to protect. They’re using three main avenues to do so:

1. Offering skimpy plans to workers that don’t cover all their needs.

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Meet The People Whose Lives Have Been Transformed By Medicaid Expansion

Tara Culp-Ressler

Tara Culp-Ressler Health Editor, Think Progress

Meet The People Whose Lives Have Been Transformed By Medicaid Expansion

Marc Sigoloff hopes he gets a chance to thank President Obama in person one day. “I really do believe that he saved my life with what he did,” he says.

Fifty eight-year-old Sigoloff, a freelance writer who lives in Illinois, was surprised when he got a notice in the mail last year telling him he was eligible for public insurance coverage. When first he signed up for food stamps, he was told that he didn’t qualify. But after Illinois lawmakers accepted the health care law’s optional Medicaid expansion, Sigoloff was one of the estimated 468,000 low-income residents who gained access to coverage this year.

One of the first things he did was go to the doctor. He knew he had issues with high blood pressure that he had been neglecting during the 11 years that he hadn’t gone to regular check-ups. But he didn’t expect to discover that he also had a brain tumor.

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