Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday Take Out

Private Option A-Go-Go!

I know that for many of you, just trying to get the correct "skinny" on just what the hell is that insurance thing all about and why in the heck are they asking me to "get in." has been challenging.
Yes, I've listened to many of you wax on about its not affordable for you, didn't see nothing that you liked, or how you will succumb to this latest Obama driven socialist plot.  I got it already.

However the real fact of the matter is that this is a law that was created several years ago and it would behoove you to make sure you understand what's really going on. Case in point, if you have actually moved forward as a recipient of the Medicaid expansion portion, you need to listen up as policy makers are back in town with a cross hair on the back of the private option.

Just as a refresher, the private option, which provides federally funded private health insurance for roughly 100,000 Arkansans, narrowly won legislative approval in 2013, the year it was created. This was the "expansion" of the ACA in which many of the current lawmakers are just not too keen on allowing adults with incomes of up to 138 percent of the poverty level - $15,860 for an individual or $32,500 for a family of four to maintain any insurance access. Did you get that?

In the meantime, there's all kind of big crazy talk going on up at the Capitol such as two compromise amendments to the private-option bill, one that would eliminate spending on advertising, and one that would eliminate the private-option program on Feb. 1, 2015, if the federal government does not approve several waivers.

I realize that this insurance thing has some folks foot stomping mad, but for those who haven't seen doctors in years, need to deal with pre-existing conditions or may need to deal with that chronic disease, COP 24/7 high urges you to take notice of your policy maker and make haste to let them know how you feel about the situation. If you need direct enrollment assistance or additional information feel free to contact 349-7777 to get the latest updated information.

NBJC Seeks Emerging Leaders

The National Black Justice Coalition, in partnership with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Human Rights Campaign, invites individuals to participate in the Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Day on Friday, February 21, 2014. This is an opportunity to participate in facilitated conversations led by federal public policy experts in designated subject matter areas such as: economic security and justice; health and wellness; youth empowerment; education; and veterans' affairs. Join us to learn more about the White House's commitment to equal rights for all Americans and the important steps President Obama's administration has taken to ensure health, well-being, security, justice and equality for LGBT Americans, especially people of color.
At this briefing, you will have the opportunity to Bring VoiceBuild Networks and Take Action:
  • Interact directly with public policy experts and senior Obama Administration officials who will discuss important LGBT public policy updates related to criminal justice, health and wellness, and recent landmark judicial cases;
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate with LGBT organizations in breakout sessions;
  • Participate in a listening session with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs);
  • Provide candid and constructive feedback to White House and federal agency staff; and
  • Get engaged with upcoming White House outreach efforts to black, LGBT, youth and faith-based communities.
Priority will be given to emerging leaders, ages 18-30, to attend.
If you are interested in attending or sponsoring an emerging leader to attend this event, CLICK HERE as spots are limited.  
For questions, comments or concerns contact us at events@nbjc.org.  

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