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Adding a web page comparing insurance costs among the states could serve as a real eye opener for voters in states that haven't yet extended Medicaid.  

I live in Ohio, and there is no affordable insurance program available for my family.  

I suggest every state website on Healthcare.gov include a multitude of hyperlinks to a chart showing what the type of insurance one is seeking costs are in the other states, color coding for those that have extended Medicaid and allow subsidies.

Many are critical of the Affordable Health Care Law because they don't know what they are missing.  If Healthcare.gov included a comparison page with other states, it would help push more states into extending Medicaid.

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  •  I think it'll take elections to improve Medicaid (0+ / 0-)

    expansion. These fools have dug themselves in so deep that they can't run. Capitulation is the absolute worst possible outcome possible.

    •  Be interesting to see if Virginia does. (0+ / 0-)

      We have an election coming in a few weeks, and the Democrat is expected to win.  We will still have a split state senate (tie-breaker LT. Gov. is expected to be a Dem win, too) and a Republican controlled House.  It'll be interesting to see if McAuliffe can get Medicaid expanded.  

      •  Virginia's gubernatorial election is a tight race (1+ / 0-)
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        ItsSimpleSimon

        Taking in to account Democratic voters' tendency to sit out mid-term elections, the Virginia gubernatorial race is likely to be very, very close.    

        The fanatical GOP/TeaBaggers always come out to express their hatred.  Their candidate, Ken Cuccinelli, is an extremist of the worst kind and their attorney general and lieutenant governor candidates are actually worse than him (if that's possible).

        Please, please don't take this race for granted!  Look around you now and plan who you can take to the polls with you or make a special trip to drive them to the polls.  Having a Democratic governor (and atty gen. and lt. gov.) would make a huge difference for Virginia - but I'm afraid the difference would be much bigger with a Gov. Cuccinelli and in a truly horrible way.

        It's not a question of whether our founding fathers are rolling in their graves but rather of how many RPM they're clocking.

        by Eyesbright on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 10:36:03 AM PDT

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  •  List All the Costs. (1+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53

    55 and up just get a loan to pay for their Medicaid.  All the costs will be extracted during "estate recovery."  The same demographic is excluded from exchange subsidies to buy junk insurance with no income.  They can't spend their savings on the exchanges in a gamble to keep their family home.
    Most of the new .gov exchange networks feature "thin plans" with few providers.  If your condition forces you to go outside the network (OON) you are subjected to costs outside your pre-paid coverage.  Many States have no limits on OON costs because they do not regulate "balance billing."  An OON provider bills you for what your insurance plan did not pay.
    Just like buying a plasma online?  Think again!
    Children's Hospital not included in WA exchange plans

    55+ Medicaid just a Collateral Loan

  •  Agree (0+ / 0-)

    and I think healthcare.gov should have links similar to these so people can get an idea of costs/subsidies without going through the whole sign up process.  This would also allow  people to see what the rates would be elsewhere.

    For some people, better insurance at a lower cost could be a reason to move to another state.  Or, to vote for better politicians.

    Subsidy Calculator

    Health Insurance Exchanges

    Out of curiosity, I ran some numbers for a family of two non-smoking 40 year olds in Ohio making 35000/yr. They show a monthly subsidy of $295/mo with net costs of different Silver plans ranging from about $181 to $521 per month.

    I do not know how accurate these are compared to what is really available but something like this available from the official site would be very helpful.

  •  good idea. (0+ / 0-)

    “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller

    by pfiore8 on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 10:00:27 AM PDT

  •  They have GOT TO do something (0+ / 0-)

    to make that clearer. In Florida, people are starting to get BC/BS notices stating their premiums are going up. And they're pissed.

    And they ARE going up because Floridians and 11 other states are not in the Big Pool.

    That is so goddamned maddening I can't see straight.  A friend of mine is seeing her premiums go from 58 to 238 dollars a month because of this shit. I can't even get past the fucking login screen to see what MY premiums will be. I don't have anything now.

    I know the feds will fix that site eventually (before the first of the year, certainly) but they won't be able to fix criminal Governor Scott and 11 other greedhead, asshole, Teabag governors fucking over millions of people Because FREEDOM! SCOTUS should be impeached.

    I'm seriously ready to get in the streets. This cannot continue. IT CANNOT CONTINUE.

    This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

    by lunachickie on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 10:28:11 AM PDT

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