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Happy 6th Anniversary to the Affordable Care Act

Posted on 22 March 2016 by admin

Susan Johnson media (2)By Susan Johnson, Regional Director, US Department of Health and Human Services, Region 10

In terms of significance, the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 is often compared to the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The ACA grew out of advances in coverage provided by Medicare and Medicaid—in fact, President Teddy Roosevelt first proposed a national health insurance program in 1912! We celebrate over 100 years of healthcare progress in 2016.

The ACA turns six on March 23, 2016, and its elder sibling, Medicare, turns 51 a few months later. Both programs continue to evolve, enhancing the lives and health of Americans.

More states continue to expand Medicaid. Thirty-one states, including Washington, D.C., have expanded Medicaid, and it is under discussion in others.

Since the ACA took effect, twenty million uninsured adults aged 18 to 64 gained health coverage. This figure does not include children or adults aged 65 or older. The uninsured rate has decreased substantially across all races and ethnicities throughout the country.

Here in Washington State, enrollment in Washington’s Apple Health and Apple Health for Kids enrollment has grown by 655,424 since 2013—much of this growth is attributable to the implementation of Medicaid expansion. Additionally, over 202,000 signed up for health insurance through Washington HealthPlanFinder during the recent Open Enrollment Period.

However, the ACA hasn’t impacted only those who have recently gained coverage. Virtually every American has benefitted in some way from the ACA, whether they realize it or not. Here are a few of the benefits we all enjoy:

  • Young adults can stay on their parent’s plans until age 26.

  • You can appeal your plan’s denial of payment decision.

  • Lifetime limits are banned.

  • Insurance companies must justify unreasonable rate hikes.

  • Many preventive care services are covered at no cost with Qualified Health Plans and with Medicare.

  • The Medicare “donut hole” is closing and will be closed by 2020, saving seniors on prescription drug costs.

  • Health plans must spend at least 80% of your premiums on health care instead of administrative costs.

  • Insurance companies can’t deny coverage based upon preexisting conditions.

  • Medicare payments to hospitals and physicians are now linked to quality instead of quantity of services provided.

  • States are incentivized to come up with innovative plans to improve the health of their citizens.

These are just a few improvements that the ACA has brought to the entire healthcare landscape. Changes continue to be phased in, bettering healthcare and health in America.

We are working now to improve care, by encouraging better coordination and prioritizing wellness and prevention. We’re seeing success in programs like the Diabetes Prevention Program, which helps at-risk individuals delay or prevent diabetes. By preventing illnesses before they happen, we can save lives and save money.

We are also giving providers and patients access to their health care data in new ways. Businesses are creating apps to help access electronic health records in innovative ways. Patients become more involved in their own care, leading to better outcomes. This is a win for providers, patients, and the businesses which develop the applications.

Visionary Americans fought for the right for all Americans to have affordable, quality healthcare. The ACA will continue to bring those visions to fruition this year and for years to come.

Happy anniversary to us all!

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Washington Healthplanfinder Reminds King County Residents of Jan. 31 Deadline for Coverage

Washington Healthplanfinder Reminds King County Residents of Jan. 31 Deadline for Coverage

Posted on 26 January 2016 by admin

King County hosting free enrollment events every day

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is reminding King County residents that only a few days remain to sign up for a Qualified Health Plan through wahealthplanfinder.org. Residents have until midnight on Sunday, Jan. 31 to select a 2016 health plan that meets their needs and budgets.

Individuals and families should be aware that tax penalties for not having health insurance have increased in 2016. Adults who remain without health coverage now face individual penalties of at least $695, and families could be asked to pay upwards of $2,000.

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Public Health—Seattle & King County will be hosting free enrollment events to assist individuals and families who have not yet signed up for health insurance. Navigators and brokers can help residents review their health plan options and determine their eligibility for financial help that may reduce the cost of coverage. Find an event near you at the Public Health website.

“Our customer support network is ready to assist all residents who have not yet signed up for a 2016 health plan,” said Michael Marchand, Director of Communications and Outreach for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “As this deadline approaches, it’s more important than ever to reach out to customers without coverage and educate them about signing up.”

Other ways to get help with enrollment include:

·         King County’s telephone hotline:  1-800-756-5437 (weekdays from 8am-1pm and 2pm-5pm)

·         Healthplanfinder’s Customer Support link on wahealthplanfinder.org.

·         Healthplanfinder’s toll-free Customer Support Center: 1-855-923-4633 (weekdays from 7:30 am to 8 pm, and with extended weekend hours from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, Jan. 30 and 10 am to midnight this Sunday, Jan. 31).

Note: Special weekend hours for in-person assistance at the Metro Seattle Office, on Jan. 30 and 31, from 10am-5pm, at 201 S. Jackson.

All residents needing to sign up for a 2016 Qualified Health Plan may do so by visiting wahealthplanfinder.org.

About Washington Healthplanfinder

Washington Healthplanfinder is an online marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses in Washington to compare and enroll in health insurance coverage and gain access to tax credits, reduced cost sharing and public programs such as Medicaid. The current open enrollment period for Washington Healthplanfinder began on Nov. 1, 2015 and extends through Jan. 31, 2016.

About the Washington Health Benefit Exchange

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is a public-private partnership established in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) to implement a new health insurance marketplace for individuals and small businesses. The Exchange is separate from the state and governed by an independent 11-member board. For more information, visit wahealthplanfinder.org.

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Baaris Caafimaad iyo Daweyn Lacag La’aan ah

Baaris Caafimaad iyo Daweyn Lacag La’aan ah

Posted on 21 October 2015 by admin

Runta Free Clinic Ad - Somali (3) Hey’adda Seattle Center, Public Health – Seattle & King County, iyo in ka badan 110 hey’adood oo ay iskaashi la wadaagaan, iyo kumanaan xirfadlayeyaal ah oo mutadawiciin bulshada ka tiran ayaa dadweynaha u sameyn doona baaritaan caafimaad oo lacag la’aan ah maalinta Khamiista ah oo bishu tahay 22ka Oktoobar. Rugtan caafimaad waxa ay dadka ka taakuleyn doontaa xanuunada ilkaha, aragga, iyo guud ahaan baaritaanno caafimmaad oo dhammaan jirka ku saabsan. Qofka lama weydiin doono waraaqo aqoonsi ah waxana qof kasta heli doonaa adeeg lacag la’aan ah. Haddaba ka gaar barnaamijkan oo bilaabanaya Khamiista bishu Oktoobar tahay 22, soconna doona ilaa Axadda oo bishu Oktoobar tahay 25. Albaabadu waxa ay furmi doonaan shanta 5ta aroornimo iyadoo tickedhadana la qeybin doono 6:30 a.m. Waxa jira baarkinno lacag la’aan ah Mercer Street Parking Garage, iyo inta u dhaxeysa waddooyinka 3aad iyo 4aad ee North. Free Clinic 2 Ujeeddada barnaamijkan loo qabanayo waxa ay tahay inuu u adeego ilaa 4,000 qof oo bukaan ah muddada 4ta cisho ah oo uu socdo taasi oo barnaamijkan ka dhigi doonta kii ugu ballaarnaa ee weligii ka dhaca gobolka State of Washington. Haddaba dadkayagu waxa ku waajib ah iney ka faa’iideystaan fursaddan lacag la’aanta ah.

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A Statement from Ubah Who Have Helped Raise Fund for Sakariya!

Posted on 05 August 2015 by admin

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Ubah Abdi Mohamud is one of the leading humanitarian individuals who have recently achieved a big goal she has set for herself. She dedicated her time of almost a month to fundraise for Sakariya Abdirashid Ahmed a 2 years old whose left eye covered with a big tumor after a surgery went wrong. Ubah aka Nasra Gurbis has sent this message to all who have helped Sakariya who will Insha Allah receive a better treatment in one of the advanced countries in surgery such as India or Turkey.

“I started this mission because I was compelled as a mother, as a Muslim and as a human to help this poor suffering child. I am all too familiar with what the parents of Sakariya are going through. My precious children were all sick at one point or another, some gripping on to life. With God’s blessings they recovered and are healthy beautiful kids. One of the ways God blessed me was giving my children the opportunity to be in a country whereby access to adequate medical care was easily available. Sakariya does not have the same opportunity, because Somalia does not have the same medical capabilities as America. What Sakariya does have though, is people all over the world, individuals like you, who are ready to assist him with prayers and donations. He is so grateful to have so many people who love him for the sake of God, for the sake of humanity, who donated  and prayed for him without even knowing him. I have learned much about our humanity since starting this fundraiser. I have learned that regardless of race, ethnicity, religion and tribe, we are at the core all the same. We naturally love one another, each one of us has within them a sacred holy aspect, we just let minor differences creep up on us. You all have taught me the true meaning of compassion, in helping one another and being selfless. I am so grateful to each and every one of you, and I know Sakariya is extremely thankful for your assistance. We are in the last stretch of our fundraiser, please give if you have yet to donate, or donate a little extra if you have already donated to this cause. Beyond donations, please keep Sakariya and his family in your prayers.

http://m.gofund.me/e62t2tz9bw

Jazak’allahu Keyr

Ubah  A. Mohamud”

 

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YES on 522. Newsletter

YES on 522. Newsletter

Posted on 09 October 2013 by admin

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are plants and animals whose genetic materials have been changed using genetic engineering methods. Research in France shown that GMOs have serious Continue Reading

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King County Somali Health Board

King County Somali Health Board

Posted on 23 August 2013 by admin

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Runta News, Seattle—King County Somali Health Board held yesterday its second quarterly meeting at the Neighborhood House of Rainier Vista in South Seattle Continue Reading

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The Affordable Care Act aka “Obama Care” is About to Start!

The Affordable Care Act aka “Obama Care” is About to Start!

Posted on 19 August 2013 by admin

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 Health officials of Public Health of Seattle and King County have met recently members of ethnic media around Seattle area. The

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Beer Huriyaha-B (Holciye) Dillaaga Qarsoon ee Bulshadeena

Beer Huriyaha-B (Holciye) Dillaaga Qarsoon ee Bulshadeena

Posted on 14 January 2013 by admin

Caadiyan waanu naqaan, ama dareenaa calaamadaha uu leeyahay cudurkan beer huriyaha ah marka uu qofka Continue Reading

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Al Uruba Restaurant oo Weji Cusub u Yeeshay Dhaqankii Makhaayadaha Soomaalida!

Al Uruba Restaurant oo Weji Cusub u Yeeshay Dhaqankii Makhaayadaha Soomaalida!

Posted on 31 August 2012 by admin

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‘Yunus Was Right,’ SKS Microfinance Founder Says By NEHA THIRANI

Posted on 01 August 2012 by admin

Mahesh Kumar A./Associated PressPetla Narasimhulu and Lakshmi weep in front of their daughter Petla Lalitha’s portrait in Godhumaguda village, Andhra Pradesh. The debt-ridden 18-year-old committed suicide by drinking pesticide.

Vikram Akula, the founder of SKS Microfinance, the for-profit company that is accused of aggressive collection tactics, made an unexpected observation Sunday night at the Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard University.

“Professor Yunus was right,” Mr. Akula said, referring to Muhammad Yunus, the Grameen Bank founder, economist and a frequent critic of Mr. Akula and others who tried to turn microfinance into a for-profit industry. “Bringing private capital into social enterprise was much harder than I anticipated,” he said.

Mr. Akula also told conference attendees that “he had focused on scaling SKS’s model and had not fully anticipated the potential downside of accessing the public market for social enterprise,” a statement from conference organizers said.

The microfinance industry in India came under scrutiny in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh in 2010 after reports were made public that 200 borrowers had committed suicide after being unable to repay microfinance loans. Along with other microfinance companies that operate in Andhra Pradesh, SKS had taken large losses in the state — approximately 90 percent of its borrowers were unable to repay their loans. The company, which was started in 1997 as a nonprofit organization that offered microcredit, eventually turned in a for-profit direction and made a stock offering in 2010.

A recent report by The Associated Press said that the SKS was aware that its own debt collectors were using coercive methods that played a role in some borrowers’ suicides. The report described debt collectors encouraging some borrowers to commit suicide, in some cases after suggesting it as a way to eliminate debt. An “SKS debt collector told a delinquent borrower to drown herself in a pond if she wanted her loan waived. The next day, she did,” the report said.

SKS said in a statement that the report was “irresponsible,” and that the police had exonerated the company in 14 of 15 suicide cases it was investigating which had been filed against the company.

As Vikas Bajaj wrote for The New York Times in May of last year, SKS seemed to reflect the problems faced by the companies hoping to turn their business of making small loans to the impoverished into a larger profit-making enterprise. Mr. Akula, an American, stepped down from his post in November 2011 following criticism about his company’s debt collection tactics.

In an interview with India Ink earlier this month, Mr. Yunus pointed fingers directly at SKS and Mr. Akula, saying: “The key is that the whole thing was triggered by SKS. They were the ones who kind of overdid things in a big way. The aggressiveness that it brought into the picture created all the problems. And then he made personal money out of it.”

In an op-ed for The New York Times in January 2011, Mr. Yunus wrote: “I never imagined that one day microcredit would give rise to its own breed of loan sharks. But it has. And as a result, many borrowers in India have been defaulting on their microloans, which could then result in lenders being driven out of business. India’s crisis points to a clear need to get microcredit back on track.”

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