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ACA​ finally takes effect

On Jan. 1, 2014, millions of Americans became covered under the new Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Obama administration’s answer to universal health insurance. Although the new law suffered a rocky Oct. 1 start, the same day as the federal government shutdown, the ACA has seen a recent spike in enrollees. 

According to The New York Times, Jan. 1 marked the day when insurance companies could no longer discriminate against Americans with pre-existing conditions or charge women higher premiums than men. Further, insurers can no longer put caps on spending for “essential health benefits” for any particular policyholder. 

“I feel a huge sense of relief,” Katie Norvell, a music therapist who was uninsured for more than three years and has a pre-existing gynecological condition, told the Times. “With coverage, I can be my best self. Health insurance won’t control my job choices.”

Yet the Obama administration is still focused on enrolling more Americans, particularly young, healthy millennials to help drive down the costs of premiums, according to The Associated Press. Online ads featuring “Pajama Boy” and other young characters lead a rigorous campaign leading up to the holidays, when millennials were encouraged to talk to their parents about health insurance coverage for the new year. 

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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