Sen. Brown says 5 million Ohioans will benefit from ObamaCare

About 1.3 million previously uninsured Ohioans will now have new health insurance options through either private health plans available for purchase in the Marketplace or through Medicaid.
MCT Regional News
Apr 3, 2014

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) says, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, more than 5 million Ohioans with pre-existing conditions will no longer be denied coverage or charged higher premiums.

On Tuesday, Brown applauded the administration’s announcement that more than seven million Americans have enrolled for insurance through the new health care marketplace.

Monday marked the last day for Americans to seek health insurance before the first enrollment period deadline expired, leading to a surge of citizens of all backgrounds enrolling online, or through a navigator, to ensure that they too can be covered. With states yet to report their enrollment numbers, the final tally is expected to be even larger, Brown said, calling it a victory for the health law which he says has already helped millions of Ohioans be healthy and better protected.

Brown said 5,053,000 Ohioans with pre-existing conditions, including up to 643,000 children, will no longer be denied coverage or charged higher premiums. Brown said 1,355,000 previously uninsured Ohioans will now have new health insurance options through either private health plans available for purchase in the Marketplace or through Medicaid.

“Today’s announcement is excellent news for the health and well-being of our citizens,” Brown said. “It means that seven million Americans — and counting — can live healthier, better protected lives. But we shouldn’t stop. The health law has already helped millions of Ohioans receive quality care at an affordable price. There are millions more who should take advantage of this opportunity to benefit themselves and their families.”

Brown said between 2011-2013 more than three million individuals gained coverage for at least one free preventive health care service such as a mammogram or immunization. Brown went on to say in 2013, more than 212,000 Ohio seniors and persons with disabilities have saved nearly $205 million on prescription drugs, with an average discount per beneficiary of $964.

“In fact, since the health law was enacted, Ohioans with Medicare have saved nearly $500 million on prescription drugs overall,” Brown said. “About 2,079,000 Ohioans have benefited from expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits.”

He said 97,000 young adults have gained health insurance because they are now allowed to stay on their parents’ health plans until the age of 26. Brown said because annual and lifetime caps have been eliminated, individuals no longer have to worry about their health benefits being cut off.

Brown said Ohio’s about 200 health center sites have received $128,429,000 to improve both their care and their facilities for patients, including the 495,000 Ohioans who received care at a health center in 2012, and because the health law mandates that the dollars Ohioans pay for health insurance are used for their medical care—rather than for executive bonuses and insurance ad campaigns, insurance companies have sent rebates to approximately 6,300 Ohioans, worth an average of $133 per family.

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By Frank Lewis - The Portsmouth Daily Times, Ohio (MCT)

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Comments

KnuckleDragger

Belittling someone because their opinion differs from your own is not likely to change their mind. If you have proof to the contrary post it. If not, why waste your time?

DanielHolida

I just want the person to post where they got their info from.

And you want proof of the contrary? Well as a matter of fact, I just got health insurance through the Marketplace about five weeks ago, and three weeks ago I went to the ER. I was seen immediately, was diagnosed in a half an hour after seeing about 6 different doctors and nurses, and was gone - with a prescription - an hour after arriving. It was the first time I've been to the doctor for a non-emergency since I was 15, thanks to "Obamacare."

In my opinon

Thank you for posting your positive AHC situation as there are people who need to know it will work, a big thumbs up to you!

hit the road jack

danielHolida, I heard the back door for this insurance isn't even been built yet (the part that pays doctors and hospitals) so I'd be leery about going to get my mail for the next month or so only to find a bill from the hospital.

DanielHolida

"I heard"
You are exactly what's wrong with everything ever.

earlduck

it makes medicaid look more legitimate like the debit makes food stamps look
like money and i have no problem with poor people using either but when it becomes too easy it tends to make people think welfare is a way of life

betrump

It's not yet easier than buying a gun...They'll let any idiot do THAT.

KnuckleDragger

It should be easier than getting on welfare. The right to bear arms is a Constitutional right...welfare is not!!!

WASP71

Let's look at the other end of it..corporations have cut people to 29 hours per week so they don't have to offer insurance. People are now sitting at home getting welfare or free Obamacare and don't/won't work because it's cheaper to stay home than drive and pay for gas, then the Obamacare premium, etc. 3,000 people out of work in Huron County. Friend of mine put an add in the paper for help wanted. For 2 weeks. He received 7 applications. All of us will pay for these people. One way or another....

betrump

That's what happens when prevailing wages are well below the poverty level. Wanna blame someone, look at all the greed at the top. If they were willing to pay a living wage, maybe more people would be willing to work.

WASP71

betrump- I will agree with you on this. But you start running into sticky situations when we start wanting top management to cut their wages. I believe that if you worked your @@s off, put yourself through college, etc., etc., then you deserve a very good wage. The problem is- in my opinion- are the CEO's, COO's that make $10 million, then get a $10 million bonus but still want to hold someone to $7.50 p/hr. I understand business. That is not business..that is the greed I believe we agree upon.

In my opinon

So true are your words, Wait and see what happens if the Ryan budget passes, more tax breaks for corporations so more money for bonuses while the middle class, seniors and less fortunate sink deeper into poverty. Wake up people. Unless your a multi millionaire your going to sink.

DanielHolida

I'm confused... how exactly does the "Ryan budget" give "more tax breaks for corporations"? I just read every part of the proposal that had anything to do with taxes, corporations, spending, etc., and never once did it mention benefiting corporations...
P.S. Unless you provide the source for your information, don't even bother responding.

KnuckleDragger

Like most on here he probably found out through a facebook post from a Democratic activist organization. Why bother reading the actual text of the policy when you can have a union or activist group spoon feed you misinformation. Funny, people don't have time to read the policy they are bashing but can spend half the day here posting nonsense.

Dr. Information

@DanielHolida, this is what the left does. Spits out information without actually reading it. Sounds a lot like the Dems and Obamacare doesn't it. Dems are sheep, they listen to one person and do not actually read or investigate things on their own.

DanielHolida

Here's the plan itself if you want to actually read it. It's not very long. http://budget.house.gov/uploaded...

earlduck

the key there is buying as in my own money

earlduck

prevailing wages for what? if you can't see far enough ahead to see what skills are needed and what are not,of course the prevailing wage is low for no skill or work ethic

betrump

Such a typical conservative BS response. I know plenty of people with four year degrees with plenty of skills that are working minimum/near minimum wage jobs and living below the already low poverty level. It is a lack of jobs that require those skills, because greed trumps all. Those jobs have been outsourced, or workloads doubled for current workers. The majority of our country, and especially Ohio, has become a service industry.

JMOP

Lack of positive thinking, and will power.

I also know people who got their degree, but went to college more for the experience than for a career.

KnuckleDragger

There has never been a large pool of jobs for graduates with a liberal arts degree. You believe that 16 yr old working at Burger King should make $20/hr. Guess you don't mind paying $10 for that Whopper.

betrump

You're making an awful lot of assumptions that are making you look really foolish. I suppose I could make some stupid generalizations about you, too. 'murica!

Bay

Vote this B**tard out of office. Freaking socialist.

betrump

Stock markets at all time highs. Corporate profits at all time highs. Record number of American millionaires. Yeah, Obama's a socialist. SMH.

rbenn

Umm the fed keeps padding wall street, next

dontknowmuch

Correct and when the fed hinted at slowing of the dollar printing, things got a bit nervous on wall street

dontknowmuch

Yet, we're still asking for more money for the handout group. Yet, we're being told things are so much better in the economy. Which is it. Surely can't be both ways

AnAmerican

@betrump: Then how do you explain that we're at 17 trillion debt and food stamps have tripled?

betrump

Um, outsourcing jobs, paying for two wars that an idiot republican started? How about Bush's medicare part D?

rbenn

All the democrats supported the wars so all are to blame.

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