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Does Your Cab Driver Have Health Insurance? Why Not Ask…

Yellow cab in the rainIn his State of the Union address, President Obama called on us all to remember that citizenship “demands a sense of common purpose… an obligation to serve our communities.” He went on to challenge us on how we exercise the “spirit of citizenship.” Today I started my own personal journey towards a “spirit of citizenship” by actually engaging with people I encounter everyday on health insurance. On this cold day, I started with cab drivers.

Fortunately, I was able to tell them about a new initiative of Enroll Chicago that is targeting cab drivers. Continue reading “Does Your Cab Driver Have Health Insurance? Why Not Ask…”

ACA: More Than Just Healthcare for People With Disabilities

For people with disabilities finding a job has always been a one-two punch. It’s not just the salary and financial independence they’re looking for; they also are in greater need of health benefits than say, a nondisabled 30-year old.

October 1 marks the first day that people with disabilities can finally get both needs met. Under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, many of the barriers to private health care for persons with disabilities will disappear. Americans can now shop for benefits in the new health insurance marketplace, for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.

For the first time ever, people with disabilities cannot be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition, denied particular services or charged more for coverage based on their health status. Continue reading “ACA: More Than Just Healthcare for People With Disabilities”