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Louisiana Blue Cross: Insurance Costs Will Drop For Many Under Health Law

The Miami Herald: Educating Florida About Health Care Reform Starts With Conversation
Enroll America, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit whose mission is to educate Americans about their healthcare options under the Affordable Care Act, kicked off its Florida campaign Wednesday in Miami with a training session for more than 25 newly hired organizers who will be reaching out to residents statewide. ... While the plans don’t exist yet, and even the “navigators” who will help Floridians understand the new marketplace aren’t yet known, Enroll America and other groups are wasting no time getting the healthcare word out (Borns, 7/10). Produced in partnership with Kaiser Health News.

The Associated Press: Blue Cross Describes Health Law Impact On Premiums
Louisiana's largest private health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, estimated Wednesday that two-thirds of its customers who buy their own policies will pay the same premiums or less under the federal health care overhaul. But that's only if people take advantage of federal subsidies being offered under the law, Blue Cross officials said, outlining the anticipated effects of the Affordable Care Act (Deslatte, 7/10).

The Associated Press/Akron Beacon: Medicaid Supporters Rally For Expansion In Ohio
Democratic state lawmakers on Tuesday urged "meaningful" action from Republican Gov. Kasich on Medicaid expansion, as the governor rallied a group of supportive residents to increase pressure on their representatives to support extended health coverage. While both Kasich and Democrats favor Medicaid expansion, they appeared split Tuesday over how to accomplish it. The issue has struggled to gain traction in a Legislature controlled by the governor's fellow Republicans (Sanner, 7/10).

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Access, Insurance Cited As Top Health Care Issues
Longstanding problems that defy simple solutions, such as access to health care in low-income neighborhoods, were among the top concerns raised in an extensive overview of health needs in Milwaukee County. The assessment was the first of its kind and must be done by nonprofit health systems every three years to maintain their tax-exempt status under the Affordable Care Act (Boulton, 7/10).

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