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Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Health Plans

By | August 27th, 2012|Affordable Care Act|

The Affordable Care Act will establish various tiers of health insurance coverage beginning in 2014.  The baseline “tier” will be a minimum amount of coverage that people need to have to satisfy the federal mandate to have health insurance (or face a tax penalty).  Insurers will be required to offer plans that fit within four levels [...]

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Essential Benefit Package 101

By | August 21st, 2012|Affordable Care Act, General|

The future health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act will need to offer an Essential Benefit Package. In fact, most health insurance plans will need to cover each state’s Essential Benefit Package starting New Year’s Day in 2014. There are 10 key service categories that future plans will need to cover- including behavioral health services.  States need [...]

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Health Insurance Exchanges

By | August 20th, 2012|Affordable Care Act, General|

The Affordable Care Act (aka health care reform) will establish health insurance exchanges in each state- providing folks (and small business employees) an opportunity to get health insurance coverage starting 1/1/14. The future exchanges will provide competitive marketplaces for folks to directly compare and buy private health insurance based on price, quality, and other things.  The law [...]

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OK Then, What’s Health-e-Arizona?

By | August 16th, 2012|General|

Health-e-Arizona is an on-line benefits application for Arizona residents. Folks can apply for AHCCCS Health Insurance coverage, KidsCare, KidsCare II, Nutrition Assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly called food stamps) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash assistance using the on-line Health-e-Arizona system.  We encourage anybody that’s interested in finding out whether they’re eligible for any of [...]

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Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Lowering Premiums July 1

By | June 27th, 2011|General|

Some of the folks that we serve in our diverse mission have complicated medical conditions and may have had trouble in the past finding health insurance because of a pre-existing health problem.  The federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) may be able to help some of these folks, especially since the premiums for the Plan will drop by 40% [...]

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2011 Department Priorities Spotlight- Public Health Prevention

By | December 28th, 2010|Behavioral Health, Prevention|

The name of the game for Public Health Prevention in 2011 is integration and leverage.  Our Public Health Prevention Team will be focusing on the social determinants of health and working to implement policies, systems and environmental changes that make the healthy choices easy.  Here are some examples of our public health prevention priorities for the [...]

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2010 American Fitness Report

By | June 2nd, 2010|General, Prevention|

Which city do you think is overall more fit and healthy, Phoenix or Pittsburgh.  I won’t give you the answer, you’ll have to go to this year’s The ACSM American Fitness Index Report at  http://www.americanfitnessindex.org/ to get the answer.  They put this report out every year to help city planners, policy makers, health educators, and [...]

Do You Know Your Blood Pressure?

By | March 1st, 2010|General|

High blood pressure is at the source of roughly one in six deaths among adults annually. About one in three adult Arizonans have blood pressure that’s too high, putting huge economic demands on Medicaid, Medicare (AHCCCS) and our private health insurers (plus, of course, the loss of life).  The Institute of Medicine put out a [...]

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