January 1, 2014 marks the start of Obamacare as the U.S. will experience changes in health insurance. With the health insurance marketplaces opening all over the nation in October, 2013, now is the time to be considering what type of health insurance you will be applying for, including Medicare or Medicaid.
Medicare vs. Medicaid
Medicare and Medicaid are both government programs that help people pay for health care. Medicare is generally for the elder and disabled, while Medicaid is for people with limited income and resources. Many low-income individuals are unaware of the positive opportunities the healthcare reform will create for them.
Under the health care reform, all health plans being offered on state exchange must provide comprehensive coverage, but not all plans offer the same level of coverage. For many people Medicaid will serve as a safety net for health coverage. Medicaid is a free and comprehensive health plan that is easy to apply for. In order to receive Medicaid, however, you need to be approved as eligible. You will be asked to provide your social security number as well as an income statement. So although you will not get denied health coverage under Obamacare, Medicare or Medicaid may deny you.
Coverage That Works For You
Do you want to opt for Medicaid or Medicare? A good thing about Obamacare is that it will result in free Medicare preventative services. Although without fear of denial when applying for any type of health insurance coverage, it may be worth looking into other options. When the health care exchange takes place in October make sure you weigh your options based on both coverage and cost.
Benefits of Obamacare
Besides having your pick of the litter when it comes to coverage, there are several other important benefits of Obamacare. Beginning in 2014 no one will be able to be denied health care as a result of a pre-existing condition. This is important to everyone who has conditions ranging from cancer to pregnancy. This also affects children under the age of 19 who have pre-existing conditions. There will be free preventative services to all women including breastfeeding, contraception, domestic violence, and HIV screening and counseling. Obamacare will also limit insurers’ ability to charge unreasonably high premiums for private coverage.