TMA encourages physicians to remind uninsured patients to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Special Enrollment Period (SEP), which has been extended to Aug. 15 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, starting April 1, people who buy coverage directly through the ACA Marketplace will be eligible for increased tax credits that will create a significant drop in premiums, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said.
To say that Medicare works well, denies the fact that in many patients are no longer able to go to the doctor of their choice. In fact, even finding a doctor is difficult. Additionally, many doctors no longer participate in the Medicare program. This program is only one step away from a single payer health care system, which was once referred to as socialized medicine.
The Texas Medical Association believes a Texas federal judge’s recent ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional provides a bipartisan pathway to strengthen access to health care and provide coverage for the 4.5 million Texans without health care coverage.
Leaders of the Texas Medical Association on Tuesday publicly objected to the American Medical Association’s plans to get involved in a high-profile federal lawsuit — filed in Texas — challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Texas physicians could see a flood of new insurance plans — including some to cover themselves and their employees — under President Donald Trump's executive order that directs federal agencies to design lower-cost plans outside the Affordable Care Act.
What Physicians Should Consider
Most politicians and other advocates who endorse the idea of allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines believe that doing so would automatically open up competition among health plans, thus lowering the cost of coverage and increasing satisfaction of consumers desperate for health insurance premium relief.
Confused by all you’ve heard about the Affordable Care Act marketplace insurance plans? Do you know whether you’re in — or out — of the narrow networks? How will you tell if a patient is on an exchange plan? What happens to you if patients don’t make their premium payments? What, if anything, can you do about all of this? TMA answers these and other tough marketplace exchange questions. Updated: December 2015
TMA’s “Hey, Doc” educational campaign provides objective and nonpartisan answers to patients' most frequently asked questions about the ACA health insurance marketplace. We want to ensure all Texans understand what the marketplace does and what steps they need to take. Includes patient education materials for physicians offices to use.
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