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Noem’s #CostOfRepeal: Seniors pay more, lose free preventative services

Congresswoman Kristi Noem continues to demand repeal of the Affordable Care Act. But at what cost to seniors?

Since the health care law was enacted, nearly 7 million seniors and people with disabilities have saved a total of $9 billion on prescription drugs. That’s an average savings of about $1,200 per person since the health care law started closing the “donut hole.”

It used to be the case that when people with Medicare hit a certain threshold of spending on prescription drugs, they would suddenly have to pay out-of-pocket for the entire cost of the prescription drugs until they reached catastrophic coverage. Now, the Affordable Care Act is closing this gap in coverage, the so-called “donut hole.”

As a result, here in South Dakota, in just the first 10 months of 2013, approximately 8200 people with Medicare have saved a total of $5,823,206 on prescription drugs, which is an average discount of $714 per person.

Additionally, new data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today shows that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, in the first 11 months of 2013 alone, an estimated 25.4 million people with traditional Medicare – including approximately 84,000 South Dakotans – received at least one free preventive service at no out-of-pocket cost, such as an annual wellness visit or mammogram.

Helping middle class families take advantage of the benefits of the health care law, like ensuring millions of seniors and people with disabilities have access to more affordable prescription medications and free preventive services through Medicare, should be a top priority for lawmakers in Washington. Yet instead of working to fix the law, Congresswoman Noem and her tea party friends have voted to repeal the health care law more than 40 times. They even shut down the government to prevent new benefits, like saving seniors money on prescription drugs and preventative services, from taking effect.

We’ll need folks in every corner of the state to share Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s #CostOfRepeal. Will you help?

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#CostsOfRepeal: Noem Would Take Away Affordable Coverage from 92k Uninsured South Dakotans

What’s the cost of repealing the Affordable Care Act? 92,000 uninsuredSouth Dakotans could lose access to affordable health plans.

Congresswoman  Kristi Noem’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act could mean up to 92,000 uninsured South Dakotans won’t be able to buy affordable health care plans for $100 a month or lessKristi Noem

If Congresswoman Noem had her way, repealing the Affordable Care Act would leave 41 million uninsured Americans to contend with a broken system that led too many people into bankruptcy and where their only recourse is emergency room care, driving up costs for everyone.

In fact, six in 10 people who are uninsured can find a plan for $100 a month or less, but Congresswoman Noem’s House Republicans have voted nearly 50 times to take away affordable coverage from 41 million uninsured Americans, including 92,000 in South Dakota.

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BACKGROUND:

HHS: 56 Percent of Eligible Uninsured Qualify for Health Insurance Costing $100 a Month or Less. “Under the Affordable Care Act, advanced payment of the premium tax credits will be available to help eligible individuals and families afford insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace beginning January 1, 2014, and states may expand Medicaid eligibility for low-income adults.   There are currently 41.3 million eligible uninsured Americans.  In states that are expanding Medicaid, a total of 23.2 million people, or 56 percent of the 41.3 million eligible uninsured, may qualify for Medicaid, CHIP, or tax credits to purchase coverage for $100 or less per person per month.” [HHS.gov, September 2013]

House Republicans Have Voted 46 Times to Repeal or Dismantle the Affordable Care Act. “Republican elected officials have seen the Affordable Care Act as essentially unfixable—that’s why House Republicans voted 46 times to repeal or delay the implementation of the law, instead of working with the White House over the past three years to identify and solve problems within it of the sort that tend to accumulate in any such massive piece of legislation.” [The Atlantic11/27/13]

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47k South Dakota kids protected from health discrimination

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 17 million children – 47,000 in South Dakota – will be protected from discrimination based on their health.

Because of the health care law, since 2010 insurance companies have been prohibited from denying health coverage for the up to 17 million children with pre-existing conditions such as cancer, asthma, or diabetes. Starting in 2014, insurance companies will also no longer be able to deny coverage for adults or charge anyone higher premiums based on health status or history.

Helping middle class families take advantage of the benefits of the health care law like the security of affordable health care coverage and protection from discrimination based on pre-existing conditions should be a top priority for lawmakers in Washington. 346,000 South Dakotans have preexisting conditions that insurance companies used to deny care, including 47,000 kids.

Yet instead of working to fix the law, Congresswoman Kristi Noem has voted to repeal the health care law more than 40 times, even shutting down the government to prevent new benefits like ending discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, taking away peace of mind for millions of children and their parents.

What’s Congresswoman Noem’s #CostOfRepeal? 17 million children – including 47,000 in South Dakota – who can be discriminated against by the insurance companies.

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#CostsOfRepeal: Noem Would Deny Mental Health Coverage for 203K South Dakotans

Congresswoman Kristi Noem is obsessed with repealing the Affordable Care Act. But at what cost? 

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could mean that 60 million Americans would lose coverage and face discrimination for mental health illness, including 203,000 people in South Dakota.

One in five adults experience mental illness every year. Congresswoman Noem’s repeal plan would throw Americans back into the old broken system, where insurance companies were free to refuse coverage for mental health services and discriminate against patients suffering from mental illness.

The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to cover mental health and substance abuse disorder services as an essential medical service, meaning 60 million Americans would be denied the largest expansion of mental health coverage in a generation. The law also prohibits insurers from denying coverage to patients or charging them more because of a preexisting mental health condition.

This is the Affordable Care Act at work. Don’t let Congresswoman Kristi Noem take us back to the old system.

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BACKGROUND

The Affordable Care Act Prevents Insurance Companies from Denying Coverage to those with Mental Health Issues. “Under the law, insurers must now pay for many things that used to be optional, like prescription drugs, having a baby, and mental health care, among other services. […] Obama’s signature health care legislation addresses this problem in explicit terms. Under the law, which takes effect Jan. 1, mental health and substance abuse services are classified among the 10 ‘Essential Health Benefits.’ Health insurance marketplaces cannot apply yearly or lifetime dollar limits on coverage of these benefits. The marketplaces also cannot deny anyone coverage or charge more for pre-existing conditions. […] Under the ACA, health plans are required to cover preventative services, including behavioral assessments for children, at no additional cost. Coverage will also include behavioral health treatment, such as psychotherapy, and substance abuse treatment – both for inpatient and outpatient care.” [San Francisco Chronicle,11/22/13]

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Daugaard Sells Budget, Sells Out 48k Medicaid Expansion Beneficiaires

Governor Dennis Daugaard hit the road yesterday to sell his budget at the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Governor’s Luncheon.

By selling his budget, however, he’s selling out 48,000 uninsured working South Dakotans who’d qualify for the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion if only Daugaard would accept the feds offer of $214 million.

Daugaard’s afraid the feds aren’t going to keep their promise to pay for Medicaid expansion. Funny thing – only one group of people is talking about repeal.

Maybe Daugaard should talk to them first…

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Noem wants to repeal Obamacare. Will she tell 200k South Dakotans they will lose preventative care?

If you’ve been on Facebook over the last couple of weeks, maybe you’ve seen Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s ads asking for your thoughts to justify her efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Here’s what she isn’t telling you. Facebook Survey

Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s obsessive attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act would end preventive health coverage that saves lives and reduces costs for 105 million Americans, including 200,000 people in South Dakota.

Congresswoman Noem has voted time and again to repeal the Affordable Care Act and send us back to the days when insurance companies had free rein to deny coverage for prevention and then hike rates when patients got sick. The preventive care that Noem would take away includes immunizations for children and cancer screenings and mammograms for adults.

Data released by the Department of Health and Human Services shows that 105 million Americans, including 200,000 in South Dakota, have already received expanded health coverage for one or more preventive services because of the Affordable Care Act, but Congresswoman Noem’s House Republicans have voted 46 times to take it away.

Services that the people of South Dakota could lose access to if Congresswoman Noem’s repeal plan passes include:

o   For children – vision and hearing screening; developmental assessments; recommended immunizations; and screening and counseling to address obesity and help children maintain a healthy weight.

o   For adults under age 65 – recommended immunizations and cancer screening such as colonoscopies for those over 50; healthy diet counseling for those at high risk for chronic disease and obesity screening; cholesterol and blood pressure screening; screening for HIV; depression screening; and tobacco-use counseling.

o   For women under age 65 – additional preventive services such as recommended mammograms and Pap smears; well-woman visits; screening for gestational diabetes; and domestic violence screening and counseling.

We can’t let Noem have her way. 200,000 South Dakotans are counting on us. Join the team to send Noem home!

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BACKGROUND:

105 Million Americans Have Received Free Preventive Care Because of Affordable Care Act.  “About 71 million Americans with private health insurance plans received at least one free preventive health service — such as a mammogram or flu shot — in 2011 and 2012 because of the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration said Monday. In addition, about 34 million people in traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans also received at least one free preventive health service — such as an annual wellness visit — due to the health care law, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, about 105 million Americans have been helped by the preventive services coverage improvements in the Affordable Care Act, said the HHS, which is marking the third anniversary of passage of the law.” [US News & World Report3/18/13]

HHS: Preventive Care Covers Services Like Immunizations, Cancer Screenings, and Mammograms. HHS reported that preventive care for children included services like “regular pediatrician visits, vision and hearing screening, developmental assessments, immunizations, and screening and counseling to address obesity and help children maintain a healthy weight” and for adults, services like “recommended immunizations such as flu shots for all adults and meningococcal and pneumococcal vaccinations for high-risk adults; cancer screening including colonoscopy for adults 50 to 64; healthy diet counseling and obesity screening; cholesterol and blood pressure screening; screening for HIV; depression screening; and tobacco-use counseling.” The HHS reported that for women, preventive coverage would also include “cancer screening such as pap smears for those ages 21 to 64, mammograms for those ages 50 to 64, and colonoscopy for those ages 50 to 64… well-woman visits, screening for gestational diabetes, domestic violence screening and counseling.” [HHS.gov, March 2013]

House Republicans Have Voted 46 Times to Repeal or Dismantle the Affordable Care Act. “Republican elected officials have seen the Affordable Care Act as essentially unfixable—that’s why House Republicans voted 46 times to repeal or delay the implementation of the law, instead of working with the White House over the past three years to identify and solve problems within it of the sort that tend to accumulate in any such massive piece of legislation.” [The Atlantic11/27/13]

Each Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act Costs Taxpayers $1.45 Million. “Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote for the 37th time to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care act. The political theater will give conservatives fodder for their constituents, but will end up costing voters even more. Last year, CBS News calculated that the first 33 votes to repeal health care reform took up approximately 80 hours of floor time from the House, or roughly two weeks. The Congressional Research Service said it costs $24 million to run the House for a week, so the first 33 votes cost taxpayers approximately $48 million. The numbers translate to approximately $1.45 million per vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the House of Representatives. Adding in the three votes since CBS News’ report last year plus Thursday’s planned vote would add $5.8 million to the total.” [CBS Miami, 5/16/13]

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Obamacare at Work in Yankton

With $1.3 million from the Affordable Care Act, a new Federally Qualified Health Clinic is opening in Yankton to serve the needs of the uninsured and underinsured and additional funding will support expanding a FQHC in Ft. Pierre.

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What does this mean for South Dakotans? From the Yankton Press & Dakotan: “According to Sibelius, the two new health centers will help care for approximately 7,682 additional South Dakotans. South Dakota health centers served 55,948 patients last year, 36 percent of them uninsured.”

This makes us wonder – does Congresswoman Kristi Noem want to repeal this funding too?

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SDDP Chair Deb Knecht calls on Noem to end GOP shutdown after devastating cattle losses from October blizzard

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sioux Falls, SD (October 10, 2013) – With cattle losses mounting west river after a devastating early October blizzard, South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Deb Knecht called on Congresswoman Kristi Noem to immediately stop holding government operations hostage in her futile attempt to block the Affordable Care Act.

“In the face of devastating cattle losses west river, Noem has been defiant in her demands to block the Affordable Care Act before opening government offices that can provide assistance to South Dakota ranchers,” says Knecht. “That’s why I’m calling on Noem to drop her demands to block the Affordable Care Act and immediately open the federal government today.”

South Dakota ranchers and ranching organizations have been frustrated by the federal government shutdown. South Dakota Cattleman’s Association executive director Jodie Anderson told the Rapid City Journal, “A lot of the government agencies that we would normally be turning to for answers are furloughed. So there’s this sort of timing issue that’s enhancing the frustration out here in cattle country.”

“South Dakotans are rallying to support our ranchers west river,” says Knect, “but because Noem and her tea party friends in the House forced a government shutdown to block the Affordable Care Act, our ranchers can’t rely on Farm Service Agency offices for assistance.” 

Knecht says there’s any easy fix for Noem to provide immediate help to wist river ranchers: “Congresswoman Noem – for the sake of South Dakota ranchers, please drop your demands to block the Affordable Care Act and immediately reopen the federal government today.”

Knecht notes that Noem and House Republicans have blocked efforts to reopen the government 12 times in the last 10 days. 

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BACKGROUND:

House Republicans Have Voted Twelve Times Against Efforts to Re-Open the Government, in Hopeless Effort to Deny Funding for Health Care Reform. Since the federal government shutdown, House Republicans have voted twelve times against efforts to vote on a clean government funding resolution by allowing consideration of the Senate-passed continuing resolution. [H Res 370, Vote #509, 10/02/13; HJ Res 70, Vote #512, 10/02/13; HR 3230, Vote #515, 10/03/13; HJ Res 72, Vote #517, 10/03/13; H Res 371, Vote #519, 10/04/13; HJ Res 85, Vote #521, 10/04/13; HJ Res 75, Vote #523, 10/04/13; H J Res 77,  Vote #527, 10/7/13; HJ Res 84, Vote #529, 10/08/13; H Res 373, Vote #531, 10/08/13; HR 3273, Vote #533, 10/08/13, Vote #536, 10/09/13]

Thune & Noem Defiant in Face of Government Shutdown: “Mount Rushmore will close, certain food assistance programs will stop operating, and 800,000 federal employees across the nation will be furloughed today, after the Republican-controlled House forced the first partial government shutdown in 17 years.The shutdown came after House Republicans demanded that the Senate, controlled by Democrats, defund or delay parts of President Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul in exchange for passage of a bill that would continue government spending. Obama and congressional Democrats have remained steadfast in their refusal to give in to Republican demands.” [Rapid City Journal, 10/1/13]

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Noem’s GOP Shutdown

For the first time in 17 years, Congresswoman Kristi Noem just shut down the government. Starting today, families will find that national parks are closed, job training for veterans will stop, disaster relief aid for Hurricane Sandy will be halted, and nearly half of the civilians at the Department of Defense will be told to stay at home.

Why? Because Congresswoman Noem voted to hold our economy hostage over her demands to give insurance companies free rein over Americans’ health care.

South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Deb Knecht released the following statement after Congresswoman Noem and House Republicans forced the midnight GOP Shutdown:

“I used to think Congresswoman Kristi Noem and her tea party friends had enough sense to avoid forcing a government shutdown. I was wrong. I hope Congresswoman Noem is prepared to explain to my grandkids why Mount Rushmore is closed, because I’m not prepared to explain why shutting down the government to deny millions of Americans health care is a good idea.”

BACKGROUND:

House Republicans Backed a Plan That Virtually Guaranteed a Government Shutdown. According to the Washington Post: “The U.S. government was poised to shut down for the first time in 17 years late Monday, as House Republicans clung tenaciously to their demand that any agreement to fund federal agencies must also undermine President Obama’s 2010 health-care law. With a midnightdeadline fast approaching, the House voted 228 to 201 to approve the third GOP proposal in two weeks to fund the government – a plan that would delay enforcement of the ‘individual mandate,’ a cornerstone of the legislation that requires all Americans to obtain health coverage in 2014.” [Washington Post9/30/13]

  • ·         Headline: Shutdown looms after House approves another delay in Obamacare [Washington Post9/30/13]

OMB: Shutdown will Cost $2 Billion. “And why everyone should care: a shutdown will cost, not save, taxpayers’ money. A study from the Office of Management and Budget puts the overall economic price tag for a shutdown around $2 billion.” [ABC News, 9/29/13]

A Shutdown could Delay Financial Support for more than 1,000 Small Businesses a Week. “In FY2012, the SBA’s flagship 7(a) and 504 loans programs supported 53,847 businesses and 609,437 jobs, for an average of just over 1,000 businesses per week. A shut down would put a stop to this critical source of small business credit until the government resumes operation.” [Small Business Administration FY14 Budget Justification, accessed 9/24/13]

First-Time Homebuyers Seeking Government-Backed Mortgages “Could face Delays.” “Many low-to-moderate incomes borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays. […] The Federal Housing Administration, which guarantees about 30 percent of home mortgages, wouldn’t underwrite or approve any new loans during the shutdown.” [Associated Press,9/28/13]

A Number of Head Start Programs “Would Feel the Impact Right Away.” “A small number of Head Start programs, about 20 out of 1,600 nationally, would feel the impact right away. The federal Administration for Children and Families says grants expiring about Oct. 1 would not be renewed. Over time more programs would be affected. Several of the Head Start programs that would immediately feel the pinch are in Florida. It’s unclear if they would continue serving children.” [U.S. News, 9/29/13]

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Obamacare beats expectations

As the Obamacare marketplaces begin open-enrollment on October 1st, the average premium for health insurance – before tax credits – is 16% lower than previous expectations.

We’re still waiting for the press release from Rep. Kristi Noem praising the new Obamacare marketplaces for injecting competition into the health insurance industry and lowering health care costs for everyday South Dakotans.

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