Last Sunday, over 300,000 people gathered in New York City for “The People’s Climate March,” to demand action ahead of the UN’s Climate Summit, after the most recent report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provided an ever growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating humanity’s detrimental effect on our planet.
The science is strong, and we have a moral obligation to act. I hope that the collective voices of those who marched in New York last weekend will reach the ears of those in Congress who would deny the evidence that our climate is changing, and that human action is the cause. Climate change has already imposed huge costs in dollars and lives. The costs of inaction will be far greater.
The Affordable Care Act is Working
According to a recent survey conducted by the Urban Institute, about 520,000 previously uninsured New Jerseyans were able to obtain health coverage because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The survey indicates that the number of New Jerseyans without health insurance fell by nearly half, from 21.2 percent a year ago to 11.5 percent this year. The ACA’s goal to prolong the life of Medicare by decreasing health costs is also being met: the law created incentives for healthcare providers and facilities to come together and create accountable care organizations (ACO’s), as doctors and hospitals who work together on behalf of patients will provide better care at less cost. In 2013, ACO’s saved Medicare $372 million. As more successful ACO’s are created, Medicare will see even more savings, which will continue strengthening and the solvency of Medicare for current and future seniors.
If you are looking to get health coverage, open enrollment begins November 15 and lasts until February 15, 2015. Additionally, you may be qualified for premium tax credits to help pay for insurance if your income falls below a certain level. For more information, and to sign up for a health plan at any point during that period, visit the HealthCare.gov website...
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