nationalmssociety.org | 1-800-344-4867 Accessibility. Help with selecting and enrolling in a plan will be available to consumers over the phone, online through the exchange’s website, and in person through specially trained “navigators.” Traditional insurance brokers and agents will continue to play a role by helping business owners and other customers purchase health coverage, too All services of the exchange should be available to all persons eligible for its products, regardless of any disabling condition. That includes overcoming barriers due to language, as well as physical or cognitive disabilities. Reassurance. Exchanges will offer plans that allow people to keep their current healthcare providers. This is important to people with MS or other chronic conditions, who often have established a solid relationship with their doctor, nurse or therapist. Transparency. By law, details about all plan options and covered benefits, including out-ofpocket costs and benefit exclusions, must be made clear. Greater transparency in coverage will help consumers make “apples to apples” comparisons between options from insurers competing on a level playing field.
Where we are now To learn more, visit the Kaiser Family Foundation’s website at www.statehealthfacts.org, or ACA FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) at www.nationalMSsociety.org/ACAFAQS. Marcella Durand is the associate editor of Momentum, the Society’s national magazine. Go to www.nationalMSsociety.org/Momentum.
Make your vote count by Renee Vandlik
Election Day 2012 is on the horizon, so get ready to cast your vote for who best represents the issues you care about. Here’s what you need to know to vote in the elections on November 6.
The big picture This fall, Americans will cast votes for the presidency, every member of the U.S. House of Representatives and one-third of the U.S. Senate. What’s different? Since the 2010 census, 15 million Americans became eligible to vote and an anticipated 50 million more will vote this November due to stronger engagement in national campaigns. However, people with disabilities register to vote at a 16 percent lower rate than other Americans. And with 1 in 10 eligible voters having a disability, that’s a lot of people whose voices aren’t being heard. Make sure yours is. Register yourself and learn how you can register others at www.usa.gov/ Citizen/Topics/Voting/Register.shtml.
The latest from the Delaware Chapter of the National MS Society