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Eight Ways Obamacare Helps You and the 2015 Update to #ACA

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2015 Update to #ACA

1)16.4 Million now have #ACA

2) The uninsured has declined over the last 4-5 years by 35%

3) 14.1 Million that have #ACA are Adults

4) 2.3 Million are the young from ages 19-25 who are on their parents insurance

5) 8.8 Million signed up through the Insurance Market Place

6) 6 Million have #ACA have insurance Medicare / Medicaid

 The only negative is knowing more would have healthcare coverage if Republican Governor’s weren’t so heartless and put “WeThePeople” ahead their selective ideologies toward our POTUS  

The benefits of the Affordable Care Act are pretty straightforward: the law makes it easier to get insurance you can afford, ensures you have the care you need when you get sick, and covers the preventive services you need to stay healthy for free.

Blue Cross rejecting payments for HIV/AIDS medication

Mike Reitz: Stop AIDS discrimination by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana.

    By Robert Darrow

            Shreveport, Louisiana

Due to a new policy from Louisiana’s largest health insurer, hundreds of people living with HIV and AIDS are in danger of losing access to essential medication.BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) is rejecting checks from a federal program designed to help these patients pay for AIDS drugs and insurance premiums and has begun notifying customers that their enrollment in its Obamacare plans will be discontinued because it will no longer accept “third-party payments.” This funding was established through the Ryan White CARE Act of 1990 which has been crucial to ensuring that those living with HIV and AIDS can gain access to the medication they need.Several months ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) encouraged health plans to stop accepting “third-party payments,” but this weekend (February 8th), CMS stated unequivocally that “federal rules do not prevent the use of Ryan White funds to pay for health care plans.” BCBSLA said it is “reviewing and considering this new information,” but we need commitments to help save and extend hundreds of lives in Louisiana.

As someone living with AIDS who helped found the local organization in Shreveport that oversees Ryan White funding, I know these funds change lives — and I’m afraid that if BCBSLA gets away with denying this coverage, other insurers across the country could follow suit. Please join me in tell BCBSLA to accept federal funding for people living with HIV and AIDS and to stop this discrimination.

Interview with Author Jonathan Bloom

‘American Wasteland’ Author
Talks Food Waste

Photo used in American Wasteland book cover, courtesy of Jonathan Bloom.
We all have a role to play in the food waste problem — and in the solution, according to American Wasteland author Jonathan Bloom. Read our Q&A with Bloom, and get his tips for reducing food waste.


Small Business info you can use …

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SBA Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month

November marks an important time in our history and in the history of Native Americans in this country. This month, the SBA is celebrating National Native American Heritage Month.  And we’re working hard to help build entrepreneurial empowerment for  American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.

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Free Affordable Care Act 101 webinar covering healthcare reform and your small business hosted by SBA and Small Business Majority. Click to RSVP today

Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars – November & December Dates

With new health insurance marketplaces open, the SBA and Small Business Majority are excited to announce the  next set of dates for our free Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable  Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance  marketplaces.

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TIP! SBA and our partners offer matchmaking events, trainings, and workshops across the country. The BusinessUSA events calendar helps you sort by location, date, and event type from participating agencies. Find local events near you now in the BusinessUSA events calendar.

Making and Receiving Payments Webinar  Registration Closes Soon!

During this free webinar from the SBA and the Federal Reserve Bank , learn about the basics of electronic payments and  remittance methods, including your choices, best methods, risks and costs. Don’t miss a chance to improve your business’ bottom line.

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Link Detroit: A Small Business Matchmaking Summit

To provide the tools and resources small businesses need to become effective suppliers, the SBA is collaborating with other agencies and companies on the American Supplier Initiative, which includes a series of supply chain events across the country – continuing in Detroit.

  • WHAT: Link Detroit: A Small Business Matchmaking Summit
  • WHERE: Wayne State University – Community Arts Auditorium
  • WHEN: Tuesday, December 10 | 12:00-6:00 p.m. ET

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How to Apply for an SBA Microloan

One of the best SBA lending programs for very small businesses, particularly those in the start-up stage, is the Microloan Program, which provides small business loans of up to $50,000. Microloans have  helped thousands of small businesses succeed. Learn if yours could be the next!

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Small Businesses Should Consider International Expansion

Are your goods or services needed in other parts of the world? Can you source your materials more efficiently overseas? International business holds enormous potential for business – not just large corporations, but small operations as well. Here’s some insight to see if it’s right for you.

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Business Credit Cards: What Every Business Owner Should Consider

Business credit cards are a major source of  financing for small business owners in today’s economy, with over 65% of small businesses using credit cards on a frequent  basis. If you’re in the marketplace for business credit cards, take into consideration these six key aspects to help you decide.

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