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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I know there are a lot ski bums, ski patrollers, and ski instructors out there that currently don't make enough money to afford health insurance.  Since I had a hard time finding this stuff I thought I would share it. 

 

NO POLITICS PLEASE!

If your like me your wondering what all this Obamacare is all about.  The TV news media and CNN.com  is absolutely worthless for information. I found if you google Obamacare it produces lots of political and news media mis-information. I don not want to get into the politics here. I finally googled "Affordable Health Care" and got to these links.  I found it useful to click on Timeline What's Changing and When.

http://www.healthcare.gov/law/index.html
http://www.healthcare.gov
http://www.healthcare.gov/law/timeline/index.html

Here is some information on health care insurance assistance that starts in Jan 1, 2014 for anyone earning less than $43,000 a year.  

http://www.healthcare.gov/blog/2011/01/saving-money.html

Hope this helps anyone trying to get some real information on this without all the BS

post #2 of 10

Won't affect most lift ops, patrollers, ski bums, etc--at least not the single ones.  They're mostly poor enough to qualify for Medicaid already (if they can find a doc in a ski town that will take Medicaid.).  

post #3 of 10

I can't believe you are even starting this thread. I predict that it'll be moved to the Politics forum within 10 responses.  

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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I can't believe you are even starting this thread. I predict that it'll be moved to the Politics forum within 10 responses.  

 

I predict that it won't provoke any more fury, indignation, outrage, and/or hysteria than a typical helmet thread....probably less actually.

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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I can't believe you are even starting this thread. I predict that it'll be moved to the Politics forum within 10 responses.  

 

I predict that it won't provoke any more fury, indignation, outrage, and/or hysteria than a typical helmet thread....probably less actually.

I feel the same way about helmet threads.  

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post

Won't affect most lift ops, patrollers, ski bums, etc--at least not the single ones.  They're mostly poor enough to qualify for Medicaid already (if they can find a doc in a ski town that will take Medicaid.).  

Wong again.  Unless they qualify for some kind of disability they will  not be currently getting Midicaid for health coverage.   It amazes me how much misinformation is out there. 

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Wong again.  Unless they qualify for some kind of disability they will  not be currently getting Midicaid for health coverage.   It amazes me how much misinformation is out there. 

You're right.  Although they can also qualify if they're parents.  Rules vary somewhat by state. 

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Take the 10 question quiz on Affordable Health Care Act from Kaiser Foundation

http://healthreform.kff.org/quizzes/health-reform-quiz.aspx

I got them all right except this one.
http://healthreform.kff.org/faq/who-will-be-eligible-for-medicaid.aspx

Its interesting that 40% believe the government has a panel that will make end-of-life decisions .ROTF.gif  frown.gif
 

post #9 of 10

I got the same one wrong, probably because I focused too much on "regardless if they have children" because I felt that it used income and household size.  The focus of the question was apparently NOT degree but more yes/no.

post #10 of 10

I got them all right.  smile.gif

 

What I find more curious is how the Affordable Care Act is almost exactly what the Republican counter-proposal was to the Clinton health care effort in the 1990's.   But now, because it wasn't their initialive this time around, it's somehow "wrong,"  'misguided,"  or "an attack on our freedom."    Ooops.  sorry. politics.  won't. happen. again.

 

In regards to the OP, I think there are a lot of people in the skiing world this could benefit.   . A lot of skiers don't necessarily have much money, not only ski bums, ski instructors, ski patrol and other ski area employees.  Weekend warriors aren't all affluent.  I am certainly not.  I really don't make much money in community mental health, but it does offer health insurance (albeit increasing premiums the past few years).  If I left my job to start a private practice, or if my employer decides to drop its group health insurance it's nice to know I would probably be able to get insurance at all.  Today I would likely be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition (Juvenile-onset type 1 diabetes) or it would be really expensive, despite my being pretty healthy.

 

It is my hope the Act proves to be a savings to most people, who can then spend their money where it should be spent:   ski gear and lift tickets.

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