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ABCs of the ACA: Navigator
Navigator (noun, occupation): No, not the flying alien from Disney's "Flight of the Navigator." These navigators are hired by states and governments to help educate and enroll folks under Obamacare. To qualify, they’ve got to go through 20 hours of online training. The Feds have forked over millions to prepare this small army of healthcare guides. But they aren’t welcome everywhere. Florida, which has been fighting Obamacare, banned them from county health departments. Texas wants to tack on an extra 40 hours to their training. And in some states, people are so uninformed about the healthcare laws, the navigators are going to need a special kind of GPS just to find them.
ABCs of the ACA: Obamacare
Obamacare (proper noun, slang): The popular term for the Affordable Care Act. It was coined by critics of the law to make fun of it. Then President Obama himself embraced it. Now, everyone uses it. But if Obamacare succeeds, Obama is betting his opponents will find a new name for it.
ABCs of the ACA: Federal exchanges
Federal exchanges (noun): The 30+ online insurance marketplaces operated, at least in part, by the Federal government. Many states, like Maryland and Connecticut, are running their own exchanges. But the federal ones come in a couple varieties: Those run by the Feds, because the state thought the Feds could do an okay job; those run by the Feds because the state (Florida, Texas, Ohio, others) wanted absolutely nothing to do with Obamacare.
ABCs of the ACA: Medicaid
Medicaid (noun): Known to some as ‘health care for the poor,’ Medicaid is a government insurance program for adults and children who fall below a certain level of poverty. The program also provides health coverage for people with disabilities. Under the new health law, states have the option of expanding Medicaid to insure more people. Not all of them have done it, but many have. Estimates are that an additional 17 million low-income people will get health care this way