Despite New Healthcare Options Mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 42% of U.S. Residents do not know the ACA is the Law of the Land

Jun 26, 13 Despite New Healthcare Options Mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 42% of U.S. Residents do not know the ACA is the Law of the Land

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By Cassandra Bremer, Content Manager and Developer In just six months, the U.S. federal government will begin fining residents who do not have health insurance as defined under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” the ACA mandates that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) establishes health insurance exchanges in all 50 states and the District of Columbia by Oct. 1, 2013 to allow ample time for uninsured residents to select and purchase a health care plan before the 2014 deadline. Sixteen states and D.C. 1 are currently establishing state-based exchanges, seven states2 have opted for partnership exchanges with the HHS and 26 states3 have chosen a federally facilitated marketplace. With these new options, the government will fine individuals who fail to secure coverage $95 or one percent of their annual income —whichever is greater. However, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation Poll, 42% of U.S. residents who may be penalized are unaware the ACA is the law. Despite the Supreme Court upholding the ACA last year, saturated media and continued discussions by the GOP to repeal the law have residents uniformed or misinformed about the ACA. Because of the significantly uninformed population, reaching America’s nearly 84 million uninsured residents will be a unique challenge for federal/local government and health care providers alike. Misunderstanding and misinformation has 58% of America’s uninsured feeling under informed about the law and how it will impact them and their families (65% of which are Hispanic, 48% are black and 45% are white) according to Kaiser. The confusion, coupled with cost concerns, has six in ten uninsured Americans unsure if they will purchase coverage or pay the penalty. The main concern among America’s uninsured is cost. According to, 60% of uninsured Americans report they do not have coverage because they cannot afford it. Consumers place cost consideration first—even before quality—when purchasing health insurance reports HealthPocket. Some consumers considering paying the penalties rather than buying coverage from the exchange believe that health insurance...

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Gift of Hope and SJ Public Relations Receive Top Honors

Jun 07, 13 Gift of Hope and SJ Public Relations Receive Top Honors

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Not-for-profit organization and agency partner recognized for outstanding work during the Publicity Club of Chicago’s 54th Annual Golden Trumpet Award Ceremony CHICAGO (June 1, 2013) – Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Gift of Hope) and SJ Public Relations (SJPR), a division of The San Jose Group won two Gold and two Silver Trumpets during the Publicity Club of Chicago’s  54th Annual Golden Trumpet Award Ceremony, the most prestigious awards program in the Midwest honoring notable individual achievement in the planning, creativity and execution of public relations and communications initiatives. “Having the opportunity to support Gift of Hope’s mission of saving lives by imparting insightful, strategic communication is an award in itself,” said George L. San Jose, founder and chief creative officer of The San Jose Group. “Our team strives to deliver distinguished, measureable results to our clients and we’re honored to be recognized for our collaborative work together.” Gift of Hope, a member of Donate Life Illinois, is an organ procurement organization that works to educate and raise awareness about the critical need for organ and tissue donation. SJPR has served as the non-profit’s PR agency of record since 2009 and leads its external, strategic communication and earned media efforts. Gift of Hope Organ & SJ Public Relations won the following 2013 PCC Trumpet Awards: PCC Golden Trumpet Award/Community Relations “Gift of Hope’s World Record” PCC Golden Trumpet Award/Special Events & Observances “World Record-Breaking Organ Donation Outreach” PCC Silver Trumpet Award/Community Relations “Gift of Hope: Operation Smile” PCC Silver Trumpet Award/Special Events & Observances “Local Vigil for National...

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