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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Matthew Parker's 'Adventure' is available now

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Electronic Pop artist, Matthew Parker releases his second studio project, Adventure.  His first single, "Adventure" recently debuted on the Billboard Christian Hot AC / CHR chart at No. 27 and is currently No. 4 on the Hot CHR chart and No. 12 on the Australian Christian Chart.  The project was produced by Parker and features various guest vocalists ranging from Spencer Kane to Rapture Ruckus.
"I'm incredibly excited about my new album Adventure, because it's somewhat of a new era for me as an artist. I've put so much imagination and dreaming and emotion into this album, and the whole sound is something very new for me. I've grown so much in the past few years, and this music reflects that journey. I really hope these tunes will make you dream and feel and think. Life is an adventure. My music is just a soundtrack." - Matthew Parker
 Check out what the media is saying about the album:
"Matthew Parker has created a dreamscape of colorful synths, whimsical melodies, tropical house and larger-than-life bass drops that will sweep listeners off their feet. He has truly set a new standard for Christian-crossover EDM that could take the industry by storm." – NewReleaseToday.com 
"Matthew Parker simply makes great music. So great in fact that I've happily chosen to feature many of his tracks in our videos. We hope to use more of his tunes in the future!" - Cory Cotton (Co-Founder and Head of Production for Dude Perfect)
"Matthew Parker takes listeners on an expertly crafted unorthodox 'Adventure' with his sophomore effort, and it'll have you groovin' from start to finish. Easily one of the strongest releases of 2016, Adventure is a must have album." - JesusWired.com
“Adventure is a fun album that continues to prove that Matthew Parker is one of the most promising new talents in the industry.” – JesusFreakHideout.com 
Fans can order the 15 song album here and by texting "MP" to 51555.  Check out his song(s) "Adventure" and "I Ain't Got No Money (feat. Spencer Kane) here:

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Experimental artist Tanya Tagag seeks 'Retribution' for the world on new release

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Inuk punk Tanya Tagaq’s new album, Retribution, has been released. The improvisational, avant-garde artist has broken into the mainstream with recent coverage from Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, NPR and more.

Tagaq’s messages are clear: the Earth is in crisis, and the destruction we have brought upon it is the same devastation we have done to each other. Tagaq speaks resolutely and eloquently on horrifying, harrowing injustices done to women and Indigenous peoples. Tagaq fights against the ethnocentric and hypocritical ignorance of the seal ban, the effects of which have besieged the culture and wellbeing of the Inuit people.
 
Retribution is about all of these things, and it’s also the best album of Tagaq's career. Early reviews corroborate this sentiment. On her fourth album, Tagaq has harnessed the potency of her live show into a sophisticated, cohesive and commanding work of art.Retribution is generous with collaboration but is intensely, utterly Tagaq.
 
Hear the age of the Anthropocene, the irreversible impact humankind has had on the planet, in the title track “Retribution.” Imagine the auger methodically scraping through the ever-retreating ice in the song “Cold.” Listen to the exquisite, gnawing cover of Nirvana’s “Rape Me” and think about the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.
 
Six Shooter Records has also released a companion to Retribution, a track-by-track album commentary with music critic Carl Wilson. Listen to Tagaq and Wilson discuss the album here.
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MEN IN GOSPEL TEAM UP FOR 'WE ARE HERE' WORSHIP TOUR PRESENTED BY LIVE NATION

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Top-selling artists Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Travis Greene and Jonathan McReynolds launch The Worship Tour: WE ARE HERE Stops To Include Major Markets Los Angeles, New York, Chicago & More 

New York, NY  — Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Travis Greene and Jonathan McReynolds announced The Worship Tour: We Are Here following an exclusive Facebook Live event. The highly-anticipated tour presented by Live Nation, in partnership with The Sovereign Agency and Pop Nation Live, will kick off on February 21, 2017 in St. Louis, MO with 16 additional dates across the country including New York City, Charlotte, Atlanta, Nashville, Dallas, Los Angeles and more. A full list of dates and venues is below. Tickets will go on sale starting Friday, October 28. For details go to: http://theworshiptour.com/ Never before have three of the most creative minds in Gospel music come together for an unprecedented national tour.

The Worship Tour: We Are Here will feature multiple award winners Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Travis Greene and Jonathan McReynolds. In 2015 this trio individually set the music industry a blaze with their top selling gospel albums, “Everyday Jesus,” “The Hill,” and “Life Music: Stage Two” respectively. Hitting the right balance between modern church and core Christian messages, the three have charted several number 1 hit songs “Worth,” “Intentional,” and “Gotta Have You,” and between them they’ve earned 16 Stellar Award nominations, 9 Dove Award nominations, 6 Billboard Music Nominations, a BET Award Nomination and a Soul Train Nomination; truly representing the best the genre has to offer. Fans and attendees will be supporting St Jude Children’s Hospital the official charity partner of The Worship Tour: We Are Here.

The Worship Tour: We Are Here Dates and Venues: theworshiptour.com 

February 21 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
February 23 Louisville, KY Palace Theater
February 24 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
February 25 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre
February 27 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre

March 1 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater
March 2 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
March 3 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
March 4 Washington, DC Warner Theatre March 6 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
March 8 Atlanta, GA the Tabernacle March 11 Nashville, TN Jackson Hall
March 13 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre March 14 Houston, TX Revention
March 18 Oakland, CA Paramount March 19 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
March 23 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
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Donna Brazile accused of leaking debate questions to Clinton

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Donald Trump is calling for the resignation of interim
DNC Chair Brazille after she allegedly released email questions to Hillary Clinton from a prior to a town hall debate.

FOX News' Megyn Kelly cited an email released by Wikileaks from March  that Brazille allegedly wrote to Clinton's Director of Communications, Jennifer Palmieri.  Brazile stated in the email that she had advance knowledge of some questions. BRazille had pointed out that a question on the death penalty worried her.   On the following day during the Ohio town hall that was presented by CNN and TV One, a question about the death penalty that appeared to relate to the email was asked.

Brazile is a former CNN contributor.

Kelly grilled Brazile about sharing the email beforehand.  "  
"As a Christian woman I understand persecution but I will not stand here and be persecuted because your information is totally false," Brazile said. Continuing she said, "I  am not gong to try to validate falsified information. A lot of those emails have been doctored.  I would not give them the time of day."
This is a serious accusation.  The Commission on Presidential Debates strictly prohibits candidates from having prior knowledge of debate questions.
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Friday, October 21, 2016

NATIONAL HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WEEK, 2016

  • BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    A PROCLAMATION
    America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    (HBCUs) are living monuments to the cause that has driven each
    generation of our citizens in the task of perfecting our
    Union -- helping ensure that all people can experience the
    fullest measure of equality, justice, and possibility.
    Embodying the notion that the ability to pursue a higher
    education should be an opportunity available to all, rather
    than a privilege for a few, these campuses were built from a
    determination to widely and profoundly expand the reach of our
    country's promise. During National Historically Black Colleges
    and Universities Week, we celebrate this aspiration and reaffirm
    our support for HBCUs.
    Rendered possible by the extraordinary sacrifices and
    commitment of women and men who resolved to make real and
    enduring the new birth of freedom that echoed across our country
    following the end of the Civil War, the rise of these proud
    institutions marked the beginning of a new chapter in our
    national narrative. With each generation, HBCUs have shaped
    America for the better in indelible ways. From a pastor who
    would give voice to equality's cause to the great-grandson of
    a slave who would reach the bench of our highest court; from
    pioneers of medical and scientific breakthroughs to creators of
    innovative and prosperous businesses; from artists who expand
    the boundaries of expression to historians who illuminate our
    past and help us write our future, so much of the progress that
    has come to define America has been carried forward by
    graduates, academics, and leaders of these colleges and
    universities.
    Since I took office, my Administration has focused on
    expanding opportunity and opening doors of higher education for
    more people. We have increased Pell Grants, expanded student
    loan assistance going directly to students, cut taxes for those
    paying tuition, allowed students to cap their Federal loan
    payments at 10 percent of their income, and created the College
    Scorecard to assist prospective students in understanding their
    options for pursuing a higher education. Today, more Americans
    are earning a degree in post-secondary education than ever
    before, and HBCUs are playing an important role. In the 6 years
    since I signed an Executive Order bolstering the White House
    Initiative on HBCUs, we have helped ensure that more students
    have greater opportunities and that these institutions can
    benefit from a fuller range of Federal programs and assistance.
    HBCUs and community colleges help build our Nation's economy and
  • strengthen the middle class, which is why I am working to make
  • 2 years of community college free for hardworking students
  • across our country through America's College Promise -- a proposal that also helps 4-year HBCUs provide more low-income
  • students with up to 2 years of college for free or at reduced
    tuition.
    This week, we recognize the ways in which HBCUs are central
    to our experience as a Nation and recommit ourselves to the
    work that lies ahead. Let us honor the spirit in which these
    institutions were constructed by reaffirming the enduring truths
    at their core, and let us continue endeavoring to ensure all
    people have the chance to access higher education and secure
    ever greater opportunity.
    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the
    United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in
    me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do
    hereby proclaim October 23 through October 29, 2016, as National
    Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week. I call
    upon educators, public officials, professional organizations,
    corporations, and all Americans to observe this week with
    appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that
    acknowledge the countless contributions these institutions
    and their alumni have made to our country.
    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
    twenty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord
    two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the
    United States of America the two hundred and forty-first. BARACK OBAMA
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Best-Selling Author Shirer Continues Popular Tween Fiction Series The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — One day, New York Times bestselling author and Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer’s son asked, “Mom, will I ever be in a battle?” That one question was the inspiration for her kids’ series, THE PRINCE WARRIORS. The Prince Warriors, first book in the trilogy, reached the number one position on both the ECPA and CBA Juvenile/Children’s Bestselling Lists, prompting series fans to eagerly await the release of second book in the series, The Prince Warriors and The Unseen Invasion (Oct. 14, 2016).

Children aren’t the only ones reading the series. Several adult readers have expressed excitement after being impacted by the first book. Reader Amanda Williams says of The Prince Warriors, "As a forty-one-year old who has known Jesus for thirty years, after reading this book, I came away with a better understanding of the Holy Spirit, the power of Scripture, the manipulation that drives the ways of the enemy, and most importantly, the true impact of the armor of God…. This is not just a book to read and enjoy. The Prince Warriors is a discipleship tool you will want to refer to over and over again."

In The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion, readers will be thrilled to continue the story of brothers Evan and Xavier, their buddy Levi, and the other prince and princess warriors as they continue to learn about the importance of the armor of God and the reality of the supernatural world based on Ephesians 6:10–18. Shirer, a gifted and experienced Bible teacher known for her faithfulness to the Scriptures, clearly communicates the reality of spiritual warfare and its consequences so that all readers can understand and prepare for it. Each book also includes a bonus pull-out poster for kids to collect. Shirer’s heart for tweens shines through as she draws them into biblical truths with adventure, captivating humor, and intriguing mystery. Shirer reiterates, “There is no better time to learn about being a spiritual warrior than when you’re young. You might as well already know that you have been given gifts—armor, weapons—by God that allow you to be victorious in every area of your life.”

Fans of the book will also love the new devotional, Unseen, as well as the smartphone app that goes along with the series. They can look forward to the next book, The Prince Warriors and the Sword of Rhema, coming in February 2017.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Priscilla Shirer is a homemade cinnamon-roll baker, Bible teacher, and bestselling author who didn’t know her books (The Resolution for Women and Fervent) were on The New York Times bestseller list until someone else told her—because who has time to check such things while raising three rapidly growing sons? When she and Jerry, her husband of 16 years, are not busy leading Going Beyond Ministries, they spend most of their time cleaning up after and trying to satisfy the appetites of their guys. And that is what first drove Shirer to dream up this fictional story about the very un-fictional topic of spiritual warfare—to help raise up a new generation of Prince Warriors under her roof. And under yours. For more information, visit www.theprincewarriors.com.
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Google introduces 'GodComplx' web series on October 28

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(LOS ANGELES) - October 20, 2016 - Diversity in Hollywood. Everyone's talking about it.The creators of GodComplX managed to achieve it - thanks to an initiative by GoogleYouTube Space LAand the determination of a Hollywood vet committed to breaking barriers in front of and behind the camera.

GodComplX is a 10-episode web series funded by Google's Computer Science Education in Media Team (CS in Media) - an initiative designed to promote female and underrepresented minorities to not only use technology, but to create it. GodComplX is a digital way to shine a light on the vast opportunities in computer science and other STEAM-related fields to a global audience while also promoting great storytelling and filmmaking. 

The series was developed and executively produced by Claire Brown (EP of Being Mary Jane and The Game) and follows a 20-something Black female coder who moves in with a group of like-minded tech geniuses who live in LA's Silicon Beach.

Daraiha Greene, Google
CS in Media's Diversity in Entertainment Ambassador andGodComplX project lead, Daraiha Greene, states, "Our researchshows that
 that stereotypical images of people in computer science and other technical fields can negatively influence the likelihood that girls and minoritized groups imagine themselves engaging in those fields. I'm so proud of what we created with GodComplXbecause it mirrors the reality of our world. Our hope is to encourage even more diversity in CS because if you can see it, you can be it."

In producing the series, Brown and co-creator, Joe Sicora, looked to further Google's initiative by not only casting a diverse ensemble of talented actors, but by hiring a diverse and talented production crew. Brown pulled together a team of seasoned Hollywood professionals and up-and-coming talent to create her production team.

The series had women in the key positions of Director (Morenike Joela), Director of Photography (Chelsea Pettit), Producer (Beth TajisanNakisha Celistan), Camera Operator (Keke Dexter), Writer (Rasheena NashErin Andrews), and 2nd Assistant Director (Gabi Shabazz). An impressive staff of 95% women and people of color.

"One of the great things about this project was that it gave me an opportunity to say 'Yes' and to give talented people in this industry who are often told 'No' the chance to shine," said Brown.

The series stars YouTube sensation, Shameless Maya (Maya Washington), who leads an ensemble of talented actors on the rise including Nick MossJoshua Michael MooreShayna SpielsCaleb Hwangbo and Priscilla Bawicia

GodComplX premieres on November 1, 2016 at 5 pm PST/8 pm EST on the show's YouTube Channelwww.youtube.com/godcomplx. Followers of the series' social media platforms (@GodComplxSeries) can enter a contest to win 2 tickets to the red carpet premiere and a meet-and-greet with the cast at Google's Venice campus on Friday, October 28th.
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Obama offers update on Affordable Care Act

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Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care: Progress and Promise of the Affordable Care Act and Other Administration Efforts

Today, President Obama will travel to Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida to deliver remarks about the progress we’ve made to improve our health care system, largely because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and what more can be done to advance affordable, accessible and quality health care. He will discuss the upcoming open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, which runs from November 1 through January 31, as well as the Administration’s efforts this year to sign up young adults for coverage, who compose a disproportionate share of the remaining uninsured. Miami Dade College has served as a nationwide model for its work with its surrounding community to enroll eligible Americans in health coverage. And the President will reflect on the transformation in health care over the last seven-plus years, including system-wide reforms that are putting patients at the center of their own care and laying the foundation for a generation of medical advances.

Eight years ago, candidate Obama promised that he would make quality, affordable health care not a privilege, but a right. America was one of the last industrialized nations where this wasn’t already the case. Tens of millions of Americans couldn’t get health insurance, while others were forced to declare bankruptcy when they incurred crippling medical debt because of an accident or an unexpected diagnosis. High and rising health care costs placed serious burdens on our businesses, workers and economy, and threatened the future of Medicare. And our health care system too often failed to focus on patients, often waiting until Americans were sick to treat them rather than focusing on keeping them healthy.

After decades of trying by presidents of both parties, President Obama made health care reform a reality. Because of the coverage expansions enacted in the ACA, an estimated 20 million adults have gained health insurance coverage as of early 2016. Children have also seen major coverage gains during this Administration, thanks in large part to the ACA and the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA). The uninsured rate among children has fallen by almost half since 2008, resulting in more than 3 million additional children having health insurance, according to a new analysis published today by the Council of Economic Advisers. The uninsured rate for people of all ages now stands at 8.6 percent, the lowest level on record. 

Even as we have achieved historic coverage gains, the outlook for health care spending has improved dramatically. Over the ACA’s first decade, we are now on track to spend $2.6 trillion less than was projected without the ACA back in 2010.

Thanks in part to the ACA’s focus on reducing costs and inefficiencies, health care prices have risen at the slowest rate in 50 years since the law passed, which will benefit all of us for years to come. For example, as a result of low premium growth in employer-sponsored coverage, the average premium for employer-sponsored family coverage in 2016 was nearly $3,600 lower than if premium growth since 2010 had matched the average premium growth rate recorded over the decade preceding the ACA. Slower growth compared to before the law was enacted has helped our economy, businesses, workers and state governments. 

The ACA is significantly improving the quality of patient care throughout the health care system. For example, the law provides incentives to hospitals in Medicare to improve quality and reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. Hospital-acquired conditions have fallen since 2010, saving 87,000 lives and $20 billion in health care costs.

The ACA also catalyzed the development of Medicare value-based payment models aimed at transforming our health care delivery system through improved patient outcomes and reduced costs. The bipartisan Medicare physician payment reforms passed by Congress as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) builds on the ACA’s work by focusing on the quality and efficiency of care provided to beneficiaries and creating incentives for clinicians to participate in value-based models. 

Across the country, Administration policies have significantly improved access to health care, the affordability of care, and the quality of care since 2009. But there is more work to be done. Congress should support investments in targeted research and technologies to advance the Cancer Moonshot, the Precision Medicine Initiative, and the BRAIN Initiative. The Administration is tackling the opioid epidemic through administrative actions but also has asked Congress for $1 billion in resources for states to help people get much-needed treatment.

In addition, the President believes that there are common-sense ways to continue to improve the ACA. This includes working with the 19 states like Florida that have yet to expand Medicaid, taking additional actions to reduce the costs of prescription drugs, increasing financial support for people still struggling with health insurance bills, and ensuring a choice of health insurance issuers such as through a public plan fallback option. As recent experience shows, we can make a positive difference in our health system when we work together across party lines to do so. 

Health Care in America: Improved Access to Care

·         Millions more Americans have health insurance. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 20 million adults have gained health insurance coverage. The ACA and CHIPRA have also helped cut the uninsured rate among children by almost half, resulting in more than 3 million additional children having health insurance coverage.

o   Overall, 8.6 percent of Americans lacked health insurance in the first quarter of 2016, the lowest rate on record. 
o   Among African American adults, the uninsured rate declined by 53 percent (11.8 percentage points) since 2013, resulting in 3 million people gaining coverage.
o   Among Latino adults, the uninsured rate dropped by 27 percent (11.3 percentage points) since 2013, resulting in 4 million people gaining coverage.
o   The gains for women have been particularly rapid: the reduction in the uninsured rate since 2013 has been 13 percent larger than the reduction for men.
o   Among young adults, the uninsured rate has dropped by 47 percent (12.1 percentage points) since 2013.  Together with pre-2013 gains due to young adults’ option to remain on a parent’s plan, 6.1 million young adults have gained coverage.
o   Since implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there has been a substantial reduction in the uninsured rate across all income levels, age groups, races and ethnicities, and geographic areas.

·         The ACA prohibits coverage denials and reduced benefits based on health status, protecting as many as 129 million Americans who have some type of pre-existing health condition, including up to 19 million children.

·         The law also eliminates lifetime and annual limits on insurance coverage and establishes annual limits on out-of-pocket spending on essential health benefits, benefiting 105 million Americans, including 39.5 million women and nearly 28 million children.

·         The ACA provides generous federal support to states that expand Medicaid to all adults with incomes under 133 percent of the federal poverty level.  In the 31 states and the District of Columbia that have already expanded Medicaid, 4.4 million uninsured people will gain coverage.  If the remaining states expand Medicaid, over 4 million more uninsured people would gain coverage.

o   Medicaid expansion has improved individuals’ financial well-being, reducing debt in collection in states that have expanded by an estimated $600-$1,000 per individual gaining Medicaid coverage.
o   Medicaid expansion also makes premiums more affordable for people who buy coverage on the individual market. Marketplace premiums are an estimated 7 percent lower in expansion states than non-expansion states.

·         The ACA establishes a system of state and federal Health Insurance Exchanges, or Marketplaces, to make it easier for individuals and small-business employees to purchase health plans at affordable prices.  During the most recent open enrollment period, 12.7 million people selected a plan through the Marketplace, and more than 400,000 people signed up for Basic Health Programs, state-based programs supported by the Affordable Care Act that provide health insurance coverage to low-income individuals who would generally otherwise be eligible to buy qualified health plans on the Marketplace.     

·         The ACA created a temporary high-risk pool program to cover uninsured people with pre-existing conditions prior to 2014 reforms, which helped more than 130,000 people.

·         The ACA creates health plan disclosure requirements and simple, standardized summaries so over 170 million Americans can better understand coverage information and compare benefits.

Health Care in America: More Affordable Care

·         The ACA’s tax credits have helped millions of Americans who otherwise might not be able to afford it sign up for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. 

o   In 2015, there were 12 million fewer Americans in families that had problems paying medical bills compared to 2011.

·         It also requires health insurers to provide consumers with rebates if the amount they spend on health benefits and quality of care, as opposed to advertising and marketing, is too low.  Last year, 5.5 million consumers received nearly $470 million in rebates.  Since this requirement was put in place in 2011 through 2014, more than $2.4 billion in total refunds will have been paid to consumers.

·         The ACA eliminates out-of-pocket costs for preventive services like immunizations, certain cancer screenings, contraception, reproductive counseling, obesity screening, and behavioral assessments for children.  This coverage is guaranteed for more than 137 million Americans including 55 million women.

·         The ACA eliminates out-of-pocket costs for 39 million Medicare beneficiaries for preventive services like cancer screenings, bone-mass measurements, annual physicals, and smoking cessation.

·         It phases out the “donut hole” coverage gap for over 11 million Medicare prescription drug beneficiaries, who have saved an average of more than $2,000 per beneficiary through July 2016. 

·         The ACA takes steps to slow the growth of health care spending. 

o   Relative to the projections the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued just before President Obama took office, CBO now projects Medicare to spend 20 percent, or about $160 billion, less in 2019 alone.
o   Medicare’s Trustees project that the program’s hospital insurance trust fund will remain solvent until 2028, 11 years later than the last projection before the ACA became law.
o   The nation as a whole is projected to spend $2.6 trillion less on health care over the ACA’s first decade than was predicted prior to the ACA’s enactment.[1]
·         The law creates Accountable Care Organizations consisting of doctors and other health-care providers who come together to provide coordinated, high-quality care at lower costs to their Medicare patients. Over 470 ACOs are serving nearly 8.9 million Medicare beneficiaries nationwide.

·         And it pays Medicare Advantage plans more accurately, and requires Medicare Advantage plans to spend at least 85 percent of Medicare revenue on patient care.  Medicare Advantage enrollment is projected to have grown over 60 percent from 2010 through 2017 to18.5 million, while premiums are projected to decline by 13 percent.

Health Care in America: Improved Quality and Accountability to You

·         The ACA provides incentives to hospitals in Medicare to reduce hospital-acquired infections and avoidable readmissions.  Hospital-acquired conditions have fallen 17 percent since 2010, saving 87,000 lives and $20 billion in health care costs, and the rate of one common deadly hospital acquired infection, central-line blood stream infections, fell by 50 percent from 2008 to 2014 nationwide.

We're not done. Other legislative and executive actions are continuing to advance the cause of effective, accountable and affordable health care. This includes:

·         Advancing innovative care delivery models and value-based payments in Medicare and Medicaid.  The Administration set goals of tying 30 percent of traditional Medicare payments to alternative payment models by the end of 2016 and 50 percent by the end of 2018, and met its 2016 goal 11 months early.  We continue to advance new models for value-based payments in Medicare and implement bipartisan Medicare physician payment reforms.

·         Implementing the funding pool created by the ACA for Community Health Centers to build, expand and operate health-care facilities in underserved communities.  Since the beginning of 2009, thanks to this and other investments, health centers have increased the number of patients served by 6 million.

·         Expanding health provider training opportunities, with an emphasis on primary care, including a significant expansion of the National Health Service Corps.  As of September 30, 2015, there were 9,600 Corps clinicians providing primary care services, over twice the number of clinicians in 2008 (3,600).

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