Students Create Obamacare App

Four Georgetown law students developed a guide for consumers to use to determine if they want Obamacare before applying on HealthCare.gov.

Law students Gerald Leverich and Amanda Krause present their app at Georgetown University's Iron Tech Lawyer. The app is a guide to the Affordable Care Act for consumers who want to figure out whether they qualify for health coverage.
National Journal
Clara Ritger
Add to Briefcase
Clara Ritger
Dec. 6, 2013, 8:01 a.m.

Obama­care isn’t for every­one.

Some con­sumers are nav­ig­at­ing all the way through the lengthy Health­Care.gov ap­plic­a­tion just to find out they can’t sign up or won’t qual­i­fy for the premi­um as­sist­ance that puts the “af­ford­able” in the Af­ford­able Care Act.

Four Geor­getown law stu­dents de­veloped a jar­gon-free app for Amer­ic­ans curi­ous about the new health in­sur­ance op­tions but not in­ter­ested in the on­line fed­er­al ex­change’s wait times. “The Short and Happy Guide to Health Care Cov­er­age” lets con­sumers see wheth­er Health­Care.gov is for them.

“The great thing about the app is that you can in­put spe­cif­ic in­form­a­tion about your­self, and after you get to the end of the pro­gram, it spits out a spe­cif­ic per­son­al­ized re­port which you can email to your­self,” said Will Mor­ris­on, one of the stu­dents in­volved in the pro­ject.

The stu­dents — Mor­ris­on, Ger­ald Leverich, Aman­da Krause, and Jes­sica Ny­man — said they em­barked on the pro­ject be­fore Health­Care.gov‘s failed launch. They used the les­sons from the fed­er­al ex­change web­site to shape their own work, mak­ing ba­sic in­form­a­tion about the law and who qual­i­fies a pri­or­ity after they learned that con­sumers of­ten couldn’t get far enough in the ap­plic­a­tion to find out.

“Sift­ing through the law and pulling out all the rel­ev­ant in­form­a­tion was the hard­est part of the pro­ject,” Krause said.

In ad­di­tion to de­term­in­ing wheth­er a per­son qual­i­fies for Medi­caid and should ap­ply through their state, or qual­i­fies for tax cred­its and should ap­ply for health in­sur­ance on Health­Care.gov, the app will cal­cu­late the pen­alty if you de­cide to opt out of health in­sur­ance.

While the app only won hon­or­able men­tion in Geor­getown’s Iron Tech Law­yer com­pet­i­tion, it was de­veloped for En­roll Amer­ica — the non­par­tis­an, non­profit or­gan­iz­a­tion whose mis­sion is to max­im­ize the num­ber of Amer­ic­ans en­rolled in Obama­care — and could be­come a part of the or­gan­iz­a­tion’s aware­ness and out­reach ef­forts next year.

What We're Following See More »
STAFF IS PUSHING BACK
Trump Wants Scaramucci to Helm WH Communications
21 minutes ago
THE LATEST

"President Trump is expected to announce that Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci will be White House communications director, according to two sources familiar with the planning. Trump has left the role open since Mike Dubke resigned in May, and the President has vented frequently to his friends about the performance of his press operation." According to NBC News, Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus are resisting the move.

Source:
NEW GALLUP POLL
Trump’s Approval Rating a Record Low at 6-Month Point
40 minutes ago
THE DETAILS

"President Donald Trump's second-quarter job approval rating has fallen below what any other past president has gotten during the same time frame. A new Gallup poll found that Trump averaged a 38.8% rating between April 20 and July 19. The average approval rating for that time is 62%. President Obama was at the average during this time period, as was President Nixon. President Clinton is the only president who was below 50% by the second quarter, coming in with a 44% approval rating." There is also a large partisan gap. "Just 8% of Democrats approved of Trump's job performance during the second quarter, but 85% of Republicans did. Approval ratings have become increasingly polarized in recent administrations, but the 77-point gap for Trump is a new record."

Source:
ANNOUNCEMENT IMMINENT
Government to Bar Americans from Visiting N. Korea
41 minutes ago
THE DETAILS

"The US government will soon prohibit American citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to two tour groups that cater to Western tourists who want to visit the secretive country. The US will announce the ban within a couple of days, said Simon Cockerell, general manager of Beijing-based Koryo Tours. The agency was informed of the development by officials of the Swedish government, which represents America's interests in North Korea, he told CNN."

Source:
NEA AND NEH GET $145 MIL EACH
House Appropriations Ignore Trump’s Proposed Arts Cuts
1 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"Federal arts and humanities programs targeted for elimination by the Trump administration would get a lifeline from House appropriators willing to ignore the president’s proposal and keep them running. The $31.5 billion fiscal 2018 Interior-Environment spending bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday includes $145 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. While that’s still a 3.2 percent cut from the fiscal year 2017 enacted level, it is more than $116 million above Trump’s budget request. The National Endowment for the Humanities would receive $145 million in fiscal 2018, which is $103.7 million above the White House budget request."

Source:
469 WITHDRAWN, 391 BEING REEVALUATED
Trump Nixes Hundreds of Obama Regs
3 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"The White House’s Office of Management and Budget detailed Thursday how it would jettison hundreds of existing or planned regulations as part of its larger push to ease federal restrictions on the private sector, upending federal policies on labor, the environment and public health. ... The Trump administration said it was pulling or suspending 860 pending regulations."

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login