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Monday, May 12, 2014

TIJUANA, Mexico – Irma Montalvo signed up for a health plan through California's new insurance exchange last month, getting coverage for the first time in eight years.

Montalvo, 64, said she comes to Tijuana in part because it costs just $15 to see the doctor. She can't use her insurance for care outside California but it's still cheaper because she doesn't have to worry about a deductible.

Mexican immigrants living in California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico have long sought health care in border cities like Tijuana, Mexicali and Nogales. The Affordable Care Act won't change that, experts said,

"Even with insurance, it can sometimes be cheaper in Mexico," said Steven Wallace, who is associate director the UCLA center and has studied why Mexican immigrants seek care in Mexico.

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Obamacare Sticker Shock Found in Deductibles, Not Premiums

According to a report released by PwC's Health Research Institute, insurance premiums on the new health exchanges are cheaper than those paid by the majority of Americans who have employer-based coverage -- partly because of high deductibles.

A study by HealthPocket Inc. in December found that the average individual deductible for Obamacare's bronze plan was $5,081 a year -- 42 percent higher than the average deductible of $3,589 for an individually purchased plan.

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#1 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-05-12 04:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Final Obamacare push focusing on Latino community

The White House is stepping up its Hispanic outreach efforts in the time it has left. On Thursday, President Obama will take part in an unusual multi-network, multimedia town hall as part of the effort to get Latinos signed up in Obamacare.

For health reform, Latinos are an essential segment of the U.S. population. Nearly one in three Latinos is uninsured, far higher than the national rate. Large numbers of uninsured Latinos live in California, Florida and Texas, priority states for boosting enrollment in the health insurance exchanges.

Read more: www.politico.com

#2 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-05-12 04:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Xochitl Castaneda, director of the health initiative of the Americas at U.C. Berkeley's School of Public Health, said Mexican clinics offer something not always found in the U.S. "In Spanish, we say calidad and calidez, quality and warmth," she said. "When you are sick, you need medical support. You also need emotional support. That is something that Mexican physicians give."

#3 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-05-12 04:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

P.S. - it's not just Latinos going to Mexico for medical, dental, or eye care.

#4 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-05-12 04:53 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Latinos with Obamacare going to Mexico for Affordable Care

Posted by paneocon

Nobody's stopping PAN from going there as well.

#5 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-05-12 05:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

Anyone who knows an immigrant knows they will often gravitate back to their homes when they need health care. It's for many reasons.

But Panny; Why did you post this article? What's the point? You can pay lower premiums if you have a higher deductible? Of course. That's always how it works.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-12 06:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

Anyone who knows an immigrant knows they will often gravitate back to their homes when they need health care. It's for many reasons.

Because they can't find a local doctor who prescribes dried tiger ----- and ground lichens?

#7 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-12 06:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

I would occasionally do the same when living in Texas, long before Obamacare.
I was able to get drugs there without paying the AMA extortion fee and most could be brought back legally. Only once did the border check tell me I could not after I had declared them.
I also found feed stores a handy way to buy such things as antibiotics without paying the doctors.

#8 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-12 07:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

Been to TJ for dental work, they are cheap and good. The pharmacy is next door. And then you can get tacos before loading onto the shuttle back to SD.

#9 | Posted by coyote at 2014-05-12 08:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

Been to TJ for dental work, they are cheap and good. The pharmacy is next door. And then you can get tacos before loading onto the shuttle back to SD.

But not just before your appointment the dentist hopes.

#10 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-12 08:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

What's the point? You can pay lower premiums if you have a higher deductible? Of course. That's always how it works.

#6 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER AT 2014-05-12 06:37 PM | FLAG:

Of course, it's a bit more of a problem when premiums aren't lower, but deductibles are higher anyway, which is what I faced this year. My coverage came out the same. My deductibles are so high that, barring something as catastrophic as cancer (or the heart attack universal justice requires I have running or weight lifting) I will never even dip into my insurance, but rather have all payments come out of pocket.

The only good outcome I have seen with the ACA is that no one can be turned away for pre-existing conditions. And that is an enormously big, game changing thing. Pretty much everything else in it is a mistake, going to become more costly, and need never have been passed. They could simply have passed a law taking up all of two paragraphs, banning dropping people and refusing those conditions, and done far, far better.

#11 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-05-13 12:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

The majority of the folks in Arizona who go to Mexico for Health Care, Dental Care and prescription drugs ARE NOT LATINOS

Sammy in Arizona and Rhode Island

#12 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-05-13 01:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

#6 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER

So Banner how many millions do we to waste need before you figure out the obvious?

#13 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-05-13 03:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

#11 | POSTED BY ZEROPOINTNRG

Hmmm it's like you are describing how a health savings account would work. We had those before the Dems made them taxable.

The pre-existing conditions problem could have been dealt with so much easier than the ACA one size fits all program.

#14 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-05-13 03:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

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