Affordable Care Act

Health
4:08 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Obamacare 'Glitch' Puts Subsidies Out Of Reach For Many Families

Don Benfield is trying to get health care coverage for his family. The options at work are too expensive, but his employer's option disqualifies him from Affordable Care Act subsidies.
Courtesy of Don Benfield

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 8:50 am

Don Benfield of Taylorsville, N.C., makes $11 an hour working for a mobile-home parts business, selling things like replacement doors and windows.

Benfield, 51, doesn't have health insurance.

"I haven't had health care insurance in years, simply because I haven't been able to afford it, especially with food prices, how they went up," he explains.

Benfield's employer does offer health insurance coverage, even though, with fewer than 50 employees, the business is not required to.

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Health
5:40 am
Sun November 30, 2014

For Some Uninsured, Simply Signing Up Is A Challenge

Leaburn Alexander works two jobs and does not have health insurance. It takes him three hours to commute home from the job he works as an overnight hotel janitor.
Lisa Morehouse/KQED

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 4:31 pm

When the Affordable Care Act rolled out last year, Californians enrolled in both Covered California and expanded Medicaid in high numbers. But there are still millions in the state without health insurance. Undocumented people don't qualify for Obamacare benefits. And many others still find coverage too expensive — or face other obstacles in enrolling.

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Health
12:36 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

If Supreme Court Strikes Federal Exchange Subsidies, Health Law Could Unravel

Supreme Court police stand guard during a storm in March.
Michael Reynolds EPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 2:28 pm

Exactly what would happen to the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court invalidates tax credits in three dozen states where the federal government runs the program?

Legal scholars say a decision like that would deal a potentially lethal blow to the law because it would undermine the government-run insurance marketplaces that are its backbone, as well as the mandate requiring most Americans to carry coverage.

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The Two-Way
11:03 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Republicans File Suit Against Obama Administration Over Health Law

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:49 pm

House Republicans on Friday followed through on a threat to sue President Obama over actions he has taken concerning the Affordable Care Act.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal court against the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Treasury.

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Health
9:01 am
Wed November 19, 2014

6 Pitfalls To Avoid When Picking Insurance On The Job

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:27 am

You don't get a pass this year on big health insurance decisions because you're not shopping in an Affordable Care Act marketplace. Employer medical plans — where most working-age folks get coverage — are changing too.

Rising costs, a looming tax on rich benefits packages and the idea that people should buy medical treatment the way they shop for cellphones have increased odds that workplace plans will be very different in 2015.

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Health
5:02 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Outreach Workers Look For Gains In Second Year Of Obamacare

Lee Ann Johnson, director of the Missoula Indian Center, encourages Native Americans in Montana to enroll in private coverage through Healthcare.gov at an outreach event on Saturday, November 15.
Eric Whitney

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 8:42 am

With the HealthCare.gov website working for consumers much more smoothly than last year, health officials are focused on reaching out to potential customers.

For starters, they want to people who bought insurance last year to take another look at those plans. And, of course, the exchange wants to bring in new customers who didn't need or skipped insurance last year.

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The Two-Way
1:52 am
Mon November 17, 2014

HealthCare.gov Has Improved, But Obamacare Still Faces Problems

People wait to enter an Affordable Care Act enrollment event sponsored by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and Community Coalition in Los Angeles. Healthcare.gov's second enrollment period opened Saturday. More 100,000 people applied in the first day.
Michael Chavez AP

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 7:17 pm

The second enrollment period at HealthCare.gov began Saturday, and so far, it's gone much more smoothly than the start of last year's first open enrollment, which was full of glitches and saw only a handful of people able to enroll the first day.

The Department of Health and Human Services said that on Saturday alone, more than 100,000 people applied for healthcare on the site, and more than half a million people logged on.

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Health
2:46 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Takes On Fate Of Obamacare Again

Time for a replay?: Protesters waited outside the Supreme Court for decisions in June.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 3:48 pm

Once again the Supreme Court will decide whether the Affordable Care Act lives or dies.

Defying expectations, the court announced Friday it has agreed to hear a case that challenges the heart of the law: subsidies that help people pay their insurance premiums. In about three dozen states, the federal government runs the online marketplaces (exchanges) where individuals can find health plans.

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Politics
2:38 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Boehner Says Rolling Back Obamacare Is GOP Priority

In a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio warned President Obama not to go it alone on immigration reform.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 3:54 pm

House Speaker John Boehner said approval of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline and the repeal of key parts of Obamacare are among Republicans' top priorities now that the GOP has won control of both houses of Congress.

"Obamacare is hurting our economy, it's hurting middle-class workers, and it's hurting the ability to create more jobs," Boehner said, adding that Republicans want to replace it with "common-sense reforms."

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Politics
11:15 am
Thu November 6, 2014

On What Issues Can Obama And The Republican Leadership Agree?

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