Affordable Care Act http://wnpr.org en Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million http://wnpr.org/post/obama-affordable-care-act-enrollment-hits-8-million President Obama says that enrollment under the Affordable Care Act has reached 8 million after the March 31 sign-up deadline was extended by two weeks.<p>"This thing is working," he told reporters at a White House briefing on Thursday.<p>The president said that 35 percent of those signing up through the federal government's website were under the age of 35. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20337 at http://wnpr.org Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million The Wheelhouse Talks Debates, Obamacare, and ...Burritos? http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-talks-debates-obamacare-and-burritos <p>In this edition of our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we ask two big questions surrounding the 2014 race for governor. What impact will John Rowland's latest scandal have on Republicans? What impact will President Barack Obama have on Governor Dannel Malloy and the state's Democratic congressional delegation?</p><p>Also: did you join the herds of UConn basketball fans in line for $1.00 burritos?</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 20232 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Talks Debates, Obamacare, and ...Burritos? Patients Often Win If They Appeal A Denied Health Claim http://wnpr.org/post/patients-often-win-if-they-appeal-denied-health-claim Federal rules ensure that none of the millions of people who signed up for Obamacare can be denied insurance — but there is no guarantee that all health services will be covered.<p>To help make sure a patient's claims aren't improperly denied, the Affordable Care Act <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/rights/appeal/appealing-health-plan-decisions.html">creates national standards</a> that allow everyone who is denied treatment to appeal that decision to the insurance company and, if necessary, to a third party reviewer.<p>For Tony Simek, a software engineer in El Mirage, Arizona, appealing Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:42:00 +0000 editor 20119 at http://wnpr.org Patients Often Win If They Appeal A Denied Health Claim Head of State Health Insurance Exchange Reflects on Lessons Learned http://wnpr.org/post/head-state-health-insurance-exchange-reflects-lessons-learned <p>Now that the deadline for enrollment in Obamacare has passed, the head of Connecticut's health insurance exchange has said he learned a few lessons.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:28:38 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19929 at http://wnpr.org Head of State Health Insurance Exchange Reflects on Lessons Learned Connecticut to Share Its Obamacare Computer Code http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-share-its-obamacare-computer-code <p>Connecticut's Obamacare enrollment website did well enough this year to attract the interest of other states. Officials from Access Health CT said they are finalizing a deal with the state of Maryland to share computer code.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:03:24 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19735 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut to Share Its Obamacare Computer Code The Wheelhouse Respects the Process http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-respects-process <p>On Tuesday,&nbsp;<a href="http://wnpr.org/post/rowland-wont-talk-wants-respect-process">former Governor John G. Rowland took to the airwaves </a>at his usual time on his&nbsp;WTIC AM talk show, despite being named in federal court as an alleged co-conspirator to a campaign finance scheme. He wouldn't comment on the accusations, only to say, "I am not going to be discussing the recent news and legal developments. I am sure that you all understand. And I want to respect the process."</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:21:52 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Catie Talarski & Lydia Brown 19450 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Respects the Process Obamacare Enrollment Surged in Connecticut as Deadline Expired http://wnpr.org/post/obamacare-enrollment-surged-connecticut-deadline-expired <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama said that more than seven million people have signed up for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Connecticut saw a huge surge in enrollments as Monday's deadline passed.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:09:07 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19411 at http://wnpr.org Obamacare Enrollment Surged in Connecticut as Deadline Expired Obama: The Affordable Care Act Is Working, 'Helping People... Coast To Coast' http://wnpr.org/post/white-house-says-more-7-million-signed-obamacare <h6><strong>This post was updated at 4:40 p.m. ET. with Obama's comments. </strong></h6><p>President Obama emerged from the White House on Tuesday to rousing applause. He announced that 7.1 million Americans had signed up for health care through the federal exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act.<p>"This law is doing what it's supposed to do," Obama said at the Rose Garden. "It's working. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:13:00 +0000 editor 19407 at http://wnpr.org Obama: The Affordable Care Act Is Working, 'Helping People... Coast To Coast' Health Care Sign-Up Deadline Is Here; Metro-North Delays Are Up http://wnpr.org/post/health-care-sign-deadline-here-metro-north-delays-are <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8nYOklgQRgI" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Connecticut residents have until midnight tonight to obtain an insurance plan and avoid a federal tax penalty. Residents without health coverage can shop and compare plans at accesshealthct.com. Anyone who remains uninsured when the deadline expires will face a penalty of either 1 percent of the family's gross household income or $95 for each uninsured individual -- whichever amount is greater.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:18:15 +0000 Teri McCready 19327 at http://wnpr.org ACA Expected to Increase Demand for Primary Care Doctors; Quinnipiac University Responds http://wnpr.org/post/aca-expected-increase-demand-primary-care-doctors-quinnipiac-university-responds <p>With the open enrollment deadline looming, organizations across Connecticut are helping people sign up for health insurance coverage. Health centers are open Monday in many cities, including Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Norwich, and Waterbury, with extra in-person help.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:23:11 +0000 Diane Orson 19296 at http://wnpr.org ACA Expected to Increase Demand for Primary Care Doctors; Quinnipiac University Responds Seven Things to Watch As the Health Care Enrollment Deadline Passes http://wnpr.org/post/seven-things-watch-health-care-enrollment-deadline-passes <p>Just because open enrollment for people who buy their own health insurance formally closes March 31 doesn't mean debate over the health law will take a hiatus. After more than four years of strident rhetoric, evidence about how the law is actually working is starting to trickle in.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:57:31 +0000 Julie Appleby & Mary Agnes Carey & Phil Galewitz 19317 at http://wnpr.org Seven Things to Watch As the Health Care Enrollment Deadline Passes Federal Obamacare Deadline Extends, But Connecticut's Does Not http://wnpr.org/post/federal-obamacare-deadline-extends-connecticuts-does-not <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the deadline to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act approaches, the federal government now says it will give some people extra time to enroll. But that change won't apply to people in Connecticut.</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:19:03 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19103 at http://wnpr.org Federal Obamacare Deadline Extends, But Connecticut's Does Not Health Insurance Deadline Looms; New England Unemployment Rate Declines http://wnpr.org/post/health-insurance-deadline-looms-new-england-unemployment-rate-declines <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/X-65ectwob0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Connecticut officials are discussing final efforts to enroll residents in health insurance plans before next week’s deadline. Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman appeared at the First Choice Health Center in East Hartford today along with Kevin Counihan, CEO of the state’s insurance marketplace, Access Health CT. &nbsp;Those who don’t sign up will have to pay $95 or 1 percent of their income, whichever is greater.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:16:57 +0000 Teri McCready 19007 at http://wnpr.org As Obamacare Deadline Approaches, Penalties Loom for Those Who Miss It http://wnpr.org/post/obamacare-deadline-approaches-penalties-loom-those-who-miss-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials say enrollment in the state's health insurance marketplace is surging as the March 31 deadline to sign up approaches.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:07:12 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19016 at http://wnpr.org As Obamacare Deadline Approaches, Penalties Loom for Those Who Miss It Last Chance To Ask About Health Law Before Sign-Up Deadline http://wnpr.org/post/last-chance-ask-about-health-law-sign-deadline This is it. The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act this year is March 31. With time running out, the questions about how the health law and the exchanges work keep pouring in. Here are a few more to check out while the clock ticks down.<p><strong>My son will be 19 in May. I claim him as a dependent on my taxes. If I don't provide for his medical coverage and he is unemployed and makes no income, how is he supposed to pay his penalty? Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:37:00 +0000 Michelle Andrews 18994 at http://wnpr.org Last Chance To Ask About Health Law Before Sign-Up Deadline Customers Rush To Retail Store In Connecticut To Buy Obamacare http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-customers-rush-retail-store-buy-obamacare Mike Dunn stands inside a store in downtown New Haven, looking through the big glass windows at his future customers outside. He's not selling phones or food or clothes. He's selling Obamacare.<p>There's one week left to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, and states have gone to great lengths to enroll as many people up as possible. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:31:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18906 at http://wnpr.org Customers Rush To Retail Store In Connecticut To Buy Obamacare Doctors Say Obamacare Rule Will Stick Them With Unpaid Bills http://wnpr.org/post/doctors-say-obamacare-rule-will-stick-them-unpaid-bills Doctors worry they won't get paid by some patients because of an unusual 90-day grace period for <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/07/243584170/how-the-affordable-care-act-pays-for-insurance-subsidies">government-subsidized health plans</a>.<p>So several professional groups for doctors are urging their members to check patients' insurance status before every visit. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:49:00 +0000 editor 18685 at http://wnpr.org Doctors Say Obamacare Rule Will Stick Them With Unpaid Bills Obama Goes Between The Ferns To Talk With Zach Galifianakis http://wnpr.org/post/obama-goes-between-ferns-talk-zach-galifianikis "My mouse pad broke, and I had to get my great-aunt some diabetes shoes."<p>That's how comedian Zach Galifianakis begins his segment with President Obama in an episode of the online interview show <a href="http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/18e820ec3f/between-two-ferns-with-zach-galifianakis-president-barack-obama">Between Two Ferns</a> that was posted Tuesday. It was an interview unlike any other for a sitting U.S. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 18217 at http://wnpr.org Obama Goes Between The Ferns To Talk With Zach Galifianakis Metro-North Improvement Plans Emerge; Keno Repeal Gets a Hearing http://wnpr.org/post/metro-north-improvement-plans-emerge-keno-repeal-gets-hearing <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_3bAHUjw6nE?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti sent his 100-day plan to state Transportation Commissioner James Redeker on Monday. Giulietti is promising to rebuild a culture of safety at Metro-North to serve as the railroad’s "unshakeable foundation." He agreed to a 100-day plan to improve the railroad’s safety and operational performance in meeting with Governor Dannel Malloy last month.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:12:34 +0000 Teri McCready 17897 at http://wnpr.org Health Law Provides No Guarantees Of Access To Birthing Centers http://wnpr.org/post/health-law-provides-no-guarantees-access-birthing-centers Insurance coverage for maternity care is required in most individual and small group plans under the federal health law, extending such coverage to plans where it used to be rare. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 18:03:00 +0000 editor 17873 at http://wnpr.org Health Law Provides No Guarantees Of Access To Birthing Centers Connecticut Looks To Sell Its Obamacare Exchange To Other States http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-looks-sell-its-obamacare-exchange-other-states Kevin Counihan, the CEO of <a href="https://www.accesshealthct.com/">Access Health CT</a>, is walking through the 15th floor of a downtown Hartford office building that houses Connecticut's health insurance marketplace. He passes the legal department, the IT folks and the consultants, then stops in front of three large, wall-mounted computer screens.<p>"These are showing in real time, activity on our website. So, for example, right now you're looking at the number of concurrent users on the site," Counihan says. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:31:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 17686 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Looks To Sell Its Obamacare Exchange To Other States State's Obamacare Website Now Up In Spanish http://wnpr.org/post/states-obamacare-website-now-spanish <p>We recently told you about the challenge of getting a Spanish language enrollment website up and running for the state’s Obamacare agency, Access Health CT.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now,</span><a href="https://www.accesshealthct.com/AHCT/LanguageSwitch?languageCode=es" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> it appears that site is live</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:34:13 +0000 Jeff Cohen 17456 at http://wnpr.org State's Obamacare Website Now Up In Spanish As Deadline Nears, State Insurance Exchanges Still A Mixed Bag http://wnpr.org/post/deadline-nears-state-insurance-exchanges-still-mixed-bag With a bit more than a month left for people to sign up for health insurance plans set up under the Affordable Care Act, the federal website known as HealthCare.gov finally seems to be working smoothly — in 36 states.<p>But what's happening in the 14 states that are running <a href="http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/health-insurance-exchanges/">their own</a> exchanges?<p>Some are doing quite well, thank you. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 17306 at http://wnpr.org As Deadline Nears, State Insurance Exchanges Still A Mixed Bag Unsanitary Conditions at VA Hospital; Bill to Ensure Connecticut Grown http://wnpr.org/post/unsanitary-conditions-va-hospital-bill-ensure-connecticut-grown <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OSPmqsATqik" width="560"></iframe></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:59:22 +0000 Teri McCready 17291 at http://wnpr.org Still No Obamacare Website for State's Spanish Speakers http://wnpr.org/post/still-no-obamacare-website-states-spanish-speakers <p></p><p>The Spanish-language website that will enroll state residents in Obamacare is still facing delays. In fact, officials say it could be another two weeks until it is operational.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:57:13 +0000 Jeff Cohen 17203 at http://wnpr.org Still No Obamacare Website for State's Spanish Speakers Malloy Says State Exceeding Its Goals for Obamacare http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-says-state-exceeding-its-goals-obamacare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The goal</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of the Affordable Care Act was to insure more people at a lower cost. Affordability is still a moving target. At least in Connecticut, the enrollment numbers are looking good.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials announced that they have beaten their goal of enrolling 100,000 people in the Affordable Care Act by March 31 by more than 20 percent.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 04:03:05 +0000 Jeff Cohen 16794 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Says State Exceeding Its Goals for Obamacare Report: Newly Insured May Choose to Work Less Under Obamacare http://wnpr.org/post/report-newly-insured-may-choose-work-less-under-obamacare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressional budget experts say President Obama's new health care law will likely reduce the number of people who choose to stay in the workforce.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:27:19 +0000 Jeff Cohen 16564 at http://wnpr.org Report: Newly Insured May Choose to Work Less Under Obamacare Report: Fairfield County Has Ninth Highest Insurance Rates Under Obamacare http://wnpr.org/post/report-fairfield-county-has-ninth-highest-insurance-rates-under-obamacare <p>A <a href="http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2014/february/03/most-expensive-insurance-markets-obamacare.aspx?referrer=search" target="_blank">new report lists the top ten most expensive insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act</a>. One of them is in Connecticut.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:44:46 +0000 Jeff Cohen 16466 at http://wnpr.org Report: Fairfield County Has Ninth Highest Insurance Rates Under Obamacare CCSU Case Continued; Flu Cases Climb http://wnpr.org/post/ccsu-case-continued-flu-cases-climb <p>A former Central Connecticut State University student who triggered a campus lockdown and massive response by the SWAT team was set to be arraigned today in New Britain Superior Court on breach of peace and trespassing charges.</p><p>David Kyem, 21, wore a costume with a mask and BB handgun on campus November 4. Officials locked down the school for three hours. His case was continued to February 27.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:46:36 +0000 Teri McCready 15563 at http://wnpr.org CCSU Case Continued; Flu Cases Climb State Health Coverage Sign-Ups Paint A Complex Obamacare Picture http://wnpr.org/post/state-health-coverage-sign-ups-paint-complex-obamacare-picture Obamacare enrollment <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/13/262185902/young-people-account-for-a-quarter-of-health-care-enrollees">surged in December</a>, and the administration's report on the numbers <a href="http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2014/January/13/HHS-marketplace-enrollment-data.aspx">made headlines early this week</a>.<p>But the national figures tend to obscure the differences from state to state.<p>Health insurance markets vary across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:30:00 +0000 editor 15569 at http://wnpr.org State Health Coverage Sign-Ups Paint A Complex Obamacare Picture