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 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 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' 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 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 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 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 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 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 Aetna CEO Sees Retail Market in Health Care http://wnpr.org/post/aetna-ceo-sees-retail-market-health-care <p>Health care costs are going to be increasingly shifted to consumers. That was the message from Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini&nbsp;at a presentation Wednesday.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:00:48 +0000 Harriet Jones 15539 at http://wnpr.org Aetna CEO Sees Retail Market in Health Care Is Obamacare Working? http://wnpr.org/post/obamacare-working <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Affordable Care Act is the signature piece of the president's domestic agenda and it's now, finally, operational. The question is: Is it working? On&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Where We Live</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> we talk Obamacare and ask whether it is doing what it promised - helping the nation's poor and uninsured.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 15368 at http://wnpr.org Is Obamacare Working? New York Consumers Frustrated By Insurance Delays http://wnpr.org/post/new-york-consumers-frustrated-insurance-delays New York's health insurance marketplace is working, but some consumers are still having problems with insurers. Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield is the state's largest insurer and the target of a lot of consumer complaints. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:33:45 +0000 editor 15419 at http://wnpr.org California Hospital Workers Pitch Obamacare To ER Patients http://wnpr.org/post/california-hospital-workers-pitch-obamacare-er-patients Angela Felan is sitting in the ER waiting room at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, Calif. A blue surgical mask covers her nose and mouth, and a sweatshirt is pulled snug over her head.<p>She first came into the emergency room a few days ago with what she thought was bronchitis. The doctor prescribed an inhaler that cost her $56.<p>Felan, 31, works part time in retail and hasn't had insurance for at least a decade because she hasn't been able to afford it. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:33:00 +0000 editor 15416 at http://wnpr.org California Hospital Workers Pitch Obamacare To ER Patients Federal Health Care Enrollees: Older Outnumber Younger http://wnpr.org/post/federal-health-care-enrollees-older-outnumber-younger For the first time, we are getting some demographic information about the more than 2 million people who have signed up for private health insurance through the exchanges set up by the federal government.<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/14/us/health-care-plans-attracting-more-older-less-healthy-people.html?hp&gwh=A33E105E30EDBC2C6449D7FB62DE0BD3&gwt=pay&_r=0"><em>The New York Times</em> reports</a> that the Obama administration said older, less healthy enrollees outnumber healthy, younger ones. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 15409 at http://wnpr.org Health Care Costs Grew More Slowly Than The Economy In 2012 http://wnpr.org/post/health-care-costs-grew-more-slowly-economy-2012 Health care spending grew at a record slow pace for the fourth straight year in 2012, according to a new government report. But the federal officials who compiled the report disagree with their bosses in the Obama administration about why.<p>The <a href="http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/33/1/67.abstract">annual report</a> from the actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, published in the journal <em>Health Affairs</em>, found total U.S. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:43:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 15049 at http://wnpr.org Health Care Costs Grew More Slowly Than The Economy In 2012 Nuns' Objection To Health Care Law Is Unwarranted, Justice Dept. Says http://wnpr.org/post/nuns-objection-health-care-law-unwarranted-justice-dept-says The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court not to extend a temporary injunction given to a group of Colorado nuns who want to be exempt from some rules in the new health care law. The rules relate to the requirement that most employers provide health insurance that includes coverage of birth control costs.<p>"Applicants claim a right to extraordinary relief," the solicitor general's office says in a court filing released just after 10 a.m. ET on Friday. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 17:39:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 14902 at http://wnpr.org Nuns' Objection To Health Care Law Is Unwarranted, Justice Dept. Says DOJ Expected To Defend Health Law's Contraceptive Mandate http://wnpr.org/post/doj-expected-defend-health-laws-contraceptive-mandate The Justice Department will answer a challenge Friday morning to a controversial provision in the new health care law. It requires most employers that offer health insurance to include birth control at no cost.<p>A group of Catholic nuns has objected to that, and this week they won a temporary reprieve from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. It's an unusual test case, but it won't be the last one.<p>The health care law's requirement that workplace insurance policies include free birth control has been controversial from the get-go. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 14879 at http://wnpr.org DOJ Expected To Defend Health Law's Contraceptive Mandate Despite Health Law, Many People May Be Left Underinsured http://wnpr.org/post/despite-health-law-many-people-may-be-left-underinsured People with chronic conditions will be better protected from crippling medical bills starting in January, as the health law's coverage requirements and spending limits take effect.<p>But a <a href="http://avalerehealth.net/news/analysis-despite-subsidies-chronically-ill-individuals-will-be-underinsured" target="_blank">recent analysis</a> by Avalere Health found that many people may still find themselves underinsured, spending more than 10 percent of their income on medical care, not including premiums, even if they qualify for cost-sharing subsidies on the health insurance marketplaces.<p>"Yo Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:50:00 +0000 Michelle Andrews 14755 at http://wnpr.org Despite Health Law, Many People May Be Left Underinsured Enrollment Through Federal Health Market Surges In December http://wnpr.org/post/enrollment-through-federal-health-market-surges-december The White House released new figures on Sunday that show a surge in the number of Americans who have signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace.<p><a href="http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/blog/2013/12/enrollment-surged.html">According to a blog post by Marilynn Tavenner,</a> the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator, 1.1 million Americans have signed up for coverage since the marketplace opened in October.<p>Most of those — 975,000 — signed up in the month of December. The deadline for signing up and receiving coverage by Jan. 1, was Dec. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:03:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 14655 at http://wnpr.org Enrollment Through Federal Health Market Surges In December State: Obamacare Enrollment Surging Before Deadline http://wnpr.org/post/state-obamacare-enrollment-surging-deadline <p>Officials running the state's new health care exchange say thousands of people are enrolling for insurance as Monday's deadline draws near.</p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:00:48 +0000 Jeff Cohen 14419 at http://wnpr.org State: Obamacare Enrollment Surging Before Deadline Just Because You Started An Obamacare Application Doesn't Mean You Finished It http://wnpr.org/post/just-because-you-started-obamacare-application-doesnt-mean-you-finished-it <p>If you want to be insured under Obamacare come January 1, Monday is your deadline to enroll. But&nbsp;the agency running the program fears that some people may think they've signed up when they actually haven't.</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:43:08 +0000 Jeff Cohen 14311 at http://wnpr.org Just Because You Started An Obamacare Application Doesn't Mean You Finished It