Affordable Care Act: Updates

Concerns raised over ‘Obamacare’ abortion coverage

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 1:40 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010. The Government Accountability Office said in a report released late Monday that only 1 of 18 insurers it reviewed was separately itemizing a charge for coverage of elective abortions on enrollees’ bills. That detail is important because the original compromise

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  • Enrolling people in Obamacare who have no ‘concept of insurance’

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    DEARBORN, Mich.–Signing people up for health insurance is the easy part of Rawha Abouarabi’s job ministering to immigrants and Arab Americans in this manufacturing hub along the Rouge River. But many of those she’s enrolled are surprised and indignant when they go to the doctor and are asked to a pay a bill— perhaps a copayment. They insist they’ve already paid their monthly insurance premium. “They call us and say,

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  • Hospitals seek to help consumers with Obamacare premiums

    Posted on August 18, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Low-income consumers struggling to pay their premiums may soon be able to get help from their local hospital or United Way. Some hospitals in New York, Florida and Wisconsin are exploring ways to help individuals and families pay their share of the costs of government-subsidized policies purchased though the health law’s marketplaces – at least partly to guarantee the hospitals get paid when the consumers seek care. But the hospitals’

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Affordable Care Act: Archetype Profiles

Health Overhaul Job Freedom

With health law, workers ponder the I-Quit option

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:41 am

CHICAGO (AP) — For uninsured people, the nation’s new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job. At 62, Payne has worked for three decades as a nurse, most recently traveling house to house caring for 30 elderly

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  • Archetype-Family: Middle class family braces for higher premiums

    Posted on September 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    The Wolfs of Austin: Making too much to qualify for tax credit, worried premiums will rise

    As many as nine in 10 Texans buying health insurance on the new federally run exchange will get a break on costs, according to federal health officials. Steve and Maegan Wolf won’t be among them. The Wolfs, who live in an upscale area outside Austin, make too much money to qualify for tax credits that will help other people afford coverage. That leaves them wondering how much they’ll wind up

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  • Archetype-Small Business: Health care law perplexing to business owners

    Posted on September 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Tim Holmes , Colleen Holmes

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Restaurant owners Colleen and Tim Holmes were considering opening a third business in a growing upstate New York suburb but decided against it. One factor was the risk from expanding their staff beyond 50 full-time employees and having to provide them federally mandated health coverage. Despite knowing the penalty for that part of the Affordable Care Act had been postponed for a year, the couple said

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