Affordable Care Act: Updates

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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  • Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 10:09 am

    MIAMI (AP) — Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month. Close, a South Florida retail worker in her 60′s, said she got different amounts even though

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  • Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 10:08 am

    MIAMI (AP) — Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don’t buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The amount is equal to the national average annual premium for a bronze level health plan. But only those with an income above about a quarter of a million dollars would benefit from the cap.

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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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