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Emergency rooms are front line for enrolling new Obamacare customers

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 11:12 am

Sarah Varney,  Kaiser Health News SAN JOSE, Calif. – Angela Felan is sitting in the emergency department waiting room at O’Connor Hospital for the second time in a week. A blue surgical mask covers her nose and mouth, and her hoodie sweatshirt is pulled snug over her head. She first came into the emergency room a few days ago with what she thought was bronchitis. The doctor prescribed an inhaler

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  • Marketing efforts to uninsured youth ramp up

    Posted on January 2, 2014 at 11:09 am

    KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press   MIAMI (AP) — The so-called “young invincibles” are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements. The president is even (gasp) asking their mothers to help convince them to sign up for insurance. The federal government and states running their own exchanges have launched

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  • Health law clock is ticking for sickest patients

    Posted on November 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

    GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With federal and state online health care marketplaces experiencing glitches a month into implementation, concern is mounting for a vulnerable group of people who were supposed to be among the health law’s earliest beneficiaries. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country with pre-existing chronic conditions such as cancer, heart failure or kidney disease who are covered through high risk-insurance pools will

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  • Pennsylvania governor talks up plan to expand Medicaid his way

    Posted on October 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Elana Gordon, WHYY,  Kaiser Health News Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett may have kept an eye this week on his fellow Republican governor in Ohio, John Kasich, as Kasich bypassed his own Republican legislature to expand the state’s Medicaid program. As part of the Affordable Care Act, states have the option to give coverage to low-income adults, with the federal government picking up most of the tab. Only about half the

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  • Medicaid expansion happy surprise for Colorado man

    Posted on October 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Morgan Kinney

    KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — He makes just $10,000 a year as a clinical professional counselor, so Morgan Kinney decided to spend what little extra money he had this year paying down student debt rather than buying health insurance. The 31-year-old Denver man figured he would have no choice but to buy insurance next year to comply with the new federal health insurance mandate, so last month he

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  • Middle class family braces for higher premiums

    Posted on October 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm

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

    CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer 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

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  • Health costs likely rising for many self-employed

    Posted on October 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Aaron Brethorst

    DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — President Obama’s health care reforms will be a huge boost to the working poor but are likely to make life more expensive for Aaron Brethorst and others like him. The Seattle software developer and consultant doesn’t have a problem with that because he figures he’ll be able to afford quality insurance. He says his annual income is in the low six-figures, and

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  • Health care law perplexing to business owners

    Posted on October 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Tim Holmes , Colleen Holmes

    MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press 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

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  • Michigan smoker may stay uninsured unless he quits

    Posted on October 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Health Overhaul Archetype Smoker

    DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eric Jones has an incentive to end his trips to the party store for cigarette tubes and tobacco, the roll-your-own supplies used to fill his pack-a-day habit. The 40-year-old has no health insurance from his $9-an-hour job at an ice-manufacturing plant in Lansing. Under the federal health care law, he’s eligible for help from the government to buy insurance. But to qualify,

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  • Costs worry woman, 26, who wants health insurance

    Posted on October 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Helena Gudger

    BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Helena Gudger is the type of person health insurance companies need on the books as the federal Affordable Care Act begins to roll out: Young, relatively healthy and hungry for coverage. The 26-year-old Phoenix resident has gone the past four years without health insurance, using clinics and the county hospital for checkups, routine tests and visits to a gynecologist. She pays cash, checks

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  • Online insurance brokers stymied selling Obamacare policies

    Posted on October 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

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    Eric Whitney,  Kaiser Health News Consumers aren’t the only ones frustrated by problems with the online health insurance exchanges being run by the feds. Private companies that sell health insurance on the Internet are also in a bind. Websites like eHealthInsurance.com that were planning to start selling new, subsidized Obamacare policies on Oct. 1 still can’t offer them to customers. First off, the online brokers got a late start. They

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  • Geography is destiny when it comes to enrolling in health insurance exchanges

    Posted on October 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Enroll Tennessee

    Jenny Gold,  Kaiser Health News Alexandra Dixon threads her way among the people waiting to see a doctor at the Community Clinic, Inc. in Silver Spring, Maryland. She introduces herself with a bright smile and an outstretched hand: “I’m one of the new health care navigators. Have you heard of the Affordable Care Act?” While some folks mumble, “um, no I don’t think so,” Dixon is nonetheless booked up with

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  • Rocky opening leaves health law’s new co-ops jittery

    Posted on October 16, 2013 at 10:22 am

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    Jay Hancock,  Kaiser Health News Nothing is more important for a startup burning through cash than winning customers and revenue. So problems with the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplaces, also known as exchanges, aren’t just an inconvenience for the likes of Evergreen Health Co-op. They’re a threat. “It’s slowly getting better. Some people have gotten to the enrollment stage before the site freezes,” says Evergreen’s frustrated CEO, Dr. Peter Beilenson.

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  • Why some veterinarians have a bone to pick with Obamacare

    Posted on October 9, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Phil Galewitz,  Kaiser Health News Dr. Douglas Aspros says the federal health law is increasing his costs to buy medical equipment, which he has no choice but to pass onto his patients — most whom are uninsured. None of Aspros’ patients, though, will benefit from the law’s expansion of coverage. Aspros, you see, treats dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, parrots and other small animals at his veterinary center in Pound Ridge,

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  • Obamacare Day One: A Tale Of Two States

    Posted on October 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Jenny Gold,  Kaiser Health News Sarah Varney,  Kaiser Health News “Keep calm and go live.” Those were the words on the backs of the t-shirts worn by workers at a bustling state health insurance call center in Rancho Cordova, California yesterday. But if the t-shirts urged calm, the mood was ecstatic and emotional among the architects and key backers who gathered to flip the switch on the Golden State’s new

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  • Health insurance within reach for bipolar sufferer

    Posted on September 30, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Jessi Spencer-Hammac

    KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Before she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, 32-year-old Jessi Spencer-Hammac thought she was just a moody, restless dreamer who had trouble finishing projects. At times, she alternated between being hyper-social and abruptly ending relationships. She also made rash decisions, such as moving across the country and losing contact for a couple years with her young daughter, who was living with the girl’s father

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  • Medicaid politics affect low-wage pizza employee

    Posted on September 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Chris Gatliff

    SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Chris Gatliff, a 38-year-old diabetic, says he feels like a victim of politics. His home state, Oklahoma, opted against accepting the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The result is that thousands of Oklahomans who would have qualified under the expanded program are left in limbo about their health insurance. At the same time, a Medicaid-linked program called Insure Oklahoma

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  • Obamacare trade-off: low premium, high deductible

    Posted on September 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — You might be pleased with the low monthly premium for one of the new health insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, but the added expense of copayments and deductibles could burn a hole in your wallet. An independent analysis released Wednesday, on the heels of an administration report emphasizing affordable premiums, is helping to fill out the bottom line for consumers. The annual deductible for a

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