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A year into health care reform, New York's poor are main beneficiaries of new coverage

Friday, 21 November 2014 09:22
NEW YORK – A year into New York's operation of a medical insurance exchange, more than half of the people with new coverage qualified for Medicaid — the federal program for the poor — and many didn't know they were eligible until the push under the Affordable Care Act. Overall, 370,604 people were enrolled with commercial and nonprofit insurers, 525,283 in Medicaid; and 64,875 in the state's Child Health Plus coverage for families with moderate…
How Obamacare Lowers Your Property Taxes
Friday, 21 November 2014 04:11
The Affordable Care Act, which is reducing the number of unpaid medical bills at the nation’s hospitals, is also mitigating some of the property tax burden for those counties, cities and other municipalities that have — for decades — subsidized medical care for the uninsured at publicly-owned health facilities. A snapshot of this trend can be seen in Cook County, Illinois, where the public hospital system has seen a dramatic decrease in patients who cannot…
Latinos are the group with largest uninsured population
Thursday, 20 November 2014 17:11
WASHINGTON -- In the waiting room at La Clinica del Pueblo, a community health center in Washington, signs in Spanish encourage patients to "Empower yourself!" and sign up for insurance coverage. Adults slump in chairs, scribbling on application forms, texting friends, waiting. In a tiny office a few feet away, William Joachin, the center's patient-access manager, confronts the frustrations of trying to navigate the federal health care law for the thousands of immigrants who flood…
Affordable Care Act Enrollment: People Getting Help With Sign-Up Details
Thursday, 20 November 2014 15:48
He's covered under a Medicare Advantage plan, but his wife and stepson became uninsured recently when his wife's job was eliminated. "It's frustrating," Frey said, sitting at a long table as counselors reviewed his data. "There are so many different agencies involved ... When I started, I didn't know what to apply for." He first tried deciphering the Health Insurance
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Why is HealthCare.gov hiding its most affordable plans?
Thursday, 20 November 2014 12:00
One little-known feature of the Affordable Care Act is the availability of special health plans with low deductibles and copays to consumers whose incomes are low, but not low enough to be enrolled in Medicaid. (For 2015 that's up to $29,175 for a single person, $39,325 for a couple, and $59,624 for a family of four. Details here.) Unfortunately, many people eligible to buy these plans may never realize it because of the way HealthCare.gov,…
Affordable Care Act: Helping or hurting Northwest Colorado?
Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:35
Advertisement With all the political charge behind the Affordable Care Act, it can be hard to sort out the facts. And with it now entering only its second year of implementation, it can be harder still to tell how it’s benefitting Americans. State of the uninsured In 2013, the year before the ACA was first implemented, Northwest Colorado had the highest rates of uninsured people in the state, according to the Colorado Health Institute’s Colorado…
Hall: Landrieu piling debt on our future generations
Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:14 Written by
CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE I’m astounded! In a recent letter to The Times, the writer was singing the praises of Obamacare and Mary Landrieu. He suggested that anyone who is anti-Obamacare is selfish. As I recall, her “un-selfish” vote gave us the abysmal Affordable Care Act. I quote the writer: “I applaud and admire her un-selfishness.
House GOP files Affordable Care Act lawsuit
Thursday, 20 November 2014 05:37
House Speaker John Boehner said Friday he has sued the Obama Administration in federal court over its decisions to make changes to the President's health care law, which congressional Republicans argue were unconstitutional. House GOP files Affordable Care Act... 18minHolder calls for calm ahead of.
Perspective: Health care and the GOP: a primer
Thursday, 20 November 2014 05:29
Though the Affordable Care Act passed into law in 2010, conservatives continue to fight it at every opportunity: in the courts, in state legislatures, and in Congress. It's a safe bet that as the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination kicks off, a cavalcade of Republican hopefuls will torment innocent Iowans with tales of how they've fought Obamacare in the past and why they're the ones who can finally drive a stake through its…
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