Affordable Care Act http://wamc.org en Blair Horner: 11 Million Americans Have Health Coverage Thanks To Obamacare http://wamc.org/post/blair-horner-11-million-americans-have-health-coverage-thanks-obamacare <p>After years of debate and relentless partisan battles, the impact of the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare – is starting to become clear.&nbsp; According to reports released last week by the Gallup polling company, the Commonwealth Fund and the Urban Institute, there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of uninsured.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Blair Horner 94806 at http://wamc.org Conn. Showcasing ACA Success; Unveils Health Exchange Mobile App http://wamc.org/post/conn-showcasing-aca-success-unveils-health-exchange-mobile-app <p>Connecticut is unveiling mobile apps that will give access to the state health insurance exchange on smartphones and tablets.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:14:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 92035 at http://wamc.org Conn. Showcasing ACA Success; Unveils Health Exchange Mobile App Mixed Results For Conn. And Mass. In ACA Rollout http://wamc.org/post/mixed-results-conn-and-mass-aca-rollout <p><a href="http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/site/default.asp" target="_blank">Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy</a> was in Washington Tuesday to discuss the state's rollout of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Speaking at a <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/" target="_blank">Center for American Progress</a> event, Malloy touted Connecticut’s success in enrolling 208,000 people in plans through its online exchange, more than doubling its goal.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 90435 at http://wamc.org Mixed Results For Conn. And Mass. In ACA Rollout Malloy Touting Conn.'s Success With ACA http://wamc.org/post/malloy-touting-conns-success-aca <p><a href="http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/site/default.asp" target="_blank">Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy</a> was in Washington, D.C. Tuesday speaking about the state's rollout of the Affordable Care Act.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 23:18:28 +0000 Jim Levulis 90375 at http://wamc.org Malloy Touting Conn.'s Success With ACA New Strategy, New Leadership For Mass. Healthcare Website http://wamc.org/post/new-strategy-new-leadership-mass-healthcare-website <p>Massachusetts has unveiled a plan to fix problems with its <a href="https://www.mahealthconnector.org/" target="_blank">health insurance website</a> that have slowed the state's transition to the federal Affordable Care Act. The plan calls for a "dual-track" approach including purchasing new software while also connecting with the federal healthcare website.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 16:17:05 +0000 Jim Levulis 90220 at http://wamc.org New Strategy, New Leadership For Mass. Healthcare Website New Plan For MA Health Insurance Website To Cost $120 Million http://wamc.org/post/new-plan-ma-health-insurance-website-cost-120-million <p>Massachusetts unveiled a plan to fix problems with its <a href="https://www.mahealthconnector.org/" target="_blank">health insurance website</a> that have slowed the state's transition to the federal Affordable Care Act. The plan calls for a "dual-track" approach which includes purchasing new software while also connecting with the federal health care website.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 18:29:23 +0000 Jim Levulis 90076 at http://wamc.org New Plan For MA Health Insurance Website To Cost $120 Million Sean Philpott: Income Inequality and Health: Can the Poor Have Longer And Better Lives? http://wamc.org/post/sean-philpott-income-inequality-and-health-can-poor-have-longer-and-better-lives <p>The issue of income inequality has been in the news a lot lately. The gap between rich Americans and poor Americans has grown considerably since the 1970s. The United States now ranks first among the developed nations of the world in terms income inequality as measured by the Gini coefficient, a way of describing the distribution of wealth in a society. Globally, we're fourth overall, surpassed only by Lebanon, Russia and the Ukraine.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:50:00 +0000 Sean Philpott 88922 at http://wamc.org Number Of Vermonters Without Health Care Unclear http://wamc.org/post/number-vermonters-without-health-care-unclear <p></p><p></p><p>Vermont officials say they won't know for several months how many people who looked at buying health insurance through Vermont Health Connect determined it was too expensive and decided to go without. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 88688 at http://wamc.org Number Of Vermonters Without Health Care Unclear NY, CT Health Exchanges Report ACA Sign-Ups http://wamc.org/post/ny-ct-health-exchanges-report-aca-sign-ups <p>U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has tendered her resignation after months of criticism over the rocky launch of the federal online insurance marketplace. The process on the state level appears to be running much smoother: Families USA, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit consumer advocate supporting the Affordable Care Act, is making recommendations to increase online enrollment. State exchange leaders participated in a conference call Thursday.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:03:36 +0000 Dave Lucas 88014 at http://wamc.org NY, CT Health Exchanges Report ACA Sign-Ups Blair Horner: A Milestone In Helping The Uninsured http://wamc.org/post/blair-horner-milestone-helping-uninsured <p>The nation hit a milestone last week:&nbsp; the deadline for signing up for coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; Despite an unbelievable torrent of mistakes, criticisms, deceptive ads, and outright lies (remember the claims of so-called “death panels”?), enrollment in newly-created health marketplaces hit an estimated 7 million enrollees – the goal set by the Administration last June.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Blair Horner 87623 at http://wamc.org