Affordable Care Act

Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Blair Horner: Obamacare Gets Implemented

The beginning of 2014 heralds the full implementation of the federal health care reform law – the Affordable Care Act.  For most New Yorkers, the new law will have no noticeable impact.  For the 2 plus million New Yorkers who lack health insurance or who pay for it themselves, the new law offers dramatic changes.

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New York News
8:45 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Thousands Get 2014 Insurance From NY Exchange

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With insurance through New York's health exchange starting next year, thousands of policyholders have to change coverage while even more uninsured are signing up for new policies.

Facing a late influx of applications, the exchange has pushed back enrollment deadlines twice, most recently to midnight Tuesday for policies effective Jan. 1.

Unlike the federal exchange operating in many states, New York established its own, which has had some but far fewer software problems.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Richard Iannuzzi: As to Babies and Bathwater

Tales from medieval times tell us that water was stored in barrels for bathing.  The male head of the household — most likely a farmer or tradesman — would bathe first.  He would be followed by his wife and their many children, in order of their birth.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

State Health Exchange Officials Offer Enrollment Update

The administrators of several state health care exchanges offered an update on the status of enrollments and operations Wednesday afternoon. 

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New York News
12:30 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Owens Town Hall Focuses On New York State Health Exchange

Congressman Bill Owens
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New York Congressman Bill Owens of the 21st District held a telephone town hall Thursday evening focused on one issue: the Affordable Care Act. 

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New York News
4:35 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

NY Insurers Predict Spike In Health Exchange Use

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Two start-up insurers in the New York health exchange, one promising unlimited telemedicine, say customer queries have been rising rapidly and they expect enrollment spikes by the new Dec. 23 deadline for coverage next year.

The state reports 27,000 more approved applications over the past week, bringing the total to 284,440. About one-third have enrolled in plans, 50,119 with the 16 commercial and nonprofit insurers and 40,984 in Medicaid.

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Hudson Valley News
8:35 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Lowey Stands By Affordable Care Act In Supreme Court Case

WASHINGTON – If the US Supreme Court sides with business allowing it to make decisions as to what health coverage an employee will have under Obamacare, it will spell trouble, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D, NY17) said Tuesday.

She was reacting to the court’s decision to take up challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that for-profit corporations include contraception coverage in employees’ insurance plans.

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New York News
6:41 am
Fri November 29, 2013

NY Conressman Paul Tonko: Republicans Face Political Fallout

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New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat representing the Capital Region, says his Republican colleagues could face political fallout if the bumpy rollout of the Affordable Care Act gives way to a successful program in the long term. Tonko spoke on WAMC’s Congressional Corner program.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:55 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Coates: Private Health Insurance Got Us Into This Mess

WAMC News
4:47 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Pro-ACA Families USA Holds Another Obamacare Conference Call

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A new report by Families USA finds less than one percent of the non-elderly U.S. population is at risk of losing its current insurance plan and paying more for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Families USA has been a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and has worked to counter negative public opinion during the botched rollout that had President Obama apologizing earlier this month. The organization's executive director, Ron Pollack, says the ACA prevents insurers from selling substandard plans.

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