Affordable Care Act

New York News
12:29 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Community Corner: Bob Cohen, Citizen Action Of New York And Public Policy And Education Fund

Consumers and small businesses have until March 31st to enroll in New York’s state health exchange under the Affordable Care Act, New York State of Health.

Bob Cohen is Policy Director of Citizen Action of New York and Public Policy and Education Fund, one of the organizations that serves as a “healthcare navigator” to assist individuals in enrolling.

WAMC’s Lucas Willard spoke with Cohen about New York’s approach to the Affordable Care Act, and what he’d like to see changed.

For more visit: http://citizenactionny.org/

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Commentary & Opinion
3:42 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Andrew Coates: The Urgency For Health Reform Returns

This week NY State of Health, also named "The Official Health Plan Marketplace," put out a press release to celebrate a milestone.

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New York News
7:24 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Cuomo Proposes Out-of-Network Health Coverage

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In an effort to protect consumers from big surprise medical bills, the Cuomo administration has proposed extending out-of-network coverage requirements for emergencies and specialists to all health insurers in New York.

According to the state Department of Financial Services, the requirements currently apply to health maintenance organizations and 16 insurance plans in New York's new health exchange.

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New York News
4:18 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

NY Health Exchange Issues Enrollee Report

The state's new health exchange reports more than 800,000 New Yorkers have completed applications for insurance while more than 501,000 of them have now enrolled for specific coverage.

The health department says enrollment for individual and family coverage since October includes 276,681 New Yorkers in the 16 commercial and nonprofit insurers in the exchange and 224,524 in government-funded Medicaid.

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Capital Region News
6:17 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Obamacare: "Countdown To Coverage"

Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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Stressing that there's only about five weeks until the deadline to enroll for health insurance coverage through the New York State of Health marketplace, the Democratic mayors of Albany, Schenectady and Troy joined community advocates this week at Citizen Action of New York's Albany storefront headquarters to encourage sign-ups.

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New York News
6:31 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Cuomo Repeats Call For Medicaid Boost From Feds

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York needs a Medicaid funding infusion first requested in 2012 to support hospital overhauls and expanded primary medical care to meet growing patient demand under the state's new health insurance exchange.

The exchange has enrolled more than 412,000 New Yorkers for health insurance coverage since October.

Meanwhile, state officials are pursuing a waiver to use up to $2 billion annually from Medicaid over five years to help struggling hospitals cut beds and admissions in a shift to more primary and outpatient medical care.

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New England News
5:21 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

MA Granted Extension To Comply With ACA

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Massachusetts has received a three-month extension from the federal government to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The extension comes a week after the state adjusted its approach to fix its troubled health care insurance website.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

New Leadership For MA Health Care Website

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Following a scathing report, Massachusetts is altering course as it attempts to deal with its health insurance website.

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New England News
5:01 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

MA Changes Approach On Health Website Fixes

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has altered the state’s course in its attempts to fix its problem-plagued health insurance website.

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New York News
12:34 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Head Of State Health Insurance Exchange Encourages New Yorkers To Sign Up

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As the March 31 deadline approaches and the website problems have been ironed out, more and more New Yorkers are signing up for health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act. The state health department reports 587,000 completed applications have been filed, and enrollment is up 43 percent since December 24. Heather Howard is the program director for the state network, which is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to encourage people to enroll. She recently spoke to WAMC’s  Brian Shields.

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