Health care providers in western Massachusetts are offering their assistance and encouraging people to enroll in insurance plans under the federal Affordable Care Act, which has garnered negative since its rolling out on October 1.
The state's new health exchange reports nearly 481,000 New Yorkers have completed applications for insurance while more than 241,000 of them have enrolled for specific coverage starting January 1.
The Health Department says enrollment for individual and family coverage since October includes 175,146 New Yorkers in the 16 commercial and nonprofit insurers in the exchange and 66,376 in government-funded Medicaid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.