Affordable Care Act

Hudson Valley News
10:23 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Reports Analyze Subsidies Under The Affordable Care Act

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A national, nonprofit consumer health organization is calling October 1 a milestone, when more than 2.4 million New Yorkers may enroll in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Two congressional representatives say many are probably unaware of the financial help available.

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New England News
6:10 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Governor To Kick Off Vt. Health Connect Forums

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is set this week to help kick off a series of forums for small businesses to learn about the new health insurance exchange being created under the federal Affordable Care Act.

A program Wednesday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Montpelier's Capitol Plaza hotel and conference center will be geared to helping small businesses learn what they need to know as they prepare to shop in the Vermont Health Connect exchange for health insurance.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Outreach Begins To Help People Navigate Health Care Changes

Massachusetts Health Connector Authority Ex. Dir. Jean Yang speaking at Caring Health Center in Springfield.
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The state agency that administers the health insurance market in Massachusetts has launched an outreach effort to make people aware of changes that will be coming under the federal Affordable Care Act. 

   The approximately 250,000 people who have obtained health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector will need to sign up for new plans because of federally mandated changes in benefits and subsidies that take effect January 1,2014.   Health Connector Executive Director Jean Yang said the outreach is targeting a six-month open enrollment that begins October 1st.

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New York News
12:33 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Countdown To Affordable Care

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With some uncertainty and much anticipation, New Yorkers join all Americans in preparing for a monumental change in the nation’s health care. Proponents of the Affordable Care Act believe it should not be feared, but embraced. They aim to set the course of public perception in a friendly direction.

Public health exchanges are scheduled to begin operations October 1st. They were created by federal mandate to make affordable health insurance available to everyone.

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New York News
4:16 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

NY Health Exchange Lists Medical, Dental Insurers

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The New York Health Benefit Exchange has listed health and dental plans for individuals and small business owners that will be available for enrollment starting Oct. 1 and coverage beginning next year.

The exchange, established under a federal mandate, is expected to help enroll 1.1 million uninsured New Yorkers and includes subsidies for those who meet certain income thresholds.

It has also changed its name to "NY State of Health"

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

HHS Awards Navigator Grants to Facilitate Insurance Marketplaces


States are preparing to implement their health care exchanges as required under the federal Affordable Care Act. On October 1st, individuals will be able to enroll in the marketplaces and choose their insurance coverage. On Thursday, the U.S. Health and Human Services Agency announced grants to help states enroll individuals in those marketplaces.

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New York News
2:26 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Advocates: NY Will Benefit From Affordable Care Act

Recently, President Obama declared healthcare costs are growing at the lowest rate in 50 years.

Uninsured Americans face major decisions on health coverage, and the deadline is fast approaching.
The good news for New Yorkers is, they will have access to plenty of personalized help in making their Affordable Care Act choices.  Susan Dooha with the Center for Independence of the Disabled-New York says the Act is opening the door for up to a million New Yorkers to gain access to health coverage, and they won’t have to go it alone.

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New England News
6:03 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Business Community Worried About Rising Healthcare Costs in Massachusetts

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In an article recently published by the Wall Street Journal, Massachusetts is the state with  the highest per-capita expenditure on healthcare, with the average individual paying more than $9,200 a year on health care costs. Expenses taken into account include emergency care, physician visits, nursing home care, prescription drugs, dental care, and other categories.

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Commentary & Opinion
11:14 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Blair Horner: Back to the Future to Curb Health Care Costs?

The United States spends more on health care than any other nation on earth.  Yet, the U.S. has some of the worst health care outcomes of any nation in the developed world.  Why is that?  It’s due to the tortured way the nation runs its system.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:53 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Blair Horner: The Budget Wraps Up

The 2013-2014 state budget was approved last week, marking the third on-time budget in a row.  Three on-time budgets haven’t occurred in a generation, so there was a lot of back-slapping and “at-a-boys” at the Capitol.

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