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WAMC News
2:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

NY, CT Health Exchanges Report ACA Sign-Ups

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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.

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New York News
4:56 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

812,000+ NYers Sign Up For Health Insurance

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New York state health officials say more than 812,000 people have enrolled for health insurance statewide under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. 

Monday marked the deadline for open enrollment through the state's health plan marketplace, called NY State of Health. Residents can choose from plans from 16 insurers and 10 dental insurers.

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New York News
2:58 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Affordable Health Care Sign-Up Deadline Near

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Uninsured people have a mere two weeks to take action and sign up for Affordable Health Care.

If you are not among those who already have health coverage through an employer or privately obtained comprehensive health insurance, the March 31st deadline for signing up for health insurance is drawing near.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

3/12/14 Panel

    

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Mike Spain; Associate Editor of the Times-Union and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Jet Off-Course
Feinstein on Spying
Obama on Between Two Ferns
Disaster Care
TU Stories

Health
6:10 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

March is LGBT Health Month

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The Empire State Pride Agenda announced the launch of its fifth annual LGBT Health Month this week. The campaign is designed to bring awareness to the unique health needs of the LGBT community. 

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WAMC News
4:15 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Up Next: Health Care Surcharges?

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A new "fee" tacked on customers’ bills by a Southern restaurant chain could be a preview of things to come.

Several Gator's Dockside restaurants across central Florida have added what they’re calling an "Affordable Care Act Surcharge" of 1 percent to all customers' bills. It is claimed that the surcharge will help pay the healthcare costs for their 500 full-time employees.

Some believe the move may be politically motivated, while others contend it demonstrates “transparency”: instead of just raising prices, patrons see exactly why they're paying a little bit more.

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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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