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

NY Insurers Predict Spike In Health Exchange Use

Credit Nathan Littauer Hospital

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

Coates: Private Health Insurance Got Us Into This Mess

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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6:59 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

State Health Exchanges Progress Report

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Amid federal rollout troubles surrounding the online marketplace healthcare.gov., state health exchange directors gathered on a conference call today to counter the negative publicity.

President Obama promised to fix the broken promises and broken website stemming from his Affordable Care Act.  Observers say the flawed rollout of the federal website in six weeks accomplished what Republicans failed to do in three years: undermine support not only for Obamacare but for Obama the president.

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New York News
4:57 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

NYS: 197,000 Have Applied In Health Marketplace

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New York's new online health exchange reports 197,011 New Yorkers have completed applications to get insured, while 48,162 have subsequently enrolled in plans, nearly half in the government-funded Medicaid program for low-income New Yorkers.

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4:19 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Group Gives ACA 'Positive Spin'

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New York state's web site for people seeking health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s new exchange appears to be working again. Just after noon today, a message that new applications could not be processed had been taken down. Meantime, Families USA held a teleconference with state exchange officials and navigators to get an update on progress in enrolling citizens.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

10/21/13 Panel

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, activist and commentator Libby Post, and Ray Graf. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Health Care Rollout
Cruz Vs. McConnell
GOP Still Divided over Healthcare
GOP Goals Ignored
Latest Siena Poll

New York News
12:31 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

40k New Yorkers Sign Up For Obamacare

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Affordable healthcare is just a click away in New York, where officials are trumpeting the rollout of the state's health exchange as a success. 

Since the health exchange went live online October 1, more than 40-thousand New Yorkers completed the application process for health insurance: officials say the number surpasses the numbers reported by any other state.

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8:05 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock talks about California Governor Jerry Brown vetoing a bill that would have allowed immigrants to serve on juries and the regulation of money in politics.

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