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

NY Insurers Predict Spike In Health Exchange Use

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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

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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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