Affordable Care Act

Health Care
10:51 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Senate Committee Considers Other Options For Covering Texas Uninsured Population

Since a federal block grant to create an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is unlikely, lawmakers are considering what other options may be available in 2015 in order to cover that portion of Texas’ uninsured population.

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The Source - August 13, 2014
1:11 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

The Source: Free Clinics In The Obamacare Era

Credit National Assciation of Free & Charitable Clinics

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that for the foreseeable future 30 million Americans will remain without insurance. So while the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act helped expand access to healthcare and insurance, many remain unaffected.

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The Source - July 17, 2014
1:53 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

The Source: The Impact Of The Affordable Care Act

Credit EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

The rate of uninsured people in the U.S. fell to 13.4 percent in the second quarter of 2014, the lowest quarterly average recorded since pollster Gallup started tracking the number in 2008.  

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Affordable Care Act
4:40 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

In Last Month Of ACA Signup, Texas Insurance Enrollment Surges

Screenshot from Healthcare.gov earlier in the year.
Credit U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

A majority of states procrastinated when it came to signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act and new numbers show Texas was in the top five in the number of people signing up at the last minute.  

Texas had the third highest number people in the nation that signed up for an insurance plan in the last month of the ACA’s enrollment period. According to federal officials, the total number of Texans signing up for insurance through the federal marketplace was just under 800,000. 

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Texas Matters
3:02 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Texas Enrollment Solid In 2014 Affordable Care Act Signup

Healthcare.gov
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Texas Matters: Even with state leadership that staunchly opposed the Affordable Care Act and did what they could to hold it up, Texas numbers look good. Also on this show: Texas loses against the EPA, implications of botched Oklahoma execution.

Texas third in number of ACA plans enrolled in

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Shots - Health News
11:00 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Giving Up On Its Obamacare Exchange No Cure For Oregon's Ills

Oregon was an early adopter of the Affordable Care Act, and ran a series of ads encouraging all Oregonians to sign up for health insurance. But their website never became fully functional.
Cover Oregon

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 5:45 pm

Oregon has been "all in" on health reform. Its embrace of the Affordable Care Act includes a very successful Medicaid expansion, a $2 billion federal experiment to show the state can save money by managing patients' care better, and, of course, the state's own online marketplace to sell Obamacare insurance.

But that last point has been a huge problem.

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Health Care
1:29 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Texas Still Negotiating Federal Block Grant For Medicaid Expansion

Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janek said he’s negotiating a waiver with federal officials that gives the state permission to obtain a federal block grant to expand Medicaid, but people within HHS said they haven’t even completed the application.

In mid-September 2013 Janek received his last instructions from the governor’s office on the terms of what that federal block grant should look like. He was asked last week where the state was in the process of securing federal dollars to design a state program to expand Medicaid.

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Affordable Care Act
10:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Line Stretches Around Alamodome On Last Day Of ACA Health Care Signup

Just one portion of the line that stretched throughout the Alamodome.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Health officials saw an overwhelming number of people looking to sign up and pay for their insurance yesterday, the last day of the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment period for 2014.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said despite the last day of big numbers, they will not be extending the deadline.

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Health Care
11:51 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA

Planned Parenthood worker Alicia Gonzales promotes the Affordable Care Act during an outreach event for the Latino community in Los Angeles in September.
Jonathan Alcorn Reuters /Landov

All throughout the country, supporters of the Affordable Care Act have worked to reach the uninsured, holding health fairs and putting ads on TV and radio.

The push continues to get as many enrolled as possible, especially Latinos — the most uninsured group in the country.

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Texas Matters
2:05 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

How Texans Are Missing Out On Millions Under The ACA -- And It's Not Medicaid Expansion

The deadline is March 31 to sign up for coverage this year at Healthcare.gov.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Texas Matters: A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation details the government subsidies that are available to people signing up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. It seems that a lot of people in Texas are missing out. The mysterious death of 28-year-old Alfred Wright, who is African American, has caused racial issues to boil over in East Texas. Also on this show: Gender equality in the gubernatorial race.

Texans slow to sign up, slow to get subsidies

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