Affordable Care Act

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3:16 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Obama Pitches Health Care Law To Latinos In Bid To Boost Enrollment

President Obama talks with television hosts Jose Diaz-Balart, center, and Enrique Acevedo, left, about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for Latinos.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 6:50 pm

Getting Latinos to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is seen as critical to the law's success. The Latino population is disproportionately uninsured and relatively young, but enrollment hasn't been going well. This, in part, explains President Obama's appearance Thursday at a town-hall-style event hosted by the nation's two largest Spanish-language television networks, Univision and Telemundo. The tough questions he got only scratch the surface.

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Affordable Care Act
1:28 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

HHS Sec. Sebelius Stops In San Antonio To Push Affordable Care Act Enrollment

Bexar Co. Judge Nelson Wolff joins U.S. HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius at Bibliotech on her push to sign up more Texans for health care under the Affordable Care Act.
Eileen Pace TPR News

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius made a tour through San Antonio Friday to encourage more people to enroll in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Sebelius joined Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff on a final push before the March 31 open enrollment deadline to talk about health care and offer examples of people who are satisfied with the Affordable Care Act program.

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Fronteras Desk
1:46 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Concern Rising In Truth Or Consequences, N.M., About Abundance Of Healing Hot Springs

Downtown Truth or Consequences is dotted with locally owned hotels that feature in-house bathhouses for hot mineral water soaks.
Monica Ortiz Uribe Fronteras

Fronteras: Tourists love the hot springs baths in the town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. But just how plentiful are these waters? Medical debt affects one in four families in America and many will continue to experience financial burdens, despite increased access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We look at access to healthcare and medical debt in the second of a two part series. On this Valentine’s Day, Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides talks about her love of being bilingual.

 

 

  

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Fronteras Desk
9:14 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Feds Say 80 Percent Of Latinos Qualify For ACA Tax Credit

A new analysis from U.S. Health and Human Services estimates that about eight out of ten Latinos across the nation qualify for tax credits to buy a health plan through the Affordable Care Act or for Medicaid.

That means 2.5 million eligible uninsured Latinos in Texas gained access to new options for health care with the ACA -- and an additional 2.8 million in California, 400,000 in Arizona and 180,000 in New Mexico.

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Fronteras Desk
2:40 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

People In ACA 'Affordability Gap' Risk Future In Medical Debt

Percentage of persons under age 65 in families having problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months, by poverty status and 6-month interval: United States, January 2011–June 2012.
CDC/NCHS

Fronteras: The Affordable Care Act aims to increase access to healthcare, but for those in the so-called "affordability gap" insurance may still be out of reach. We speak to Politico about a program just launched to provide scholarships for undocumented student immigrants. Also, it was 150 years ago that Mexico was invaded by the French and ruled by Maximilian. It was a time of betrayals, brutality and war, but who was Maximilian?

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The Source - January 27, 2014
1:28 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The Source: Local Governments Mobilize Health Care Education | Religion & Health Connected?

One of several advertisements attempting to educate citizens about health care through the Affordable Care Act.
United States Department of Health And Human Services

In the first segment:

Three million people have now enrolled in the new health exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, with a thirty percent jump in December.

But things in Texas are not as rosy, as enrollment continues to trickle in despite the state leading the country in the number of uninsured -- Texas has nearly five million uninsured people, according to the Texas Medical Association.

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Health News
3:23 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Texas Issues Tough Rules For Insurance Navigators

Cedric Anthony and Alysia Greer are two of the navigators working in Houston neighborhoods for United Labor Unions Local 100.
Carrie Feibel

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 4:30 pm

Texas has imposed strict new regulations on the insurance helpers, or navigators, who work in the community to enroll people in health plans under the Affordable Care Act.

The navigators must register with the state, undergo a background check and fingerprinting, and complete 20 hours of additional training — beyond the 20 to 30 hours of federal training they've already received.

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Affordable Care Act
12:11 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Texas Insurance Commissioner Backs Down On Requirements For Navigators

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

Following months of hearings and heated testimony, the commissioner for the Texas Department of Insurance has reduced the number of requirements the state is asking of Affordable Care Act navigators.

The new rules posted on the TDI website shows 20 fewer training hours for the navigators than the original 40 additional hours the state was proposing. State Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, is calling the updated set of rules a compromise.

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Texas Matters
1:42 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

The Cost Of A Statewide Campaign In Texas

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott released fundraising numbers this week, leading to a bigger conversation about the cost of campaigning in Texas, which considering the size of the state and inclusion of two of the top 10 media markets is expensive to say the least. Also on this show: Marijuana in Texas, prescription drugs from Mexico, ACA navigators and Google invests in a Texas wind farm.

Release the numbers! Campaign finance in Texas

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Affordable Care Act
9:26 am
Mon January 13, 2014

White House Encouraging Families Of Mixed Citizenship Status To Apply For ACA Coverage

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

As health insurance plan enrollment passes six million, the White House is paying special attention to uninsured Latino citizens to help them find coverage. The administration is also encouraging families who are of mixed citizenship status to apply despite any fears.

Currently, the Department of Health and Human Services does not have specific information on the breakdown of enrollment numbers by race -- the data are still being compiled.

Under a campaign to get more Latinos enrolled, 344,000 calls were made in Spanish nationwide; that’s about 4 percent of call volume.

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