Affordable Care Act

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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The Source - January 7, 2014
1:08 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

The Source: Changes Coming To Bexar's CareLink | The Culture Of Insider Trading

EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

In the first segment:

Bexar County's CareLink program, which is run by University Health System, helps low-income citizens access healthcare. So does the Affordable Care Act, and as the ACA continues to be implemented, changes are coming to CareLink, which assists more than 50,000 people.

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Affordable Care Act
4:46 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Additional TDI Navigator Requirements Will Cost About $1,000 Per Person

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

The Texas Department of Insurance is hearing it’s final set of feedback regarding state-mandated requirements for federal navigators working for Texas nonprofits. Those requirements include registration and training fees that are near $1,000 per person.

The additional rulemaking by the TDI is a result of a letter submitted by Gov. Rick Perry about his concerns on the lack of federal requirements for navigators, and a state law authored by state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, who spoke against the new rules.

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The Two-Way
12:58 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Official In Charge Of Creating HealthCare.gov Steps Down

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 3:28 pm

Michelle Snyder, the official who oversaw the creation of the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov website, is retiring.

In a statement on Monday, Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced Snyder's departure from the agency, saying she had originally planned to retire at the end of 2012 but had stayed on at Tavenner's request to help "with the challenges facing CMS in 2013."

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Shots - Health News
2:25 am
Fri December 27, 2013

The Number 6 Says It All About The HealthCare.gov Rollout

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Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 7:08 am

When it comes to health care, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act was supposed to be measured in the millions. That's how many people were expected to sign up for insurance to begin on Jan. 1.

But for both supporters and opponents of the law, there's one number that sticks out above all others. Six. That's how many people actually managed to enroll through the federal HealthCare.gov website the first day it opened, Oct. 1.

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Affordable Care Act In Texas
2:55 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Texas Immigrant Community Still Leery Of ACA Health Care Sign Up

Some immigrant families are worried that information in their ACA application may be used by immigration and customs officials.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

An immigrant-rights group says fear of deportation is the largest reason why one-third of Texas’ immigrant population are not signing up for health care as part of the Affordable Care Act.

People who are in the United States illegally can't participate in the subsidized healthcare program as part of the ACA, but many of them have family members who are eligible. 

Alvaro Huerta is with the National Immigration Law Center and says Texas has one of the largest of uninsured Latino populations in the country.

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