Affordable Care Act

Health
3:47 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

A Texas Social Worker Weighs Her Insurance Options

Tammy Boudreaux (right) with her partner, Laura Perez. Boudreaux is weighing the cost and benefits of purchasing health insurance.
Courtesy of Tammy Boudreaux

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 7:23 pm

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country, with almost 1 in 4 people going without coverage.

One of them is Tammy Boudreaux.

Boudreaux, 43, lives just outside of Houston and works as a freelance psychiatric social worker, with no benefits.

She has been skipping mammograms and other checkups for years. "It's worrisome," she says. "It's like gambling. Gambling with my health, and it is very frustrating."

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Texas
3:34 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

The State Of Texas Health

Exercising at San Antonio's Siclovia event.
Texas Public Radio

This Week On Texas Matters:

Texans like hearing about how wonderful and exceptional our state is, but a recent ranking of states based on health has the Lone Star State in a less than mediocre position. Texas was ranked 36th in the nation, down from 35th a year ago.

In particular, the study showed Texans still have a higher rate of physical inactivity, obesity, and diabetes than the national average.  Texas was also rated down because of its high rate of people without health insurance and a 12% decline in the past year in children's immunizations. 

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Health Care
9:10 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Exchange Enrollment Growing But Still Short Of Forecasts

The Obama administration just released the latest sign-up numbers for its troubled health insurance exchange website. Enrollment picked up last month, after a disastrous start in October. Still, the number of people signing up for coverage is below the administration's original forecasts.

Shots - Health News
8:06 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Enrollment Jumps At HealthCare.gov, Though Totals Still Lag

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' shadow appeared behind the lectern as she spoke about the implementation of the federal health law in Detroit in November.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 11:56 am

Enrollment in the federal government's new health insurance exchange picked up sharply in November, but the number of people signing up for coverage still trails original forecasts. Officials from the Obama administration say they expect the pace of enrollments will continue to increase now that the insurance website is working more smoothly.

Users have until Dec. 23 to sign up for coverage that begins in January.

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Texas Matters
3:06 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Study Says Texans Will Pay About $10 Billion For Other States To Expand Medicaid

Millions of Texans who may have qualified under Medicaid expansion will have to fend for themselves in the ACA marketplace.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: While Gov. Rick Perry has continued his hard line on Medicaid expansion under the ACA, a new study finds that Texas taxpayers will end up paying billions for the other states that do. Never fear, it is now totally fine to say "Merry Christmas" in Texas public schools. Also on this show: Amy Tan talks about the inspiration behind her new book, "The Valley of Amazement."

Texas paying for other state's Medicaid expansion

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Government
1:44 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Insurance Commissioner Releases Proposed Rules For ACA Navigators In Texas

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Texas Department of Insurance has finalized a list of additional rules federal navigators will have to follow before helping anyone sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act’s website, Healthcare.gov.

The rules come as a response to a letter issued by Gov. Rick Perry that points to privacy and security concerns about the current federal standard for navigators working in Texas to help navigate the Affordable Care Act’s website.

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The Two-Way
9:02 am
Sun December 1, 2013

HealthCare.gov Is Now Working Smoothly, White House Says

The HealthCare.gov website.
Jon Elswick ap

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 10:07 am

White House officials say the government's health insurance website, which has been plagued with problems ever since it launched in October, is now working smoothly for most users.

"The site is now stable and operating at its intended capacity with greatly improved performance," Jeffrey Zients, the president's appointee to fix the site, said during a telephone conference with reporters on Sunday. The bottom line, said Zients, is that Healthcare.gov is "night and day" from what it was at launch.

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Fronteras Desk
12:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

More Latino Families In The U.S. Breaking The Bank For Quiceañeras

Professional photographs of Julissa Canal greet guests as they enter the hall for her quiceañera.
Kate Sheehy Fronteras

Fronteras: Tijuana has long been a magnet for migrants from across Mexico, but the city’s rapid growth means urban planning is often a second thought. Bishops along the border collaborate on a call for immigration reform. A quinceañera is an important milestone for many young Latinas, and it's become good business in the U.S. Border fence construction continues in Texas  near a historical site. And we look at an experiment designed to re launch destroyed rural border economies on both sides of the Rio Grande.

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Health Care
4:01 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Thanks To ACA Rollout Problems, Texas High-Risk Insurance Pool May Stay Open

Problems with Healthcare.gov are making it difficult for those in the Texas Health Insurance Pool to determine the future of their coverage.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is urging the state not to close its high risk insurance pool at the beginning of the year. Uncertainly over Healthcare.gov has some members of the pool uncertain if they’ll have coverage in January.

Dewhurst sent a letter to Texas Department of Insurance asking that the termination be delayed, citing the difficulties presented by the health care website that could delay coverage for some of those on the pool.

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Community Health
1:51 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Metro Health Making Health Care Push By Bringing ACA Navigators To West Side

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will bring several Affordable Care Act navigators together Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for a mass effort to help residents apply for health care coverage.

"Enroll Fest" is designed to bring resources to San Antonio and Bexar County residents who need to get signed up for health care plans.

Metro Health is partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield and several community organizations at The Neighborhood Place on the city’s West Side -- The Neighborhood Place is located at 3014 Rivas.

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