Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act
11:21 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Effect on Texas Consumers Unclear as Obama Delays Health Insurance Plan Cancellations

President Barack Obama’s decision to allow insurance companies to continue offering policies that would be canceled under the Affordable Care Act has an unclear affect on Texans.
Filipa Rodrigues

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 6:17 pm

President Barack Obama’s decision to allow insurance companies to continue offering policies that would be canceled under the Affordable Care Act has an unclear effect on Texans.

In an announcement today, the President said he is leaving it up to states and state insurance commissioners to decide if consumers can keep these plans through 2014.

In a written statement, Texas Governor Rick Perry said the decision makes a bad situation worse, by creating more confusion for consumers. John Davidson with the Texas Public Policy Foundation agrees.

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Health Care
4:48 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Affordable Care Act Navigators Will Be At Bibliotech To Help With Enrollment

Bibliotech is hosting ACA enrollment sessions Wednesdays and Fridays now through March.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County is offering space at Bibliotech for residents to get help with signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The county is partnering with AACOG, Centro Med, Communicare and other community agencies to bring in ACA-certified navigators for the free assistance at Bibliotech.

Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse said Bibliotech is an ample venue for residents to get the help they need.

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Politics
4:14 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Affordable Care Act's Website Reflects Law's Complexity

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 7:15 am

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Its MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer. We'll get a look this week at how many people have signed up for health insurance on the new government exchanges. According to the Wall Street Journal, fewer than 50,000 people have obtained coverage so far through the federal website. That's well below the government's original forecasts.

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Affordable Care Act
11:12 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Texas Still Not Expanding Medicaid Under ACA, But Gets $5 Million Grant

David Martin Davies TPR News

 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Texas with over $5 million for community health clinics. The money is a part of the Affordable Care Act’s pursuit of improving access to healthcare by providing medical service for Texans who can’t afford it.

"In Texas, ten community health centers were awarded more than $5.6 million and we hope that that money will help them serve an additional 46,000 plus patients," said Martin Kramer with the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

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Health Care
1:32 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Obama Uses Texas Stop To Push Medicaid Expansion, Attend Fundraisers

The president's State of the Union Address in February 2013.
The White House

In front of hundreds of faith-based health care navigators in Dallas, President Barack Obama started his speech by citing different ways the Affordable Care Act is helping working families still recovering from the recession. 

The president said Texas’ uninsured rate is the highest in the country, which would make the state biggest beneficiary of the Affordable Care Act if state leaders would sign on for Medicaid expansion.

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Health Care
3:10 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Pres. Obama Will Try And Convince Perry To Expand Medicaid On Dallas Trip

With a rocky opening of the online insurance marketplace, President Obama has his work cut out for him if he is to convince state lawmakers to expand Medicaid.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

President Barack Obama is stopping in Dallas today, and while there will do what he can to convince Gov. Rick Perry to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Perry's office said no official meeting or phone call has been scheduled and that the president will be using podiums and teleprompters to convince the governor.

"According to what the White House is saying, he is going to try to make the case to try to convince Texas leadership to embrace Obamacare and expand Medicaid," said Josh Havens with the governor's office.

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The Two-Way
5:43 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Sebelius: 'Hold Me Accountable For The Debacle'

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as she was sworn in prior to the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 3:28 pm

  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Secretary Sebelius on who's responsible for 'this debacle'

(We last added to this post at 4:10 p.m. ET.)

"You deserve better. ... I apologize. ... I'm accountable to you."

That's what Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Americans on Wednesday morning during a Congressional hearing into problems with the Obama administration's HealthCare.gov website and Republicans' concerns about the Affordable Care Act.

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Affordable Care Act
12:32 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Local Insurance Agents Help People Through Health Care Sign-up

Healthcare.gov continues to have problems dealing with the high traffic.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

A conglomeration of city, county and private sector dignitaries gathered at CentroMed to give their blessing on President Obama's signature legislation. 

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro noted that 300,000 people in the city don't have insurance, but now is their golden opportunity to obtain medical coverage.

Katy Horrell, who received help enrolling in a health care plan, knew there'd be a few problems.

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Affordable Care Act
10:05 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Healthcare Advocates Holding Statewide ACA Events To Inform & Sign People Up

Members of the Texas Organizing Project took advantage of the big crowds at SĂ­clovĂ­a in September to promote the ACA.
David Martin Davies TPR News

A group of nonprofits and healthcare advocates are holding a large statewide outreach and education program with a goal of getting Texans signed up in the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

The Texas Organizing Project is holding a weekly event that kicks off this week in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.

"We really talk about what are the benefits of the affordable care act, what options they have, what options their family might have, is there financial assistance, and a little bit of health insurance 101," said Tiffany Hogue with the Texas Organizing Project.

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Fronteras
11:47 am
Fri October 11, 2013

ACA Challenges: Language Translation & Insuring Native Americans

IHS Albuquerque Area Headquarters
Indian Health Service

Fronteras: Volunteers in California are taking action to try to prevent Mexican immigrants from dying on their way to the U.S. The uninsured eligible for health care through the Affordable Care Act include millions who don't speak English well, which iss causing some challenges. Native Americans are exempt from ACA mandatory coverage requirement, which has some health professionals worried they could be left behind. Also, PBS’ new "Genealogy Road Show" takes a proud Texan through an emotional journey showing her family’s strong roots in Texas history.

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