Health Care

Affordable Care Act In Texas
2:35 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

A Few Hiccups And Glitches In Marketplace Enrollment

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

Technical difficulties with the Affordable Care Act’s federal marketplace delayed some Texan's pursuit of signing up for health insurance.

As expect by even the federal officials, the system did freeze from time to time some people were kicked off the network.

Stephanie Goodman with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services said they are concerned how these glitches affect their work load.

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Affordable Care Act
9:16 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Texas Still Battling Feds On ACA Navigator Rules

David Martin Davies TPR News

The author of a bill that was to make it easier for Affordable Care Act navigators says Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Department of Insurance are using his legislation to impede the process.

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Affordable Care Act
2:31 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Cut Through The Affordable Care Act Clutter By Answering Six Questions

Enrollment is now live at healthcare.gov.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

There are new websites going live every day to help people understand how the Affordable Care Act, which is over 2,000 pages long, actually applies to their individual situation.

Healthcare.gov, which is the official website for all things ACA and the website where you can go to sign up, has only been up since the end of June. It is, for all intents and purposes, as comprehensive as you can get with the new health care law.

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Affordable Care Act
2:39 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Disability Rights Group Presses Speaker Boehner On ACA Provisions

All eyes are on the capitol in Washington D.C. to see if Congress can prevent a federal shutdown.
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

A group of 50 Texans in wheelchairs are among the crowd outside the Washington D.C. office of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, protesting his stance on the Affordable Care Act.

ADAPT of Texas’ Jennifer McPhail said their group is asking Boehner to support the reforms for long-term care for the disabled that are contained in the ACA.

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Community Health
12:09 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Health Care Advocates Promote Affordable Care Act On Siclovia Route

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

With the Affordable Care Act online marketplace expected to go live tonight at midnight, health care advocates are doing all they can to raise the public’s awareness of the law, which included finding the throngs of people turning out at Síclovía this weekend.

An estimated 73,000 people joined in the city’s promenade down Broadway on Sunday. Síclovía promotes getting fit and healthy lifestyles and some organizations spread the word about the new health care law.

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Affordable Care Act
3:47 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Texas Medical Association Opens Affordable Care Act Help Site

Texas Medical Association

A poll put out by the Kaiser Health Group shows doctors are the most trusted source for information about the Affordable Care Act for Americans, but that’s not where people are getting their information.

The state’s leading medical association has a new educational website related the federal health exchange to help provide more information called "Hey, Doc."

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Health Care
12:21 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

The First Look At How Much Insurance Premiums Will Cost In San Antonio

The estimates are good news for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Joaquín (left) and Julián Castro, who led meetings in August to promote the insurance exchanges.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released preliminary premium costs for the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplaces and the numbers are lower than even the Obama administration expected.

Though these are not reflective of the actual premiums that people will pay in the online health marketplace, these do give the public some idea of what to expect heading into the Oct. 1 opening of enrollment.

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Health Care
12:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Perry Rejects Medicaid Expansion (Again), But Still Wants Federal Block Grant Waiver

No other state that requested a waiver was granted the federal money.
rickperry.org

 Gov. Rick Perry has sent the final instructions to the state’s health commissioner ahead of a meeting with federal officials regarding the implementation of Medicaid expansion in Texas.

The letter sent this week to Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janeck begins by questioning the wisdom behind the Obama administration’s expansion of Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Health News
11:30 am
Mon September 23, 2013

How Texas Could Make Or Break The Affordable Care Act

David Martin Davies TPR News

The Affordable Care Act's online health insurance exchanges go live on Oct. 1, which is where many people without health insurance can pick a plan and enroll.

One out of four Texans do not have health insurance -- the largest percentage of uninsured in the nation -- and leaves the state with over 6 million potential customers for the health insurance exchanges.

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Affordable Care Act
3:13 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Democratic Lawmaker Clarifies Intention Of ACA Navigator Rules

Public meetings, like this one on the San Antonio West Side, are helping explain the online health insurance exchanges that open on Oct. 1.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The lawmaker who authored the bill to allow the Texas Department of Insurance to impose rules on the navigators tied to the Affordable Care Act is clarifying the role of the bill, and saying that the governor took it out of context.

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, authored SB 1795, which is now law, and said Gov. Rick Perry’s letter to the insurance commissioner, which has caused a stir among Democratic lawmakers, goes beyond the intent of the bill.

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