health insurance http://wlrn.org en The Florida Roundup: Taking The "Affordable" Out Of The Affordable Care Act? http://wlrn.org/post/florida-roundup-taking-affordable-out-affordable-care-act-0 <p></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:59:42 +0000 Christine DiMattei & Sammy Mack 36141 at http://wlrn.org The Florida Roundup: Taking The "Affordable" Out Of The Affordable Care Act? Just As The Website Starts To Struggle, Obamacare Sign-Up Deadline Gets Extended http://wlrn.org/post/just-website-starts-struggle-obamacare-sign-deadline-gets-extended <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Obama Administration took some of the pressure off health-insurance seekers on Monday, </span><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304475004579276142967511928" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">extending the healthcare registration deadline</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for Jan. 1 coverage until Christmas Eve at midnight. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:38:55 +0000 Rick Stone 25562 at http://wlrn.org Just As The Website Starts To Struggle, Obamacare Sign-Up Deadline Gets Extended As Obamacare Deadline Looms, It's Clear Who In Florida Is Uninsured http://wlrn.org/post/obamacare-deadline-looms-its-clear-who-florida-uninsured <p><strong>UPDATE: 3 p.m., Dec. 23:</strong> The sign-up deadline for Obamacare, with health insurance effective Jan. 1, has been extended until Dec. 24. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">For Floridians living without health insurance&nbsp;</span>-- but eligible for Obamacare --<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;an important deadline is looming Monday, Dec.&nbsp;23.</span></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:53:19 +0000 Christine DiMattei 25533 at http://wlrn.org As Obamacare Deadline Looms, It's Clear Who In Florida Is Uninsured How Miami-Dade County Helps Seniors Figure Out Health Care http://wlrn.org/post/how-miami-dade-county-helps-seniors-figure-out-health-care <p>The Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department is trying to do its part to help seniors navigate the health insurance maze.</p><p>Yesterday, the department kicked off a series of health fairs to be held all over the county as part of their Active Adults program.</p><p>Health service providers gave short presentations about how they can help to navigate the complicated health system -- tips about how to get the most out of coverage and ways to avoid health care fraud.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:19:27 +0000 Wilson Sayre 22818 at http://wlrn.org How Miami-Dade County Helps Seniors Figure Out Health Care Why It's Important To Know Who's Giving You Obamacare Advice In Florida http://wlrn.org/post/why-its-important-know-whos-giving-you-obamacare-advice-florida <p>Forums are being offered around the country about the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>A group calling itself <a href="http://getobamacarenow.com/about-us/" target="_blank">the Obamacare Enrollment Team</a> is providing information and answering questions.</p><p>But the people on the team do not work for the federal government, and they’re pushing products sold by a South Florida insurance company.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:47:16 +0000 Gina Jordan 22599 at http://wlrn.org Why It's Important To Know Who's Giving You Obamacare Advice In Florida States' Refusal To Expand Medicaid May Leave Millions Uninsured http://wlrn.org/post/states-refusal-expand-medicaid-may-leave-millions-uninsured President Obama on Tuesday appointed one of his top management gurus, Jeffrey Zeints, to head the team working to fix what ails HealthCare.gov, the troubled website that's supposed to allow residents of 36 states to enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act.<p>But even if the team gets the website working as it should, millions of Americans may still log on to discover that they aren't eligible for any health coverage at all. And that won't be due to any technical glitch. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:11:24 +0000 Julie Rovner 22540 at http://wlrn.org States' Refusal To Expand Medicaid May Leave Millions Uninsured Enrollments For Health Care Exchanges Trickle In, Slowly http://wlrn.org/post/enrollments-health-care-exchanges-trickle-slowly The Obama administration's hopes ran high that millions would flock to enroll for health insurance on state and federal exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.<p>Those exchanges went online Oct. 1. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:22:55 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 22416 at http://wlrn.org Sebelius: Feds Holding Billions Of Dollars For Florida http://wlrn.org/post/sebelius-feds-holding-billions-dollars-florida <p></p><p>Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has become the Obama administration&#39;s envoy to Florida on behalf of the Affordable Care Act. She has visited the state half a dozen times since June, trying to get the word out to the state&#39;s millions of uninsured to sign up for a health plan.</p><p>Recently, she visited the University of South Florida&#39;s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, where Health News Florida editor Carol Gentry spoke with her.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:30:50 +0000 Carol Gentry 22153 at http://wlrn.org Sebelius: Feds Holding Billions Of Dollars For Florida How Obamacare Foes Are Recruiting Young Americans http://wlrn.org/post/how-obamacare-foes-are-recruiting-young-americans <p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">As the battle over the healthcare law grinds on &mdash; Republicans no closer to victory than when they forced the government shutdown &mdash; a different fight was rising on a recent Saturday from inside </span>Sharkey&rsquo;s<span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">, a bar near the campus of Virginia Tech, 260 miles away.</span></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:03:26 +0000 Alex Leary 22141 at http://wlrn.org How Obamacare Foes Are Recruiting Young Americans So What's The Real Deadline For Obamacare Sign-Up? http://wlrn.org/post/so-whats-real-deadline-obamacare-sign The health exchanges are now open, though some have a lot of glitches. You still have lots of questions about how the Affordable Care Act affects you and your family.<p>And we have answers. In our ongoing series, we're addressing questions you've asked about the sign-up process.<p><strong>With people having so much trouble logging onto the websites to get coverage, some are wondering how soon they have to sign up for coverage to avoid the potential penalties. </strong><p>Don't worry, there's still plenty of time. There are really just two important dates to keep in mind. The first is Dec. 15. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:11:58 +0000 Julie Rovner 22084 at http://wlrn.org So What's The Real Deadline For Obamacare Sign-Up? Obamacare Remains At Heart Of U.S. Shutdown Standoff http://wlrn.org/post/obamacare-remains-heart-us-shutdown-standoff <p>Today marks day nine of the federal government shutdown, with still no budget compromise in sight. Both Democrats and Republicans remain on the offensive, calling on the other to make some sort of concession.</p><p>But undoubtedly, one elephant remains in the room.</p><p>Although it&rsquo;s only part of the spending bill at the heart of the government shutdown, the Affordable Care Act remains a central point of debate between the two parties. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:19:56 +0000 Rachel Morello 21868 at http://wlrn.org Obamacare Remains At Heart Of U.S. Shutdown Standoff Why So Many Problems With The Health Insurance Exchanges In Florida? http://wlrn.org/post/why-so-many-problems-health-insurance-exchanges-florida <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-000f614c-80fd-d3c3-39a1-312ee8aa08ef"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We focus on the Affordable Care Act and hear the latest on the new health insurance exchange rolling out in Florida, where GOP lawmakers and the governor continue to oppose the federal health plan known as Obamacare. </span></span></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 21619 at http://wlrn.org Why So Many Problems With The Health Insurance Exchanges In Florida? Medicaid Looks Good To A Former Young Invincible http://wlrn.org/post/medicaid-looks-good-former-young-invincible Have you heard about the young invincibles? That's the name given to <a href="http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/09/27/39510/young-invincibles-a-key-to-success-of-obamacare/">young people who think nothing bad can happen</a> to them.<p>Enrollment of healthy people like them in insurance under the Affordable Care Act is key to offsetting the costs of older, less healthy buyers.<p>Brad Stevens is 54 years old and not so invincible anymore. He has been uninsured for most of his adult life — "ever since about 24 when I finished college," he says. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:29:02 +0000 21597 at http://wlrn.org Medicaid Looks Good To A Former Young Invincible Small Businesses May Find Insurance Relief In Exchanges http://wlrn.org/post/small-businesses-may-find-insurance-relief-exchanges Walk down the carpeted hallways of <a href="http://www.wwm.tv/new/">Westwind Media</a> in Burbank, Calif., and it's common to hear the odd explosion, the hum of traffic or a burst of gunfire.<p>It's here in these edit bays that small feature films and TV dramas like the ABC hits <em>Grey's Anatomy</em> and <em>Scandal</em> and CBS's <em>Person of Interest</em> get primped and polished for prime-time viewing.<p>While about 45 employees work here to make Hollywood magic happen, general manager Sunder Ramani is focused on the less exotic work of paying the bills and figuring out how to provide he Thu, 03 Oct 2013 18:46:17 +0000 21562 at http://wlrn.org Small Businesses May Find Insurance Relief In Exchanges The Sunshine Economy: Rising Health Insurance Premiums http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-rising-health-insurance-premiums <p></p><p>The Affordable Care Act's open enrollment which began October 1 is focused on individuals but its impact likely will be felt even if you get your insurance through your employer, or though your spouse's work.</p><p>Most Americans with private health insurance (not Medicare, Medicaid or veterans benefits) get their insurance through their job or their husband's or wife's company. Even as more people may sign up for health insurance coverage, the prices for that coverage are expected to keep rising.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 21545 at http://wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Rising Health Insurance Premiums