Affordable Care Act http://wlrn.org en Obamacare Deadline Is Today. Here's What You Need To Know http://wlrn.org/post/obamacare-deadline-today-heres-what-you-need-know <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite opposition from Republicans and a public that remains skeptical, the Affordable Care Act is still the law and the deadline to sign up for insurance without paying a penalty is just days away.&nbsp;The law has already altered the health care industry, established many consumer benefits and has sweeping ramifications for state officials, employers,&nbsp;hospitals and doctors.</span></p><p>Here's a primer on how the law might affect you.</p><p><strong>I am uninsured. Under the law, do I have to buy it and what happens if I don’t?</strong></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:48:20 +0000 Mary Agnes Carey & Kaiser Health News 29815 at http://wlrn.org Obamacare Deadline Is Today. Here's What You Need To Know Beckham's Charm Offensive To Bring Soccer To Miami http://wlrn.org/post/beckhams-charm-offensive-bring-soccer-miami <p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:00:22 +0000 Elaine Chen 27562 at http://wlrn.org Beckham's Charm Offensive To Bring Soccer To Miami The Year Ahead For South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/year-ahead-south-florida <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(20, 20, 20); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">2014 is a big election year for the Sunshine State. &nbsp;The governor’s race is expected to be a very expensive one. Jobs and the economy will be key issues. &nbsp;And in the statehouse, medical marijuana, the cost of hurricane insurance, and water quality all are on the legislative agenda.</span></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 16:00:36 +0000 Elaine Chen 25949 at http://wlrn.org The Year Ahead For South Florida Handcuffs And A Handshake: A Roundup Of This Week In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/handcuffs-and-handshake-roundup-week-south-florida <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:15:59 +0000 Elaine Chen 25056 at http://wlrn.org Handcuffs And A Handshake: A Roundup Of This Week In South Florida MIAMI HERALD: Late Launch Of Spanish Healthcare Website Fuels Conservative Hispanic Campaign http://wlrn.org/post/miami-herald-late-launch-spanish-healthcare-website-fuels-conservative-hispanic-campaign <p style="margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif;">With two weeks left to purchase health insurance to be effective Jan. 1, the Dept. of Health and Human Services announced&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="http://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=61ae576a8aa967fe2f1b3d954625218c2bb44324b4cea6aad7ae72517584fc36" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(2, 83, 183);" target="_blank" title="soft launch">soft launch</a>&nbsp;of its Spanish-language enrollment option under the Affordable Care Act. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:54:15 +0000 Patricia Borns 24910 at http://wlrn.org MIAMI HERALD: Late Launch Of Spanish Healthcare Website Fuels Conservative Hispanic Campaign County Hospital Seeks Taxpayer Help To Attract Obamacare Customers http://wlrn.org/post/county-hospital-seeks-taxpayer-help-attract-obamacare-customers <p></p><p>Jackson Health System wants to go after formerly uninsured individuals now receiving coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Because insured customers have increasingly been choosing hospitals with snazzier facilities, Jackson is asking Miami-Dade County voters to raise their own property taxes to cover a top-to-bottom remake of the hospital system.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:55:22 +0000 Rick Stone 23040 at http://wlrn.org County Hospital Seeks Taxpayer Help To Attract Obamacare Customers 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 Some Health Screenings May Harm More Than Help http://wlrn.org/post/some-health-screenings-may-harm-more-help Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield, Va., is unusually busy for a Thursday morning. It's not a typical time for worship, but parishioner Stacy Riggs and her husband have come for something a little different: a medical screening.<p>"I'm getting ready to turn 50 sooner than I'd like to say, and just thought it was a good time to get an overall screening," said Riggs, of Fairfax, Va. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:34:49 +0000 22769 at http://wlrn.org Some Health Screenings May Harm More Than Help What The UM Scandal Says About College Athletics http://wlrn.org/post/what-um-scandal-says-about-college-athletics <p></p><p>On The Florida Roundup: we look at the University of Miami’s punishment by the NCAA and the role of student athletes in the big money game of college sports with guests Billy Corben of Rakontur Films and Michelle Kaufman of the <em>Miami Herald</em>.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 22657 at http://wlrn.org What The UM Scandal Says About College Athletics 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 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