Affordable Care Act http://apr.org en Alabama Attorney General Likes Suing Obama http://apr.org/post/alabama-attorney-general-likes-suing-obama <p></p><p>Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he goes to work every day and thinks of a way to sue the Obama administration.</p><p>Al.com reports that Strange made the comment in a speech to the Republican Women of Huntsville. He told the group Tuesday that part of his oath of office compelled him in that pursuit. He described it as a full-time job that's the best job in Alabama politics. Strange has sued over the Affordable Care Act, opposed the Obama administration on environmental regulations and filed court briefs in several cases involving federal policy.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:48:11 +0000 The Associated Press 55105 at http://apr.org Alabama Attorney General Likes Suing Obama Ala. Broadcaster Wants Injunction In Health Suit http://apr.org/post/ala-broadcaster-wants-injunction-health-suit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A Catholic broadcaster is asking for a Supreme Court injunction as it pursues a lawsuit against requiring employers to include contraception in their health care coverage.</p><p>A federal judge dismissed the suit filed by the Eternal Word Television Network on June 18. The network is planning an appeal, but says it needs a Supreme Court injunction before a July 1 deadline for complying with the national health care law.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:47:31 +0000 The Associated Press 54795 at http://apr.org Ala. Broadcaster Wants Injunction In Health Suit No Health Insurance? You May Owe More Money On Next Year's Taxes http://apr.org/post/no-health-insurance-you-may-owe-more-money-next-years-taxes <p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:27:18 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 54160 at http://apr.org No Health Insurance? You May Owe More Money On Next Year's Taxes Judge Opposes Ala. Broadcaster On Health Mandate http://apr.org/post/judge-opposes-ala-broadcaster-health-mandate <p></p><p>A federal judge in Mobile is dismissing key legal claims made by an Alabama-based Catholic broadcaster that sued to block the federal government's rules on contraception for employees.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Callie Granade issued the order Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by the Eternal Word Television Network, which is based in the Birmingham suburb of Irondale.</p><p>The broadcasting group says it will appeal. The state of Alabama is siding with the media organization.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:26:19 +0000 The Associated Press 54153 at http://apr.org Judge Opposes Ala. Broadcaster On Health Mandate "Commonhealth" of Kentucky http://apr.org/post/commonhealth-kentucky <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>All year long on Alabama Public Radio, we’re collaborating with AL.com to examine the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; When it comes to healthcare, Alabama has its problems. So does the commonwealth of Kentucky.&nbsp; The difference is, the Bluegrass state is going about it differently and they seem to be getting results.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:32:43 +0000 Stan Ingold 52236 at http://apr.org "Commonhealth" of Kentucky Feds Say Nearly 98,000 Alabamians Picked Plan http://apr.org/post/feds-say-nearly-98000-alabamians-picked-plan <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that nearly 98,000 people in Alabama selected a plan in the federally operated health insurance marketplace.</p><p>The report released Thursday says about 58 percent were women. The biggest age group was those 18 to 34, who made up 31 percent of the people who selected a plan. The next biggest age group was 55 to 64, with 25 percent of the plan selections.</p><p>More women and people between ages 18 to 34 enrolled in Alabama plans than the national average.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:30:30 +0000 The Associated Press 51192 at http://apr.org Feds Say Nearly 98,000 Alabamians Picked Plan Some Alabamians Rush To Make Insurance Deadline http://apr.org/post/some-alabamians-rush-make-insurance-deadline <p></p><p>Hundreds of Alabamians are rushing to meet the Monday night deadline to sign up for health insurance under the federal health care law.</p><p>The student-led group Bama Covered had a large crowd turn out Sunday for an event in Birmingham. Co-founder Josh Carpenter says they helped about 100 enroll. He says many others wanted to sign up, but they were in the gap where they make too much to get Medicaid coverage but they don't make enough to qualify for the tax breaks in the health insurance program.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:37:09 +0000 The Associated Press 49371 at http://apr.org Some Alabamians Rush To Make Insurance Deadline Weekend Events Push Health Care Signups http://apr.org/post/weekend-events-push-health-care-signups Programs are being planned across Alabama this weekend to help people sign up for health insurance through the federally operated marketplace before Monday's night deadline. Alabama Arise says enrollment events are being held Saturday at St. Stephens AME Church and the Moorer Public Library in Mobile, as well as at Medical Outreach Ministries in Montgomery. The student-led group Bama Covered is planning an event Sunday afternoon in Railroad Park in Birmingham. Mayor William Bell and U.S. Rep. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:40:20 +0000 Associated Press 49281 at http://apr.org Weekend Events Push Health Care Signups The Affordable Care Act: HHS Deputy Secretary Bill Corr http://apr.org/post/affordable-care-act-hhs-deputy-secretary-bill-corr <p>Monday is the last day for the uninsured to start signing up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; Anyone who hasn’t at least started the process of signing up by then will have no other way of doing so until November and will face a penalty.&nbsp; Bill Corr is Deputy Secretary with the US Department of Health and Human Services.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:29:06 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 49154 at http://apr.org The Affordable Care Act: HHS Deputy Secretary Bill Corr The Affordable Care Act: AL.Com's Brendan Kirby on the Medicaid Gap http://apr.org/post/affordable-care-act-alcoms-brendan-kirby-medicaid-gap <p>The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is Monday.&nbsp; All this week, and for the rest of the year, Alabama Public Radio is partnering with <a href="http://www.al.com/#/0" target="_blank">AL.Com</a> to bring you stories on how Alabamians are coping with the changes.&nbsp; One issue that’s having an immediate impact is the so-called Medicaid gap.&nbsp; The authors of the Affordable Care Act had intended for low-income people to get covered under expanded Medicaid.&nbsp; But when the U.S. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:35:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 49079 at http://apr.org The Affordable Care Act: AL.Com's Brendan Kirby on the Medicaid Gap Nearly 44,000 Alabamians Sign Up For Health Plans http://apr.org/post/nearly-44000-alabamians-sign-health-plans <p></p><p>Nearly 44,000 Alabamians have used the federal health care law to sign up for insurance through Alabama's federally operated insurance exchange.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that 18,024 Alabamians signed up in January. The sign-ups began in October with 624, grew to 2,824 by the end of November and increased to 25,839 in December. They grew to 43,863 by the end of January.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:08:21 +0000 The Associated Press 46758 at http://apr.org Nearly 44,000 Alabamians Sign Up For Health Plans More Alabamians Signing Up For Health Insurance http://apr.org/post/more-alabamians-signing-health-insurance <p></p><p>The number of Alabamians signing up for the federally operated health insurance marketplace jumped significantly in the last month, with more than 28,600 signed up through late December.</p><p>Enrollment under the federal health care law started Oct. 1, and about 3,450 in Alabama had signed up through the end of November.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:58:10 +0000 The Associated Press 44888 at http://apr.org More Alabamians Signing Up For Health Insurance Gov. Bentley Says He's Not Behind Pension Change http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-says-hes-not-behind-pension-change <p></p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley says his disagreement with state pension fund Chief David Bronner over expanding the state Medicaid program had nothing to do with new controls being placed on Bronner's investment authority.</p><p>Bentley says one of his appointees to a Retirement Systems board came up with a resolution requiring the board's investment committee to approve Bronner's investments. Bentley said Tuesday that he didn't know about the resolution until after it happened, but he supports the oversight.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:42:44 +0000 The Associated Press 43472 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Says He's Not Behind Pension Change Blue Cross Won't Reinstate Non-Compliant Policies http://apr.org/post/blue-cross-wont-reinstate-non-compliant-policies <p></p><p>Alabama's largest health insurance company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, says it won't reinstate health plans that don't comply with the federal health care law.</p><p>Blue Cross made the announcement Wednesday in response to the president's remarks last week that consumers should be allowed to renew individual plans slated to end under the federal law.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:11:56 +0000 The Associated Press 41937 at http://apr.org Blue Cross Won't Reinstate Non-Compliant Policies DHS Awards $3.5 Million To Ala. Health Care Centers http://apr.org/post/dhs-awards-35-million-ala-health-care-centers <p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding more than $3.5 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support health care centers in Alabama.</p><p>Department Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday that the funding will help expand the delivery of health care services in the state, which is expected to impact more than 20,700 Alabamians. Officials say the funding is expected to support five health care centers in Alabama.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:32:29 +0000 The Associated Press 41170 at http://apr.org DHS Awards $3.5 Million To Ala. Health Care Centers