Affordable Care Act http://apr.org en 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 Little Choice Among Companies In Ala. Health Marketplace http://apr.org/post/little-choice-among-companies-ala-health-marketplace <p></p><p>Alabamians who are able to get into the new health insurance marketplace website aren&#39;t finding much choice.</p><p>Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is the only insurance company offering individual plans in most counties.</p><p>Humana is offering plans in Jefferson, Madison and Shelby counties. A Humana spokesman says the company is concentrating on areas where it has a business presence.</p><p>A United Healthcare spokesman says the company is not participating in the individual marketplace initially, but is continuing to evaluate it.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:45:32 +0000 The Associated Press 39011 at http://apr.org Little Choice Among Companies In Ala. Health Marketplace Delays On 1st Day Of Marketplace In Alabama http://apr.org/post/delays-1st-day-marketplace-alabama <p>Alabamians and others around the country are experiencing delays trying to get into the federal government&#39;s health insurance marketplace website on its first day.</p><p>Visitors are getting messages that the site has lots of visitors or that it is unavailable. At Alabama Arise in Montgomery, executive director Kimble Forrister said he tried to help a woman Tuesday morning and couldn&#39;t get through. But he said he expected the website to be busy on the first day to review the insurance plans.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:45:43 +0000 The Associated Press 38939 at http://apr.org Delays On 1st Day Of Marketplace In Alabama Governor Bentley Warns Against Federal Shutdown http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-warns-against-federal-shutdown <p></p><p>Alabama&#39;s Republican governor says opponents of the Affordable Care Act need to let it crumble from its own design flaws rather than risk shutting down the federal government to stop funding the law.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday the Affordable Care Act is unworkable, and that&#39;s been proven by the delay of some provisions and the difficulty in getting some health insurance marketplaces ready for their debut Tuesday.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:57:53 +0000 The Associated Press 38729 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Warns Against Federal Shutdown Alabama Getting $1.4 Million For Health Navigators http://apr.org/post/alabama-getting-14-million-health-navigators <p>President Barack Obama's administration has announced more than $1.4 million in grants for Alabama organization helping people shop for and enroll in the federally operated health insurance exchange in Alabama.</p><p>Consumers are supposed to be able to start shopping Oct. 1 for policies that will begin Jan. 1.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:48:21 +0000 The Associated Press 36122 at http://apr.org Alabama Getting $1.4 Million For Health Navigators Ala. Getting Little To Promote Obama Health Plan http://apr.org/post/ala-getting-little-promote-obama-health-plan <p>Alabama is getting 73 cents per person to help residents understand the Affordable Care Act and decide if they want coverage through a health insurance exchange.</p><p>Federal funding figures show Alabama's amount is lower than many states because Gov. Robert Bentley decided not to create a state-run health insurance exchange and is leaving it to the federal government. That meant Alabama's state government didn't seek any of the millions available for outreach and advertising.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:48:02 +0000 The Associated Press 34757 at http://apr.org Ala. Getting Little To Promote Obama Health Plan NAACP Planning Montgomery Health Care Rally http://apr.org/post/naacp-planning-montgomery-health-care-rally <P>The Alabama NAACP is planning a rally Saturday at the Capitol in Montgomery to show its support for the Affordable Care Act.</P> <DIV> <P>Organizers say the rally is also to express concern about Gov. Robert Bentley not using the law to expand Medicaid coverage in Alabama.</P> <P>Bentley said Tuesday he respects the work the NAACP has done. But he said he doesn't like the Affordable Care Act, and Medicaid under its current structure is unworkable. He said not expanding Alabama's Medicaid program is a way he can send a message to Washington that Medicaid needs changes. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:43:32 +0000 The Associated Press 22981 at http://apr.org NAACP Planning Montgomery Health Care Rally