Obamacare 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 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 Report Says 198,000 Alabamians Could Get Subsidies http://apr.org/post/report-says-198000-alabamians-could-get-subsidies <p>A new report says about 198,000 uninsured Alabamians are eligible for federal subsidies to purchase health insurance under the new federal health care law.</p><p>The report by the Kaiser Family Foundation says that number represents 30 percent of Alabama's 660,000 residents without insurance. The report also says about 191,000 people, or 29 percent of Alabama's uninsured, fall into a coverage gap because Alabama is not expanding its Medicaid program under the federal law.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:43:13 +0000 The Associated Press 44540 at http://apr.org Report Says 198,000 Alabamians Could Get Subsidies 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 Gov. Bentley Says Change Shows Health Care Law Unworkable http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-says-change-shows-health-care-law-unworkable <p>Alabama's governor says the president is realizing that the federal health care law is unworkable.</p><p>The president announced Thursday that consumers should be allowed to renew individual plans that are slated to end because they don't meet the requirements of the federal law.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley said that's an acknowledgement that the complexities of the law are making implementation practically impossible.</p><p>The governor said he would like to see the law repealed and a bipartisan group brought together to create an accessible and affordable health care plan.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:18:11 +0000 The Associated Press 41675 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Says Change Shows Health Care Law Unworkable Alabama Insurers Have More Questions Than Answers http://apr.org/post/alabama-insurers-have-more-questions-answers <p>Alabama's largest health insurance company and the state Insurance Department had more questions than answers after the president said consumers should be allowed to renew individual plans slated to end under the federal health care law.</p><p>At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, spokeswoman Koko Mackin said the company is reviewing the president's statement and evaluating its impact on the requirements for implementing the federal law.</p><p>Blue Cross had 97,000 individual customers whose policies didn't meet the requirement of the new law and were being moved to new policies.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:44:17 +0000 The Associated Press 41588 at http://apr.org Alabama Insurers Have More Questions Than Answers 624 Alabamians Pick Plans In Insurance Marketplace http://apr.org/post/624-alabamians-pick-plans-insurance-marketplace <p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 624 Alabamians selected health insurance plans in the first month that Alabama's federally run health insurance marketplace was available.</p><p>That's equal to one-tenth of 1 percent of the estimated 677,000 Alabamians without health insurance.</p><p>The department says more than 10,500 applications were completed in Alabama in October, and they covered more than 20,800 people.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:37:43 +0000 The Associated Press 41574 at http://apr.org 624 Alabamians Pick Plans In Insurance Marketplace 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 The Nation: Threats In The Health Care Ruling http://apr.org/post/nation-threats-health-care-ruling <em>Aziz Huq is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and previously litigated national security cases at the Brennan Center for Justice</em><p>The Supreme Court's decision in <em>National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius</em> — the healthcare cases — was a tremendous political victory for the Obama administration and, more importantly, the tens of thousands of Americans who will be saved from illness and death by the law. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 13:54:21 +0000 Aziz HuqNPR 13968 at http://apr.org The Nation: Threats In The Health Care Ruling Governor Bentley disappointed with health care ruling http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-disappointed-health-care-ruling <p><b><font face="Arial">Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he is ``deeply disappointed&#39;&#39; with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding much of the federal health care legislation.</font></b></p><p><b><font face="Arial">Bentley issued a statement shortly after the Supreme Court&#39;s health care ruling was announced saying that the health care act created more regulation and bureaucracy.</font></b></p><p><b><font face="Arial">Bentley calls the health care act the worst legislation to come out of Congress. He says the legislation must be repealed.</font></b></p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:57:09 +0000 Associated Press 13811 at http://apr.org