Affordable Care Act

Newscast
6:20 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Free IRS Tax Program, CINRAM Job Fair, Auburn Shooter Sentenced

IRS Building
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 April fifteenth is a long way away. But, if you want to get a head start on filing your income taxes, the Internal Revenue Service will start accepting your paperwork today. The IRS is also pushing a new on-line service called free file. It’s the same thing as the internet tax program called e-file. But, the free file program is free of charge if you earn less than sixty thousand dollars a year. IRS spokeswoman Alejandra Castro-Nunez** says it’s a good way to go because the system keeps track of your information as you put it in…

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Newscast
9:49 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Free IRS Tax Software, West Alabama Works, Governor's Inauguration

Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer

The phrases "Internal Revenue Service" and "free of charge" may not seem to go together. But the people who collect your income taxes every year are offering a new system that’s available at no cost.

The FreeFile internet program is free for taxpayers who earn less than $60,000 per year. The system keeps track of your information and calculations as you fill out your tax forms and tells you if you make a mistake.

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Newscast
10:13 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Girl Scout Cookies, Obamacare, Hospital Shutdown

Hannah Wallace, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

If you’ve been craving your girl scout cookie fix, then today is your day. Girl scouts start taking orders today for the annual fundraising drive by the Girl Scouts of America.

Familiar flavors like thin mints, Savannahs, and Do-See-Does will be joined by gluten free varieties. Those new products are called Toffee-Tastics and Trios.

Hannah Wallace is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama. She says customers can send cookies to U.S. soldiers overseas with a program called Operation Cookie Drop.

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Newscast
6:15 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Florida Same Sex Marriage, Health & Taxes, Human Trafficking

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Florida became the latest state to legalize same sex marriage this week. APR student reporter Kristen Feyt says supporters are speaking out in favor of the decision…

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Politics & Government
10:10 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Alabama Insurance Exchange Gets More Competition

Credit U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Alabama consumers will see more competition when the health insurance marketplace opens Nov. 15 for its second year.

United Healthcare has signed up to offer individual policies in all 67 counties. UHC did not participate the first year. Regulators say Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama will be back in all counties. Humana will again offer policies in Jefferson, Shelby and Madison counties.

Alabama Arise spokesman Jim Carnes says increased competition should be good for consumers.

The enrollment period is Nov. 15 through Feb. 15.

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Science & Health
11:33 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Report: Working People Would Benefit from Medicaid Expansion

Credit arisecitizens.org

A new report details who exactly would benefit from expanded Medicaid in Alabama.  The advocacy group Alabama Arise and the national Families USA are highlighting the professions of the people who are being caught in the so-called “Medicaid Gap.”  Those are people who make too little to qualify for subsidies under the healthcare law but too much to qualify for Medicaid.  Authors of the Affordable Care Act had planned for states to expand Medicaid but many Republican-leanin

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Alabama AG-Obama
3:48 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Alabama Attorney General Likes Suing Obama

Alabama Attorney General Luther 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.
Credit LutherStrange.com

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he goes to work every day and thinks of a way to sue the Obama administration.

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.

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Catholic Broadcaster-Contraception
5:47 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Ala. Broadcaster Wants Injunction In Health Suit

Eternal Word Television Network is asking for a Supreme Court injunction as it pursues a lawsuit against requiring employers to include contraception in their health care coverage.
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  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.

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.

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ACA-Individual Mandate
5:27 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

No Health Insurance? You May Owe More Money On Next Year's Taxes

You could be paying more on your 2014 taxes if you do not have health insurance.
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All year long, Alabama Public Radio is collaborating with A-L-dot-com on the Affordable Care Act. The federal deadline to sign-up for health insurance is now well in the rear view mirror and you find yourself without health care. You don’t receive insurance from your employer. You don’t qualify for Medicaid, and you didn’t sign up in the federal marketplace during the open-enrollment. The Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate says that Americans have to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty.

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Catholic Broadcaster-Contraception Suit
4:26 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Judge Opposes Ala. Broadcaster On Health Mandate

Alabama-based Catholic broadcaster, Eternal Word Television Network sued to block the federal government's rules on contraception for employees.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

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.

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.

The broadcasting group says it will appeal. The state of Alabama is siding with the media organization.

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Commonhealth of Kentucky
1:32 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

"Commonhealth" of Kentucky

Kentucky's enrollment website
Credit kyenroll.ky.gov

All year long on Alabama Public Radio, we’re collaborating with AL.com to examine the Affordable Care Act.  When it comes to healthcare, Alabama has its problems. So does the commonwealth of Kentucky.  The difference is, the Bluegrass state is going about it differently and they seem to be getting results. 

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Health Overhaul-Alabama
4:30 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Feds Say Nearly 98,000 Alabamians Picked Plan

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.
Credit U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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.

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.

More women and people between ages 18 to 34 enrolled in Alabama plans than the national average.

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Health Overhaul-Alabama
4:37 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Some Alabamians Rush To Make Insurance Deadline

Hundreds of Alabamians are rushing to meet the Monday night deadline to sign up for health insurance under the federal health care law.
Credit U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Hundreds of Alabamians are rushing to meet the Monday night deadline to sign up for health insurance under the federal health care law.

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.

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Politics & Government
3:40 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Weekend Events Push Health Care Signups

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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.

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Politics & Government
1:29 am
Fri March 28, 2014

The Affordable Care Act: HHS Deputy Secretary Bill Corr

HHS Deputy Secretary Bill Corr
bigstory.ap.org

Monday is the last day for the uninsured to start signing up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  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.  Bill Corr is Deputy Secretary with the US Department of Health and Human Services. 

Bill Corr: “It’s important for people to sign up by then.  If they don’t, it’ll be November before they have another enrollment period.  If you signed up next November, you’d have insurance starting in January.”

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