Affordable Care Act

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. The student-led group Bama Covered is planning an event Sunday afternoon in Railroad Park in Birmingham. Mayor William Bell and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell will speak, and people will provide assistance to anyone wanting to enroll.

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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Politics & Government
5:35 am
Thu March 27, 2014

The Affordable Care Act: AL.Com's Brendan Kirby on the Medicaid Gap

Brendan Kirby
al.com

The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is Monday.  All this week, and for the rest of the year, Alabama Public Radio is partnering with AL.Com to bring you stories on how Alabamians are coping with the changes.  One issue that’s having an immediate impact is the so-called Medicaid gap.  The authors of the Affordable Care Act had intended for low-income people to get covered under expanded Medicaid.  But when the U.S.

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Health Overhaul-Alabama
4:08 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Nearly 44,000 Alabamians Sign Up For Health Plans

More than 18,000 Alabamians signed up for insurance through Alabama's federally operated insurance exchange in January.
Credit U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Nearly 44,000 Alabamians have used the federal health care law to sign up for insurance through Alabama's federally operated insurance exchange.

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.

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Health Overhaul-Alabama
3:58 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

More Alabamians Signing Up For Health Insurance

The number of Alabamians signing up for the federally operated health insurance marketplace jumped significantly in the last month.
Credit U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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.

Enrollment under the federal health care law started Oct. 1, and about 3,450 in Alabama had signed up through the end of November.

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Governor-Pension Fund
4:42 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Gov. Bentley Says He's Not Behind Pension Change

Gov. Robert Bentley says a disagreement with state pension fund Chief David Bronner had nothing to do with new controls being placed on Bronner's investment authority.
Credit yellowhammernews.com

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.

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.

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Health Overhaul-Alabama
4:11 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Blue Cross Won't Reinstate Non-Compliant Policies

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.
Credit Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama

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.

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.

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Alabama Health Centers
4:32 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

DHS Awards $3.5 Million To Ala. Health Care Centers

DHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the funding will help expand the delivery of health care services in the state, which is expected to impact more than 20,700 Alabamians.
Credit humanevents.com

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.

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.

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Health Overhaul-Alabama
3:45 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Little Choice Among Companies In Ala. Health Marketplace

Alabamians who are able to get into the new health insurance marketplace website aren't finding many options available to them.
Credit U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Alabamians who are able to get into the new health insurance marketplace website aren't finding much choice.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is the only insurance company offering individual plans in most counties.

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.

A United Healthcare spokesman says the company is not participating in the individual marketplace initially, but is continuing to evaluate it.

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Health Overhaul-Alabama
3:45 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Delays On 1st Day Of Marketplace In Alabama

Alabamians and others around the country are experiencing delays trying to get into the federal government's health insurance marketplace website on its first day.
Credit U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Alabamians and others around the country are experiencing delays trying to get into the federal government's health insurance marketplace website on its first day.

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't get through. But he said he expected the website to be busy on the first day to review the insurance plans.

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Health Overhaul-Alabama
3:57 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Governor Bentley Warns Against Federal Shutdown

Republican Gov. Bentley 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.
Credit yellowhammernews.com

Alabama'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.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday the Affordable Care Act is unworkable, and that's been proven by the delay of some provisions and the difficulty in getting some health insurance marketplaces ready for their debut Tuesday.

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Health Overhaul-Alabama Navigators
4:48 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Alabama Getting $1.4 Million For Health Navigators

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced anticipated grant amounts for five Alabama health navigators.
Credit humanevents.com

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.

Consumers are supposed to be able to start shopping Oct. 1 for policies that will begin Jan. 1.

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Health Overhaul-Alabama
4:48 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Ala. Getting Little To Promote Obama Health Plan

Alabama will receive very little money to help promote the Affordable Care Act after choosing to not set up a state-run health insurance exchange.
Credit debate.org

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.

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.

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