Affordable Health Care Act in Alabama

  

Alabamians have until Thursday to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for coverage. That deadline applies to people who want coverage by March first. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says rural communities especially have benefited from the Act. He says by reducing the number of uninsured people it benefits the community as a whole…

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is praising a federal appeals court ruling against an important provision in President Barack Obama's health care law.

Strange says he is proud to have joined other Republican attorneys general who opposed the law before an appeals court in Washington.

The divided court ruled Tuesday that federal subsidies to help millions of low and middle-income people pay insurance premiums apply only in states that set up their own insurance markets under the law. A federal court in Virginia unanimously ruled the opposite way.

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Alabamians looking for health insurance will likely have more choices in the second year of the insurance marketplace.

A spokesman for the state insurance department said Monday that United Healthcare has filed plans with state and federal regulators to offer coverage in all 67 counties during the second year of the program. United Healthcare did not offer individual plans in any county during the first year.

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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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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.

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.

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Alabama's governor says the president is realizing that the federal health care law is unworkable.

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.

Gov. Robert Bentley said that's an acknowledgement that the complexities of the law are making implementation practically impossible.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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.

That's equal to one-tenth of 1 percent of the estimated 677,000 Alabamians without health insurance.

The department says more than 10,500 applications were completed in Alabama in October, and they covered more than 20,800 people.

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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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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A big deadline is looming today for state's like Alabama. Washington wants to know which states plan to create their own health insurance exchanges, as part of the Affordable Care Act. Each state that says “no” will leave that job up to the federal government. Today's deadline comes just days after the University of Alabama at Birmingham released a report related to the expansion of Medicaid under the act. The report says if Alabama opts into the Medicaid expansion, it could mean a billion dollars in new tax revenue for the state.

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced no decision yet on whether he wants Alabama to create a health insurance exchange or leave it to the federal government.

Friday is the deadline for states to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about what they intend to do. Exchanges are mandated by the Affordable Care Act for each state, but they can be state run or federally run.

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced no decision yet on whether he wants Alabama to create a health insurance exchange or leave it to the federal government.

Friday is the deadline for states to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about what they intend to do. Exchanges are mandated by the Affordable Care Act for each state, but they can be state run or federally run.

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Gov. Robert Bentley says he won't implement part of the federal Affordable Health Care Act in Alabama.

Bentley's aides announced Monday that he sent a letter to Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius saying he's an opponent of the act. Bentley said he will not make a decision on establishing minimum benefits for those buying individual and small group policies in Alabama. He called it irresponsible to decide what Alabama's benchmark will be for essential health benefits without clear guidance from the federal government.