Affordable Health Care Act in Alabama

Alabama-Health Care Ruling
3:39 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Strange Praises Ruling Against Health Care Law

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

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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Health Overhaul-Alabama
3:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Alabama Insurance Marketplace Options To Increase

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

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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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
3:43 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Report Says 198,000 Alabamians Could Get Subsidies

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.
Credit The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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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Health Overhaul Problems-Alabama
4:18 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Gov. Bentley Says Change Shows Health Care Law Unworkable

Governor Robert Bentley says the president is realizing that the federal health care law is unworkable.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

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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Health Overhaul Problems-Alabama
4:44 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Alabama Insurers Have More Questions Than Answers

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama says the company is reviewing the president's statement and evaluating its impact on the requirements for implementing the federal law.
Credit Jones Valley Teaching Farm

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.

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Health Overhaul-Alabama
3:37 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

624 Alabamians Pick Plans In Insurance Marketplace

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.
Credit 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.

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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
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.
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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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Politics & Government
1:15 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

UAB Report: Medicaid Expansion Could Mean $1 Billion in Revenue for Alabama

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010.
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Politics & Government
7:11 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Governor: No Decision on Ala. Insurance Exchange

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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Politics & Government
7:10 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Governor: No Decision on Ala. Insurance Exchange

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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Politics & Government
8:03 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Ala. Governor Won't Implement Part of Health Law

governor.alabama.gov

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.