health insurance exchange

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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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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Bentley-Health Insurance
5:08 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Gov. Bentley Defends Decision On Health Exchange

Governor Robert Bentley says a state run health insurance exchange could cost Alabama $30-$50 million.
Credit State of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley is defending his decision against creating a state-based health insurance exchange program and expanding Medicaid in Alabama.


Bentley once touted a state-based health insurance exchange, but now he says state control is impractical.


The governor's decision means the federal government can now set up a health insurance marketplace for the state under the new federal health care law.


Bentley says that law is cumbersome and unworkable.

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No Insurance Exchange
4:13 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Governor Bentley Stands By No Insurance Exchange

Gov. Robert Bentley stands by his decision to not operate a health insurance exchange despite deadline extension.
Credit State of Alabama

Alabama's governor isn't changing his mind about not operating a health insurance exchange even though President Barack Obama's administration has given states an extra month to decide.


Friday was supposed to the deadline for states to decide if they would run an exchange under the Affordable Care Act or let the federal government do it. The Obama administration announced Thursday night it was extending the deadline to Dec. 14. The extension came at the request of some Republican governors.

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Governor-Insurance Exchange
5:13 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Gov. Bentley Says No To Health Insurance Exchange

Governor Robert Bentley says the state won't create a health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Credit State of Alabama

Alabama's governor says the state won't create a health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act or use the law to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income Alabamians.


Gov. Robert Bentley made the announced Tuesday while speaking to the Birmingham Business Alliance. Friday is the deadline for states to notify President Barack Obama's administration whether they will create a state exchange or let the federal government implement one for them.

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