Obamacare

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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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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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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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-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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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
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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Opinion
8:54 am
Mon July 2, 2012

The Nation: Threats In The Health Care Ruling

Chief Justice John Roberts poses with Supreme Court justices during the official photo on September 29, 2009 at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Roberts joined with the court's liberals Thursday to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 7:41 am

Aziz Huq is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and previously litigated national security cases at the Brennan Center for Justice

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