health insurance http://kut.org en Effect on Texas Consumers Unclear as Obama Delays Health Insurance Plan Cancellations http://kut.org/post/effect-texas-consumers-unclear-obama-delays-health-insurance-plan-cancellations <p>President Barack Obama’s decision to allow insurance companies to continue offering policies that would be canceled under the Affordable Care Act has an unclear effect on Texans.</p><p>In an announcement today, the President said he is leaving it up to states and state insurance commissioners to decide if consumers can keep these plans through 2014.</p><p>In a written statement, Texas Governor Rick Perry said the decision makes a bad situation worse, by creating more confusion for consumers. John Davidson with the Texas Public Policy Foundation agrees.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:00:02 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9191 at http://kut.org Effect on Texas Consumers Unclear as Obama Delays Health Insurance Plan Cancellations How Obamacare Supporters Are Enrolling Texas Latinos http://kut.org/post/how-obamacare-supporters-are-enrolling-texas-latinos <p>A push to get people to buy health insurance through the federal marketplace has included plenty of visits from federal officials.</p><p>Last week, President Barack Obama told an audience of volunteers in Dallas that affordable health insurance is a pretty big deal in this state.</p><p>"There’s no state that actually needs this more than Texas," President Obama says.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119763120" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:11:34 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9151 at http://kut.org How Obamacare Supporters Are Enrolling Texas Latinos Rural Texas Has Fewer Obamacare Choices - And Less Expensive Plans http://kut.org/post/rural-texas-has-fewer-obamacare-choices-and-less-expensive-plans <p>One of the big promises of the Affordable Care Act was that encouraging insurance companies to compete to sell their health plans would drive down prices.</p><p>Here in Austin, people who choose to buy health insurance on the federally-run health insurance marketplace have dozens of plans to choose from.&nbsp;Texans in many rural parts of the state will find far fewer. But they're not necessarily more expensive than in urban parts.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:38:28 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9052 at http://kut.org Rural Texas Has Fewer Obamacare Choices - And Less Expensive Plans Despite Obamacare, Few Health Options for Texas' Undocumented Immigrants http://kut.org/post/despite-obamacare-few-health-options-texas-undocumented-immigrants <p>It&rsquo;s been a full week since t<a href="http://kut.org/post/obamacare-marketplace-open-texas-how-enroll-where-get-help">he opening of the health insurance marketplaces </a>created through the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;But only certain people qualify to buy insurance through that system.</p><p>Immigrants must be &ldquo;lawfully present&rdquo; to qualify to buy through the marketplace. That includes Green Card holders, refugees, Cuban or Haitian immigrants, people on worker and student visas and victims of human trafficking. But the 1.5 million undocumented immigrants estimated to live Texas are not included.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114541691" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:51:18 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8891 at http://kut.org Despite Obamacare, Few Health Options for Texas' Undocumented Immigrants As Marketplace Launches, Central Texas Groups Push for Insurance Outreach http://kut.org/post/marketplace-launches-central-texas-groups-push-insurance-outreach <p></p><p>Austin officials and health advocates expressed excitement for the launch of the&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/obamacare-marketplace-open-texas-how-enroll-where-get-help">federally-run health insurance marketplace</a>&nbsp;today. But they are also reminding people that outreach efforts have a long way to go.</p><p>&ldquo;It is our responsibility to get the word out,&quot; said Central Health&rsquo;s Rosie Mendoza during a press conference at United Way. &quot;It&rsquo;s everyone&rsquo;s responsibility here today to help us do that.&rdquo;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F113414040" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:57:22 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8832 at http://kut.org As Marketplace Launches, Central Texas Groups Push for Insurance Outreach LISTEN: Profiles of Uninsured in Texas as Marketplace Opens http://kut.org/post/listen-profiles-uninsured-texas-marketplace-opens <p></p><p>Central Texas has more than 100,000 uninsured people &ndash; some of whom may decide to get coverage through the health insurance marketplace that launches today.</p><p>On the player below, listen to interviews with three Central Texans who are uninsured &ndash; about their health care situation &ndash; and what they might do as the Affordable Care Act takes effect.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F113349133" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:31:42 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8828 at http://kut.org LISTEN: Profiles of Uninsured in Texas as Marketplace Opens Texas 'Obamacare' Navigators at Center of Dispute (Update) http://kut.org/post/texas-obamacare-navigators-center-dispute-update <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F112208559" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong>Update: </strong>The Affordable Care Act&#39;s health insurance marketplace opens tomorrow. Insurance navigators will be available in certain parts of the state to help Texans sort through coverage options. But Gov. Rick Perry wants navigators in Texas to have extra training. Gov. Perry proposes to require 40 hours of training on top of what&rsquo;s mandated by the federal government.</p><p>The Texas Department of Insurance <a href="http://www.tdi.texas.gov/alert/event/2013/event2013228.html">hosted a public meeting</a> in Austin this morning to get feedback on that rule and others. The meeting took place &nbsp;in the Hobby Building on Guadalupe Street.</p><p><strong>Original post </strong>(Sept. 24):<strong> </strong>Next week, the <a href="http://www.tdi.texas.gov" target="_blank">Texas Department of Insurance expects to begin</a> the process of writing new rules that add extra training for health care navigators.&nbsp;Those are the workers who are supposed to help people shop on the <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov" target="_blank">new insurance marketplace</a>. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:30:49 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8766 at http://kut.org Texas 'Obamacare' Navigators at Center of Dispute (Update) See the First Austin Prices for Health Insurance in the 'Obamacare' Marketplace http://kut.org/post/see-first-austin-prices-health-insurance-obamacare-marketplace <p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/MarketplacePremiums/ib_marketplace_premiums.cfm" target="_blank">has released preliminary costs </a>for health insurance in the marketplaces opened under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The marketplaces are slated to open Oct. 1. These numbers are expected to change in the coming months after the marketplaces open, and before the Affordable Care Act goes into effect on Jan. 1.</p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:59:25 +0000 Emily Mathis 8777 at http://kut.org See the First Austin Prices for Health Insurance in the 'Obamacare' Marketplace How Federal Regulations Will Affect Health Insurance Costs in Texas http://kut.org/post/how-federal-regulations-will-affect-health-insurance-costs-texas <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F111992769" width="100%"></iframe>By October 1, we should know how much health insurance plans purchased through the new federal marketplace will cost.</p><p>Texas has declined to implement the marketplace itself, but new regulations of insurance plans and their rates will still be in effect here. So if you plan to buy insurance through the marketplace when it launches next week, Lisa McAdams with the Center for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services in Dallas suggests you keep the following two things in mind:</p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:38:32 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8753 at http://kut.org How Federal Regulations Will Affect Health Insurance Costs in Texas Texas Has Highest Percentage of People Without Health Insurance http://kut.org/post/texas-has-highest-percentage-people-without-health-insurance <p>Texas continues to lead the country in the <a href="http://www.census.gov/did/www/sahie/data/2011/SAHIE_Highlights_2011.pdf?eml=gd&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery" target="_blank">percentage of uninsured people under 65</a>. That has been a trend for at least the last five years.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.census.gov/did/www/sahie/data/interactive/?eml=gd&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery#view=data&amp;utilBtn=&amp;yLB=0&amp;stLB=0&amp;aLB=0&amp;sLB=0&amp;iLB=0&amp;rLB=0&amp;countyCBSelected=false&amp;insuredRBG=pu_&amp;multiYearSelected=false&amp;multiYearAlertFlag=false" target="_blank">latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau</a> show more than one in four people under 65 did not have health insurance – that was more than 5.7 million people in 2011. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:08:42 +0000 Laura Rice 8572 at http://kut.org Texas Has Highest Percentage of People Without Health Insurance Sen. Ted Cruz Calls on Texans to Oppose Obamacare http://kut.org/post/sen-ted-cruz-calls-texans-oppose-obamacare <p></p><p><a href="http://www.cruz.senate.gov" target="_blank">U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz</a> is spending some time in Texas as the August recess winds down.&nbsp;Today’s stops included a visit to <a href="http://www.ni.com" target="_blank">National Instruments in Austin</a>, where he’s calling for people to join his effort against the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>He's urging the public to sign an online&nbsp;petition aimed at influencing members of the U.S. Congress to vote to get Obamacare defunded in a government appropriations bill.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:02:40 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8529 at http://kut.org Sen. Ted Cruz Calls on Texans to Oppose Obamacare Gov. Perry Blasts Health Secretary Sebelius' Visit http://kut.org/post/gov-perry-blasts-health-secretary-sebelius-visit <p>In case you didn't know, Gov. Rick Perry doesn't think much of the <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">Affordable Care Act</a> - aka Obamacare.</p><p>He lead the charge to make sure Texas didn't participate in the voluntary expansion of people eligible for Medicaid coverage. And he was an early -- and often vocal opponent -- of the state creating a healthcare exchange under the ACA.</p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:15:50 +0000 Ben Philpott 8468 at http://kut.org Gov. Perry Blasts Health Secretary Sebelius' Visit Austin's Uninsured Food Workers Might Get Some Relief http://kut.org/post/austins-uninsured-food-workers-might-get-some-relief <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; ">Austin's food scene is booming, but how are its workers faring?</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;">The city has long had </span>HAAM<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;"> (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians) as a stopgap for musicians without health care. As Austin’s food scene rises to national prominence, Karla </span>Loeb<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;"> and her partner Brian </span>Stubbs<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;"> have seen a similar need for the city's chefs, busboys, servers and even farmers.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:15:18 +0000 Luke Quinton 7955 at http://kut.org Austin's Uninsured Food Workers Might Get Some Relief