Obamacare http://kut.org en U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions On Obamacare Subsidies http://kut.org/post/us-appeals-courts-issue-conflicting-decisions-obamacare-subsidies A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dealt a significant blow to the Affordable Care Act, when it threw out an IRS regulation that governs subsidies. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:44:55 +0000 10831 at http://kut.org Many Texans Say Health Insurance Costs Too Much, Despite Obamacare Subsidies http://kut.org/post/many-texans-say-health-insurance-costs-too-much-despite-obamacare-subsidies <p>Under the Affordable Care Act, tax subsidies for consumers who qualify are meant to make health insurance more affordable, but <a href="http://bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/9e39b1a8/Pub-HPF-EHF_Issue_6-070814.pdf" target="_blank">a new report</a> suggests about half of eligible Texans say it still costs too much.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:36:04 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10755 at http://kut.org Many Texans Say Health Insurance Costs Too Much, Despite Obamacare Subsidies Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says http://kut.org/post/closely-held-companies-can-refuse-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.<p>The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.<p>The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.<p><strong>Update at 1:15 p.m. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:46:16 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10703 at http://kut.org Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says The Most Popular Obamacare Plans in Texas http://kut.org/post/most-popular-obamacare-plans-texas <p>We’re learning more about the type of health insurance plan most Texas consumers purchased through the federal marketplace and how much they’re paying ,through data released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.</p><p>Consumers can choose from four tiers of health plans – platinum to bronze. The most expensive ones contain the most benefits, while the lower cost plans with fewer benefits.</p><p>Most consumers in Texas chose the lowest or second lowest plans within the mid-level silver tier. Here's <a href="http://www.bcbstx.com/coverage/individual/health-insurance-silver-plans">several examples of silver level plans</a> from &nbsp;Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:53:34 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10629 at http://kut.org The Most Popular Obamacare Plans in Texas Senate Confirms Burwell To Top Post At Health And Human Services http://kut.org/post/senate-confirms-burwell-top-post-health-and-human-services The Senate has voted to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell to the post of secretary of health and human services, where she will replace Kathleen Sebelius, who presided over the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.<p>In a 78-17 vote, Burwell, who served most recently as White House budget director, was approved Thursday.<p>In a statement released by the White House press office, President Obama said he applauded the confirmation of Burwell.<p>"Sylvia is a proven manager who knows how to deliver results, and over her career she has built deep relationships with Democrats and Republicans Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:18:58 +0000 Scott Neuman 10548 at http://kut.org Senate Confirms Burwell To Top Post At Health And Human Services GOP Strategy To Run Against Health Law Hits Snags http://kut.org/post/gop-strategy-run-against-health-law-hits-snags Last year, the Republican playbook for keeping control of the House of Representatives in 2014 and winning the Senate consisted of a fairly simple strategy: Run against Obamacare.<p>But now that the 2014 races are starting to take shape, that strategy isn't looking quite so simple. Democrats are fighting back. Thu, 22 May 2014 15:53:07 +0000 Julie Rovner, NPR 10476 at http://kut.org GOP Strategy To Run Against Health Law Hits Snags The Energy Behind Repealing Obamacare May Be Ebbing http://kut.org/post/energy-behind-repealing-obamacare-may-be-ebbing Sure, you can still hear congressional Republicans talking about repealing the Affordable Care Act.<p>But there's clearly something different about the current climate, and the GOP approach to Obamacare. The thrill of repeal may not be gone for Republicans, but much of the urgency of repeal is.<p>For starters, the House GOP doesn't have more repeal votes lined up for these weeks after the spring recess.<p>When Rep. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:14:29 +0000 Frank James, NPR 10354 at http://kut.org The Energy Behind Repealing Obamacare May Be Ebbing Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million http://kut.org/post/obama-affordable-care-act-enrollment-hits-8-million President Obama says that enrollment under the Affordable Care Act has reached 8 million after the March 31 sign-up deadline was extended by two weeks.<p>"This thing is working," he told reporters at a White House briefing on Thursday.<p>The president said that 35 percent of those signing up through the federal government's website were under the age of 35. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 10244 at http://kut.org Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million 'I Knew It Wouldn't Be Easy,' Outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius Says http://kut.org/post/i-knew-it-wouldnt-be-easy-outgoing-health-secretary-sebelius-says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has borne the brunt of criticism for the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website, said Friday that as she prepares to leave that agency she is thankful to have had the chance to work on "the cause of my life."<p>Her agency, Sebelius said, has been "in the front lines of a long overdue national change — fixing a broken health system."<p>President Obama, at a White House ceremony in which he formally announced <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/10/301581202/reports-health-secretary-kathleen-sebelius-is-resigning" Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:49:28 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 10201 at http://kut.org 'I Knew It Wouldn't Be Easy,' Outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius Says Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning http://kut.org/post/health-secretary-kathleen-sebelius-resigning Health Secrerary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after a five-year term that will no doubt be remembered for the calamitous implementation of President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.<p>If you remember, when the federal government unveiled HealthCare.gov, where Americans could buy health insurance mandated by Obamacare, the site was essentially useless for weeks after it launched in October.<p>Republicans <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/26/240839038/loyal-soldier-sebelius-vows-to-stay-put-fix-healthcare-gov">openly called for Sebelius' resignation</a>, but she vowed Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:07:54 +0000 Eyder Peralta 10199 at http://kut.org Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning Obama: The Affordable Care Act Is Working, 'Helping People... Coast To Coast' http://kut.org/post/white-house-says-more-7-million-signed-obamacare <h6><strong>This post was updated at 4:40 p.m. ET. with Obama's comments. </strong></h6><p>President Obama emerged from the White House on Tuesday to rousing applause. He announced that 7.1 million Americans had signed up for health care through the federal exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act.<p>"This law is doing what it's supposed to do," Obama said at the Rose Garden. "It's working. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:47:54 +0000 10079 at http://kut.org Obama: The Affordable Care Act Is Working, 'Helping People... Coast To Coast' Glitches Return To HealthCare.Gov As Enrollment Clock Expires http://kut.org/post/glitches-return-healthcaregov-enrollment-clock-expires The last day of sign-ups for health insurance on the HealthCare.gov website is turning out to have a lot in common with the first: lots of computer problems.<p>But there are some big differences, too. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:22:37 +0000 Julie Rovner, NPR 10069 at http://kut.org Glitches Return To HealthCare.Gov As Enrollment Clock Expires In Austin and Across the Country, It's Deadline Day for Obamacare http://kut.org/post/austin-and-across-country-its-deadline-day-obamacare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin nonprofits are trying to sign up as many people as possible before tonight’s deadline to apply for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.foundcom.org/get-financially-stable/insure-central-texas">Insure Central Texas</a> has four enrollment centers in the Austin area. Program director Elizabeth Colvin says the demand for their services is exceeding their capacity; this morning they had 100 people lined up by the time they opened at 6 a.m.</p><p>The deadline to begin signing up is 11 p.m. tonight. Colvin advises people to at least start the application this evening, as those who do start then can finish the process at a later time.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:50:45 +0000 Maria Roque 10068 at http://kut.org In Austin and Across the Country, It's Deadline Day for Obamacare Sebelius Blames Texas Opposition for State's Lagging Obamacare Signups http://kut.org/post/sebelius-blames-texas-opposition-states-lagging-obamacare-signups <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen </span>Sebelius<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was in Austin today, as part of the final push for people to sign up for health insurance ahead of a Monday deadline. She also came to urge Texas leaders to expand Medicaid eligibility.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During her comments, </span>Sebelius<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said although everything is bigger in Texas, having the highest rate of uninsured in the U.S. is nothing to boast about.</span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:22:28 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10058 at http://kut.org Sebelius Blames Texas Opposition for State's Lagging Obamacare Signups Ahead of Obamacare Deadline, Austin Nonprofit Rushes to Help Last Minute Sign-Ups http://kut.org/post/ahead-obamacare-deadline-austin-nonprofit-rushes-help-last-minute-sign-ups <p>The White House says it’s reached its goal of getting six million people signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace.</p><p>But so far, only a fraction of the uninsured in Texas has signed up.</p><p>A March 31<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</span>deadline looms to at least begin an application for health insurance. Most without insurance after the deadline will have to pay a tax penalty. To help people avoid that, nonprofits in Austin are keeping their doors open late to help last-minute customers.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141852836&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:01:05 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10052 at http://kut.org Ahead of Obamacare Deadline, Austin Nonprofit Rushes to Help Last Minute Sign-Ups Most People Don't Know The Health Insurance Deadline Looms http://kut.org/post/most-people-dont-know-health-insurance-deadline-looms Next week is the last chance for most people without insurance to sign up for individual health coverage for the remainder of 2014.<p>Yet according to the <a href="http://kff.org/health-reform/poll-finding/kaiser-health-tracking-poll-march-2014">latest monthly tracking poll</a> from the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 60 percent of those without coverage still don't know that.<p>The survey, conducted between March 11 and 17<sup>th</sup>, found that 39 percent of the uninsured between ages 18 and 64 did know that March 31 is the <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">deadline</a> to sign up Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:35:31 +0000 Julie Rovner, NPR 10036 at http://kut.org Most People Don't Know The Health Insurance Deadline Looms While Obamacare Signups Lag in Texas, Travis County Keeps Up Momentum http://kut.org/post/while-obamacare-signups-lag-texas-travis-county-keeps-momentum <p>Less than two weeks remain for people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Local groups are ramping up their efforts to remind people it's time to sign up or pay a tax penalty. And with little time left, groups working to sign people up for health insurance are branching out to find every last person they can.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140523486&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:56:38 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10003 at http://kut.org While Obamacare Signups Lag in Texas, Travis County Keeps Up Momentum Reaching The Young And Uninsured On A Texas Campus http://kut.org/post/reaching-young-and-uninsured-texas-campus At lunchtime on the North Harris campus of Houston's <a href="http://www.lonestar.edu/index.htm" target="_blank">Lone Star</a> Community College, students stream through the lobby of the student services center, plugged into their headphones or rushing to class.<p>Many walk right past a small information table about the Affordable Care Act.<p>The table is the brainchild of <a href="http://www.lonestar.edu/kinesiology-dept-nharris.htm" target="_blank">Megan Franks</a>, a health and fitness professor at Lone Star. She knows that young people may be key to the success of Obamacare. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:23:41 +0000 9918 at http://kut.org Reaching The Young And Uninsured On A Texas Campus Refugees in Texas Face Hurdles Signing Up for Obamacare Plans http://kut.org/post/refugees-texas-face-hurdles-signing-obamacare-plans <p><em>This story is a result of a partnership with the Austin-American Statesman’s Tim Eaton and Kelly West.&nbsp;You can find more at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/austin-refugees-struggle-to-sign-up-for-health-cov/ndHyL/" target="_blank">Statesman.com</a>.</em></p><p>By the end of March, &nbsp;all people in the U.S. legally must have health insurance – or pay a tax penalty next year.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That includes refugees, who often lack the English skills to understand the ins and outs of the insurance system.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/133609570&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 01:44:38 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9741 at http://kut.org Refugees in Texas Face Hurdles Signing Up for Obamacare Plans No Medicaid Expansion Leaves Thousands of Texas Women in 'Coverage Gap' http://kut.org/post/no-medicaid-expansion-leaves-thousands-texas-women-coverage-gap <p>Governor Perry’s decision not to accept federal expansion of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.familiesusa.org/issues/medicaid/about-medicaid.html">Medicaid</a>&nbsp;in Texas means 687,000 women will be left in a "coverage gap," according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nwlc.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/nwlcmindthegapmedicaidreportfinal_20140122.pdf">a report by the National Women’s Law Center</a>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Those women are too poor to qualify for Medicaid, but don’t make enough money to be eligible for subsidies on the federal health insurance exchange.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Medicaid eligibility standards in Texas are among the strictest in the nation. A parent in a family of three must make less than $3,737 annually to qualify (19 percent of the federal poverty level),&nbsp;<a href="http://kff.org/health-reform/issue-brief/the-coverage-gap-uninsured-poor-adults-in-states-that-do-not-expand-medicaid/">according to the Kaiser Family Foundation</a>. Adults without dependent children are not eligible for Medicaid in Texas.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 01:27:55 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9641 at http://kut.org No Medicaid Expansion Leaves Thousands of Texas Women in 'Coverage Gap'