health care http://kut.org en Four Who Made A Difference http://kut.org/post/four-who-made-difference <p>On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the Dr. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:13:37 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 9793 at http://kut.org Four Who Made A Difference 14,000 Texans Signed Up for Obamacare Plans http://kut.org/post/14000-texans-signed-obamacare-plans <p>Early technical issues with the new healthcare marketplace, <a href="http://www.HealthCare.gov">HealthCare.gov</a>, brought serious criticism to an already controversial government initiative. But a new report published by the U.S. Department of Health &amp; Human Services suggests that the tides may be turning for Obamacare.</p><p>By the end of November, coverage plan enrollment numbers for Texans had jumped to 14,000 –&nbsp;that’s <a href="http://kut.org/post/under-3000-texans-sign-insurance-obamacare-website">up from 3,000 the month before</a>.</p><p>And many more Texans are on their way to enrolling. According to the same report, nearly a quarter of a million Texans have applied for coverage and are waiting to choose a Marketplace plan. Those numbers are actually the second highest in the nation for states that are supported or fully run by a federal (rather than a state-implemented) healthcare Marketplace. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:11:34 +0000 Phoebe Flanigan 9346 at http://kut.org 14,000 Texans Signed Up for Obamacare Plans State Points to 'Federal Glitch' that Could Delay Some Children's Health Coverage http://kut.org/post/state-points-federal-glitch-could-delay-some-childrens-health-coverage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although the Affordable Care Act is now the law of the land, </span><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/marketplace-launches-central-texas-groups-push-outreach" style="line-height: 1.5;">the fight is far from over</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Yesterday&#39;s launch of insurance marketplace websites saw some hiccups, including long wait times as people jammed onto the sites to sign up for coverage.</span></p><p>Now, the state says, there&#39;s another problem: for some families, using the marketplace sites could lead to a delay in children&rsquo;s healthcare coverage.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:21:44 +0000 Emily Mathis 8834 at http://kut.org State Points to 'Federal Glitch' that Could Delay Some Children's Health Coverage 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) Texas Parents May Soon Find Cheaper Health Insurance for Children http://kut.org/post/texas-parents-may-soon-find-cheaper-health-insurance-children <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F112584448" width="100%"></iframe>The new federal healthcare marketplace opening Oct. 1 could help families struggling to cover their children finally find an affordable plan. But the marketplace could also become a safety net for families on the verge of earning just enough to kick their children off of the current state and federally subsidized healthcare plans.</p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:04:54 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8795 at http://kut.org Texas Parents May Soon Find Cheaper Health Insurance for Children With A Call For Prayer, Cruz Wraps Up Protest Against Obamacare http://kut.org/post/sen-cruz-wrapping-marathon-protest-against-obamacare <strong>Update at noon ET. It's Over:</strong><p>Saying that "it's fitting that this debate concludes with a prayer" because he believes Americans are pleading with Congress to defund President Obama's health care law, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas just wrapped up his marathon protest on the Senate floor.<p>Cruz began speaking just after 2:40 p.m. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:09:02 +0000 8778 at http://kut.org With A Call For Prayer, Cruz Wraps Up Protest Against Obamacare 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 This Austin Group Helps You Navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace http://kut.org/post/austin-group-helps-you-navigate-health-insurance-marketplace <p>In a former storefront in Central Austin’s Highland Mall, a health care enrollment center is getting set up.</p><p>It’s one of dozens of centers in Texas where certified application counselors will help answer people's questions about buying health insurance via the new federal marketplace.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:32:54 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8775 at http://kut.org This Austin Group Helps You Navigate the Health Insurance 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 Have Health Insurance Questions? Here's Where Texans Can Find Answers http://kut.org/post/have-health-insurance-questions-heres-where-texans-can-find-answers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F111142556" width="100%"></iframe>As the Oct. 1 launch of the federal health insurance marketplace nears, people may have questions about how it works.</p><p>Some Texans may get a visit from volunteers –&nbsp;such as those with the <a href="http://www.getcoveredamerica.org" target="_blank">Get Covered America</a> campaign of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.enrollamerica.org/get-enrolled/how-to-enroll" target="_blank">Enroll America</a>&nbsp; –&nbsp;going door to door to answer those questions.&nbsp;But consumers can also turn to counselors, websites and phone numbers for answers.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:27:05 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8710 at http://kut.org Have Health Insurance Questions? Here's Where Texans Can Find Answers What Texans Need to Know About the Health Insurance Marketplace http://kut.org/post/what-texans-need-know-about-health-insurance-marketplace <p>About half of Americans say they don’t know how they and their families will be affected by the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;That’s according to a&nbsp;<a href="http://kff.org/health-reform/poll-finding/kaiser-health-tracking-poll-august-2013/" target="_blank">Kaiser Health Tracking Poll</a>&nbsp;done last month.</p><p>So what exactly do Texans need to know about the health insurance marketplace that launches next month?</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:00:36 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8672 at http://kut.org What Texans Need to Know About the Health Insurance Marketplace A Tipping Point for Health Care in Dove Springs? http://kut.org/post/tipping-point-health-care-dove-springs <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F108006619" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em>The Dove Springs neighborhood in southeast Austin runs from Ben White to William Cannon, bound by Montopolis and Pleasant Valley on the east, and Interstate 35 on the west.</em></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:46:47 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8571 at http://kut.org A Tipping Point for Health Care in Dove Springs? 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 Texas Ranks 39th in National Survey of Senior Health http://kut.org/post/texas-ranks-39th-national-survey-senior-health <p></p><p>Texas and its capitol city are increasingly touted as great retirement destinations. But according to a recent study, the state ranks 48<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;in money spent on senior healthcare and&nbsp;39<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;overall, in&nbsp;<a href="http://cdnfiles.americashealthrankings.org/SiteFiles/StateSummaries/Texas-Senior-Health-Summary-2013.pdf">a national survey by United Health Foundation</a>.</p><p>The study from the health care giant found that 820,000 Texas seniors were physically inactive, which led to nearly 20 percent of seniors spending at least a week in intensive care in the final six months of their lives.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:05:00 +0000 Andrew Weber 7986 at http://kut.org Texas Ranks 39th in National Survey of Senior Health 83rd Lege's Regular Session: What Happened, What Didn't http://kut.org/post/83rd-leges-regular-session-what-happened-what-didnt <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; ">It's been a whirlwind of an end to the 83rd Legislature's regular session, and with Monday's announcement of a special session, lawmakers aren't done.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; ">Here's a look at the deals reached and the measures that fell short during the 140 days of the regular session</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-famil Tue, 28 May 2013 15:54:37 +0000 Texas Tribune Staff 7904 at http://kut.org 83rd Lege's Regular Session: What Happened, What Didn't Report Asks: Why Aren’t Hispanics Sharing in Austin's Boom? http://kut.org/post/report-asks-why-aren-t-hispanics-sharing-austins-boom <p></p><p>A five-year effort from a group of Hispanic community leaders is about to wrap up. In 2008, the&nbsp;Austin City Council&nbsp;asked the group to <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/hispanic-quality-life">evaluate the quality of life</a> for Hispanics in the city. They found big disparities between Hispanics and their peers in areas including education, health care, even access to cultural institutions.</p><p>Last night, about fifty people came together at City Hall to share ideas on how Hispanics in Austin could bridge those gaps.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 18:55:09 +0000 Joy Diaz 7776 at http://kut.org Report Asks: Why Aren’t Hispanics Sharing in Austin's Boom? From Austin to Boston: Artificial Limb Company to Help Marathon Bombing Victims Run Again http://kut.org/post/austin-boston-artificial-limb-company-help-marathon-bombing-victims-run-again <p></p><p>It’s been a month since the Boston Marathon bombings that injured more than 250 people. At least fourteen lost limbs.</p><p>Experts say it takes healthy, strong people about six weeks to recover enough from an amputation to begin considering their prosthetic choices. Austin-based Hanger Orthopedics, one of the largest prosthetics and orthotics companies in the US, says it’s ready to help.</p><p> Mon, 13 May 2013 14:02:08 +0000 Joy Diaz 7709 at http://kut.org From Austin to Boston: Artificial Limb Company to Help Marathon Bombing Victims Run Again Mental Health, Physical Health: $10M Program Looks to Help Both http://kut.org/post/mental-health-physical-health-10m-program-looks-help-both <p>Texas is trying to help some Medicaid recipients with behavioral disorders improve their health.&nbsp;</p><p>The state’s health department has embarked on a $10 million dollar project aimed at preventing people with mental health or substance abuse issues from developing chronic diseases.</p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Kate McGee 7111 at http://kut.org Mental Health, Physical Health: $10M Program Looks to Help Both