Affordable Care Act

News and updates about the Affordable Care act.

Starting in 2016, the federal health law requires small employers to offer their full-time workers health insurance. In anticipation of the change, some fast-food restaurants looked to get around the law by making more workers part time. Now some owners are rethinking that approach.

At a Burger King off Highway 99 in California's Central Valley, a half-dozen workers in black uniforms scurry around, grabbing packets of ketchup and stuffing paper bags with french fries.

Determining Whether A Marketplace Plan Covers Abortion Is Still Difficult

Jan 19, 2016

As the third open enrollment period winds down on the health insurance marketplaces, one thing hasn’t changed much since the online exchanges opened: It’s still often hard to find out whether a plan covers abortion services.

This story was produced by Kaiser Health News

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Colorado’s pending vote on universal health care this year has renewed discussion of the topic among health care reform advocates around the country. There are a handful of other states that have active movements promoting universal health care, or single-payer systems, including New York.

N.J. Factory Turns To Medicaid To Insure Lowest-Paid Employees

Jan 12, 2016

Butter-flavored popcorn oil is in high demand at Oasis Foods, a manufacturer of cooking oils, mayonnaise and other products that restaurants and distributors often purchase by the ton.

"We get a rush this time of year with all the movie-going at the holidays," says Duke Gillingham, president of Oasis, at his factory in Hillside, N.J., just west of Newark Liberty Airport.

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With just a little over a month left in the third open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, some people may need a little additional help getting insurance through the ACA.

Health insurance can be a confusing topic, with its array of terminology and choices to puzzle through, from premiums and co-pays, to deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums.

A national survey by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that more than 70 percent of people surveyed after the last open enrollment period said they wanted one-on-one assistance enrolling in insurance coverage.

And people can find the help they seek in an unexpected place: their public library. While libraries are better known for books, story time and due dates – since the launch of the ACA, many libraries across the United States have embraced a new role as a go-to community resource for information on health insurance.

Obamacare Repeal Not Just For Show

Dec 4, 2015

Last week, the US Senate approved a measure to repeal significant portions of the Affordable Care Act by a 52-47 vote. The Legislation will likely pass the Republican-controlled House as well, but it wont get much further. President Obama has unsurprisingly vowed to veto the measure.

Obamacare Head Talks Open Enrollment, Ducks Problems

Nov 24, 2015
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell spoke at Miami Dade College.
Miama Dade College

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell stopped at Miami Dade College last week to drum up excitement around open enrollment for health insurance plans—though during her stop she was not keen on addressing some of the problems that have come out of the Affordable Care Act.

She began her tour of MDC in a computer lab on the second floor of the downtown campus where there’s a bank of computers dedicated just to helping students enroll in Obamacare.

Insurance Giant Considers Leaving Obamacare Marketplace

Nov 19, 2015
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Here we go again: another round of ‘Is this the beginning of the end for Obamacare?’ It’s not a Supreme Court case this time, but an earnings call from the nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group.

On Thursday morning, the company said it projects to lose $425 million selling plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, and executives said they are considering whether to pull out of those markets down the road.

Pounding the Pavement for Obamacare Sign-Ups

Nov 16, 2015
Henry Bowles, an uninsured man in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., holds a sign directing people to an office that helps people enroll in health law insurance coverage.
Phil Galewitz / Kaiser Health News

For the past week, Henry Bowles has stood along a busy road here six hours a day holding a sign that reads “Obamacare Help Center -- Free Enrollment” and points to a nearby insurance agency.

With sunny skies and temperatures in the high 80s, Bowles uses a towel to grip the wooden stick bearing the sign so his sweaty hand won’t slip. He is paid about $8 an hour.

Bowles, 45, is uninsured.

HIV/AIDS Drug Coverage Limited in Popular Marketplace Silver Plans

Nov 13, 2015
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In most states, consumers with HIV or AIDS who buy silver-level plans on the insurance marketplaces find limited coverage of common drug regimens they may need and high out-of-pocket costs, according to a new analysis.