Affordable Care Act

News and updates about the Affordable Care act.

If you live in Indiana and Mississippi, premium prices are shrinking for health insurance available through Obamacare exchanges. But in North Carolina, coverage for next year is likely to be much more expensive. The average premium increase in that state is among the highest in the country, according to federal data.

In Mebane, North Carolina, Sue Martin's insurer told her the $238 a month she's paying now will go up to $491 next year for the same plan. 

Gunnar Ebbesson is used to paying a lot for health insurance, but the small business owner from Fairbanks got a shock recently when his quote came in for next year's coverage.

"I don't understand who can afford this," he says. "I mean, who really can afford this? I can pay it, but I can't afford it."

The premium for his family of five came to more than $40,000 a year. That's for a bare-bones plan with a $10,000 deductible — the plan that's through the marketplace set up by the Affordable Care Act.

Premiums For Obamacare Exchange Plans To Rise On Average, Fall In Some States

Oct 27, 2015

Premiums will increase an average of 7.5 percent for the second-lowest-cost silver insurance plan to be offered next year in the 37 states where the federal government operates health marketplaces, according to an analysis by the Department of Health and Human Services. The open enrollment period for 2016 coverage begins Sunday. 

Surrounded by Poverty, Urban Hospitals Reach Out

Oct 13, 2015
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BALTIMORE—As a child, Bishop Douglas Miles heard the warnings about vans trolling East Baltimore streets, snatching up young African-Americans for medical experiments at nearby Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Whether there was any truth behind those stories—Hopkins has always denied them—hardly mattered. The mythology lived on and, combined with the hospital’s very real development decisions, contributed to a persistent view of Hopkins as an imperious, menacing presence amid the largely poor and African-American neighborhoods surrounding it.

For six months, Eliza Kinrose worked about 10 hours a week delivering everything from cupcakes to art supplies to strangers' homes.

Shortly after quitting her steady job as a recruiter, Kinrose, 29, signed up to work for a new San Francisco-based mobile delivery service called Postmates. She made about $15 an hour for six months, which was just enough to scrape by until she launched a yoga business.

Employers Shift More Health Costs To Workers, Survey Finds

Sep 23, 2015
Graph showing rise in worker premiums and deductibles
Kaiser Family Foundation

Premiums for job-based medical insurance rose moderately — 4 percent in 2015 — but employers continued to shift in expenses to workers, according to a new survey.

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health Newsa nonprofit national health policy news service. 

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Americans with health insurance are more likely than the uninsured to have their diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure diagnosed— and to have these chronic conditions under control—according to a study published in the September issue of Health Affairs.

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Amid criticism of President Obama's policies on the economy, immigration and foreign affairs during the GOP debate last night, a signature program was conspicuously missing from the discussion: the Affordable Care Act.  

saiah Roggow, a third-year medical student at the University of California, Riverside, examines patient Becky Ketchum during the school’s free clinic.
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Time for a pop quiz: When it comes to health care, what’s the difference between cost, charge and payment?

“Does anyone want to take a stab at it?” Sara-Megumi Naylor asks a group of first-year residents at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

This story is part of a collaboration that includes KPCC, NPR and Kaiser Health News

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BOSTON – For years, Massachusetts has been out in front of other states, trying ideas to change the health system. It passed a state law extending health insurance coverage to almost all citizens four years ahead of the federal health law, and then the commonwealth tried to tackle rising health costs.

But the latest numbers are disappointing: Massachusetts spent $632 million more on health care last year than it aimed to, according to a report from the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis.