Affordable Care Act: Updates

Myriad languages, cultures challenge health reform

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Set on a gritty corner of Oakland’s International Boulevard, the nonprofit Street Level Health Project offers free checkups to patients who speak a total of 22 languages, from recent Mongolian immigrants seeking a doctor to Burmese refugees in need of a basic dental exam. It also provides a window into one of the challenges for state officials who are trying to implement the Affordable Care Act,

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  • Changes to health care under the law, at a glance

    Posted on October 16, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Barack Obama, John Dingell, Marcela Owens

      Under the law, health insurers must cover 10 essential benefits. This will make health plans more costly, but also more comprehensive. Starting next year, the rules will apply to all plans offered to individuals or through the small-group market to employers with 50 or fewer workers. The essential-benefits requirement does not apply to plans offered by larger employers, which typically offer most of these, already.   The covered benefits

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  • Newly insured to deepen primary care doctor gap

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    ANN SANNER, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Getting face time with the family doctor could soon become even harder. A shortage of primary care physicians in some parts of the country is expected to worsen as millions of newly insured Americans gain coverage under the federal health care law next year. Doctors could face a backlog, and patients could find it difficult to get quick appointments. Attempts to address

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Affordable Care Act: Archetype Profiles

Tim Holmes, left, and his wife Colleen Holmes, who own and operate Wheatfields Restaurant. hey were considering opening a third business but decided against it. One factor was the risk in expanding their staff beyond 50 full-time employees and having to provide federally mandated health coverage in 2014.

Health care law perplexing to business owners

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Restaurant owners Colleen and Tim Holmes were considering opening a third business in a growing upstate New York suburb but decided against it. One factor was the risk from expanding their staff beyond 50 full-time employees and having to provide them federally mandated health coverage. Despite knowing the penalty for that part of the Affordable Care Act had been postponed for a

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  • Costs worry woman, 26, who wants health insurance

    Posted on October 16, 2013 at 10:47 am

    BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Helena Gudger is the type of person health insurance companies need on the books as the federal Affordable Care Act begins to roll out: Young, relatively healthy and hungry for coverage. The 26-year-old Phoenix resident has gone the past four years without health insurance, using clinics and the county hospital for checkups, routine tests and visits to a gynecologist. She pays cash, checks

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  • Obamacare trade-off: low premium, high deductible

    Posted on September 27, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — You might be pleased with the low monthly premium for one of the new health insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, but the added expense of copayments and deductibles could burn a hole in your wallet. An independent analysis released Wednesday, on the heels of an administration report emphasizing affordable premiums, is helping to fill out the bottom line for consumers. The annual deductible for a

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