Obamacare

Healthy Customers, And Those With Major Medical Needs, May Want Bronze Plans

Nov 2, 2016
Doctor providing information to an elderly couple.
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The open enrollment period for coverage through the health insurance marketplaces started Tuesday, and readers have plenty of questions about what to buy. I addressed a few of them this week.

Open enrollment is underway for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges. 

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Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces begins Tuesday and the state says the average premium increase in Florida is 19 percent.

But the news is not be as bad as it sounds for most consumers.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is blasting double-digit increases in Obamacare premiums just as the administration gears up for the Nov. 1st start of open enrollment.

Drug Prices, Not The Health Law, Top Voters’ Health Priorities For 2017

Oct 27, 2016

Until this week, when big increases in insurance premiums were unveiled for next year, the federal health law has not been a major issue in the presidential election. In fact, fixing what ails the Affordable Care Act isn’t even among voters’ top priorities for health issues for next year, according to a new poll.

The federal government is playing down the 25 percent average rate hike slated to go into effect under the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare.

A combative and upbeat Donald Trump promised thousands of supporters at a Tallahassee rally that he would repeal the Affordable Care Act, and continued to take aim at what he calls a corrupt media and rigged system.

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Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That's sure to stoke another "Obamacare" controversy days before a presidential election.

Obamacare’s namesake came to Miami-Dade County Thursday afternoon to talk about the Affordable Care Act, just a few weeks before the program’s fourth open enrollment period starts.

President Barack Obama, before heading to a Hillary Clinton campaign rally in Miami Gardens, spoke to a large crowd of mostly students at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus.

Voting and healthcare advocacy groups want Floridians to consider healthcare as they cast ballots on November 8th.

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As it enters its seventh year, the Affordable Care Act is facing challenges, leading some to speculate that the law will have to change in order to survive.

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President Barack Obama has postponed his appearance at the University of South Florida in Tampa on Wednesday because of Hurricane Matthew.

People might be forgiven for thinking that the Affordable Care Act is the federal government's boldest intrusion into the private business of health care.

But few know about a 70-year-old law that is responsible for the construction of much of our health system's infrastructure. The law's latest anniversary came and went without much notice in August.

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President Barack Obama will be at the University of South Florida on Wednesday to talk about the Affordable Care Act.

Kaiser Family Foundation

The study of more than 1,900 small and large companies showed little evidence that high costs are prompting employers to dump health coverage or cut workers’ hours to make them ineligible for insurance. The Affordable Care Act requires companies with at least 50 employees to offer coverage to most full-time workers but not part-timers.

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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and a handful of fellow Democratic senators — including Florida Sen. Bill Nelson — are demanding Aetna explain its decision to abandon Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges next year in more than two-thirds of the counties where it now sells the coverage.

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Health insurance rates in Florida are going to jump next year by an average of 19 percent.

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The tanning salon industry is feeling burned by "Obamacare."

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Bruce Bradford is a longtime Republican who dislikes big government and government handouts. But he acknowledges that he's been saved by insurance obtained under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The Affordable Care Act has achieved at least part of what it set out to do—but there are still quite a few questions about the long-term impact of the health legislation, according to a new study published in the journal Health Services Research.

Some of the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces are in turmoil as the fourth open enrollment season approaches this fall. What's ahead for consumers depends very much on where they live.

Obamacare Marketplace Shakeout Rocks Arizona, Southeast

Aug 18, 2016
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Some of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces are in turmoil as the fourth open enrollment season approaches this fall, but what’s ahead for consumers very much depends on where they live.

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Next year Aetna will stop offering health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's public exchanges in Florida and 10 other states.

The move leaves Floridians with fewer choices and ever increasing rates.

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Aetna will become the latest health insurer to chop its participation in the Affordable Care Act's public exchanges when it trims its presence to four states for 2017, from 15 this year.

As President Barack Obama nears the end of his presidency, his Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell stopped in Jacksonville Tuesday to highlight his most consequential policy — the Affordable Care Act.

Burwell visited a hospital that was an early adopter of one ACA program meant to improve the quality of healthcare.


States Offer Privacy Protections To Young Adults On Their Parents’ Health Plan

Jun 28, 2016

The health law opened the door for millions of young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26. But there’s a downside to remaining on the family plan. Chances are that mom or dad, as policyholder, will get a notice from the insurer every time the grown-up kid gets medical care, a breach of privacy that many young people may find unwelcome.

Study Projects Sharper Increases In Obamacare Premiums For 2017

Jun 15, 2016

Next year’s premiums for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act could rise more than in past years in most markets and declines might be rare, according to a preliminary analysis of insurers’ plans.

Representatives from five local healthcare systems gathered at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History to bring a new exhibit to life.


Fact Check: Trumped-Up Charge On 'Obamacare' Premiums

Jun 6, 2016
Lynn Hatter, WFSU

Donald Trump says the Obama administration plans to delay telling consumers about premium increases for 2017 under the president's health care law — for political reasons. But there is no indication there will be such a delay, and Trump appears to have mixed up the calendar.

Mental health care ranks among the most expensive kinds of health care in American medicine—and having a 

mental illness or behavioral disorder can drive up costs for other kinds of care.

But new research suggests that the Affordable Care Act has helped young people with mental illnesses afford health care—especially young blacks and Latinos.

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