Affordable Care Act

HEALTH
1:29 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Health Law's Big Tent Still Leaves Some People Out

Andres Cuartas got help from an agent last March when he signed up for health insurance at a Miami mall. In the last year, the percentage of women who are uninsured has dropped more than the percentage of uninsured men.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:57 am

A Shots post earlier this week by NPR's John Ydstie detailed the "family glitch" in the Affordable Care Act. That's where people who can't afford their insurance at work aren't eligible for help in the new insurance exchanges. Many of these Americans, most of whom make middling incomes, will remain uninsured.

That story got us wondering: Who else is getting left out by health law? And who is getting coverage?

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HEALTH
2:08 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Obamacare 'Glitch' Puts Subsidies Out Of Reach For Many Families

Don Benfield is trying to get health care coverage for his family. The options at work are too expensive, but his employer's option disqualifies him from Affordable Care Act subsidies.
Courtesy of Don Benfield

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 6:50 am

Don Benfield of Taylorsville, N.C., makes $11 an hour working for a mobile-home parts business, selling things like replacement doors and windows.

Benfield, 51, doesn't have health insurance.

"I haven't had health care insurance in years, simply because I haven't been able to afford it, especially with food prices, how they went up," he explains.

Benfield's employer does offer health insurance coverage, even though, with fewer than 50 employees, the business is not required to.

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HEALTH
4:02 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Health Coverage Guide Discusses Colorado Exchange

Connect for Health Colorado is the state's health insurance marketplace.
Credit connectforhealthco.com

Open enrollment for Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance exchange, has started. The enrollment period ends Feb. 15.

Connect for Health has health coverage guides across the state that help people navigate the marketplace and buy an insurance plan.

KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Maria Forster, a health coverage guide for Volunteers of America, about the exchange and the people who are signing up for insurance.  

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HEALTH
4:46 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Open Enrollment Begins For Colorado's Health Exchange

Connect for Health Colorado is the state's health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act.
Credit connectforhealthco.com

Open enrollment for Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance marketplace, started Saturday. The enrollment period ends Feb. 15.

“It’s important for Coloradans to know that if they want their coverage to begin on Jan. 1, 2015, they need to enroll, select a plan and conclude the process by Dec. 15,” says Linda Gann with Connect For Health on the Western Slope. 

The state exchange, which is separate from the federal marketplace, allows people and small businesses to purchase health insurance and apply for federal subsidies. 

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HEALTH
10:14 am
Mon November 10, 2014

5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Obamacare

Look no farther for the top things to watch out for when shopping for health insurance on the online marketplaces.
Giorgio Magini iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 3:03 pm

The second open enrollment season for health insurance offered through marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act is just around the corner. Are you ready?

Here's a quick checklist for people who don't get their health insurance at work and plan to shop for coverage on the health law's online exchanges. Enrollment starts Nov. 15, but you can start kicking the tires now.

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HEALTH
7:55 am
Tue October 28, 2014

With Obamacare, More Millennials Are Going To The Doctor, Sort Of

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:45 am

I write about health and health care, but even I'm not immune to the "young and invincible" mentality. My annual dental checkup is more than six months overdue.

A provision of the Affordable Care Act that took effect in 2010 aimed to make it easier for young adults to access preventive care by allowing them to stay on their parents' insurance until they turn 26. As of 2011, some 3 million young adults gained coverage through this provision.

So does this mean more young people are getting their annual checkups and cholesterol screenings?

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HEALTH
8:28 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Health Premiums And Costs Set To Rise For Workers Covered At Work

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:20 am

Fall is enrollment season for many people who get insurance through their workplace. Premium increases for 2015 plans are expected to be modest on average, but the shift toward higher out-of-pocket costs overall for consumers will continue as employers try to keep a lid on their costs and incorporate health law changes.

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HEALTH
10:44 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Numbers Of Americans With Health Plans Way Up, But States Vary

Arkansas, Kentucky, Delaware and Colorado have all seen significant increases since 2013 in the percentage of residents who have health insurance.
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Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 7:47 am

A Gallup poll released Tuesday suggests the Affordable Care Act is significantly increasing the number of Americans with health insurance, especially in states that are embracing it. It echoes previous Gallup surveys, and similar findings by the Urban Institute and Rand Corp.

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HEALTH
4:10 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Feds OK Changes To Colorado Health Insurance Regions

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has given the okay for Colorado to consolidate its 11 geographic regions for health insurance to nine next year.
Credit Colorado Division of Insurance

The federal government has approved the state’s request to consolidate its geographic rating areas for health insurance. These insurance regions were created as a part of the Affordable Care Act, and are used by insurance companies to set premiums. 

The Colorado Division of Insurance said the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has given approval for the state to shuffle its 11  regions for health insurance into nine next year. 

The reshape will combine four rural areas into two larger ones while keeping seven established urban areas.  

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NEWS
8:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

KVNF Regional News: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  Newscast

  • Man rescued from fall in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison
  •  Final numbers on Affordable Care Act enrollment in Colorado
  • Republicans nominate candidates for state, national offices
  • Remembering the Dust Bowl. The Grapes of Wrath turns 75
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NEWS
3:33 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Majority Of Delta Hospital Patients Covered By Medicare, Medicaid

Jason Cleckler, Hospital Administrator for the Delta County Memorial Hospital
Credit Marty Durlin/KVNF

As the Affordable Care Act takes effect this year, Delta County Memorial Hospital Administrator Jason Cleckler is navigating uncertain terrain.

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NEWS
8:31 am
Thu January 30, 2014

KVNF Regional News: Thursday, January 30, 2014

  Newscast

  • Bill to Keep Mugshots from Websites Moves Forward
  • Mountain Village Town Councilor Richard Sherry Resigns
  • Eco-Action Partners Hires New Executive Director
  • Investigation into Deadly Helicopter Crash Gets Underway
  • Affordable Care Act Could Cover about 70% of Delta Hospital Patients
  • Burned BLM Lands in Mesa County Closed through Next Year

NEWS
3:29 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Headlines

  • Wreck on Stewart Mesa Kills One
  • Garfield County Asks Hickenlooper to Intervene on Healthcare Rules
  • Man Shot on Orchard Mesa Was wanted by State Authorities
  • State Oil and Gas Officials Looking Into Spill in Mesa County
  • State Tightens Spill Reporting Requirements
  • Volunteers Gather for Kids' Christmas Party in the North Fork
NEWS
9:21 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Garfield County Asks Governor to Intervene on Insurance Rules

Amy Barr, Executive Director of United Way for Garfield and Pitkin Counties
Credit Elise Thatcher/Aspen Public Radio

Garfield County wants Governor John Hickenlooper to intervene with the state's new health insurance rules. The county has some of the highest premiums in Colorado under new guidelines. which are part of the Affordable Care Act.

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NEWS
8:15 am
Mon December 9, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, December 9, 2013

  Headlines

  • Connect for Health CEO Criticized for Requesting Raise
  • State Democrat Don Quick Enters Attorney General Race
  • Athletes Across Colorado Gearing Up for Shot at Olympics
  • Aspen Dog-Sledding Operation Accused of Animal Cruelty
NEWS
8:36 am
Tue November 12, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Headlines

  • Moffact County Officials Criticize BLM's Approach to Sage Grouse Plans
  • Garfield County Outlines Sage Grouse Protection Plan
  • Rocky Mountains Seeing More Horizontal Drilling than Rest of U.S.
  • Connect for Health Officials Working on Faster Insurance Applications
  • Basalt Residents Will See Vote on Retail Marijuana
  • Adams County Republican Joins Governor's Race 
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NEWS
8:22 am
Thu November 7, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast, Thursday November 7, 2013

  • Political reporters analyze impacts of the election
  • Sidewalk measure passes in Paonia
  • Chickens have to move
  • 250,000 state residents may lose insurance
  • Grand Junction airport raided by federal agents
  • New Hemp Regulations Unveiled
HEALTH
1:29 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Local Motion: Connect for Health Colorado

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot explores her options for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act with Maria Forster at Connect for Health Colorado.

We also spoke with I-News Network reporter Kristin Jones about a recent statewide survey looking at the state of healthcare in Colorado.

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NEWS
8:54 am
Thu October 31, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Headlines

  • Head of Oil and Gas Commission Praises Industry's Response to Flooding
  • State Department of Agriculture Still Investigating Case of Stolen Monkey
  • Drought Prompts Study of Gold-Medal Fishery Near Basalt
  • Delta County Residents to Vote on Ending More Term Limits
  • US Rep. Cory Gardner Criticizes "Brobamacare" Ads
NEWS
9:26 am
Fri October 25, 2013

KVNF Regional Newcast: Friday, October 25, 2013

Headlines

  • Winner of the Trip to Fiji Contest Drawn at KVNF Annual Meeting
  • Paonia Voters to see Ballot Question on Sidewalks
  • Colorado US Senators ask to Delay Health Insurance Deadline
  • More Help Coming for Farmers and Ranchers on the Front Range after Flooding
  • KDNK's Ed Williams Speaks to Legislative Reporter Bente Birkeland about Amendment 66
  • Layoffs at Elk Creek Mine Could Challenge Local Economy, Delta County Schools
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