Obamacare http://kmuw.org en Q&A: The Affordable Care Act In Kansas http://kmuw.org/post/qa-affordable-care-act-kansas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KMUW hosted a live call-in show October 9. We took questions from callers, email and Twitter. Below are questions and answers from the hour. We received more questions than we could get to during the hour, but we followed up with our panelists and added those additional questions and answers below.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Our guests were:</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 23:03:17 +0000 Chandra Stauffer, Aileen LeBlanc & Carla Eckels 24518 at http://kmuw.org Individual Health Insurance Mandate Helps Balance The Field http://kmuw.org/post/individual-health-insurance-mandate-helps-balance-field <p></p><p>The federal online marketplace for health insurance opens October 1.</p><p>As part of the Affordable Care Act, most Americans are required to have insurance beginning in 2014. This part of the law, referred to as the “individual mandate,” is designed to increase the number of consumers in the total insurance pool, with the intention of lowering premiums across the board.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:58:01 +0000 Fletcher Powell 23909 at http://kmuw.org Health Care Navigators Are Ready To Go To Work http://kmuw.org/post/health-care-navigators-are-ready-go-work <p></p><p>A <a href="http://www.people-press.org/files/legacy-questionnaires/9-16-13%20Health%20Care%20topline%20for%20release.pdf">recent Pew Research poll</a> found that nationally only a quarter of respondents said they understand “very well” what the effects of the Affordable Care Act will be. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:22:24 +0000 Fletcher Powell 23855 at http://kmuw.org Do You Know Enough About The Affordable Care Act? http://kmuw.org/post/do-you-know-enough-about-affordable-care-act <p>KMUW's Carla Eckels&nbsp;recently talked to <a href="http://www.ksinsurance.org/">Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger</a>&nbsp;about how the Affordable Care Act is going to affect people in Kansas and what to expect when the health insurance marketplace opens on October 1. <a href="http://insureks.com/">Learn more about the basics of the marketplace here</a>.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Carla Eckels 23799 at http://kmuw.org Do You Know Enough About The Affordable Care Act? Health Care Reform Questions? Local Workshops Have Answers http://kmuw.org/post/health-care-reform-questions-local-workshops-have-answers <p>A health care reform expert fielded questions in Wichita Thursday about the Affordable Care Act. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 19:40:02 +0000 Carla Eckels 23061 at http://kmuw.org Health Care Reform Questions? Local Workshops Have Answers Affordable Care Act Important To Rural Residents http://kmuw.org/post/affordable-care-act-important-rural-residents <p>A <a href="http://files.cfra.org/pdf/ACA-subsidies.pdf">new report by the Center for Rural Affairs</a> finds that rural residents stand to benefit from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, more than their city-dwelling counterparts.<br><br>The author of the report, Jon Bailey, says the premium tax credits to help pay for individual health insurance plans, and the caps on out-of-pocket costs will be especially important to people who live in rural areas.<br> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:25:50 +0000 Bryan Thompson 22301 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Republicans Unsure How To Stop Obamacare http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-republicans-unsure-how-stop-obamacare <p>Members of Kansas' all-Republican congressional delegation agreed the coming weeks are critical to the future of the federal health care law, though they are still unsure how to stop it.<br><br>U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp urged the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association members at their annual conference in Wichita to tell people in Washington how the new health care law affects small businesses.<br><br>Senator Pat Roberts says he's gathering support for legislation that would delay the law's implementation; Roberts says it's difficult to take away a subsidy once it's been granted.<br> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:13:39 +0000 Associated Press 22176 at http://kmuw.org KS Lieutenant Governor: Health Care Law Too Complicated http://kmuw.org/post/ks-lieutenant-governor-health-care-law-too-complicated <p>Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer told a US House panel Tuesday that the federal health care law threatens patients, taxpayers, states, and the fiscal health of the country.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:23:39 +0000 Bryan Thompson 2174 at http://kmuw.org