Affordable Care Act

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6:03 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Q&A: The Affordable Care Act In Kansas

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.

Our guests were:

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Health
7:17 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Kansans Struggle With Online Health Marketplace

Kansas residents who want to find health insurance through the new online marketplace are still struggling to do so.

High user traffic on the federal exchange at healthcare.gov is jamming servers and causing long waits.

Even now, on the third day the exchange has been open, people are having to wait an hour or more to buy health coverage.

Topeka's public library opened its computer training center Thursday to people who wanted to sign up.

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Health
7:27 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Kan. Officials Urge Patience On New Health Exchange

When enrollment opened Tuesday, the online insurance marketplace for Kansas could not fully handle the crush of users who hit the federally run exchange website.

The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved says it had 60 health care navigators across the state ready to work on the first day of enrollment.

Another 200 to 225 more are still in training. Six of those navigators are bilingual in Spanish, and one person knows sign language.

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Health
9:05 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Kansas Health Care Exchange Now Online, But Not Without Problems

Kansas' health care exchange is online now at Healthcare.gov.

However, some proponents of the federal health care law that created the marketplace think consumers should wait until any glitches have been fixed before they buy coverage.

Sheldon Weisgrau of the Health Reform Resource Project says people can start buying coverage through the exchange today, but they don't have to. They have until December 15 if they want their coverage to start in January.

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Health
8:14 am
Wed September 25, 2013

How The Affordable Care Act Is Going To Affect Your Business

Many uninsured patients end up in the Via Christi St. Francis emergency room because they weren't able to catch a health issue earlier. The Affordable Care Act is designed in an attempt to get people the care they need before it reaches that critical stage.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc / KMUW

The Affordable Care Act marketplace of insurance options goes online October 1. Businesses both small and large have some choices to make, but there are some resources available to help you with that complicated process.

Meet Alex

Alex is an animated bean who walks you through a simple (and cute) tour of the Affordable Care Act at insureKS.org. He asks questions about your situation (it’s confidential) and then tells you how the new rules might apply to you.

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Affordable Care Act
2:58 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Individual Health Insurance Mandate Helps Balance The Field

The federal online marketplace for health insurance opens October 1.

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.

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Health
8:50 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Affordable Care Act May Prevent Trips To The ER

An ignored aching tooth can cause serious health issues down the road. GraceMed Health Clinic offers dental care among its services.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc / KMUW

Listen to Aileen LeBlanc's full report on how the Affordable Care Act could get people the health care they need before it turns into a life-threatening situation.

The Affordable Care Act may make it easier to get preventative care for many people who may now be using the emergency room. People who put off getting check-ups and tests for minor issues can find themselves with a serious illness. Even a bad tooth, if it is ignored, can manifest into a life-threatening situation.

Joseph Akif, director of nursing for emergency services at Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita, says that when the economic crisis hit in 2008, the emergency department saw an increase in these kinds of patients.

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Health
4:22 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Health Care Navigators Are Ready To Go To Work

A recent Pew Research poll found that nationally only a quarter of respondents said they understand “very well” what the effects of the Affordable Care Act will be.

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Health
5:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Do You Know Enough About The Affordable Care Act?

Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

KMUW's Carla Eckels recently talked to Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger 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. Learn more about the basics of the marketplace here.

1. I’ve been asking people about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and so many people don’t know much about it. They’re a bit confused, not knowing what to expect. Can you give us an overview?

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Health
7:42 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Affordable Care Act Debate Continues Before Congress

Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer will testify before a joint congressional subcommittee in Washington Wednesday about potential challenges for states under the federal health care overhaul.

Colyer says it's important for Congress to hear concerns about the Affordable Care Act, which was passed into law in 2010.

Colyer is a surgeon and says the law is flawed and detrimental to ordinary Americans.

President Obama and others say the act will help millions of uninsured Americans find health coverage. The online marketplace to help them do so launches October 1.

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