affordable care act http://michiganradio.org en ACA ruling and its impact on Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/aca-ruling-and-its-impact-michigan <p>This week two separate federal appeals court rulings came down on opposite sides of a key provision in&nbsp;the Affordable Care Act. This leaves thousands of low and middle income&nbsp;Michiganders&nbsp;who signed up&nbsp;for healthcare through Michigan’s exchange in a bit of limbo.&nbsp;</p><p>Jennifer White, host of&nbsp;<em>All Things Considered</em>, is joined by Marianne&nbsp;Udow&nbsp;Phillips, Director, Center for&nbsp;Healthcare Research and Transformation and Ken&nbsp;Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior&nbsp;Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Phillips states that although these rulings were issued nothing is going to change immediately and that&nbsp;it is important to understand that the legal rulings will take time to play out.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It would have a huge impact and it would really push the whole system into chaos,” explains Phillips.&nbsp;“There are 240,000 in Michigan who have already gotten health insurance coverage through the health&nbsp;insurance exchange with a subsidy, and so were they to lose that subsidy, almost all of them would not&nbsp;be able to afford healthcare coverage.”&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sikkema&nbsp;states that it is a very polarizing topic and coupled with an election year, politicians and&nbsp;candidates have honed in on the issue. “It already is a big political issue; it’s the primary political issue&nbsp;for Republicans who are running for office” says&nbsp;Sikkema, “but it’s really hard to look in your crystal ball&nbsp;and see what the future of the Affordable Care Act is going to be.”</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:00:14 +0000 Jennifer White 18505 at http://michiganradio.org ACA ruling and its impact on Michigan Medicaid expansion sign-ups hit one-year target in just four months http://michiganradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-sign-ups-hit-one-year-target-just-four-months <p>In less than four months, Michigan has already hit its 2014 enrollment goal for the state’s expanded Medicaid program.</p><p></p><p>More than 322,000 low-income Michiganders now have government sponsored healthcare through the Healthy Michigan program.</p><p></p><p>Officials with the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) say the dramatic jump in enrollment will help boost the state’s economy.</p><p></p><p>“We’ve heard stories about people who are now addressing some really serious health problems that prevented them from working,” said Angela Minicuci, a spokesperson for MDCH.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:07:05 +0000 Jake Neher 18340 at http://michiganradio.org Medicaid expansion sign-ups hit one-year target in just four months Healthy Michigan plan is on track for enrollee sign-up http://michiganradio.org/post/healthy-michigan-plan-track-enrollee-sign <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal health care exchange for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act closed on March 31.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The very next day, the attention turned to Healthy Michigan, the state's expanded Medicaid system for some 477,000 low-income Michiganders.</p><p>It looks like the state's Healthy Michigan plan is on track for enrollee sign-up.</p><p>Don Hazaert is the director of Michigan Consumers for health care, which helps people sign up for the coverage.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:28:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 17722 at http://michiganradio.org Healthy Michigan plan is on track for enrollee sign-up States that opposed Obamacare, like Michigan, may have made it more efficient http://michiganradio.org/post/states-opposed-obamacare-michigan-may-have-made-it-more-efficient <p>That's one of the lessons drawn <a href="http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/5-7-14-Exchanges-report.pdf">from a report</a> put out by the law firm&nbsp;Mehri &amp; Skalet.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The author of the report,&nbsp;Jay </span>Angoff<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, once led the U.S.&nbsp;Health and Human Services office in charge of implementing the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Angoff looked at the amount it cost to set up health care exchanges in each state along with the number of enrollees in each state through March 31, 2014.</span></p><p>By doing that, he came up with a “cost-per-enrollee” for each state’s health care exchange.</p><p>Overall, the average cost-per-enrollee was $922. The average cost was higher for states with their own exchanges, and lower in states with the federally-run exchange.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 19:25:29 +0000 Mark Brush 17546 at http://michiganradio.org States that opposed Obamacare, like Michigan, may have made it more efficient Rural areas of Michigan have fewer health insurance options http://michiganradio.org/post/rural-areas-michigan-have-fewer-health-insurance-options <p></p><p>One of the most important aspects of the Affordable Care Act is consumer choice. More choice leads to more competition among insurers, and that can mean lower costs to consumers.</p><p>But, as Michiganders shopped for health coverage on the federal marketplace, the amount of choice was not even.</p><p>If you lived in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb Counties, you got to choose from 55 insurance plans. If you lived in Delta County in the Upper Peninsula, you were only offered 5 plans, all of them from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.</p><p>Josh Fangmeier is a health policy analyst with the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation. He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:36:50 +0000 Stateside Staff 17400 at http://michiganradio.org Rural areas of Michigan have fewer health insurance options Stateside for Tuesday, April 29, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-april-29-2014 <p></p><p>One of the most important aspects of the Affordable Care Act is consumer choice. More choice means more competition among insurers, and that can lead to lower costs for consumers.</p><p></p><p>But if you live in a rural area, you may not have a whole lot of choices when it comes choosing a health plans. On today's Stateside, we took a look at health care in Michigan's rural areas.</p><p>Then, Michigan’s new crowdfunding law opens the door to everyday people who want to invest in Michigan-based startups and small businesses. We heard about the benefits and risks that come with crowdfunding for equity.</p><p>And, we spoke with Garrison Keillor about the 40th<sup>&nbsp;</sup>anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion and his upcoming book.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is in Lansing today and tomorrow, getting face-time with the lawmakers whose vote is crucial to the so-called grand bargain, the complicated deal to protect city retirees and the collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts.</span></p><p>Orr heads to Lansing with a new piece of the puzzle in hand: a tentative five-year deal reached Monday with AFSCME, Detroit's largest employee union.</p><p>Detroit News reporter Chad Livengood joined us today to give us an idea of what progress has been made and what lies ahead for the city.</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:36:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 17402 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Affordable Care Act enrollment is closed; attention now turns to Michigan Medicaid expansion http://michiganradio.org/post/affordable-care-act-enrollment-closed-attention-now-turns-michigan-medicaid-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Affordable Care Act shop door now has a "closed" sign on it, for the most part.</span></p><p>The open enrollment deadline passed at midnight.</p><p>Attention in Michigan now swings over to Healthy Michigan.</p><p>That's the official name for Michigan's expanded Medicaid program. It allows the state to bring more low-income residents into the Medicaid fold using funding available through the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>And Michigan's Medicaid expansion is something other states are watching because of a couple of important new twists to the program.</p><p>MLive Capitol reporter Jonathan Oosting joins us now.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:51:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 17061 at http://michiganradio.org Affordable Care Act enrollment is closed; attention now turns to Michigan Medicaid expansion Last day to enroll for health-care coverage under the Affordable Care Act http://michiganradio.org/post/last-day-enroll-health-care-coverage-under-affordable-care-act <p>Today is the day.</p><p>If&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">you don’t sign up for health-care coverage by midnight tonight, you might not be able to get coverage until next year. And if you choose not to get covered, you might get dinged on your 2014 taxes –also known as the "individual shared responsibility payment."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you can afford health coverage, but you decide to do without, here's how much you might have to pay:</span></p><ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2014, it's 1% of your yearly income or $95 per person, whichever is higher.</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2015, it’s 2% of your yearly income or $325 per person, whichever is higher.</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2016 and later years, it’s 2.5% of your yearly income or $695 per person, whichever is higher.&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After 2016, the fee is adjusted for inflation.</span></li></ul><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To avoid any potential fees, you need to sign up by tonight.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are exceptions.</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:01:21 +0000 Mark Brush 17049 at http://michiganradio.org Last day to enroll for health-care coverage under the Affordable Care Act Stateside for Thursday, March 27, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-march-27-2014 <div><p>When you think "Michigan," you think tourism, right? Or, for some, maybe it's Tim Allen telling you about the state's open roads, fall colors, glistening lakes. Tourism means big business for the mitten. We look at how the changing climate might impact what more than 4.4 million out-of-state visitors will be able to do and enjoy when they come to the Great Lakes State.&nbsp;</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, we spoke with Michigan author&nbsp;Laura Kasischke&nbsp;about her latest novel, Mind of Winter.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And Daniel Howes&nbsp;joined us for our weekly check-in, to discuss Mary Barra and the ghost of GM's past.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, women are underrepresented in the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;STEM&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, but there is one University of Michigan student group trying to change that.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, we are one week into spring but still getting snow. Meterologist&nbsp;Jim Maczko&nbsp;spoke with us about when we can expect warmer weather.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>First on the show, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e are closing in on the deadline to purchase health insurance or face a penalty under the Affordable Care Act.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Erin Knott is the Michigan Director of Enroll America, a non-profit, non-partisan group trying to get people enrolled in health insurance.</p><p>Erin joined us today to discuss the upcoming deadline.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:38:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17007 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, March 27, 2014 The deadline to buy insurance draws closer http://michiganradio.org/post/deadline-buy-insurance-draws-closer <p>We are closing in on the deadline to purchase health insurance or face a penalty under the Affordable Care Act. Erin Knott is the Michigan Director of Enroll America, a non-profit, non-partisan group trying to get people enrolled in health insurance.</p><p>Erin joined us today to discuss the upcoming deadline.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:18:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 17005 at http://michiganradio.org The deadline to buy insurance draws closer Obamacare deadline closes in; health officials to target obesity http://michiganradio.org/post/obamacare-deadline-closes-health-officials-target-obesity <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">March 31 looms ever closer.</span></p><p>That's the deadline for you to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. After then, you'll only be able to get insurance on the health care exchange when there's a big change in your life: a birth, divorce, death, losing your employer-sponsored insurance, or moving to another state.</p><p>The latest numbers show 144,586 people in Michigan have gotten health insurance under Obamacare.</p><p>And, with more people covered, doctors and hospitals are expecting an uptick in treating one of our state's biggest health challenges: obesity.&nbsp;</p><p>We're joined by Heather Howard, program director of the State Health Reform Assistance Network.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:30:37 +0000 Stateside Staff 16873 at http://michiganradio.org Obamacare deadline closes in; health officials to target obesity Small business owner is sick over the Affordable Care Act http://michiganradio.org/post/small-business-owner-sick-over-affordable-care-act <p>There is little question that the Affordable Care Act is a game-changer for Americans who had jobs where no insurance was available from their employer, or who had pre-existing conditions, or whose incomes did not qualify them for Medicaid, or who could not afford to buy health coverage.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But as the health care picture brightens for these Americans, there are others who are, frankly, sick of the </span>ACA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the upheaval it has brought to their lives.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit News business columnist Daniel </span>Howes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took a look at what the </span>ACA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has meant for a typical small Michigan business.</span></p><p>Howes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> joined us today and we asked him to tell us about American Gear &amp; Engineering. It’s the company he profiled <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140306/BIZ/303060026/0/OPINION0301/Small-business-already-sick-Obamacare">in today's column of the Detroit News</a>.</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:52:22 +0000 Stateside Staff 16748 at http://michiganradio.org Small business owner is sick over the Affordable Care Act Affordable Care Act needs young, healthy people to enroll http://michiganradio.org/post/affordable-care-act-needs-young-healthy-people-enroll <p>The latest figures from the government tell us that nearly 3.3 million Americans have signed up so far for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges.&nbsp;</p><p>Officials are pointing to a surge in young people who are enrolling: The percentage of people age 18-34 who enrolled grew by three percentage points last month over the previous three months.&nbsp;</p><p>Attracting these healthy young people to sign up is critical to the success of the Affordable Care Act, because they offset the costs of covering the older folks who are likely less healthy.&nbsp;</p><p>So just what is the key to getting young Americans under the Obamacare tent? Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:56:04 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16473 at http://michiganradio.org Affordable Care Act needs young, healthy people to enroll How many Michiganders have enrolled for insurance under the Affordable Care Act? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-many-michiganders-have-enrolled-insurance-under-affordable-care-act <p>It's been a little over two weeks since the Affordable Care Act officially kicked in.</p><p>How many people have been able to enroll? How many are getting financial assistance to help pay for their plan? And what deadlines do we need to be aware of?</p><p>Joining us once more is Don Hazaert, director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, one of Michigan's four navigator agencies for the ACA.</p><p><em>Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:13:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 16039 at http://michiganradio.org How many Michiganders have enrolled for insurance under the Affordable Care Act? What the ACA means for treating Mental illness http://michiganradio.org/post/what-aca-means-treating-mental-illness <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the Affordable Care Act rolled out, there's been plenty of focus on physical health, pre-existing conditions. But we haven't heard too much about what the </span>ACA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> means for treating&nbsp;Mental Illness.</span></p><p>And that is something that is a growing concern as mentally ill people fill Michigan's jails and prisons. What could it mean to these people to be able to obtain treatment?</p><p>Joining us is Ben Robinson. He's the President and CEO of Rose Hill Center in Holly, in Oakland County. They offer residential treatment for adults with mental illness. He's also on the Executive Board of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:33:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 16043 at http://michiganradio.org What the ACA means for treating Mental illness Slow enrollment for Obamacare in rural counties http://michiganradio.org/post/slow-enrollment-obamacare-rural-counties <p>People in rural areas trying to enroll for health insurance as part of the new Affordable Care Act can face special challenges. Registration must happen online, and many people in Michigan’s rural counties do not have a home computer or access to the Internet.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15874 at http://michiganradio.org Slow enrollment for Obamacare in rural counties We check in with those in Michigan looking for health insurance http://michiganradio.org/post/we-check-those-michigan-looking-health-insurance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was October 1 when the Healthcare.gov website opened for business.The rocky launch of the public portal to the Affordable Care Act has consumed much of the nation's attention and news space.</span></p><div><p>The December 23 enrollment deadline is at hand. That's when you have to have signed up if you want a policy by January 1.</p><p>We wanted to see if the consumer experience with Healthcare.gov has improved - see what problems remain - and find out how many of us have been able to complete applications and actually select a marketplace plan.</p><p>Don Hazaert joined us today. He's the director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare. It's one of four navigator agencies in our state for the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>You can find the agencies <a href="http://enrollmichigan.com/">here</a>.</p><p>Hazaert said, no question, there have been significant frustrations with the enrollment process, but that has changed since December 1. The Healthcare.gov website is working much better. Hazaert says those people who have signed up since December 1 have had a much smoother experience, especially those signing up with a new account.</p><p>Navigators are still trying to work with those individuals who started the process prior to December 1.&nbsp;We asked so of our listeners about their experiences with signing up for health care coverage.</p><p><strong>Tom is 57 and lives in Ann Arbor</strong>&nbsp;and has been out of work for a year and a half. He's been paying for health insurance out of pocket for himself and his wife. It's been very expensive. His insurance company helped him sign up on Healthcare.gov. He received a subsidy to help him cover his costs. His online experience was good.&nbsp;</p><p>"The price of the new policy is about half the price of the old policy and the deductible is about half as well, so I'm in a win-win situation as far as that's concerned," said Tom.</p><p><strong>Diane Kay is 33-year-old attorney from Brighton, MI</strong>. She had a job change and hasn't been insured since 2007. She has a pre-existing condition so insurance companies wouldn't cover her, or it was prohibitively expensive. She's still paying back a lot of debt she incurred from a stay in the hospital. She got insurance through Healthcare.gov in November and said the process was not difficult.</p><p><strong>Sasha Acker is 22-year-old social worker from Kalamazoo</strong>. She works part-time and doesn't get insurance from the company she works for. She had an extremely frustrating experience with Healthcare.gov, but was eventually able to sign up for coverage. She's excited to have insurance but has not been able to log back in to make her first payment.&nbsp;</p><p>"I called in about six times, and they told me basically that since they made a bunch of upgrades to the website some of the accounts got corrupted and people can't access them anymore. Nobody has a solution for me," said Acker.</p><p>Don&nbsp;Hazaert&nbsp;with Michigan Consumers for Healthcare says Acker will need to make a payment before the start of the New Year to get her insurance.</p><p>He says her frustration is most likely with the 800 number she's calling and that he suggests she get in touch with a&nbsp;<a href="http://enrollmichigan.com/for-individuals-families/find-your-navigator/">health care navigator in Michigan</a>.</p><p>Hazaert says in 2014, they look forward to moving the conversation away from a troubled website to the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.</em></p><p>*This story was informed by the Public Insight Network.</em></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:39:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 15753 at http://michiganradio.org We check in with those in Michigan looking for health insurance After two months, success with HeathCare.gov http://michiganradio.org/post/after-two-months-success-heathcaregov <p>President Obama said that glitches in the healthcare.gov website would be fixed by <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/30/politics/obamacare-website/">November 30</a>. Now that that deadline has passed, we wanted to check back in to see how the website was running.</p><p>I tried to apply for coverage on October 1, the day the marketplace opened, which <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-shopping-health-care-online-michigan">didn't work</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Though I checked back several times in the last two months, there <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/healthcare-enrollment-numbers-are-low-michigan-heres-our-experience">were still a lot </a>of glitches. I tried accessing my old application yesterday, and still there were problems. The website hung when I was trying to choose the amount of tax credit I apply toward my coverage.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Let's start over, shall we?</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NPR </span><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/12/05/248856640/healthcare-gov-now-allows-window-shopping-and-a-do-over" style="line-height: 1.5;">reported </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">that a lot of people who weren't able to shop for coverage are now able to because of a "reset button."</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:09:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15550 at http://michiganradio.org After two months, success with HeathCare.gov Highlights from Issues & Ale: The Affordable Care Act http://michiganradio.org/post/highlights-issues-ale-affordable-care-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this week we hosted an Issues &amp; Ale event on the Affordable Care Act, and almost 150 people attended.</span></p><p>For everyone who was not able to attend, here are some of the main takeaways from the panel discussion with Marianne Udow-Phillips, the Director of the Center for Healthcare Research &amp; Transformation, Don Hazaert, the Director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, and Melissa Anders, a statewide business reporter with the MLive media group in Lansing.</p><p><strong>What should people understand about the Affordable Care Act?</strong></p><p>People should understand first of all that the Affordable Care Act is not a website, nor is it a "catchall for everyone's anxieties about health care," according to Hazaert, as many people have concerns about health care that have nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act. It is a law.</p><p>“This law is a law that is, in some ways, an incremental change to health care. It’s building on the existing non-system,” said Udow-Phillips. “We have a complicated and convoluted current system of health care, the law doesn’t fix that.”</p><p>Instead, it is designed to fill in the gaps, not fix it. Under the Affordable Care Act, more people will get coverage, but there will be people who end up paying more.</p><p>Also, do not wait until the website is fixed to start thinking about health care.</p><p>“There’s lots of information out there right now to help you understand what your choices are,” said Anders. “You actually can go on the website . . . and click on a link that will show you what the plans are in Washtenaw County, or wherever you’re from, and will tell you what the prices are and what you might be eligible for.”</p><p>The health plans themselves also have good websites that allow you to compare information.</p><p><strong>Can you keep your current health care if you like it?</strong></p><p>There has been a lot of confusion over this. Ultimately, it is up to your state insurance commissioner to decide how to implement the policy change. In Michigan, we are still waiting to hear back from our state insurance commissioner about this.</p><p>It is also up to the insurance companies. So even if the commissioner approves, individual insurance companies can still decide whether or not to extend their plans.</p><p>People on Medicare will see no change under the Affordable Care Act. Employer plans will also stay mostly the same.</p><p>The big changes will be in the individual market.</p><p>“People are paying an enormous amount right now for very bad coverage, and people are very unhappy,” said Udow-Phillips. “We did a survey last year of citizens in Michigan, and people who had coverage that they bought themselves through the individual market, 44% of them said they were happy with their coverage.”</p><p>That is lower than people with any other type of health care. Under the Affordable Care Act, more people in the individual market will get better coverage for less.</p><p><strong>Who still won't be covered?</strong></p><p>Undocumented immigrants will not be receiving any coverage under this law. In fact, they were purposely excluded.</p><p>Additionally, people who are exempt from penalties may not have insurance, or people may choose to pay the penalties rather than get insurance.</p><p>There are a number of other circumstances which allow for exemptions. People who cannot afford insurance, people in prison, and people who cannot have health care due to their religious beliefs will be eligible for waivers.</p><p><em>To hear the full discussion and the Q &amp; A session that followed, click the audio above.</em></p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:03:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15362 at http://michiganradio.org Who are the Affordable Care Act's navigators? http://michiganradio.org/post/who-are-affordable-care-acts-navigators <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been more than a month since the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace has open, and to say the rollout has been problematic would be an understatement.</span></p><p>With the glitch-ridden healthcare.gov website, and the natural confusion that comes with breaking new ground, it’s no wonder that many insurance-seekers don’t even know where to begin to find health insurance under the ACA.</p><p>Enter Don Hazaert, the director of <a href="http://consumersforhealthcare.org">Michigan Consumers for Healthcare</a>. MCH is one of four navigator agencies in Michigan for Obamacare.</p><p>But what does a navigator do? What can’t they do? And where do Michiganders stand with their healthcare?</p><p>Hazaert met with us in the studio, to discuss how those looking for coverage for Michigan actually do it.</p><p><em>For more information, visit</em> <a href="http://enrollmichigan.com/">enrollmichigan.com</a> <em>or any of the websites below:</em></p><p><a href="http://consumersforhealthcare.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">consumersforhealthcare.org</a></p><p><a href="http://www.communitybridgesihc.com/" target="_blank">communitybridgesihc.com</a></p><p><a href="http://www.accesscommunity.org/site/PageServer" target="_blank">accesscommunity.org</a></p><p><a href="http://www.aihfs.org/" target="_blank">aihfs.org</a></p><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;"><div class="yj6qo ajU" style="cursor: pointer; outline: none; padding: 10px 0px; width: 22px;"><div aria-label="Show trimmed content" class="ajR" data-tooltip="Show trimmed content" id=":2cd" role="button" style="background-color: rgb(241, 241, 241); border: 1px solid rgb(221, 221, 221); clear: both; line-height: 6px; outline: none; position: relative; width: 20px;" tabindex="0"><img class="ajT" src="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif" style="background-image: url(https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/ellipsis.png); height: 8px; opacity: 0.3; width: 20px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;" /></div></div></div><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:20:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 15376 at http://michiganradio.org Who are the Affordable Care Act's navigators?