health insurance premiums http://michiganradio.org en 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 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 Obamacare opponents remain resolute in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/obamacare-opponents-remain-resolute-michigan <p>Opponents of Obamacare turned out for a meeting in Jackson today. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressman Tim </span>Walberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is holding a series of town hall meetings this week on the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Republican congressman is showcasing small business owners and patients who say they are paying more for health insurance under </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:21:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 16518 at http://michiganradio.org Obamacare opponents remain resolute in Michigan Pontiac teachers sue district, facing health insurance cuts http://michiganradio.org/post/pontiac-teachers-sue-district-facing-health-insurance-cuts <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Teachers in the struggling Pontiac School District are suing the district after being told their healthcare coverage could get axed.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">The teachers who filed the lawsuit are claiming school officials took mone Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:35:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13486 at http://michiganradio.org Pontiac teachers sue district, facing health insurance cuts Insurance companies apply to provide Affordable Care Act coverage to Michiganders http://michiganradio.org/post/insurance-companies-apply-provide-affordable-care-act-coverage-michiganders-0 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14.44444465637207px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>More than a dozen insurance companies want to be part of a health care exchange that provides coverage to Michiganders under the new federal health care law.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:40:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 12934 at http://michiganradio.org Insurance companies apply to provide Affordable Care Act coverage to Michiganders State Senator Rick Jones: If teachers sacrifice, everyone should http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senator-rick-jones-if-teachers-sacrifice-everyone-should <p>Republican state senator Rick Jones says many schools may soon demand that teachers pay at least 20-percent of their health insurance premiums.&nbsp;</p><p>Jones has introduced a bill that would keep a school&rsquo;s per-pupil funding intact, if teachers agree to the cuts.&nbsp;</p><p>But he says teachers shouldn&#39;t be the only one making the sacrifice.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I learned that senators and representatives pay anywhere from 5% to 7.6%, and I thought, how is that fair that we&rsquo;re paying that and teachers are being asked to pay 20%?&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Jones says his new bill would require state legislators to pay 20% of their health insurance premiums.&nbsp;</p><p>He has also introduced a bill to alter the lifetime health insurance that legislators receive after serving only six years, calling it &ldquo;obscene.&rdquo;</p><p>The bill would phase in the benefit, beginning at ten years of service. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 19:23:34 +0000 Tracy Samilton 1835 at http://michiganradio.org