obamacare http://michiganradio.org en Michiganders could lose federal tax credits for Obamacare http://michiganradio.org/post/michiganders-could-lose-federal-tax-credits-obamacare <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/334034284/u-s-appeals-court-deals-blow-to-obamas-health-law">A federal court ruling</a> today could affect tens of thousands of Michiganders who got health insurance through Obamacare.</p><p></p><p>More than 237,000 of the 272,000 Michiganders who signed up for Obamacare&nbsp;selected a plan through the marketplace with federal financial assistance. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The tax credits helped subsidize health insurance payments for low- and moderate-income people.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:55:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 18472 at http://michiganradio.org Michiganders could lose federal tax credits for Obamacare 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 Detroit has a maternal death rate that is triple the nation's http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-has-maternal-death-rate-triple-nations <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In Detroit, the number of women dying from pregnancy-related causes is three times the national average.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:02:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18331 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit has a maternal death rate that is triple the nation's Michigan company's legal fight against Obamacare goes on http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-companys-legal-fight-against-obamacare-goes <p>A Michigan company’s legal fight against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception requirement will likely continue, despite <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/30/326926331/companies-can-refuse-to-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says">the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling</a> in a similar case Monday.</p><p></p><p>The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 18211 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan company's legal fight against Obamacare goes on Michiganders should expect to pay more for Obamacare next year http://michiganradio.org/post/michiganders-should-expect-pay-more-obamacare-next-year <p>The<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/difs/0,5269,7-303--313356--,00.html"> cost of Obamacare health insurance plans will likely rise</a> next year in Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>272,000 Michiganders signed up for health insurance using the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;&nbsp; They will be paying more for those plans if proposed rate increases released this week are approved by state and federal regulators.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18152 at http://michiganradio.org Michiganders should expect to pay more for Obamacare next year Bill proposes more authority for nurses with advanced degrees http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-proposes-more-authority-nurses-advanced-degrees <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A bill that would give nurses with advanced degrees more autonomy is coming up for debate in the Michigan House.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:11:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18115 at http://michiganradio.org Bill proposes more authority for nurses with advanced degrees Insurance companies submit new Obamacare policies to state regulators Monday http://michiganradio.org/post/insurance-companies-submit-new-obamacare-policies-state-regulators-monday <p>The next round of Obamacare health insurance policies and rates must be submitted to Michigan regulators by tomorrow.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">272,000 </span>Michiganders<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> signed up for Affordable Care Act health care policies this year. 14 companies offered plans in Michigan. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 19:54:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17898 at http://michiganradio.org Insurance companies submit new Obamacare policies to state regulators Monday 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 More than a quarter million Michiganders signed up for Obamacare http://michiganradio.org/post/more-quarter-million-michiganders-signed-obamacare <p>The White House says more than 270,000 Michiganders signed up for health insurance under <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/04/16/303204332/is-obamacare-a-success-we-might-not-know-for-a-while">Obamacare.</a></p><p></p><p>The six month sign-up period ended a month ago, but this is the first state breakdown of the numbers.</p><p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17458 at http://michiganradio.org More than a quarter million Michiganders signed up for Obamacare Time is running out for Michiganders who have yet to sign up for health insurance coverage http://michiganradio.org/post/time-running-out-michiganders-who-have-yet-sign-health-insurance-coverage <p>Thousands of Michiganders are expected to be among the final crush of Americans trying to sign up for health insurance by Monday <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/b/#welcome/">Obamacare</a> deadline.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After Monday, people without health insurance coverage may face a penalty on their federal taxes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Andy </span>Hetzel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a spokesman for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He says the state’s largest insurer has been getting 25,000 calls a week from people looking for help getting health care coverage.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We’re seeing significant volumes of people reaching out to us now,” says </span>Hetzel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, “The people who are reaching out to us are a fraction of the marketplace.”</span></p><p>Hetzel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says walking people through the sign-up, including assessing their eligibility for a federal subsidy to help pay their insurance premium, can take a while. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Hetzel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> notes that many </span>Michiganders<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will have the option of signing up for expanded Medicaid coverage starting next month.</span></p><p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17032 at http://michiganradio.org Time is running out for Michiganders who have yet to sign up for health insurance coverage Final surge in demand in Michigan stresses Obamacare sign-up system http://michiganradio.org/post/final-surge-demand-michigan-stresses-obamacare-sign-system <p>Monday’s Obamacare deadline is pushing many Michiganders to try to sign up for new health insurance plans. But that may overwhelm the groups trying to help get them signed up.</p><p></p><p>Computer glitches and telephone delays marred the opening of the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act last fall. The surge of demand now, as Monday’s deadline looms, threatens to overwhelm the system again.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:23:26 +0000 Steve Carmody 17020 at http://michiganradio.org Final surge in demand in Michigan stresses Obamacare sign-up system 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 Obamacare deadline is getting closer http://michiganradio.org/post/obamacare-deadline-getting-closer <p>Michiganders have less than four weeks to find a health insurance plan.</p><p></p><p>After March 31st, people who have not signed up for health insurance will have to pay a federal tax penalty.</p><p></p><p>Gia Carroll is a health navigator with the Hamilton Community Health Network in Genesee County. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;She says money is a bigger issue than health care coverage for many people she works with.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:03:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 16704 at http://michiganradio.org Obamacare deadline is getting closer Medicaid expansion rolls out in one month in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-rolls-out-one-month-michigan <p>In one month, more than 300,000 people are expected to begin signing up for expanded Medicaid coverage in Michigan. The Medicaid expansion is part of the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p><p>"<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943_66797---,00.html">Healthy Michigan</a><u>"</u>&nbsp;would cover nearly everyone, under the age of 65, with an income up to 133% of the federal poverty limit. That translates to individuals making about $15,000 and families of four making less than $32,000.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16673 at http://michiganradio.org Medicaid expansion rolls out in one month in Michigan 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 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 Michiganders are signing up for Obamacare at a faster pace, but the deadline looms http://michiganradio.org/post/michiganders-are-signing-obamacare-faster-pace-deadline-looms <p>The Obama Administration says Michiganders are <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/02/12/276000210/after-january-surge-more-than-3-million-have-enrolled-in-obamacare">signing up for health insurance</a> under the Affordable Care Act at a faster pace than expected. But time is running out.</p><p></p><p>Michiganders have until the end of March to sign up for health insurance or face a federal tax penalty.</p><p></p><p>The Obama administration says through the end of January, about 112,000 Michiganders have picked insurance plans using the federal health care website.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 16423 at http://michiganradio.org Michiganders are signing up for Obamacare at a faster pace, but the deadline looms Michigan insurer doubtful of net jump in plans sold http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-insurer-doubtful-net-jump-plans-sold <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The uninsured and others have time to sign up for private insurance under the federal health care law without facing a tax penalty.<br /><br />But one Michigan insurance executive doubts much new enrollment will occur before the March 31 deadline and cautions that the net number of people buying their own insurance in Michigan could stay flat this year.<br /> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:39:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16083 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan insurer doubtful of net jump in plans sold