obamacare http://michiganradio.org en 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 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 Social workers in Michigan are preparing to be part of health care changes http://michiganradio.org/post/social-workers-michigan-are-preparing-be-part-health-care-changes <p><a href="http://www.healthcaresalaryworld.com/what-is-health-care-social-worker-salary/">Social workers</a> in Michigan are starting to wear many hats as health-care reform is implemented.</p><p>The expansion of Medicaid and the establishment of the state Health Insurance Exchange is expanding health-care coverage to hundreds of thousands of Michiganders.</p><p>Robert Sheehan is the executive director of the Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties.</p><p>He says all the changes healthcare are broadening the scope of social workers.</p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 20:09:00 +0000 Vincent Duffy 15798 at http://michiganradio.org Social workers in Michigan are preparing to be part of health care changes More Michiganders signing up for Obamacare, but the numbers are still low http://michiganradio.org/post/more-michiganders-signing-obamacare-numbers-are-still-low <p>More Michiganders are signing up for health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p><p>Problems with the federal website made it difficult for people to sign up initially.</p><p></p><p>In Michigan, fewer than 1400 people signed up in October. But after a website overhaul, more than five thousand Michiganders completed the process in November.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:04:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 15650 at http://michiganradio.org More Michiganders signing up for Obamacare, but the numbers are still low 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 Proposal to make Michigan women buy separate health insurance for abortion coverage moving forward http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-make-michigan-women-buy-separate-health-insurance-abortion-coverage-moving-forward <p>A proposal to prohibit basic health insurance plans from covering abortions goes before the Board of State Canvassers tomorrow. &nbsp;&nbsp;Women would be able to buy separate abortion riders for their health insurance policies.</p><p></p><p>The Board is expected to certify that a petition drive has enough signatures to put the matter before the legislature.</p><p></p><p>Genevieve Marnon is with<a href="http://www.rtl.org/action_center/index.html"> Right to Life of Michigan.</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; She says women should pay for abortion coverage themselves.</p><p></p> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 20:03:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15482 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal to make Michigan women buy separate health insurance for abortion coverage moving forward Michigan officials say insurance companies can continue to offer health plans canceled by Obamacare http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-officials-say-insurance-companies-can-continue-offer-health-plans-canceled-obamacare <p>Michiganders at risk of losing their health insurance because of Obamacare may be getting a reprieve.</p><p>It’s estimated that more than 200,000 policies in Michigan could be at risk of being canceled because the policies don’t meet the minimum standards of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/11/15/245344145/obama-apologizes-offers-fix-to-insurance-cancellations">After a public outcry, President Obama</a> asked the states and insurance companies to keep those policies in effect for another year.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:41:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 15402 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan officials say insurance companies can continue to offer health plans canceled by Obamacare Bill forces disclosure of law's effect on premiums in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-forces-disclosure-laws-effect-premiums-michigan <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State legislators are divided over a plan requiring Michigan insurers to tell policyholders the impact of the federal health care law on their premiums.<br /><br />Legislation awaiting a vote in the Republican-led House would require that insurers give annual estimates of the overhaul's effect on premiums.<br /><br />Republican Rep. Mike Shirkey of Clark Lake says people deserve to know the law's ramifications. He also wants to insulate insurers from being blamed for premium increases.<br /><br />But Democrats say the bill is nothing more than a political ploy. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:08:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15314 at http://michiganradio.org Bill forces disclosure of law's effect on premiums in Michigan In this morning's headlines: 1,300 signed up for Obamacare, Court of Claims, pot in pharmacies http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-1300-signed-obamacare-court-claims-pot-pharmacies <p><strong>1,300 Michiganders signed up for Obamacare in the first month of online exchange </strong></p><p>"Health officials released a report yesterday showing that only about 1,300 Michigan residents managed to sign up for coverage through the troubled federally-run state health care exchange in its first month of operation," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Michigan Supreme Court names Court of Claims judges </strong></p><p>"The Michigan Supreme Court has moved quickly to name judges to serve on a revamped Court of Claims to hear major lawsuits filed against the state. A new law moves the Court of Claims from the Ingham County Circuit and makes it part of the Michigan Court of Appeals. The state Supreme Court tapped two judges originally appointed by a Republican governor and two appointed by a Democrat to serve on the new Court of Claims," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-names-court-claims-judges">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Senate approves bill for pot sales at pharmacies </strong></p><p>"The state Senate has approved a bill that could clear the way for pharmacies to sell medical marijuana in Michigan. That’s if the federal government decides to regulate cannabis as a prescription drug," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/plan-sell-medical-marijuana-pharmacies-clears-state-senate">reports. </a></p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:14:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15279 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: 1,300 signed up for Obamacare, Court of Claims, pot in pharmacies Michigan submits application to add more low-income families to Medicaid http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-submits-application-add-more-low-income-families-medicaid <p>Michigan officials hope to know by Christmas whether the Obama administration has accepted the state’s plan for extending Medicaid coverage to thousands of working poor people.</p><p>The state formally submitted its proposal to the federal government today.</p><p>The state wants waivers from the usual Medicaid rules so it can charge co-pays, set up health care savings accounts, and use financial incentives to encourage patients to adopt healthy behaviors.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:17:18 +0000 Rick Pluta & Steve Carmody 15201 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan submits application to add more low-income families to Medicaid