Affordable Care Act http://wuis.org en Durbin Files Legislation Reacting To Hobby Lobby Decision http://wuis.org/post/durbin-files-legislation-reacting-hobby-lobby-decision <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>U.S. Senator Dick Durbin wants companies exempt from offering birth control in their healthcare plans to make that known to potential employees.</p><p></p><p>It's a response to the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court last month, which determined certain business owners don't have to pay for contraceptives that violate their religious beliefs. These so-called "closely held" companies — typically small, family owned businesses — are exempt from the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:09:59 +0000 Hannah Meisel 29888 at http://wuis.org Durbin Files Legislation Reacting To Hobby Lobby Decision Illinois Health Campaign Among Nation's Costliest http://wuis.org/post/illinois-health-campaign-among-nations-costliest <p>The campaign to promote President Barack Obama's health care law in his home state of Illinois has been one of the nation's costliest with a $33<br />million contract for work by high-priced public relations experts.<br />&nbsp;<br />An <a href="http://hosted.ap.org/interactives/2014/illinois-health-ads/">Associated Press review</a> of hundreds of documents finds more than 90 people billed at least $270 an hour under a contract with few built-in restraints.<br />&nbsp; Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:13:14 +0000 AP: Carla Johnson 27115 at http://wuis.org Illinois Health Campaign Among Nation's Costliest Ill. Medicaid Recipients Surge As Adults Find They're Eligible http://wuis.org/post/ill-medicaid-recipients-surge-adults-find-theyre-eligible <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois officials are dealing with a surge of new patients in the Medicaid program. It's part of last month's rush of people seeking coverage under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time, low-income adults without children are eligible for government health coverage.</span></p><p>In Illinois, officials expect that'll mean 350,000 new people in Medicaid. And that's not all.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:36:41 +0000 Brian Mackey 24073 at http://wuis.org Ill. Medicaid Recipients Surge As Adults Find They're Eligible "Making Sense Of Obamacare" Lecture At UIS http://wuis.org/post/making-sense-obamacare-lecture-uis <p>Ted Marmor has studied the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.&nbsp; The author and Professor Emeritus at Yale sees both good and bad with the new law.</p><p>"My overall view is simple. That it's a very confusing piece of legislation, not very well explained," he said.</p><p>"It perpetuates the cost and complexity of American medical care. But it makes some improvement in the availability of health insurance and the protection of some Americans from being devastated by expensive hospital stays and expensive pharmaceutical treatment."</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:40:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 22853 at http://wuis.org "Making Sense Of Obamacare" Lecture At UIS Young People, Medicaid Concerns As Obamacare Deadline Looms http://wuis.org/post/young-people-medicaid-concerns-obamacare-deadline-looms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>With one week left to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, Illinois' enrollment numbers are on track to meet their goals. But, many newly covered Illinoisans aren't actually buying private insurance.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 114,000 people in Illinois have bought insurance under </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. But 200,000 more have been signed up for Medicaid, the state's healthcare program for the poor.</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:02:04 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21555 at http://wuis.org Young People, Medicaid Concerns As Obamacare Deadline Looms State Health Panel Wants To See Expansion Of Health Jobs http://wuis.org/post/state-health-panel-wants-see-expansion-health-jobs <p></p><p>A state panel has released nearly two dozen <a href="http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/healthcarereform/Documents/Health%20Reform%20Implementation/Workforce/Illinois%20Healthcare%20Workforce%20Workgroup%20%20FINAL%20VERSION%201-7-14.pdf">recommendations</a> to deal with the increase in patients expected under the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; However, some of those ideas will be hard to get approved.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:38:43 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 20543 at http://wuis.org State Health Panel Wants To See Expansion Of Health Jobs Lucore named St. John's CEO http://wuis.org/post/lucore-named-st-johns-ceo <p>St. John's new CEO says the Springfield hospital will face many challenges as a result of the Affordable Care Act ... like changes in Medicare reimbursement -- which now rewards keeping patients out of hospitals.</p><p>Dr. Charles Lucore's appointment was announced Thursday.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:44:42 +0000 Lee Strubinger 18919 at http://wuis.org Lucore named St. John's CEO Area Man Signs Up For Health Insurance Via Satire Website http://wuis.org/post/area-man-signs-health-insurance-satire-website <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new banner of ads will top </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Onion</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> website. This is the state's latest effort to get young people to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The Onion</em> is known for its satire, but this is no joke.</span></p><p>As the Affordable Care Act's March 31 deadline approaches, Illinois officials are trying to get a demographic they call the "Young Invincibles" to sign up.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:06:24 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 18714 at http://wuis.org Area Man Signs Up For Health Insurance Via Satire Website ACA Navigator Program Under Question http://wuis.org/post/aca-navigator-program-under-question <div style="margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><font face="Calibri">Republicans are calling for a review of the state’s management of Affordable Care Act navigators. Lee Strubinger has the report.</font></span></font></span></font><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><font face="Calibri">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font></span></font></span></font> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:52:22 +0000 Lee Strubinger 18419 at http://wuis.org ACA Navigator Program Under Question Another Affordable Care Act Deadline This Week http://wuis.org/post/another-affordable-care-act-deadline-week <p></p><p>It has been roughly two weeks since the first batch of consumers who signed up for the Affordable Care Act have been able to use their insurance. There's another deadline this week.</p><p></p><p>Consumers who signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act by Christmas saw their new benefits kick in Jan. 1.</p><p></p><p>There's no telling how many Illinois residents that is: the government hasn't released enrollment numbers for December. But insurers and so-called navigators, who are charged with helping people sign up, reported a last-minute rush.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:31:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 16805 at http://wuis.org Another Affordable Care Act Deadline This Week Schock Blames Insurance Mandates For Premium Hikes http://wuis.org/post/schock-blames-insurance-mandates-premium-hikes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>After Republicans' efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act did not work, Congressman Aaron Schock says lawmakers need to lift requirements on insurance policies. Today (Nov. 11) he toured his district, in an attempt to prove his point.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:44:18 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12908 at http://wuis.org Schock Blames Insurance Mandates For Premium Hikes Government Shutdown Early Campaign Fodder http://wuis.org/post/government-shutdown-early-campaign-fodder <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A day into the federal government shutdown, it&#39;s already turning into campaign fodder for next year&#39;s election.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 23:59:04 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 10084 at http://wuis.org Government Shutdown Early Campaign Fodder Quinn Says Health Marketplace Launch "Historic" http://wuis.org/post/quinn-says-health-marketplace-launch-historic <p>Gov. Pat Quinn says the launch of the health insurance marketplace marks a ``historic&#39;&#39; day that will change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans. &nbsp;<br />Quinn spoke at a press conference in Chicago on Tuesday, the same day the marketplace opened in Illinois and other states. &nbsp;<br />But the federal website where people enroll was experiencing some glitches. Consumers couldn&#39;t get beyond initial screens, and some reported waits of 20 minutes on a hotline set up to assist them. &nbsp;<br />Quinn says glitches are part of any new endeavor. &nbsp; Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:55:25 +0000 Associated Press 10056 at http://wuis.org Quinn Says Health Marketplace Launch "Historic" Health Law Could Reduce Incarceration Rates http://wuis.org/post/health-law-could-reduce-incarceration-rates <p>Tuesday marks the launch of state health insurance exchanges, a major part of the Affordable Care Act. Among the many changes likely after the new health coverage takes effect: Fewer people behind bars.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:58:31 +0000 Sean Powers 10017 at http://wuis.org Health Law Could Reduce Incarceration Rates Insurance Plan Prices Under ACA Unveiled http://wuis.org/post/insurance-plan-prices-under-aca-unveiled <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The most visible part of the Affordable Care Act has arrived. Today, Illinois residents without insurance will be able to go to the &quot;Get Covered Illinois&quot; website to begin shopping for healthcare plans.</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 10:22:15 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 9977 at http://wuis.org Insurance Plan Prices Under ACA Unveiled Healthcare Marketplace To Be Called 'Get Covered Illinois' http://wuis.org/post/healthcare-marketplace-be-called-get-covered-illinois <p></p><p>Illinois officials have decided on a brand name for the new health insurance marketplace set to open Tuesday.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn's administration unveiled the name Wednesday: It's&nbsp; "Get Covered Illinois.'' The brand tagline is "The Official Health Marketplace.''</p><p>Deputy Gov. Cristal Thomas says the administration wanted a name that was "very clear about what this product has to offer.''</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:49:18 +0000 Associated Press 9624 at http://wuis.org Healthcare Marketplace To Be Called 'Get Covered Illinois' ACA Insurance Plans May Be Cheaper, But At What Cost? http://wuis.org/post/aca-insurance-plans-may-be-cheaper-what-cost <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Although the grand opening of the Affordable Care Act is only a week away, Illinois is still waiting on the federal government to approve the insurance plans that will be available through it. &nbsp;Even so, the governor today announced it will cost less to get coverage than originally expected.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:51:12 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 9566 at http://wuis.org ACA Insurance Plans May Be Cheaper, But At What Cost? Obamacare Could Be Tough Sell In Rural Areas http://wuis.org/post/obamacare-could-be-tough-sell-rural-areas <p>The Affordable Care Act, often called “Obamacare,” takes a big step forward Oct. 1 when new health insurance marketplaces open for enrollment. Rural families are more likely to qualify for subsidized coverage, but reaching them to sign up will be part of the challenge.</p><p>So, will farm country take advantage of new health insurance subsidies? That’s the question in Nebraska.</p><p>Almost 200,000 Nebraskans don’t have health insurance. Nearly half of them are spread across the state’s rural areas.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:21:22 +0000 Grant Gerlock 9538 at http://wuis.org Obamacare Could Be Tough Sell In Rural Areas Details On Next Phase Of Obamacare http://wuis.org/post/details-next-phase-obamacare <p>The Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, is among the most controversial domestic policy laws in history.&nbsp; And it remains so just days before the next phase launches October 1. &nbsp; At that time, a window opens allowing comparative shopping for coverage.&nbsp;<br><br>While the debate in Washington continues, we wanted to take a closer look at the law and what it will mean for those who are uninsured and those who already have coverage.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:14:34 +0000 Sean Crawford 9537 at http://wuis.org Details On Next Phase Of Obamacare Illinois Still Waiting On Key Obamacare Approval http://wuis.org/post/illinois-still-waiting-key-obamacare-approval <p></p><p>The price of insurance policies that will be offered under the federal health care overhaul remain a mystery, even to state officials.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oct. 1 will be a big day across the country for President Barack Obama's signature health care law. It's the launch date for insurance marketplaces, the Affordable Care Act's term for where people without insurance will be able to shop for coverage.</span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 22:46:32 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8743 at http://wuis.org Illinois Still Waiting On Key Obamacare Approval Crucial Plank Of Obamacare Passes Illinois House http://wuis.org/post/crucial-plank-obamacare-passes-illinois-house <p></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 03:27:40 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3315 at http://wuis.org A Full Legislative Agenda With Only Five Days Left http://wuis.org/post/full-legislative-agenda-only-five-days-left <p></p><p>There are five days left in the Illinois General Assembly's spring session. Legislators have a lot of work ahead of them. &nbsp;The House adjourns on Memorial Day at noon; the Senate convenes at 4 p.m.</p><p> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 01:13:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3285 at http://wuis.org A Full Legislative Agenda With Only Five Days Left