Obamacare http://wuis.org en "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 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 More Than 61K Illinois Residents Pick Health Plans http://wuis.org/post/more-61k-illinois-residents-pick-health-plans <p></p><p>Federal officials say more than 61,000 Illinois residents signed up for health insurance during the first three months of the troubled HealthCare.gov website. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:18:17 +0000 Associated Press 16892 at http://wuis.org More Than 61K Illinois Residents Pick Health Plans Illinois Regulators Looking For Health Scams http://wuis.org/post/illinois-regulators-looking-health-scams <p>(AP) Illinois regulators are on guard for con artists trying to profit from the nation's new health care law, and they've already shut down one suspicious operation and a lookalike website. &nbsp;</p><p>The state Department of Insurance reported on its fraud prevention efforts Tuesday to a governor's task force on the law's rollout in Illinois.</p><p>Legitimate trained counselors are helping people sign up for health insurance. They must pass a background check to be certified to do the work. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:03:05 +0000 Associated Press 13396 at http://wuis.org Illinois Regulators Looking For Health Scams Congressman Rodney Davis Defends His Vote http://wuis.org/post/congressman-rodney-davis-defends-his-vote <p>13th District Congressman Rodney Davis doesn’t believe he abandoned his principles by voting to reopen the government.<br />The Taylorville Republican says he didn’t get all the victories he wanted out of the measure approved late Wednesday, but says there were some, including a change in the Affordable Care Act that requires verification of income.&nbsp; Davis says that provision could save taxpayers billions by giving federal subsidies to those who actually deserve them. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:24:08 +0000 Jeff Bossert 11170 at http://wuis.org Congressman Rodney Davis Defends His Vote 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 Busy First Day For Illinois Health Exchange http://wuis.org/post/busy-first-day-illinois-health-exchange <p>More than 69,000 people visited Illinois&#39; new health insurance marketplace by late Tuesday, the first opportunity to comparison shop for<br />coverage through a system that&#39;s a key piece of President Barack Obama&#39;s signature health care law. But people hoping to enroll weren&#39;t getting much further, as the federally run website experienced glitches and delays.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;At a health center on Chicago&#39;s west side, workers said their goal for the day<br />was to get just one person enrolled, but none of the people who came in were Tue, 01 Oct 2013 23:13:19 +0000 Associated Press 10082 at http://wuis.org Busy First Day For Illinois Health Exchange 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 Illinois To Launch Obamacare Ad Campaign http://wuis.org/post/illinois-launch-obamacare-ad-campaign <p>Illinois will launch an advertising campaign Tuesday to inform Illinois residents about the health insurance marketplace opening that day that will connect people with new benefits under President Barack Obama&#39;s health care law. &nbsp;<br />Marketplace spokeswoman Kelly Sullivan provided copies of the ads to The Associated Press. She says the Get Covered Illinois campaign will begin with newspaper ads in 50 state markets. Radio and TV ads are planned for later this fall. &nbsp; Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:54:05 +0000 Associated Press 9962 at http://wuis.org Illinois To Launch Obamacare Ad Campaign 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 Feds Delay Won't Impact Illinois Health Marketplace http://wuis.org/post/feds-delay-wont-impact-illinois-health-marketplace <p>Illinois officials say the one-year delay in a central requirement of President Barack Obama's health care law will have no direct impact on the new online marketplace where individuals and small businesses can shop for coverage. &nbsp;<br>A spokesman for Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace is on track to begin enrollment on Oct. 1. Mike Claffey says consumers can expect a range of affordable health care options. &nbsp; Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:48:38 +0000 Sean Crawford 5186 at http://wuis.org Feds Delay Won't Impact Illinois Health Marketplace 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