Affordable Care Act http://hppr.org en 60,000 Kansans to Receive Insurance Refunds http://hppr.org/post/60000-kansans-receive-insurance-refunds <p></p><p>One of the lesser-known parts of the Affordable Care Act is about to put some money back into the pockets of nearly 60,000 Kansas families.&nbsp; The refunds will total $3.6 million reported <a href="http://www.kansaspublicradio.org/news/health-news/9040-60000-kansans-to-receive-insurance-refunds">Bryan Thompson for Kansas Public Radio.</a></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 35023 at http://hppr.org 60,000 Kansans to Receive Insurance Refunds Kansas: Incumbent U.S. Senator Roberts signs Obamacare repeal http://hppr.org/post/kansas-incumbent-us-senator-roberts-signs-obamacare-repeal <p></p><p>Republican U.S. Senator Pat Roberts recently signed a pledge sponsored by the conservative women’s organization, Independent Women’s Voice.&nbsp; The pledge is to repeal, defund and dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/elections2014/2014/jul/2/roberts-signs-obamacare-repeal-pledge/">blogged Peter Hancock for the Lawrence Journal-World</a>.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 34001 at http://hppr.org Kansas: Incumbent U.S. Senator Roberts signs Obamacare repeal Affordable Care Act Update: Kansas and Texas http://hppr.org/post/affordable-care-act-update-kansas-and-texas <p></p><p><strong>In Kansas, </strong><a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2014/feb/28/feds-report-uptick-number-kansans-seeking-medicaid/">The Kansas Health Institute recently reported</a> that more than 10,000 Kansans applied or Medicaid or CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) in January. &nbsp;That is an increase of 20% over the monthly average since the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace was launched.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 28620 at http://hppr.org Affordable Care Act Update: Kansas and Texas Colorado Medicaid Expansion Could Result in More ER Visits http://hppr.org/post/colorado-medicaid-expansion-could-result-more-er-visits <p></p><p>Colorado has expanded the Medicaid program, as part of the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act. &nbsp;That means tens of thousands of new Medicaid patients will have access to healthcare. &nbsp;Proponents of the Affordable Care Act say that getting more people insured will cut down on emergency room visits, but a recent study shows that is not what happened in Oregon according to a <a href="http://www.cpr.org/news/story/more-coloradans-medicaid-could-mean-more-er-visits-not-less">recent conversation on Colorado Matters</a> from Colorado Public Radio.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 27120 at http://hppr.org Colorado Medicaid Expansion Could Result in More ER Visits Faith-based alternative to Affordable Care Act popular in Texas http://hppr.org/post/faith-based-alternative-affordable-care-act-popular-texas <p>While the individual mandate requires ever American to have health insurance, there is a big exception to the Affordable Care Act that more and more people are taking advantage of. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Adam Vos 26076 at http://hppr.org Faith-based alternative to Affordable Care Act popular in Texas Affordable Care Act: High Plains Enrollment Numbers for November http://hppr.org/post/affordable-care-act-high-plains-enrollment-numbers-november <p></p><p>Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced enrollment numbers for the federal and state online health insurance marketplaces that opened Oct. 1. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">106,185 people in the United States have selected insurance plans during this period.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 24325 at http://hppr.org Affordable Care Act: High Plains Enrollment Numbers for November Huelskamp: A tactical change on Obamacare http://hppr.org/post/huelskamp-tactical-change-obamacare <p></p><p>The same man who was pushing to shut down the government just a few weeks ago to defund the Affordable Care Act, now says another government shutdown to stop funding for ACA isn’t likely to happen in January according to a recent <strong><a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/tea-partier-shifts-tactics-on-obamacare-99567.html">Politico story</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 24178 at http://hppr.org Huelskamp: A tactical change on Obamacare Affordable Care Act: The why is as important as the what http://hppr.org/post/affordable-care-act-why-important-what <p></p><p>The reason why the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, was designed is just as important as the what the law does says Sheldon Weisgrau, senior consultant with Rural Health Consultants.&nbsp; Weisgrau recently spoke at the NAACP Annual Freedom Fund according to <strong><a href="http://www.salina.com/news/Understanding-why-Obamacare-was-created-as-important-as-law">the Salina Journal</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 23282 at http://hppr.org Affordable Care Act: The why is as important as the what Affordable Care Act: New Premium Calculator http://hppr.org/post/affordable-care-act-new-premium-calculator <p></p><p>The Obama administration recently released a new online tool that allows users to see premium estimates by state, level of coverage, and age categories without creating an account. &nbsp;Previously, an account had to be created before individuals could see what plans were available and what premiums would be according to <strong><a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2013/oct/11/healthcaregov-offers-new-premium-calculator-sort/">the Kansas Health Institute.</a></strong></p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 23229 at http://hppr.org Affordable Care Act: New Premium Calculator Obamacare Symposium in Amarillo: Panhandle Politicians Speak http://hppr.org/post/obamacare-symposium-amarillo-panhandle-politicians-speak <p></p><p>The Amarillo Area Foundation recently hosted a symposium hoping to provide answers many have about the Affordable Care Act which many have dubbed Obamacare. Health care providers, administrators, business owners, and other citizens came to find out more according to <strong><a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-10-10/area-politicians-experts-talk-obamacare">the Amarillo Globe News</a></strong>.</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 22835 at http://hppr.org Obamacare Symposium in Amarillo: Panhandle Politicians Speak Millions Left Without Despite Affordable Care Act http://hppr.org/post/millions-left-without-despite-affordable-care-act <p></p><p>A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help, according to an analysis of census data <strong><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/health/millions-of-poor-are-left-uncovered-by-health-law.html">by The New York Times</a></strong>.</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 22487 at http://hppr.org Millions Left Without Despite Affordable Care Act Affordable Care Act: Nationwide Premium Estimates Released http://hppr.org/post/affordable-care-act-nationwide-premium-estimates-released <p>The Obama administration released a report containing average premiums across the nation.&nbsp; Rates in most states are lower than earlier projections, but there are huge variations among states <strong><a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2013/sep/25/average-obamacare-premiums-will-be-lower-projected/">according to the Kansas Health Institute</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 22119 at http://hppr.org Affordable Care Act: Nationwide Premium Estimates Released Obamacare could be a tough sell in rural America http://hppr.org/post/obamacare-could-be-tough-sell-rural-america <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></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> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:19:36 +0000 Grant Gerlock 21872 at http://hppr.org Obamacare could be a tough sell in rural America Texas: Most Uninsured Children and Poor Adults in the Nation… Again http://hppr.org/post/texas-most-uninsured-children-and-poor-adults-nation-again <p></p><p>Once again, estimates recently released by U.S. Census Bureau say Texas has the most uninsured in the nation according to a recent <strong><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/09/18/texas-maintains-highest-uninsured-rate-nation/?utm_source=feedly">article from The Texas Tribune</a></strong>.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:37:24 +0000 Cindee Talley 21855 at http://hppr.org Texas: Most Uninsured Children and Poor Adults in the Nation… Again Affordable Care Act: Texas, Where did the Money Go? http://hppr.org/post/affordable-care-act-texas-where-did-money-go <p></p><p>Texas has received almost $100 million in grants through the federal Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; Despite strong opposition to the new law by state leaders, and even an effort to defund the measure by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a majority of the grants have already been spent or will be by the end of the month according to <strong><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/09/09/texas-has-received-millions-affordable-care-act/?utm_source=feedly">The Texas Tribune</a></strong>.</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 21491 at http://hppr.org Affordable Care Act: Texas, Where did the Money Go? Affordable Care Act Texas: New York Times Sounds Off http://hppr.org/post/affordable-care-act-texas-new-york-times-sounds <p></p><p>A recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed there are a significant percentage of Texans without health insurance.&nbsp; Texas state leaders have been some of the most resistant in the nation to provide coverage for the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act according to <strong><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/opinion/uninsured-in-texas-and-florida.html?_r=0">a recent editorial in the New York Times.</a></strong></p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 21423 at http://hppr.org Affordable Care Act Texas: New York Times Sounds Off Affordable Care Act: Enrollment Period Nearing, Confusion Rising http://hppr.org/post/affordable-care-act-enrollment-period-nearing-confusion-rising <p></p><p>As October 1 is just a few weeks away, there seems to be even more confusion about the Affordable Care Act than ever.&nbsp; According to a <strong><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/confusion-lingers-texas-insurance-exchanges-enrollment-nears">recent KUT article</a></strong>, it’s not only consumers who are perplexed by the program, but medical providers are too.</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 21174 at http://hppr.org Affordable Care Act: Enrollment Period Nearing, Confusion Rising Uninsured: How things look on the high plains http://hppr.org/post/uninsured-how-things-look-high-plains <p></p><p>The latest report from the <strong><a href="http://www.census.gov/did/www/sahie/data/interactive/?eml=gd&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery#view=data&amp;utilBtn=&amp;yLB=0&amp;stLB=0&amp;aLB=0&amp;sLB=0&amp;iLB=0&amp;rLB=0&amp;countyCBSelected=false&amp;insuredRBG=pu_&amp;multiYearSelected=false&amp;multiYearAlertFlag=false">U.S. Census Bureau</a></strong> reveals the percentage of uninsured people under the age of 65.&nbsp;</p><p>Here’s how things look on the high plains:</p><ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Colorado: 17%</span></li><li>Kansas: 14.4%</li><li>Oklahoma: 21.8%</li><li>Texas: 25.7% Mon, 02 Sep 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 20979 at http://hppr.org Uninsured: How things look on the high plains Area Hospitals Penalized for Readmissions http://hppr.org/post/area-hospitals-penalized-readmissions <p></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/library/data/hospital-readmission-penalties-2014/?utm_source=feedly">The Texas Tribune</a></strong> recently reported the federal government is working to pay for better performance, and penalizing hospitals that have the highest rates of Medicare patients who are readmitted within 30 days of receiving treatment for heart failure, heart attacks, or pneumonia.&nbsp; As part of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals can be penalized up to 1% of Medicare payment rates for all procedures this year, and up to 2% next.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 20521 at http://hppr.org Area Hospitals Penalized for Readmissions High Plains States: Obamacare Grant Recipients http://hppr.org/post/high-plains-states-obamacare-grant-recipients <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a total of $67 million “navigator” grants to more than 100 organizations across the country recently reported the <a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2013/aug/15/federal-grants-awarded-obamacare-assistance/"><strong>Kansas Health Institute</strong></a>.&nbsp; “Navigators will be among the many resources available to help consumers understand their coverage options in the Marketplace,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius according to <strong><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/08/15/feds-award-108-million-help-texans-find-coverage/?utm_source=feedly">The Texas Tribune</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 20333 at http://hppr.org High Plains States: Obamacare Grant Recipients