Affordable Health Care Act

10:47 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Colorado Insurance Marketplace Enrolling Uninsured

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While many other states refrain from getting into the health insurance business, Colorado is pressing on with efforts to educate the uninsured public about the state-run health insurance marketplace. Connect for Health Colorado is Colorado's answer to the Affordable Care Act, key provisions of which go into effect at the end of this year.
The market’s employees are traveling the state to explain how it will work, often in electric yellow T-shirts with the message, “Got Insurance?” In the coming weeks, 400 guides will be trained to help the uninsured sign up for coverage, with some targeting groups like Hispanics, gay and lesbian citizens, and even truckers.
Healthcare
8:00 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Help to Understanding the Affordable Care Act

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Whatever term you give it, the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, enrollment begins October 1 with coverage effective January 1.  To help negotiate the healthcare maze, the Kansas Health Institute reported there’s help: a nationwide interactive map and town hall meetings across Kansas.   

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Healthcare
8:01 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Next up for KanCare: Health Home Model for Mentally Ill

KanCare is the commercially run managed care version of the Kansas Medicaid program.  The next step in program implementation according to the Kansas Health Institute is to begin a health home model for the state’s 36,000 mentally ill.

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Healthcare
8:01 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Affordable Healthcare Act: Study says it's better for states to run their own exchange

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The Kansas Health Institute reported when it comes to the upcoming health insurance exchange, state-run is better than federal.

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Healthcare
8:01 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Western Kansas Clinics Receive Federal Grant Money

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Two western Kansas clinics received federal monies to help residents maneuver their way through the upcoming health insurance exchange.  The Kansas Health Institute reported the funds will be used to hire a total of 32 outreach workers in 14 clinics across Kansas.  The total grant amount was $1.6 million.

The two clinics are: 

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Kansas Education
8:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

K-State Extension Educating Kansans; Separating Obamacare Fact from Fiction

As the new health insurance exchange begins October 1, The Kansas Health Institute reported much of the Affordable Care Act will bypass Kansas.  However, some are working to educate Kansans about how the new law applies to them.

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HPPR Economy and Enterprise
8:01 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Works to Provide Local Input to Affordable Care Act

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger
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The Kansas Health Institute reported  federal officials will run the new health exchange for the state of Kansas, but Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger said she has been in discussions to have complex calls roll over to her department.  Her goal is to connect Kansas consumers with local experts who are familiar with insurance plans and regulations specific to the state. 

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Government & Politics
4:23 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Make Room Seniors, Rural Schools are in the Same Boat

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The trials of senior citizens trying to balance increased expenses with fixed incomes are frequently in the news, and rural schools are in the same boat.  Educational District budgets are strained, and the Affordable Health Care Act requires public employers, like schools, to meet new health coverage requirements. 

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