health insurance exchange http://wrkf.org en Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists http://wrkf.org/post/patients-low-cost-insurance-struggle-find-specialists The <a href="http://hopechc.org/">Hope Clinic</a> in southwest Houston is in the very heart of Asia Town, a part of the city where bland strip malls hide culinary treasures — Vietnamese pho, Malaysian noodles, Sichuan rabbit and bubble tea.<p>Inside the clinic, internist Charu Sawhney sees patients from many countries and circumstances. She's a big believer in the Affordable Care Act since most of her patients have been uninsured. She actively pushed many of them to sign up for the new plans.<p>But now she's seeing something she didn't expect. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Carrie Feibel 29488 at http://wrkf.org Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists Frustrated By The Affordable Care Act, One Family Opts Out http://wrkf.org/post/frustrated-affordable-care-act-one-family-opts-out The Robinson family of Dallas started out pretty excited about their new insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act.<p>Nick Robinson had turned to Obamacare after he lost his job last summer. He had been working as a youth pastor, and the job included benefits that covered him, his two young daughters, and his wife, Rachel, a wedding photographer.<p>Nick says he wasn't too nervous at first, because everyone was healthy. Tue, 27 May 2014 07:27:00 +0000 editor 27150 at http://wrkf.org Frustrated By The Affordable Care Act, One Family Opts Out The 7.5 Million Insured Through Obamacare Are Only Part Of The Story http://wrkf.org/post/75-million-insured-through-obamacare-are-only-part-story Want to know how many people have signed up for private insurance under Obamacare? Like the health care law itself, the answer is complicated.<p>The Obama administration is tracking the number of plans purchased on HealthCare.gov and on the state exchanges, and this month reported that it had exceeded expectations by signing up <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/04/11/wonkbook-what-the-resignation-of-kathleen-sebelius-means/">7.5 million</a> people. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:24:00 +0000 editor 25206 at http://wrkf.org The 7.5 Million Insured Through Obamacare Are Only Part Of The Story Obamacare's National Enrollment Looks OK, But States Matter More http://wrkf.org/post/obamacares-national-enrollment-looks-ok-states-matter-more With this year's deadline to register for individual health insurance just a weekend away, much attention is being lavished on two numbers — the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/27/295311611/obamacare-enrollment-exceeds-6-million">6 million Americans</a> who have signed up so far, and the percentage of those folks who are (or aren't) young.<p>But experts say the<em> national</em> numbers actually don't mean very much.<p>"These are really state-based markets," says Caroline Pearson, vice president at <a href="http://avalerehealth.net/">Avalere Health</a>, a consulting firm b Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 24394 at http://wrkf.org Obamacare's National Enrollment Looks OK, But States Matter More That Health Insurance Deadline Now Comes With Wiggle Room http://wrkf.org/post/health-insurance-deadline-now-comes-wiggle-room We're just five days away from the March 31 deadline to sign up for individual health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. For weeks, administration officials, including the president, have insisted that there would be no extensions to the scheduled end of the six-month open enrollment period.<p>But now there's some wiggle room. Let's review, shall we?<p><strong>Start with the key question: Is Monday still the deadline?</strong><p>Yes. Next Monday, March 31, is the last day for most individuals to sign up for health insurance for 2014 through the health exchanges or outside of them. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 24325 at http://wrkf.org That Health Insurance Deadline Now Comes With Wiggle Room What You Need To Know As Health Care Deadline Looms http://wrkf.org/post/what-you-need-know-health-care-deadline-looms Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. The Obama administration announced yesterday that 5 million Americans have now enrolled in the Affordable Care Act, and that might be surprising news for some who tried to sign up and were met by major website problems early in the rollout. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 23926 at http://wrkf.org As Deadline Nears, State Insurance Exchanges Still A Mixed Bag http://wrkf.org/post/deadline-nears-state-insurance-exchanges-still-mixed-bag With a bit more than a month left for people to sign up for health insurance plans set up under the Affordable Care Act, the federal website known as HealthCare.gov finally seems to be working smoothly — in 36 states.<p>But what's happening in the 14 states that are running <a href="http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/health-insurance-exchanges/">their own</a> exchanges?<p>Some are doing quite well, thank you. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 22842 at http://wrkf.org As Deadline Nears, State Insurance Exchanges Still A Mixed Bag Finessing Health Coverage: When To Buy Insurance For A New Baby http://wrkf.org/post/finessing-health-coverage-when-buy-insurance-new-baby We're heading into the home stretch to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act this year. The open enrollment period ends March 31 for most people.<p>But there are exceptions. And they are the subject of many of our questions this month.<p><strong>For example, Diane Jennings of Hickory, N.C., has a question about her young adult daughter, who's currently covered on her father's health insurance. "When she ages out of the program this year at 26, in October," Jennings asks, "she'll have to get her own insurance through the exchange. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:39:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 22667 at http://wrkf.org Finessing Health Coverage: When To Buy Insurance For A New Baby The Healthy, Not The Young, May Determine Health Law's Fate http://wrkf.org/post/healthy-not-young-may-determine-health-laws-fate Now that the problems with the balky <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">HealthCare.gov</a> website are largely fixed, the Obama administration is finally feeling comfortable enough to launch some of the outreach it planned for last fall.<p>Its top target: young adults, specifically those between 18 and 35.<p>Actress and comedian Aisha Tyler and former Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson are among the celebrity spokesmen. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 21684 at http://wrkf.org The Healthy, Not The Young, May Determine Health Law's Fate Legal Loopholes Leave Some Kids Without Dental Insurance http://wrkf.org/post/legal-loopholes-leave-some-kids-without-dental-insurance If you think buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has been complicated, just wait. Buying dental coverage on the health exchanges, it turns out, is even more confusing.<p>Dental coverage for children is one of the <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/blog/10-health-care-benefits-covered-in-the-health-insurance-marketplace/">benefits that must be offered</a> under the law. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 08:39:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 21056 at http://wrkf.org Legal Loopholes Leave Some Kids Without Dental Insurance