Affordable Care Act http://www.kunc.org en Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says http://www.kunc.org/post/closely-held-companies-can-refuse-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.<p>The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.<p>The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.<p><strong>Update at 1:15 p.m. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 58394 at http://www.kunc.org Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says Frustrated By The Affordable Care Act, One Family Opts Out http://www.kunc.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 57020 at http://www.kunc.org Frustrated By The Affordable Care Act, One Family Opts Out How Health Insurance Exchanges Are Like Flea Markets http://www.kunc.org/post/how-health-insurance-exchanges-are-flea-markets Billions of dollars went into creating state marektplaces, and we know about 8 million people signed up. But it's actually still to early to declare success or failure. Tue, 27 May 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Eric Whitney 57021 at http://www.kunc.org How Health Insurance Exchanges Are Like Flea Markets Colorado’s Plan To Cut Ski-Town Health Premiums Gets Approval http://www.kunc.org/post/colorado-s-plan-cut-ski-town-health-premiums-gets-approval <p>The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has approved Colorado's plan to consolidate several rating areas to reduce health insurance premiums in rural and mountain communities.</p><p>Local officials in mountain resort areas west of Denver had been crying ‘foul’ over sky-high premiums, <a href="http://kunc.org/post/10-places-where-health-insurance-costs-most">which were among the highest in the nation.</a></p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:20:49 +0000 Erin OToole 56751 at http://www.kunc.org Colorado’s Plan To Cut Ski-Town Health Premiums Gets Approval Obamacare Prompts Firm To Consider Dropping Its Health Plan http://www.kunc.org/post/obamacre-prompts-firm-consider-dropping-its-health-plan AmeriMark Direct founded its catalog business in Cleveland in the 1960s, and for decades, everyone assumed that health insurance came with the job.<p>These days, the 700-employee company doesn't assume anything.<p>The traditional <a href="https://www.amerimark.com/cgi-bin/amerimark/index_home.html">mail-order catalog company</a> sells a broad selection of products — from magnetic "fashion bracelets" and patio dresses to sexual health aids and religious-themed blankets.<p>The business model depends on people like associate Kathy Miller, at the company's call center, closing a sale without takin Wed, 14 May 2014 07:46:00 +0000 56491 at http://www.kunc.org Obamacare Prompts Firm To Consider Dropping Its Health Plan