Affordable Care Act

10:06am

Fri October 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Part-Time Workers Search New Exchanges For Health Insurance

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 2:26 pm

The specialty grocer Trader Joe's says next year it will end its policy of offering health benefits for part-time workers. Instead, the store will offer part-timers cash to help buy coverage.
Bloomberg via Getty Images

Across the U.S., many part-time workers have joined the millions shopping for coverage in the new health care marketplace. Some are uninsured. Others are being pushed into the new exchanges because their employers — companies that include Trader Joe's and Home Depot — decided to drop coverage for part-timers.

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3:03pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Insurance Brokers Look For Relevance As Health Exchanges Grow

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 9:38 am

Tim Hebert, an insurance broker in Fort Collins, Colo., says he expects that the health care law will wind up being good for his business.
Kara Donahoe Courtesy of Tim Hebert

When states and the federal government rolled out online marketplaces to help people buy health insurance on Tuesday, you'd think that old-fashioned insurance brokers would have been worried.

All told about $200 million is being spent on a new army of people to help consumers find their way. These navigators, guides or assisters, as they're called, would seem to threaten the business of traditional brokers.

Many brokers work for small independent businesses. So are brokers at risk of becoming the next travel agents, whose ranks were thinned by online shopping?

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12:57pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Medicaid Looks Good To A Former Young Invincible

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 9:38 am

Brad Stevens used to think he didn't need health insurance.
Sarah Varney

Have you heard about the young invincibles? That's the name given to young people who think nothing bad can happen to them.

Enrollment of healthy people like them in insurance under the Affordable Care Act is key to offsetting the costs of older, less healthy buyers.

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4:30am

Thu October 3, 2013
Business Report

State Regulators Probe Complaints Of Healthcare Rate Threats

Screencap of Colorado's health insurance exchange website
ConnectForHealthCo.com

As Coloradans begin shopping for health insurance via the newly opened exchange,  the Division of Insurance is looking into letters some people say they’ve gotten from their insurance carriers warning of higher rates if they don’t renew their existing policies.

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1:07am

Thu October 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Back To Work After A Baby, But Without Health Insurance

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 7:13 pm

People get information on California's health exchange at a table at Union Station in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the exchange's opening day.
Reed Saxon AP

Pardit Pri had health insurance until she decided to quit her job as a legal administrative assistant and stay home with her newborn son 20 months ago. She thought she'd have coverage by now. But it didn't work out that way.

"I knew that I wasn't going to be working for a while because I decided to stay home with my son, and I thought ... 'OK, fingers crossed. Nothing will happen during that time,' " she says, as she plays with her son in their Orange County, Calif., apartment.

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