Health Insurance

6:36am

Sat October 13, 2012
From Our Listeners

The Antidote To Your Burning Health Care Questions

Originally published on Sat October 13, 2012 1:14 pm

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As we approach the presidential election in November, Weekend Edition is seeking your questions about issues and candidates in a new segment called Reporter Hotline. This week, we answer inquiries about health care.

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5:02pm

Thu October 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Romney: People Don't Die For Lack Of Insurance

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 2:48 pm

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney boards his campaign plane Thursday in Dayton, Ohio, for a flight to North Carolina. In comments to The Columbus Dispatch, Romney said uninsured Americans don't die from a lack of health care.
Evan Vucci AP

1:08am

Mon October 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

For Families Of Medicare Recipients, Insurance Choices Are Tricky

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 10:23 am

Bruce Osterweil, 59, of San Francisco has long relied on his wife's employer-sponsored health plan for coverage, but she recently turned 65 and signed up for Medicare. She's going to retire in January and now Bruce is on his own to find a plan on the individual insurance market.
Sarah Varney KFF

Bruce Osterweil is a lucky man to live just a short walk from where San Francisco's Golden Gate meets the cold, rough waters of the Pacific Ocean. He is also a lucky man to have married his wife, Patricia Furlong, who has long provided the family's health insurance through her job at a small financial consulting firm.

But last month, Osterweil's wife turned 65 and decided to retire, and although she may walk away with a crystal bowl or a golden watch for all those years of service, she will also walk away from her company's generous health insurance benefits.

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7:38am

Sun October 7, 2012
Health

Few Colorado Businesses Use Health Insurance Tax Credit

John Crandall, owner of the Old Town Bike Shop in Colorado Springs, advises customer Gayle Allen. Crandall found taking the tax credit for health insurance for his employees easy, but he’s in the minority among other business owners across Colorado.
Ann Imse Colorado Public News
  • Carol McKinley reports for Colorado Public News

When small-business owner John Crandall learned two years ago that his Colorado Springs bike shop qualified for a new health care tax credit, he jumped to take advantage of it.

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2:32pm

Tue September 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Branding Health Care Exchanges To Make The Sale

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 5:39 pm

Peter Lee, executive director of the California Health Benefit Exchange, discusses California's health care plans in Sacramento in July.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

As states work to comply with the federal health care law, many are designing their insurance exchanges, where people will be able to shop for coverage.

But just the word "exchange" sounds to many like off-putting government-speak, and some states are eager to come up with a more appealing name for these new marketplaces.

Peter Lee directs California's Health Benefit Exchange. It's up for a new name, and Lee says they want it to sound fresh, dynamic and innovative.

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