Healthcare Exchanges

3:21pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

In Florida, Insurer And Nonprofits Work On Enrollment

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 5:05 pm

Nonprofits are looking to help people sign up for insurance coverage in Florida.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other Republican leaders have worked to block the Affordable Care Act since it was first proposed.

As Tuesday's opening of enrollment approached, Florida's Health Department said it wouldn't allow navigators and others to use its offices to educate and counsel people on the new law.

But others are eager to help. "We're ready to serve our community," says Efraim Monzon, director of a Florida Blue retail center in Miami. "We've been ready since 2010 when we heard it was coming."

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3:21pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

First Step In Health Exchange Enrollment: Train The Helpers

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 12:06 pm

Assisters get up to speed on how best to explain the new health coverage choices during training on Sept. 25 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Morgan Walker NPR

Even as the Affordable Care Act's new health exchanges open for business, polls show the public is still pretty confused about how they're supposed to work.

The latest monthly tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, in fact, found that two-thirds of those without insurance said they don't have enough information about the law to know how it will affect them.

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12:04pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

Connecticut's Insurance Website Struggles At Opening

The online health exchange in Connecticut got off to a bumpy start Tuesday.
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Today is the day the uninsured can sign up for insurance on Connecticut's new health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act. But technical glitches have hampered the rollout.

Kevin Counihan is pretty good at managing expectations. He's the head of Access Health CT, the agency that runs the state's new health insurance marketplace.

He's got his eyes on 2016 and beyond. By then, he says, we'll be able to judge whether the health care overhaul has succeeded.

So, for him, Oct. 1 may be exciting, but it's not all that telling.

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9:45am

Tue October 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

Exchange Shopping Starts Now, But No Need To Rush

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 3:26 pm

Stephanie Groover of Independence Blue Cross provides information about coverage to commuters in Philadelphia on the opening day of the health insurance exchanges.
Matt Rourke AP

Well, today's the day health insurance marketplaces open for business. And despite a partial shutdown of the federal government and some technical jitters, they're available for insurance shoppers.

While Oct. 1 is a milestone in the implementation of the health law, other dates are likely more critical for consumers planning to shop for health insurance on their state marketplace.

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8:02am

Tue October 1, 2013

Day One For Colorado Healthcare Exchange

Lead in text: 
Health Insurance Exchanges, a product of the Affordable Care Act, are open across the nation Tuesday - even as the Government is shutdown. Many are experiencing high traffic volume as people check out the new marketplaces. Colorado's state run exchange, Connect For Health CO, is open both online and on the phone at 855-752-6749.
Connect for Health Colorado is a new marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses looking to buy health insurance. You can shop with us if you are a Colorado resident under age 65, have legal immigration status and need health and/or dental insurance.

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