Affordable Care Act http://www.kplu.org en Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million http://www.kplu.org/post/obama-affordable-care-act-enrollment-hits-8-million President Obama says that enrollment under the Affordable Care Act has reached 8 million after the March 31 sign-up deadline was extended by two weeks.<p>"This thing is working," he told reporters at a White House briefing on Thursday.<p>The president said that 35 percent of those signing up through the federal government's website were under the age of 35. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:57:45 +0000 Scott Neuman 16132 at http://www.kplu.org Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million On Last Day Of Enrollment, Shoppers Rush To Sign Up For Health Insurance http://www.kplu.org/post/last-day-enrollment-shoppers-rush-sign-health-insurance <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142409638&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Midnight&nbsp;Monday marks the end of the first open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. That means most people without insurance&nbsp;come Tuesday will have to wait seven months to sign up.</p><p>In spite of some outages, last-minute shoppers have mobbed the websites for state and federal exchanges. And they also showed up in person at King County’s public health headquarters for an eleventh-hour enrollment event.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:31:39 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 15515 at http://www.kplu.org On Last Day Of Enrollment, Shoppers Rush To Sign Up For Health Insurance Who In Washington Deserves An Extension On Monday's Obamacare Deadline? http://www.kplu.org/post/who-washington-deserves-extension-mondays-obamacare-deadline <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141821201&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s health exchange is wrestling with how to accommodate people who have had trouble signing up for insurance. The March 31 deadline has been looming for months, as officials urge people to get covered or face a fine.</span></p><p>But considering the well-known problems at the state and federal exchanges, officials figured some people will need an extension. The question is who gets it.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 15407 at http://www.kplu.org Who In Washington Deserves An Extension On Monday's Obamacare Deadline? KPLU's Annotated Guide To The Health Insurance Gobbledygook You Need To Know http://www.kplu.org/post/kplus-annotated-guide-health-insurance-gobbledygook-you-need-know <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141172079&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One thing about the Affordable Care Act is that now we’re all expected to be informed consumers about buying insurance. If you’ve never done that, you might be surprised at all the jargon you’re supposed to know. And if you’ve waited until the last minute to enroll — most people have until March 31 to sign up and dodge the fine, it’s time to start cramming.</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 15164 at http://www.kplu.org KPLU's Annotated Guide To The Health Insurance Gobbledygook You Need To Know Edgy Washington State Ads Urge Young People To Buy Insurance http://www.kplu.org/post/edgy-washington-state-ads-urge-young-people-buy-insurance-0 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">They drink. They dance. And they love the Sasquatch Music Festival, an annual phenomenon in Washington state. But will young people sign up for insurance on the state's health exchange?</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:17:52 +0000 Scott Hensley 14482 at http://www.kplu.org Edgy Washington State Ads Urge Young People To Buy Insurance High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare http://www.kplu.org/post/high-enrollment-state-no-love-obamacare-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latest figures on who's signing up under the federal health care law tell a surprising story about one of the most conservative states in the country.</span></p><p>Even though Idaho politicians regularly condemn Obamacare, Idahoans are signing up at one of the highest per capita rates in the country, second only to Vermont.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:38:30 +0000 Jessica Robinson 14083 at http://www.kplu.org High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare Glitch Leaves Nearly A Thousand On The Hook For Promised Subsidies http://www.kplu.org/post/glitch-leaves-nearly-thousand-hook-promised-subsidies <p>The federal subsidies are what’s supposed to make Obamacare work;&nbsp;people who wouldn’t be able to afford a decent health plan get help to&nbsp;offset the cost.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But nearly a thousand people who bought plans on Washington’s exchange have learned they’ll be on the hook for the full premium this month. &nbsp;</span></p><p>About 950 people who were supposed to get retroactive coverage won’t&nbsp;have their promised subsidies discounted from their January bill.&nbsp;They’ll still get the money, but they’ll have to wait until they do&nbsp;their taxes in 2015. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 01:03:34 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 12947 at http://www.kplu.org Glitch Leaves Nearly A Thousand On The Hook For Promised Subsidies Wash. Health Exchange Looking To Skew Younger http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-health-exchange-looking-skew-younger <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A diverse group of people have signed up for private health insurance on Washington's state-run exchange, but officials say they still need more young people on board.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">As of Jan. 2, some 71,205 people had <a href="http://www.wahbexchange.org/news-resources/press-room/press-releases/jan-7-enrollment-report" target="_blank">enrolled in private plans </a>on Washington's health insurance exchange, a good deal less than the goal of 130,000. But Exchange CEO Richard Onizuka said it’s still on the low end of the expected range.</span></p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 12406 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. Health Exchange Looking To Skew Younger Wash. State Extends Deadline For Health Insurance http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-state-extends-deadline-health-insurance <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington residents who have started but not finished their applications for insurance through the state's new health care exchange are getting a deadline extension.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>State officials announced Wednesday that anyone who begins an application before Dec. 23, will have until Jan. 1 to finish. Exchange spokesman Michael Marchand says they'll get as much help as they need to make that happen.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:34:10 +0000 The Associated Press 11866 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. State Extends Deadline For Health Insurance Wash. Health Exchange Up and Then Back Down Again http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-health-exchange-and-then-back-down-again <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The website for Washington's&nbsp;<font color="red">health</font>&nbsp;insurance&nbsp;<font color="red">exchange</font>is back down again with new technical issues after problems last week took the website down for four days.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Spokeswoman Bethany Frey says problems at the Washington Department of Social and&nbsp;<font color="red">Health</font>&nbsp;Services forced wahealthplanfinder.org to shut down Monday morning. DSHS is having problems with its own system that helps determine whether people are eligible for free or reduced cost insurance.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:00:57 +0000 The Associated Press 11526 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. Health Exchange Up and Then Back Down Again Kreidler Defends Decision to Decline Health Care Extension http://www.kplu.org/post/kreidler-defends-decision-decline-health-care-extension <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like a lot of big projects, </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> needs time to be successful. That was the message from Washington State Insurance Commissioner&nbsp;Mike </span>Kreidler<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who testified before a House subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.</span></p><p>Kreidler had been invited to speak by Washington Rep. Jim McDermott, but quickly found himself in the crosshairs of another, Rep. Dave Reichert.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:29:27 +0000 Ed Ronco 11421 at http://www.kplu.org Kreidler Defends Decision to Decline Health Care Extension Lawmakers Chide Kriedler for Declining Health Care Extension http://www.kplu.org/post/lawmakers-chide-kriedler-declining-health-care-extension <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s Insurance Commissioner Mike </span>Kreidler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is getting an earful from lawmakers over his decision not to grant relief to people losing their health plans next month.</span></p><p>President Barack Obama, to make good on a promise that had begun to ring hollow, said he’d allow those losing their coverage to keep it for a year. But Kreidler <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/no-health-care-policy-extensions-wash-state">declined the fix</a>, calling it a bad fit for Washington.</p><p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 00:02:45 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11249 at http://www.kplu.org Lawmakers Chide Kriedler for Declining Health Care Extension For the 'Unbanked' in Wash., a Barrier to Accessing Obamacare http://www.kplu.org/post/unbanked-wash-barrier-accessing-obamacare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s health exchange has been a bright spot in the slipshod rollout of </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but one requirement for signing up could be a barrier to the very people the new law is supposed to serve.</span></p><p>To sign up for coverage on <a href="https://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/HBEWeb/Annon_DisplayHomePage.action?authn_try_count=0&amp;contextType=external&amp;username=string&amp;contextValue=%2Foam&amp;password=sercure_string&amp;challenge_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wahealthplanfinder.org%2FHBEWeb%2FAnnon_DisplayHomePage.action&amp;request_id=1737368252391297376&amp;locale=en_US&amp;resource_url=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.wahealthplanfinder.org%252FHBEWeb%252F" target="_blank">WAHealthPlanFinder.org</a>, you have to make your first payment by credit card, debit card or electronic funds transfer from a bank account.</p><p>But <a href="https://www.statereforum.org/sites/default/files/wa_hbe_ac_130917_payment_process.pdf" target="_blank">recent studies </a>show about one-fourth of Washington households are either “unbanked” with no access to an account, or “underbanked"&nbsp;with limited access. The number of those affected is even higher in low-income and minority communities to which many of the exchange’s target audience belong.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11108 at http://www.kplu.org For the 'Unbanked' in Wash., a Barrier to Accessing Obamacare No Health Care Policy Extensions in Wash. State http://www.kplu.org/post/no-health-care-policy-extensions-wash-state <p></p><p>Washington state’s insurance commissioner says he will not allow companies to extend canceled policies. State commissioners are able to overrule <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/obama-moving-delay-cancellations-insurance-plans">the concession President Barack Obama announced</a> Thursday.</p><p>Commissioner Mike Kreidler said allowing people to keep their old plans would warp the whole marketplace.</p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:05:31 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11072 at http://www.kplu.org No Health Care Policy Extensions in Wash. State Wash. Behind Only Calif., N.Y. in Health Care Sign-Ups http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-behind-only-calif-ny-health-care-sign-ups <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">New federal statistics show Washington state has signed more people up for health insurance since open enrollment began Oct. 1 than any state other than New York and California.</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:57:48 +0000 The Associated Press 11046 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. Behind Only Calif., N.Y. in Health Care Sign-Ups