Affordable Care Act: Updates

Health law could overwhelm addiction services

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — It has been six decades since doctors concluded that addiction was a disease that could be treated, but today the condition still dwells on the fringes of the medical community. Only 1 cent of every health care dollar in the United States goes toward addiction, and few alcoholics and drug addicts receive treatment. One huge barrier, according to many experts, has been a lack of health insurance.

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  • ‘Obamacare’ contractors project confidence

    Posted on October 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) —Major contractors hooking up the internal plumbing of President Barack Obama’s health care law projected confidence Tuesday that they will be ready to go by an Oct. 1 deadline, even though the system is still being tested. With just three weeks to go before new state health insurance markets launch, efforts are ongoing to reliably link up government agencies, the markets themselves and private health plans. The congressional

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  • Myriad languages, cultures challenge health reform

    Posted on October 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Set on a gritty corner of Oakland’s International Boulevard, the nonprofit Street Level Health Project offers free checkups to patients who speak a total of 22 languages, from recent Mongolian immigrants seeking a doctor to Burmese refugees in need of a basic dental exam. It also provides a window into one of the challenges for state officials who are trying to implement the Affordable Care Act,

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Affordable Care Act: Archetype Profiles

Helena Gudger, 26, pauses as she works on homework while taking a break between classes at her college in Phoenix on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. The 26-year-old Phoenix resident has gone the past four years without health insurance, but wants to sign up for private health insurance as soon as the new federal marketplace opens in October. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Costs worry woman, 26, who wants health insurance

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 11:45 am

PHOENIX (AP) — Helena Gudger is the type of person health insurance companies need on the books as the federal Affordable Care Act begins to roll out: Young, relatively healthy and hungry for coverage. The 26-year-old Phoenix resident has gone the past four years without health insurance, using clinics and the county hospital for checkups, routine tests and visits to a gynecologist. She pays cash, checks prices and tries to

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  • Mich. smoker may stay uninsured unless he quits

    Posted on October 10, 2013 at 11:33 am

    In this Aug. 29, 2013 photo, Eric Jones is seen outside of a party store after purchasing cigarette tubes and tobacco, the roll-your-own supplies used to fill his pack-a-day habit, in Lansing, Mich. The federal health care law requires insurers to accept all applicants regardless of pre-existing medical problems. But it also allows them to charge smokers premiums that are up to 50 percent higher than those offered non-smokers - a way for insurers to ward off bad risks. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eric Jones has an incentive to end his trips to the party store for cigarette tubes and tobacco, the roll-your-own supplies used to fill his pack-a-day habit. The 40-year-old has no health insurance from his $9-an-hour job at an ice-manufacturing plant in Lansing. Under the federal health care law, he’s eligible for help from the government to buy insurance. But to qualify, he’ll almost certainly have

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  • Health care law perplexing to business owners

    Posted on October 10, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Tim Holmes, left, and his wife Colleen Holmes, who own and operate Wheatfields Restaurant, stand outside their business in Clifton Park, N.Y. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. They were considering opening a third business but decided against it. One factor was the risk in expanding their staff beyond 50 full-time employees and having to provide federally mandated health coverage in 2014. Despite knowing the penalty provisions for noncompliance have been postponed one year, the couple said their margins are thin and the requirements and costs of the health care law are not yet clear. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Restaurant owners Colleen and Tim Holmes were considering opening a third business in a growing upstate New York suburb but decided against it. One factor was the risk from expanding their staff beyond 50 full-time employees and having to provide them federally mandated health coverage. Despite knowing the penalty for that part of the Affordable Care Act had been postponed for a year, the couple said

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