Affordable Care Act http://wunc.org en Affordable Care Act Insurance Enrollment In North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/affordable-care-act-insurance-enrollment-north-carolina <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">The deadline for signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is just around the corner. By Monday March </span>31st<span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">, the Obama administration hopes that 6 million Americans will have begun the process of enrollment.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:44:26 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 32727 at http://wunc.org Affordable Care Act Insurance Enrollment In North Carolina Lawmakers Study Affordable Care Act, First Speaker Is A Critic http://wunc.org/post/lawmakers-study-affordable-care-act-first-speaker-critic <p>Some state lawmakers met today to learn more about how the Affordable Care Act may affect North Carolina.</p><p>Speaker of the House Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger- both Republicans- created the Joint Study Committee on the Affordable Care Act and Implementation Issues back in January. Its purpose is to discuss the impact of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Today marked the first meeting of the committee.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:38:32 +0000 Jessica Jones 32299 at http://wunc.org Lawmakers Study Affordable Care Act, First Speaker Is A Critic UNC Is Considering Hour Cuts, Other Options To Pay For Health Coverage http://wunc.org/post/unc-considering-hour-cuts-other-options-pay-health-coverage <p></p><p>Individuals are enrolling in health care through the federal online marketplace, but thousands of North Carolinians might find themselves with employer-sponsored health plans next year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In January, the Affordable Care Act will require businesses to offer health insurance to full-time employees working 30 hours a week or more. This would now include graduate teaching assistants and visiting faculty at the University of North Carolina.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31681 at http://wunc.org UNC Is Considering Hour Cuts, Other Options To Pay For Health Coverage Affordable Care Act Enrollment Numbers Include People Who Never Paid http://wunc.org/post/affordable-care-act-enrollment-numbers-include-people-who-never-paid <p></p><p>This week, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina announced that 6,400 people went all the way through the process of enrolling for a plan on the federal exchange, but never paid their first month's premium. Thus, they were never eligible to receive benefits. The federal government, however, has been including those people in its tally of newly enrolled individuals.</p><p>The Affordable Care Act requires that individuals pay their first month's premium before they can receive benefits.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:29:38 +0000 Eric Mennel 30721 at http://wunc.org Affordable Care Act Enrollment Numbers Include People Who Never Paid NC Refused Medicaid Expansion. How Is The State Enrolling So Many People For Health Coverage? http://wunc.org/post/nc-refused-medicaid-expansion-how-state-enrolling-so-many-people-health-coverage <p></p><p>North Carolina is enrolling more uninsured people than any other state that refused to set up its own health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p><p>Health care policy director Adam Searing of the NC Justice Center says the state-run Medicaid system, Community Care, has made a big difference.</p><p></p><p>The state has encouraged social and health services to cooperate to provide Medicaid patients solid care up front, and now friends and family members who don't qualify for Medicaid have affordable options and guidance for enrolling in private healthcare.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:20:31 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 29945 at http://wunc.org NC Refused Medicaid Expansion. How Is The State Enrolling So Many People For Health Coverage? Fewer Than 2,000 Sign Up For 'Obamacare' In NC http://wunc.org/post/fewer-2000-sign-obamacare-nc <p></p><p>A total of 1,662 North Carolinians have signed up for a health plan in the federal marketplace.</p><p>That's according to <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/MarketPlaceEnrollment/rpt_enrollment.pdf">numbers released</a> by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of the 30 states that have signed up individuals, North Carolina has the fourth most, behind Florida (3,571), Texas (2,991) and Pennsylvania (2,207).&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:05:57 +0000 Eric Mennel 25771 at http://wunc.org Fewer Than 2,000 Sign Up For 'Obamacare' In NC Duke Health System Faces Changing Medical Terrain http://wunc.org/post/duke-health-system-faces-changing-medical-terrain <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12pt">The <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/rights/">Affordable Care Act</a> is reaching into every community in the United States. </span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:40:57 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 25738 at http://wunc.org Duke Health System Faces Changing Medical Terrain Health Workers Help Clients Understand Affordable Care Act http://wunc.org/post/health-workers-help-clients-understand-affordable-care-act <p>Health workers who target low-income communities across the state are working to make sure their clients know they can receive health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:55:48 +0000 Jessica Jones 25051 at http://wunc.org Health Workers Help Clients Understand Affordable Care Act Private Health Care Exchanges Coming To NC http://wunc.org/post/private-health-care-exchanges-coming-nc <p>At least two private health insurance exchanges will soon be launching in North Carolina.&nbsp;</p><p>The NC Chamber and a company called Digital Benefit Advisors are opening websites next month that will act as private marketplaces for health insurance.&nbsp; Leaders for both organizations say they're designed for employees of companies that might be scaling back their insurance policies.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:18:21 +0000 Will Michaels 24828 at http://wunc.org Private Health Care Exchanges Coming To NC Government Shutdown and North Carolina Voting Laws Challenged http://wunc.org/post/government-shutdown-and-north-carolina-voting-laws-challenged <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:11pt">Congress failed to <a href="http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/01/20758472-federal-government-shuts-down-after-congress-fails-to-pass-funding">pass a spending bill to avert a government shutdown last night</a>. </span></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:39:26 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 23429 at http://wunc.org Government Shutdown and North Carolina Voting Laws Challenged