Affordable Care Act en Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese Holds Third Annual Fortnight For Freedom <p>The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is holding its third annual Fortnight for Freedom, which promotes religious freedoms for all according to the church. This year the theme is freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable, in accordance with the Catholic teachings.<br /> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:01:21 +0000 Jess Lasky 31418 at Single Payer Health Care... Not Yet for the United States <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What does Single Payer Health Care look like? How does it work? One need look no further than England, home to the world's largest single-payer health system. Sir David Nicholson, former CEO of England's National Health Service, provided some insight to the single payer health system and how it relates to health care questions posed in our country today.</span></p><p>Money for health care is collected through general taxation in England’s single payer system, which is then given to the department of health, and allocated out to the clinical commission groups. These groups then essentially purchase services from hospitals. The system treats over a million people every 36 hours, according to Sir Nicholson.&nbsp;</p><p>But would this work in the United States? Sir Nicholson doesn’t believe so, but offers this advice for the U.S.-- get more help from medical groups themselves, rather than the government.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:29:48 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30596 at Single Payer Health Care... Not Yet for the United States Tips for Individuals and Employers on the Affordable Care Act and Tax Season <p>With less than a week until the healthcare enrollment deadline, and tax season underway, <a href="">Judith Herron</a>, a CPA with<a href=""> Markovitz-Dugan and Associates</a> in Green Tree explains how the Affordable Care Act will impact filing.</p><p><strong>How will the Affordable care Act impact individuals? Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:43:22 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26498 at Tips for Individuals and Employers on the Affordable Care Act and Tax Season As Deadline Nears, Allegheny County Makes 'One Last Push' For Health Care Enrollment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With just two weeks left to sign up for health insurance through state and federal online exchanges, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has declared March 17-23, 2014 to be Affordable Care Act Week in Allegheny County.</span></p><p>Fitzgerald said county officials are working with nearly three dozen partner organizations on “one last push to encourage residents to get all the information and be able to enroll in the marketplace.”</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:51:17 +0000 Liz Reid 26017 at As Deadline Nears, Allegheny County Makes 'One Last Push' For Health Care Enrollment PA Voters Less Likely to Vote for Candidates Who Supported Affordable Care Act, Poll Says <p>A new poll out from the <a href="">Robert Morris University Polling Institute</a> shows that Pennsylvania voters are more likely than average Americans to oppose the Affordable Care Act in the context of mid-term elections.</p><p>RMU asked 1,006 American adults and an additional 501 Pennsylvanians if they knew that a member of Congress had voted for the Affordable Care Act, would it make them more or less likely to vote for that person.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:13:13 +0000 Liz Reid 25377 at Map Shows Pittsburgh Neighborhoods Where More Insurance Help Is Needed <p></p><p>As the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act approaches, the activist group <a href="">Enroll America</a> has released a series of maps it hopes will help administrators better understand where to focus their efforts.</p><p>The map of Pittsburgh shows that some of the largest concentrations of uninsured can be found in East End and Hill District.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 24567 at Map Shows Pittsburgh Neighborhoods Where More Insurance Help Is Needed State to Hire 720 Employees to Expand Medicaid <p>Pennsylvania is excepting to add 720 new employees to accommodate the influx of new healthcare enrollees if Healthy PA goes into effect.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the Department of Public Welfare, the additional jobs would be permanent and spread across the state. Funding for the new hires would come from the federal government.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 24451 at PA Health Insurance Enrollment Numbers Outpace National Average, But Young People Still Missing <p>The United States Department of Health and Human Services released Monday the latest enrollment data for state and federal health insurance marketplaces.</p><p>Nationally, nearly 2.2 million people have signed up for private health insurance plans through the marketplace, with almost 1.8 million people signing up in December alone.</p><p>For Pennsylvania, that shakes out out to about 81,000 people who have purchased health insurance through the federal marketplace since its troubled launch in October.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:07:46 +0000 Liz Reid 22825 at PHAN Holds Health Care Awareness Event <p>The Affordable Care Act goes into effect October 1<sup>st</sup>, with the threat of a government shutdown.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House threatened the shutdown if the Affordable Care Act is not </span>defunded<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the Senate does not appear to see that as an option.</span></p><p>With the political tension rising, the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) wants to make sure people understand and are educated on the new health care law.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:40:31 +0000 Jessica Nath 17277 at PA Insurance Commissioner Tries to Ease Consumer Confusion Surrounding ACA <p>The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been marked with website difficulties and confusion for some consumers. Some of that confusion surrounds whether some people can keep their current health insurance plans.</p><p>Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine’s office is working with insurance companies asking them to either delay cancelations or help policyholders enroll in ACA compliant plans.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:29:45 +0000 Deanna Garcia 20506 at Arguments Continue Over Church, Health Care Law <p>Lawyers for the federal government and two Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses say a central question in a lawsuit over Affordable Care Act mandates is how to define a "substantial burden" as it relates to religious beliefs.</p><p>The oral arguments took place Wednesday in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh and Erie dioceses object to the new federal health care law and are suing the federal government to seek an exemption.</p><p>But the Department of Justice says that since a third party would administer and pay for services such as birth control and abortion that wouldn't burden the church groups.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:15:54 +0000 The Associated Press 19779 at Sen. Casey To Help Grill Sebelius Over Affordable Care Act Launch <p>Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be back on Capitol Hill Wednesday. This time she will be fielding questions from members of the Senate Finance Committee about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the failure of the launch of the website</p><p>Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) is a member of the committee. He thinks the session will start with a look at why the website used to sign up for new healthcare insurance collapsed on the first day and has never fully recovered. However, he hopes it will not end there.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:00:54 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 19263 at Sen. Casey To Help Grill Sebelius Over Affordable Care Act Launch Nurses to Educate Pittsburghers on Affordable Care Act <p>About 400 nurses will descend on Market Square downtown Thursday afternoon to educate people about the Affordable Care Act - each with their own story.</p><p>Michelle Boyle, a nurse at Allegheny General, believes her mother-in-law would still be alive if the Affordable Care Act had been enacted sooner.</p><p>“My mother-in-law, she was 58, and she lost her job, she lost her health insurance, and a year later, she lost her life because she kept on being denied because she had pre-existing conditions,” Boyle said.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:57:09 +0000 Jessica Nath 18249 at Pennsylvanians Turn to Pen and Paper to Enroll in New Health Care Exchanges <p>More than a week after the federal health care exchange opened in Pennsylvania, people are turning to pen and paper to begin shopping for insurance plans under the federal health care law.<br /><br />Organizations around the commonwealth say website glitches caused by high traffic have kept anyone from successfully enrolling in a plan on the Pennsylvania exchange.<br /><br />Kate Kozeniewski works with Resources for Human Development, which received a federal grant to be a designated &ldquo;navigator&rdquo; for people using the exchange.<br /> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 22:39:38 +0000 Mary Wilson 18078 at Pittsburgh Diocese Suing U.S. Over Birth Control Mandate <p>Bishop David Zubik and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh are suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after being forced to cover the cost of birth control methods that contradict the beliefs of the church.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:56:44 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 17871 at Confusion Over Health Care Exchanges Lingers for Patients and Physicians <p>Patients and those seeking health insurance under the Affordable Care Act aren&rsquo;t the only ones fighting confusion. Physicians also have a lot of new things to deal with. Representatives with the Pennsylvania Medical Society say there are many confusing points, including understanding how people will be enrolled in the insurance exchanges that opened Monday.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:25:32 +0000 Deanna Garcia 17522 at PA Health Access Network to Host ACA Awareness Event <p>Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins Tuesday, and the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) wants to make sure people understand what that means to them.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">PHAN is hosting a community awareness event Tuesday at the Hill House in Pittsburgh with the goal of educating Pennsylvanians on the new health care law.</span></p><p>Erin Ninehouser, PHAN education and outreach director, said they plan to talk about the new choices, protections and benefits that come with the law.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:59:13 +0000 Jessica Nath 17392 at Sen. Casey Says Shutdown is 'More Likely Than Not' <script src="//;up_event=Federal%20Government%20Shutdown&amp;up_event_year=2013&amp;up_event_month=9&amp;up_event_day=1&amp;up_event_hour=0&amp;up_event_minute=0&amp;up_font=Georgia&amp;up_showWeeks=0&amp;synd=open&amp;w=575&amp;h=60&amp;title=Federal+Government+Shutdown&amp;border=%23ffffff%7C3px%2C1px+solid+%23999999&amp;output=js"></script><p>As a possible government shutdown inches closer to reality, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) is hoping a last-minute resolution can avert the crisis.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:14:51 +0000 Tim Camerato 17381 at Public Forum: Addressing Your Questions On the Affordable Care Act <p>On Tuesday October 1st the health insurance exchange, a key part of the Affordable Care Act, opens for enrollment. While the various insurance plans and stipulations can be confusing, there are many <a href="">resources</a> available to offer assistance.</p><p>On Thursday September 26th, representatives from various health access groups came together at the Community Broadcast Center to talk about how the new healthcare &amp; insurance plans will affect individuals and businesses. Listen to an edited broadcast of the forum on Tuesday October 1 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 22:05:58 +0000 Heather McClain 17280 at Public Forum: Addressing Your Questions On the Affordable Care Act Sen. Casey: Government Shutdown Would Affect PA <p>Pennsylvania&#39;s Democratic U.S. Senator is warning the threatened federal government shutdown would be felt in Pennsylvania.<br /><br />Sen. Bob Casey is denouncing the move by House Republicans to send to the Senate a resolution that would fund the federal government past October first, but only if the Affordable Care Act is defunded.<br /><br />The stakes: a federal government shutdown beginning next month.<br /> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:35:43 +0000 Mary Wilson 17252 at Options Aplenty, Lower-Than-Expected Premiums for Pittsburghers in Health Insurance Marketplace <p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that people will have more options in the health insurance marketplace and premiums will not be as high as originally thought.&nbsp;</p><p>Premiums nationwide will be about 16 percent lower than originally expected.</p><p>“In the past, consumers were too often denied or priced-out of quality health insurance options, but thanks to the Affordable Care Act, consumers will be able to choose from a number of new coverage options at a price that is affordable,” Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:12:01 +0000 Erika Beras 17141 at What to Know: Affordable Care Act Resources and Information <p>On Oct. 1, the health insurance exchanges that are a key part of the Affordable Care Act open. It can be confusing, however, so here is some basic information and resources to help with understanding Obamacare. You may also want to read a <a href="">Q&amp;A from NPR's Morning Edition about the ACA</a>. 90.5 WESA's daily magazine program Essential Pittsburgh will host <a href="">public forum on the topic</a> Thursday.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:13:55 +0000 Reid Carter 16832 at What to Know: Affordable Care Act Resources and Information As Obamacare Takes Effect, Getting Health Care to the Amish <p>In Clarion County’s Licking Township there are vibrant green hills, windy narrow roads and traffic signs posted just as much for the trucks and tractors as for the horses and buggies.</p><p>It's a small, rural farming community north of Pittsburgh.</p><p>When you pull up to Emmanuel Schmidt’s home, you see acres of land, his woodworking shop and carriages. The 49-year-old Amish farmer knows Obamacare is coming, but he doesn’t quite know what that means.</p><p>"I’ve wondered, I’ve really wondered what’s going to happen with the health care, I don’t know," he said.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:21:52 +0000 Erika Beras 16604 at As Obamacare Takes Effect, Getting Health Care to the Amish Concerns in Governor Corbett’s Medicaid Expansion <p>Governor Tom Corbett’s medicaid expansion plan sounds like “a step in the right direction” according to <a href=";sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNF1t7tSBZ05Yi2D2sVxio3JAnRLOw">Erin Ninehouser</a>, the Education and Outreach Director for Pennsylvania Health Access Network, but she does have some reservations.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:05:32 +0000 Nick Frost 16694 at Concerns in Governor Corbett’s Medicaid Expansion Bill Restricting Abortion Coverage No Long Shot, Says Senate GOP <p>A state Senate committee has passed a proposal to restrict abortion coverage in health insurance plans provided through Pennsylvania's federally mandated exchange.<br><br>Last session, similar measures passed the House and Senate independently, but neither one made it through the entire legislative gauntlet.<br><br>But with the 2014 operational date for health care exchanges right around the corner, Senate GOP spokesman Erik Arneson said this measure may go to the finish line.<br> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:43:25 +0000 Mary Wilson 7724 at