Obamacare http://wesa.fm en As Deadline Nears, Allegheny County Makes 'One Last Push' For Health Care Enrollment http://wesa.fm/post/deadline-nears-allegheny-county-makes-one-last-push-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 http://wesa.fm 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 http://wesa.fm/post/pa-voters-less-likely-vote-candidates-who-supported-affordable-care-act-poll-says <p>A new poll out from the <a href="http://www.rmu.edu/PollingInstitute">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 http://wesa.fm PA Health Insurance Enrollment Numbers Outpace National Average, But Young People Still Missing http://wesa.fm/post/pa-health-insurance-enrollment-numbers-outpace-national-average-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 http://wesa.fm PA Insurance Commissioner Tries to Ease Consumer Confusion Surrounding ACA http://wesa.fm/post/pa-insurance-commissioner-tries-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 http://wesa.fm Confusion Over Health Care Exchanges Lingers for Patients and Physicians http://wesa.fm/post/confusion-over-health-care-exchanges-lingers-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 http://wesa.fm Sen. Casey on Looming Government Shutdown http://wesa.fm/post/sen-casey-looming-government-shutdown <p>In the early hours of Sunday morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would continue to fund the federal government.</p><p>Essentially this bill does three things: it temporarily keeps government operations funded through the middle of December, delays the affordable care act for a year and it repeals a tax on medical devices as part of the health care law. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:33:02 +0000 Katie Martin 17382 at http://wesa.fm Sen. Casey on Looming Government Shutdown What to Know: Affordable Care Act Resources and Information http://wesa.fm/post/what-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="http://wesa.fm/post/you-ask-we-answer-demystifying-affordable-care-act">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="http://wesa.fm/post/join-essential-pittsburgh-public-forum-affordable-care-act">public forum on the topic</a> Thursday.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:13:55 +0000 Reid Carter 16832 at http://wesa.fm What to Know: Affordable Care Act Resources and Information As Obamacare Takes Effect, Getting Health Care to the Amish http://wesa.fm/post/obamacare-takes-effect-getting-health-care-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 http://wesa.fm As Obamacare Takes Effect, Getting Health Care to the Amish