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2:07 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Obamacare Year Two: What's New and What's Not

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This year's open enrollment period for insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act started Saturday. From political tensions to technical glitches, last year's period certainly had its ups and downs. To find out more about sign-ups in Allen County this time around, WBOI's Sean Bueter asked reporter Virginia Alvino, who's been tracking the issue since the initial rollout last year. 

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4:16 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Future of HIP 2.0 Unclear

Governor Mike Pence says there are scenarios in which Indiana might not move ahead with healthcare expansion as the state and federal government discuss the proposed plan known as HIP 2.0. Pence says “differences remain” after his meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.  

Pence has long ruled out using federal dollars from the Affordable Care Act to expand traditional Medicaid. Instead, he’s pushed use of the Healthy Indiana Plan as a vehicle to deliver affordable health insurance to around 300,000 Hoosiers within the coverage gap. 

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News
11:22 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Counselors Race to Enroll Minority Residents Before ACA Deadline

Healthcare.gov is the main portal for the federally-facilitated healthcare marketplace. The deadline to sign up for insurance under Obamacare is Monday.
Credit Courtesy / Healthcare.gov

President Barack Obama announced Thursday more than six million people had signed up for health insurance through federal Affordable Care Act exchanges.

The deadline to enroll for individual insurance through the exchanges is Monday, March 31st. Most Americans must have insurance by then or face fines. 

Nationwide, there has been a major push to enroll specific groups, like young people and minority applicants. 

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News
6:14 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Healthy Indiana Plan Coverage Extended

More than ten thousand Hoosiers set to lose health insurance coverage through the Healthy Indiana Plan will get to keep those plans for a few more months. The state is reacting to enrollment issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

Up to now, a family of four earning about $47,0000 per year – 200 percent of the federal poverty level – was eligible for the Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers. Beginning in January, that income threshold will be lowered to 100 percent, roughly $23,000 a year for that family of four.

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News
2:58 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Need Help Signing Up For The Health Care Exchange?

Credit Virginia Alvino

This week we’re taking a look at changes to Indiana's health care system under the Affordable Care Act. Now that the exchange is up and running, we’ll look at what resources are availble to help consumers sign-up for exchanges, and navigate the new system. 

Exchange plans are intended for people who either don’t have a job, or an affordable insurance option from their employer.

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News
6:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

How To Sign Up For The Health Insurance Exchange

This week we’re taking a look at changes to Indiana's health care system under the Affordable Care Act. Now that the exchange is up and running, we’ll see what the process of signing up for an exchange plan is like. 

Healthcare.gov is the place to be in Indiana if you’re looking for one of the new exchange plans. First you’ll go through the basics of creating an account – provide some basic info, pick a user name and password, and then you can start your marketplace application.

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Health & Science
11:57 am
Tue October 1, 2013

What Is A Health Insurance Exchange?

Credit Virginia Alvino

The federal government is rolling out one of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act this week, as mandated health insurance exchanges open their digital doors Oct. 1.

All this week we’ll be walking through some of the practical implications of Indiana’s exchange.

We continue with a look at what the exchange actually is, what it does, and who should use it. 

 

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Politics & Government
2:38 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges: How Indiana Got Here

The federal government is rolling out one of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act this week, as the mandated health insurance exchanges open their digital doors Oct. 1.

All this week we’ll be walking through some of the practical implications of Indiana’s exchange.

But first, we look back at the Hoosier State’s political road to a federally-run exchange.

 

The Affordable Care Act mandated the creation of health insurance exchanges—essentially, marketplaces for insurers and consumers.

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Politics & Government
12:59 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

FSSA Wants to Expand Healthy Indiana Plan

Indiana FSSA Secretary Debra Minott.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Negotiations are underway between the state and federal government to provide healthcare coverage to more Hoosiers by expanding the Healthy Indiana Plan.

Since taking office in January, Governor Mike Pence has been singularly focused on extending the Healthy Indiana Plan for another year.  The federal government granted that extension earlier this month. 

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