Affordable Care Act

Shots - Health News
9:44 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Expanding, Not Shrinking, Saves A Small Rural Hospital

One of the first signs drivers see on the way into Unionville, Mo. is this billboard advertising cardiology at Putnam County Memorial Hospital. Offering specialty services, like cardiology and psychiatry turned the hospital around, community leaders say.
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Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 9:03 am

Missouri cattle farmer Greg Fleshman became so concerned about keeping his local hospital open that in 2011 he joined its governing board.

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Science
10:23 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Women Are Saving Money Thanks To Expanded Birth Control Coverage

Birth control used to be a big part of young women's out-of-pocket health costs.
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Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 6:13 am

Women are saving a lot of money as a result of a health law requirement that insurance cover most forms of prescription contraceptives with no additional out-of-pocket costs, a study finds. But the amount of those savings and the speed with which the savings accrued surprised researchers.

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Government
9:42 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Rules Obamacare Subsidies Are Legal

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act cheer outside the Supreme Court on Thursday after justices upheld the law's subsidies.
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Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 12:04 pm

Updated at 1 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed the Obama administration a major victory on health care, ruling 6-3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal.

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the court's majority said in the opinion, which was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. But they acknowledged that "petitioners' arguments about the plain meaning ... are strong."

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Health
8:07 am
Mon May 11, 2015

More Patients Visiting ERs Despite Affordable Care Act

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Nationwide, a majority of emergency room physicians report an increase in the number of patients since the Affordable Care Act took effect.

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Government
5:49 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Many Obamacare Policyholders Face Tax Surprises This Year

Depending on the amount taken in subsidies, or changes in reported income and family status, some Obamacare policyholders this year will get a bigger refund than expected and others will owe more in taxes.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:54 pm

The old saying goes, "Nothing is certain except death and taxes." But the Affordable Care Act has added a new wrinkle.

For many policyholders, the ACA has introduced a good deal of uncertainty about their tax bills. That has led to surprise refunds for some and higher-than-expected tax payments for others.

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Business
6:48 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Muhlenberg Hospital Joins Owensboro Health

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As small, rural hospitals continue to adapt to changes and challenges from the Affordable Care Act, Muhlenberg Community Hospital is joining the larger Owensboro Health system.

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Government
2:50 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

More than 16M Americans Have Gained Health Insurance Under Affordable Care Act

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An estimated 16.4 million Americans have gained health insurance coverage since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, according to new data released Monday by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Richard Frank, assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, said the drop in the uninsured rate is primarily driven by the Affordable Care Act.

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Politics
10:31 am
Fri February 27, 2015

5 Things To Know About The Latest Supreme Court Challenge To Health Law

The Affordable Care Act will take center stage at the Supreme Court on March 4.
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Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 8:09 am

The Affordable Care Act is once again before the Supreme Court.

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Shots - Health News
11:20 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Figuring Out If A Doctor Is In Your Network Can Be Perplexing

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 7:36 am

"Is this doctor in my insurance network?" is one of the key questions people ask when considering whether to see a particular doctor. Unfortunately, in some cases the answer may not be a simple yes or no.

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Health
2:29 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

More Kentuckians Are Getting Health Insurance Through Their Jobs, Poll Says

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 2:42 pm

The rate of uninsured Kentuckians has dropped—and the number of people with employer-sponsored coverage continues to rise, according to a new poll released Thursday.

Fifty percent of Kentucky adults are insured through their employer or their spouse’s employer, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll found.

In 2012, 37 percent of adults had coverage through an employer or a spouse’s employer.

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