obamacare http://wwno.org en Web Glitches Hinder Mississippians Signing Up For Insurance http://wwno.org/post/web-glitches-hinder-mississippians-signing-insurance Transcript <p>JEFFREY HESS, BYLINE: I'm Jeffrey Hess in Jackson, Mississippi which is one of the 34 states letting the federal government take the lead in establishing a health insurance exchange. Heavy web traffic and software problems have made it nearly impossible to use the new web site since it opened last week.<p>MEREDITH STARK: Why I keep trying is because this is something we need.<p>HESS: After a week of trying, 29 year old hotel desk clerk Meredith Stark became one of the few who managed to sign up. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 08:02:00 +0000 editor 45737 at http://wwno.org Answering Some of Your Questions About Louisiana's Health Insurance Marketplace http://wwno.org/post/answering-some-your-questions-about-louisianas-health-insurance-marketplace The health insurance marketplaces are now open for enrollment but there&#39;s still a lot of confusion about how the exchanges work, what insurance plans are offered and who qualifies for tax credits and subsidies.<p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 23:27:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 45157 at http://wwno.org Louisiana And The Health Care Exchanges, Explained http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-and-health-care-exchanges-explained <p>Starting October 1 people without health insurance, and those who buy their own insurance, can sign up to get coverage through the new federal health care exchanges.</p><p>The new programs have been covered extensively on NPR, but WWNO&rsquo;s Eve Troeh sat down to get a few more details straight with Doug Wilkinson, the &nbsp;field coordinator for the <a href="http://lhec.net/" target="_blank">Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition</a>, a non-partisan group. He started the conversation summarizing who&rsquo;s eligible, and who&rsquo;s not.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Eve Troeh 45009 at http://wwno.org Setting Up Louisiana's Health Insurance Exchange http://wwno.org/post/setting-louisianas-health-insurance-exchange <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/10/093013_HealthExchangeConfusion1_AWFeature.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>In every state on Oct. 1, <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/what-is-the-health-insurance-marketplace/">health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act</a> will begin enrolling customers for plans that take effect January 1, 2014.<p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:02:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 44964 at http://wwno.org Louisiana and Texas agencies staff up with 'Navigator' grants http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-and-texas-agencies-staff-navigator-grants Two nonprofits based in Lafayette, La.,&#160;and Lufkin, Texas,&#160;are among more than 120 to receive a one-year federal grant to help people shop for health insurance premiums and understand their subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. That grant is to train and hire full-time "navigators" who provide in-person education and enrollment assistance for the healthcare marketplace that opens Oct. 1. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:31:00 +0000 Kate Archer Kent 44047 at http://wwno.org Health care subsidies will reach deeply into Louisiana's middle class http://wwno.org/post/health-care-subsidies-will-reach-deeply-louisianas-middle-class Families USA, the Washington-based health care consumer advocacy group, says more than 353,000 Louisianans will be eligible for financial assistance to purchase premiums through the new health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:07:00 +0000 Kate Archer Kent 43882 at http://wwno.org Medicaid Expansion Proponents Urge Small Businesses To Get Educated While They Can http://wwno.org/post/medicaid-expansion-proponents-urge-small-businesses-get-educated-while-they-can <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/08/080613_SmallBizMedicaid_AWFeature.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Last month the Obama Administration pushed back the employee mandate under the Affordable Care Act by one year. Employers with 50 or more full-time workers now have until 2015 to either provide their workers with health insurance or face a penalty.<p>In states that are expanding Medicaid as part of the the new health law’s roll-out, businesses have more flexibility in deciding how to make sure their workers are covered. And though Louisiana is not participating, proponents of expanding Medicaid in the state see the delay of the employer mandate as a chance to rally some small business support.<p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 41061 at http://wwno.org La. Rep. Cassidy Co-Sponsors "Defund Obamacare Act" http://wwno.org/post/la-rep-cassidy-co-sponsors-defund-obamacare-act <p><a href="http://cassidy.house.gov/" target="_blank">Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy</a> has signed on to legislation that aims to defund President Obama’s health care reform law.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 01:47:19 +0000 Ashley Westerman 31112 at http://wwno.org