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Home page of the NY health plan marketplace. Photo: NYS
Home page of the NY health plan marketplace. Photo: NYS

Data show most in NY health exchange get subsidies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A federal report shows nearly three-fourths of those insured through New York's new health exchange are getting financial assistance.

Applicants with incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty line are eligible for tax credits to help offset premium payments.  Go to full article

Report: More NYS children have health insurance

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new study shows continued gains in the numbers of New York children with health insurance, driven mostly by increased coverage through public programs.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report released Thursday shows the percentage of children without insurance dropped from 5.6 percent in 2008 to 4.3 percent in 2012.  Go to full article

Thousands get 2014 insurance from NY exchange

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) With insurance through New York's health exchange starting next year, thousands of policyholders have to change coverage while even more uninsured are signing up for new policies.

Facing a late influx of applications, the exchange has pushed back enrollment deadlines twice, most recently to midnight Tuesday for policies effective Jan. 1.  Go to full article

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Video at healthcare.gov attempts to explain how the healthcare marketplace will function. CCE hopes to help clarify how New Yorkers will cope with the changes.
Video at healthcare.gov attempts to explain how the healthcare marketplace will function. CCE hopes to help clarify how New Yorkers will cope with the changes.

As enrollment in NY health exchanges nears, CCE offers a hand

New York's new health exchange opens for business October 1st. It's one of the first direct contacts most people will have with the federal Affordable Care Act. The State Health Department has been working on the exchange for months, and recently launched a campaign to convince New Yorkers that it will be an easy, efficient way to find and buy health insurance under Obamacare.

But people are confused about how it will work, and how it will affect their businesses, including how this new marketplace will function. Zach Hirsch reports on a series of workshops that might help.  Go to full article
It actually works out to be an enormous savings to New York, to the tune of $2.3 billion per year.

New York expanding Medicaid, and expects to save billions

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of most of the Affordable Care Act just last month, including the individual mandate. But New York has been working to implement the law for more than a year. The state has already gotten $88 million from the federal government to be one of the first to create a health insurance exchange. Yesterday, we spoke with Danielle Holahan, the project director for New York's health insurance exchange planning.

Danielle Holahan described a website similar to Travelocity, where people will be able to shop for health insurance plans. She expects the cost of a policy to be lower than it is today, in part because of the individual mandate. She said, "The mandate, as research shows, has the effect of bringing healthier lives into the insurance market, and that, on average, brings premiums down. So we saw that premiums would come down for that reason. And then, as sort of a second help, we have the federal tax credits, that would offset the premiums and make it affordable for people. Certainly more than zero if they don't have coverage today, but it should be affordable and they'll be getting what we think is a pretty valuable benefit for it."

Another big piece of the Affordable Care Act is the expansion of Medicaid, the government health care system for people with low incomes. Medicaid is administered at the state level. The Affordable Care Act would have required states to expand it, so more people would qualify for coverage. But the Supreme Court ruled that states don't have to expand Medicaid. Some states, such as Florida, are saying they won't. But Holahan tells Julie Grant that New York is also ahead of the game on Medicaid, and it's going to be lucrative.  Go to full article

Partisan split on federal Affordable Care Act for Doheny, Owens

Republican congressional candidate Matt Doheny says he's looking beyond the "repeal and replace" mantra that has dominated much of the criticism of the Affordable Care Act in recent weeks. The Watertown businessman, who is challenging incumbent Congressman Bill Owens in this fall's election, has consistently supported repeal of the health care law, often referred to as Obamacare. Owens, a Plattsburgh Democrat, voted for the bill when it passed the House in 2010.

Until recently, Doheny hadn't offered many specifics on what he would do to replace the health care law. Now, the candidate is starting to outline some of his proposals, although as Chris Morris reports, Owens is dismissing many of them for lacking substance.  Go to full article
Instead of paying for this 50 times... other states can learn from what we've done.

New York far ahead creating health insurance exchange

Politics aside, work on creating a health insurance exchange in New York is moving forward. The state department of health has already gotten $88 million from the federal government to provide a model of how states can create these new health insurance markets.

Much of that money is being used to improve New York's information technology, to make it simple and convenient for people to choose and enroll in health plans. Julie Grant spoke with Danielle Holahan, project director of New York's health exchange planning.  Go to full article

North Country Children's Clinic gets grant to serve adults

The North Country Children's Clinic has been awarded a federal grant to help expand its services in Jefferson and Lewis Counties. Executive Director Aileen Martin says the Children's Clinic applied last year to become what's known as a Federally Qualified Health Center. And Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the Clinic that status.  Go to full article

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