Blacks Missing Out on ‘Obamacare’ Savings

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Even as health care costs continue to cause concerns for the poor, nearly 40 percent African Americans and about half of Whites didn’t know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help those that need it the most to cover some of those costs. According to the new report by the Alliance […]

Gallup Poll Finds Modest Drop in Uninsured Rate

WASHINGTON – The nation’s uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama’s health care law got underway, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. The […]

Despite Website Improvements, Millions of Blacks Not Covered

WASHINGTON – As the Obama administration makes strides to improve the functionality of, the flagship website for the Affordable Care Act, Republican lawmakers continue to block federal funds that would help millions of poor Blacks get health insurance coverage. A progress report on the improved performance of cited hundreds of software bugs that […]

AP Sources: Obama to allow sale of Canceled Plans

WASHINGTON – Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. The decision was designed to ease the impact on millions of consumers who have received cancellation notices in recent […]

Sacramento Area Leaders & Organizations Sponsor Health Enrollment Day

SACRAMENTO – Forget plagued websites, Covered California is given area residents a chance to sign up for affordable health insurance in person. Enrollment Day in Sacramento will be held on Saturday, November 16 from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. Individuals and families can find out more information and apply on-site at four different locations in four […]

Consumers Warned of Misleading Insurance Websites

NATIONWIDE – Insurance regulators and an industry trade group warn that this month’s rollout of the health insurance marketplaces created by federal law opened the door for bad actors at the same time that it gives brokers and agents a business opportunity. New Hampshire’s insurance commissioner sent a cease-and-desist letter last week to an Arizona […]

Insurance Providers Assist Californians With Gaining Access To Affordable Health Care

SACRAMENTO — One of the most regrettable things insurance agent Amber Lidskin has had to do will soon become a thing of the past and she’s happy about it. When Ms. Lidskin — an agent for Kuhtz Diel Insurance and Financial Services — would sit down with potential clients to discuss health care insurance packages, […]

Poll: Many Calif. Voters in Dark on ‘Obamacare’

LOS ANGELES — A new Field Poll says many Californians are only vaguely familiar with details of President Barack Obama’s health care reforms, even though enrollment starts in October. The survey released Tuesday finds that about one in four state voters knows little or nothing about the Affordable Care Act. Another 60 percent say they […]

Study: Health Law to Significantly Raise Claims Costs

WASHINGTON – A new study finds that insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. What does that mean for you? It could increase premiums for at least some Americans. If you are uninsured, or you buy your policy directly […]

New Lingo For Consumers: Health Overhaul Glossary

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law has spawned its own jargon. With the law finally about to take full effect, consumers might want to get familiar with some of the terms: Affordable Care Act – The most common formal name for the health care law. Its full title is the Patient Protection […]