Affordable Care Act http://kuow.org en Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning http://kuow.org/post/health-secretary-kathleen-sebelius-resigning Health Secrerary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after a five-year term that will no doubt be remembered for the calamitous implementation of President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.<p>If you remember, when the federal government unveiled HealthCare.gov, where Americans could buy health insurance mandated by Obamacare, the site was essentially useless for weeks after it launched in October.<p>Republicans <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/26/240839038/loyal-soldier-sebelius-vows-to-stay-put-fix-healthcare-gov">openly called for Sebelius' resignation</a>, but she vowed Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:25:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 32336 at http://kuow.org Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning Health Reform May Free People From 'Job Lock' http://kuow.org/post/health-reform-may-free-people-job-lock <p></p><p>One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act is to give access to people who currently don’t have health insurance.</p><p>Supporters see another benefit — to give people who dream of quitting their day jobs for a chance to become an entrepreneur. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:46:25 +0000 Ruby de Luna 32245 at http://kuow.org Health Reform May Free People From 'Job Lock' What To Do If You Still Don't Have Health Insurance http://kuow.org/post/what-do-if-you-still-dont-have-health-insurance <p></p><p></p><p>Ross Reynolds talks with <a href="http://www.wahbexchange.org/about-us/exchange-staff/richard-onizuka/">Richard Onizuka</a>, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, about what people can do if they missed the March 31 deadline to sign up for health insurance. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:12:45 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 32230 at http://kuow.org What To Do If You Still Don't Have Health Insurance Slow SPD Reform, Health Care Milestone, And The Mariners Start Strong http://kuow.org/post/slow-spd-reform-health-care-milestone-and-mariners-start-strong <p>Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Knute Berger of Crosscut and Seattle Magazine, political analyst C.R. Douglas for Q13 Fox News and associate editor Eli Sanders of The Stranger. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 23:02:01 +0000 Steve Scher 31948 at http://kuow.org Slow SPD Reform, Health Care Milestone, And The Mariners Start Strong What Made Washington's Health Care Exchange Successful? http://kuow.org/post/what-made-washingtons-health-care-exchange-successful <p></p><p>Marcie Sillman talks with Jennifer Haberkorn, healthcare reporter for <a href="http://www.politico.com/">Politico</a>, about what made Washington's health care exchange work and how other state's system compared. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:22:17 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Amina Al-Sadi 31709 at http://kuow.org What Made Washington's Health Care Exchange Successful? HealthCare.Gov Woes Frustrate Last-Minute Shoppers And Helpers http://kuow.org/post/healthcaregov-woes-frustrate-last-minute-shoppers-and-helpers Last-minute health insurance shoppers turned up in record numbers Monday, both online and in person at clinics, county health departments and libraries. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 editor 31658 at http://kuow.org HealthCare.Gov Woes Frustrate Last-Minute Shoppers And Helpers No Extension In Washington For Health Insurance Sign-Up http://kuow.org/post/no-extension-washington-health-insurance-sign <p>Ross Reynolds sits down with Washington Healthplanfinder spokesman Michael Marchand&nbsp;to get an update on the last day of open enrollment. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:53:03 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Christine Streich 31621 at http://kuow.org No Extension In Washington For Health Insurance Sign-Up Oso Mudslide, Affordable Care Act, And Minimum Wage Study http://kuow.org/post/oso-mudslide-affordable-care-act-and-minimum-wage-study <p>Search and rescue efforts continue after a massive mudslide engulfed the town of Oso on March 22. A study out of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's office finds who is making $15 minimum wage in the city, and the enrollment deadline for the Affordable Care Act approaches.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Steve </span>Scher<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reviews these stories and more with news analyst Joni </span>Balter<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Crosscut's </span>Knute<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and </span>Livewire<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> host Luke Burbank.</span> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:30:42 +0000 Steve Scher & Jason Pagano 31491 at http://kuow.org Oso Mudslide, Affordable Care Act, And Minimum Wage Study Obamacare's National Enrollment Looks OK, But States Matter More http://kuow.org/post/obamacares-national-enrollment-looks-ok-states-matter-more With this year's deadline to register for individual health insurance just a weekend away, much attention is being lavished on two numbers — the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/27/295311611/obamacare-enrollment-exceeds-6-million">6 million Americans</a> who have signed up so far, and the percentage of those folks who are (or aren't) young.<p>But experts say the<em> national</em> numbers actually don't mean very much.<p>"These are really state-based markets," says Caroline Pearson, vice president at <a href="http://avalerehealth.net/">Avalere Health</a>, a consulting firm b Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 31442 at http://kuow.org Obamacare's National Enrollment Looks OK, But States Matter More Justices Divide By Gender In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case http://kuow.org/post/justices-divide-gender-hobby-lobby-contraception-case There was a clear difference of opinion between male and female justices at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The issue was whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to include contraception coverage in the basic health plan now mandated under the Affordable Care Act.<p>The female justices were clearly supportive of the contraception mandate, while a majority of the male justices were more skeptical.<p>The lead challenger in the case is the Hobby Lobby corporation, a chain of 500 arts and crafts stores that has 13,000 employees. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 31248 at http://kuow.org Most People Don't Know The Health Insurance Deadline Looms http://kuow.org/post/most-people-dont-know-health-insurance-deadline-looms Next week is the last chance for most people without insurance to sign up for individual health coverage for the remainder of 2014.<p>Yet according to the <a href="http://kff.org/health-reform/poll-finding/kaiser-health-tracking-poll-march-2014">latest monthly tracking poll</a> from the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 60 percent of those without coverage still don't know that.<p>The survey, conducted between March 11 and 17<sup>th</sup>, found that 39 percent of the uninsured between ages 18 and 64 did know that March 31 is the <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">deadline</a> to sign up Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:03:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 31279 at http://kuow.org Most People Don't Know The Health Insurance Deadline Looms Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court http://kuow.org/post/hobby-lobby-contraceptive-case-goes-supreme-court The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in the latest challenge to the Obama health care overhaul.<p>This time the issue is whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to provide some, or potentially all, contraceptive services in health plans offered to employees. It is a case that touches lots of hot-button issues.<p>In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers to provide basic preventive care for employees. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:18:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 31200 at http://kuow.org Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court Independent Audit Outlines Problems At Cover Oregon http://kuow.org/post/independent-audit-outlines-problems-cover-oregon <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/032014CL_coveroregon_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>According to a <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/DAS/Pages/coreview.aspx ">scathing audit from an independent consultant</a>, Oregon's health insurance exchange was riddled with internal conflict and unrealistic expectations.<p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:59:23 +0000 Chris Lehman 31008 at http://kuow.org Independent Audit Outlines Problems At Cover Oregon Mixed News For Northwest Exchanges As Enrollment Deadline Approaches http://kuow.org/post/mixed-news-northwest-exchanges-enrollment-deadline-approaches <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031314CL_exchanges_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>You only have until the end of this month to sign up for coverage using one of the new health insurance exchanges.<p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:30:03 +0000 Chris Lehman 30530 at http://kuow.org Mixed News For Northwest Exchanges As Enrollment Deadline Approaches Health Exchange Open Enrollment Deadline Looms http://kuow.org/post/health-exchange-open-enrollment-deadline-looms <p>If you don’t have health coverage yet, you still have two weeks to sign up. But state officials are urging people not to wait until the last minute. They say there are reasons to enroll sooner — you’ll avoid the surge leading up to the deadline. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:24:17 +0000 Ruby de Luna 30508 at http://kuow.org Health Exchange Open Enrollment Deadline Looms