More than 700,000 Texans have signed up for a health plan through the online insurance marketplace. For that group, the Affordable Care Act appears to be working.
But an even larger number of Texans â€” one million or more â€” still have no access to affordable coverage because Texas officials opted out of a federal plan to expand Medicaid for the poorest adults.
From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Carrie Feibel of KUHF explains.
What if employers started giving workers a chunk of cash to buy health insurance on their own instead of offering them a chance to buy into the company plan? Are workers ready to manage their own health insurance like they do a 401(k)?
The idea that employers might drop their health plans and replace them with a "defined contribution" for employees has been around for years. It's one way for employers to control their expenses in the face of the relentlessly rising costs of health care.
Marcie SillmanÂ checks in with Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike KreidlerÂ about a new rule that will mandate increased transparency for plans offered on the Washington state health exchange.
Itâ€™s one thing to get people to buy health insurance, something the stateâ€™s health exchange has been focusing on. But what happens when a patient can no longer pay monthly premiums â€” who would then be responsible for the medical bills? Doctors are worried theyâ€™ll be stuck holding the bag, and theyâ€™re taking their issue to Olympia this week.
Ross Reynolds talks with one of the so-dubbed young invincibles, 23-year-old Ursula Swantner, about her experience signing up for health care through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange website, and why she's glad she did.
You donâ€™t often hear Justin Timberlake and health insurance in the same sentence. But this Friday, fans going to Key Arena to get their dose of Justin Timberlake will also get a chance to learn about health plans.