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Obama apologizes to people losing health coverage

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to intense criticism, President Barack Obama apologized to Americans who are losing health insurance plans he had repeatedly said they could keep and pledged to find fixes that might allow people to keep their coverage. “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he said in an interview Thursday with NBC News. He added: “We’ve got

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  • White House sidesteps on “Obamacare” change

    Posted on November 8, 2013 at 11:08 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Under growing pressure, the administration refused repeatedly to state a position Tuesday on legislation formalizing President Barack Obama’s oft-stated promise that people who like their existing coverage should be allowed to keep it under the new health care law. Senate Democrats spoke dismissively of the proposals, signaling they have no intention of permitting a vote on the issue that marks the latest challenge confronting supporters of “Obamacare.”

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  • Sebelius takes GOP criticism over “Obamacare”

    Posted on November 8, 2013 at 11:05 am

    WASHINGTON – Republicans blistered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday over the nation’s controversial health care law, bluntly challenging her honesty, pushing for her resignation and demanding unsuccessfully she concede that President Barack Obama deliberately misled the public about his signature domestic program. “We’re not in it to just give you a rough time. We’re in it to try and hopefully get it right,” said Sen. Orrin

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  • Some unions could get break from fees

    Posted on November 8, 2013 at 11:02 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Critics of the new health care law are claiming some labor unions could get a break from fees imposed on everyone covered by health insurance. The Obama administration’s plan to exempt “certain self-insured, self-administered plans” from paying fees in 2015 and 2016 is not sitting well with Republicans, who say the move smacks of favoritism for a powerful White House ally. Labor officials say many unions won’t

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  • Local drug treatment, mental health agencies prep for changes

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Shavonne Bullock, Michelle Adams

    There are an estimated 408,000 Tennesseans — approximately 8.3 percent of the population — who need treatment for substance abuse. Slightly more than 10 percent of that number — an estimated 47,000 — are currently receiving treatment in one the state’s various intensive outpatient, individual and inpatient programs. When the Affordable Care Act goes into effect on Jan. 1, an additional 57,918 Tennesseans with substance abuse problems will be eligible

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  • Minding the language gap

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Understanding the Affordable Care Act has been a challenge for everyone, governors, state lawmakers and agency officials. But one of the biggest challenges will be delivering the message to America’s non-English speaking citizens. The U.S. Census estimates that more than 55 million people speak a language other than English at home. The vast majority of those — nearly 63 percent — are Spanish speakers. Chinese is the third most commonly

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  • Doctor gap to widen?

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Stephanie Place, Abigale, Lopez, Valeria Lopez, Carolina Lopez

      A shortage of primary care physicians in some parts of the country are expected to worsen as millions of newly insured Americans gain health insurance coverage in January when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect. Physicians could face a backlog and patients could find it difficult to get quick appointments. Tennessee ranks 30th in the nation terms of physicians per capita with less than 5,000 physicians to treat

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  • Key dates in Obama health care overhaul law

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Barack Obama, John Dingell, Marcela Owens

    The Associated Press Medicare was signed into law on July 30, 1965, and within a year seniors were receiving coverage. President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, and the uninsured start getting coverage more than three years later on Jan. 1, 2014. Some key dates in the saga of Obama’s signature legislation: March 23, 2010 — Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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  • Exchanges create confusion for Medicare recipients

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Ida Gall, Sophia Forbes

    MIAMI (AP) — Dear seniors, your Medicare benefits aren’t changing under the Affordable Care Act. That’s the message federal health officials are trying to get out to some older consumers confused by overlapping enrollment periods for Medicare and so-called “Obamacare.” Medicare beneficiaries don’t have to do anything differently and will continue to go to Medicare.gov to sign up for plans. But advocates say many have been confused by a massive

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  • ABCs of Obamacare: a glossary for consumers

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    The Associated Press Major new laws come with their own jargon, and President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is no exception. With the first open enrollment season kicking off for the uninsured, here are some terms consumers might want to get familiar with: Affordable Care Act — The most common formal name for the health care law. Its full title is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Opponents still deride

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  • Applying for health insurance? Homework involved

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Health Overhaul Applying For Coverage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting covered through President Barack Obama’s health care law might feel like a combination of doing your taxes and making a big purchase that requires research. You’ll need accurate income information for your household, plus some understanding of how health insurance works, so you can get the financial assistance you qualify for and pick a health plan that’s right for your needs. The process involves federal agencies

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  • Key consumer questions about the health reforms

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    The Associated Press How do I know whether “Obamacare” applies to me? Polls show many Americans remain mystified by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it is commonly known. But there’s an obvious starting point: Do you have health care coverage? If your employer provides health insurance for you, it’s likely you don’t have to do anything on Oct. 1, when enrollment begins. The president has

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  • Changes to health care under the law, at a glance

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    An overview of some of the key changes to health care services under the Affordable Care Act: ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS Under the law, health insurers must cover 10 essential benefits. This will make health plans more costly, but also more comprehensive. Starting next year, the rules will apply to all plans offered to individuals or through the small-group market to employers with 50 or fewer workers. The essential-benefits requirement does

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