Obamacare http://northernpublicradio.org en Get Covered Illinois Enrollment Reaches 113,000 http://northernpublicradio.org/post/get-covered-illinois-enrollment-reaches-113000 <p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has&nbsp; released numbers for the first five months of enrollment under the federal Affordable Care Act. According to a news release, 113,733 people enrolled in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:19:15 +0000 WNIJ 44342 at http://northernpublicradio.org Get Covered Illinois Enrollment Reaches 113,000 State Health Panel Wants To See Expansion Of Health Jobs http://northernpublicradio.org/post/state-health-panel-wants-see-expansion-health-jobs-0 <p>A state panel has released nearly two dozen recommendations to deal with the increase in patients expected under the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; However, some of those ideas will be hard to get approved.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:40:16 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 44273 at http://northernpublicradio.org State Health Panel Wants To See Expansion Of Health Jobs GOP Lawmakers Want Review Of Healthcare Navigators http://northernpublicradio.org/post/gop-lawmakers-want-review-healthcare-navigators <p>Five Illinois Republicans are calling for an audit of the state’s Affordable Care Act “navigators.”</p><p>The counselors help people get health coverage under the federal law known as “Obamacare.”</p><p>Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) says he wants to see where the money used to pay for the program is going.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:16:53 +0000 Lee Strubinger 42766 at http://northernpublicradio.org GOP Lawmakers Want Review Of Healthcare Navigators Illinois Unveils Healthcare Marketplace http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-unveils-healthcare-marketplace <p>The most visible part of the Affordable Care Act has arrived. Illinois residents without insurance will be able to go to the <a href="http://getcoveredillinois.gov/">&quot;Get Covered Illinois&quot; website </a>to begin shopping for healthcare plans. &nbsp;</p><p>The unveiling of the marketplace will also be the first reveal of how much coverage under Obamacare will cost.</p><p>That&#39;s largely remained a mystery; though Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s administration released some figures, the details were sparse.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:02:06 +0000 WNIJ 36950 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Unveils Healthcare Marketplace Are You Eligible For Subsidized Health Insurance? Use This Calculator To Find Out. http://northernpublicradio.org/post/are-you-eligible-subsidized-health-insurance-use-calculator-find-out <p>Confused about Obamacare?&nbsp;You&#39;re not alone. Nearly all Americans will be required to have health insurance starting January 1, 2014, or else they will be liable for a tax penalty.&nbsp;But many people aren&#39;t sure if they qualify and they have no clear idea of how much insurance might cost.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 04:29:50 +0000 WNIJ 36865 at http://northernpublicradio.org Are You Eligible For Subsidized Health Insurance? Use This Calculator To Find Out. Officials Unveil Name For Insurance Campaign http://northernpublicradio.org/post/officials-unveil-name-insurance-campaign <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Polls show that many Americans without health insurance still don&rsquo;t know that the Affordable Care Act requires them to get it.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And many of the uninsured don&rsquo;t know that low-income people can get federal subsidies.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat Quinn&rsquo;s administration is trying to bring folks up to speed through a multi-million dollar advertising campaign.</span></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:02:48 +0000 WNIJ 36705 at http://northernpublicradio.org Officials Unveil Name For Insurance Campaign Kinzinger Questions GOP Efforts On Obamacare http://northernpublicradio.org/post/kinzinger-questions-gop-efforts-obamacare <p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>Congressman Kinzinger voted with his party today to defund the Affordable Care Act and issued the following statement:</p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“House Republicans today voted to fully fund the federal government while at the same time protecting the American people from the ravages of the President’s unworkable healthcare law. It is now up to our colleagues in the Senate to continue this fight.”</span></p></blockquote><p><strong>Original story, which aired during Morning Edition on WNIJ, 9/20/13</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Republican congressman from northern Illinois doesn't agree with his party's efforts to </span>defund<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:25:05 +0000 Mike Moen 36426 at http://northernpublicradio.org Kinzinger Questions GOP Efforts On Obamacare The Supreme Court Affordable Health Care Act decision will wait until Thursday http://northernpublicradio.org/post/supreme-court-affordable-health-care-act-decision-will-wait-until-thursday <p>Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts says the Supreme Court decision on the Obama administration&#39;s Affordable Health Care Act likely will be announced on Thursday. WNIJ will provide coverage and reaction throughout the day. We&#39;ll also have an NPR News special on the decision and what it means at 6pm Thursday. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 02:41:55 +0000 WNIJ 13831 at http://northernpublicradio.org The Supreme Court Affordable Health Care Act decision will wait until Thursday Illinois could take a 94-billion dollar hit under one plan to reform health care http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-could-take-94-billion-dollar-hit-under-one-plan-reform-health-care <p>The debate over health care is picking up steam as we move closer to the fall election. A report by a health care advocacy group says over the next decade, Illinois could lose 94-billion dollars in federal funding for Medicaid, Medicare, and premium tax credits under the most recent Republican budget proposal.</p><p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 08:04:56 +0000 Susan Stephens 10201 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois could take a 94-billion dollar hit under one plan to reform health care