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Affordable Care Act

Some important deadlines are approaching for anyone needing to buy private health insurance through the health insurance Marketplace. 

Open enrollment began Nov. 1, 2017. The deadline to sign up for new coverage beginning Jan. 1, or to change an existing health plan, is Dec. 15, 2017, except for people who qualify for a so-called Special Enrollment Period.

In October, the Trump administration instituted an immediate new rule allowing more employers to opt out of Affordable Care Act mandates covering free contraception if they object on moral or religious grounds.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Around 62 million women nationwide gained access to no-cost birth control as a result of Affordable Care Act mandates.

More than two million women in Ohio are eligible for that coverage, which pays for contraception, including expensive IUDs.

Now, women with free birth control coverage through some employer-based or university health plans may be at risk of losing that benefit.

Premier Health provider, Miami Valley Hospital
WYSO/Joshua Chenault

Health advocates are warning some Ohioans with private health insurance plans could see their premiums and costs rise next year unless Congress or President Donald Trump steps in to reverse a recent Trump administration order ending so-called cost-sharing payments to insurance companies. 

The reimbursement payments would amount to about $7 billion next year, AP reports.

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Joshua Chenault / WYSO

Officials with Dayton-based health insurance company CareSource are speaking out against a proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act. The company’s president has added her name to a letter opposing the Republican-backed bill known as Graham-Cassidy.

Q&A on GOP Health Care Bill

Jul 11, 2017
NPR

This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay. Governor John Kasich has expressed concern about how this bill would affect Ohioans, particularly low-income residents and people who depend on Medicaid for their health care.  The Kasich administration has estimated as many as 500,000 Ohioans could lose their healthcare under the bill.  Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.

Dayton CareSource Employees Rally To Protect Medicaid

Jul 5, 2017
More than a hundred Caresource employees loaded onto buses Wednesday morning to attend a rally at the statehouse in support of Medicaid expansion.
Kristin Stratman / WYSO

About 130 CareSource employees loaded onto buses Wednesday morning to attend a rally at the statehouse in support of Medicaid expansion. Gov. John Kasich’s budget signed Friday included a veto on a plan to freeze Medicaid expansion next year. Some state lawmakers are threatening to override the governor’s veto in ongoing budget negotiations this week.

   

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WYSO/Jess Mador

Ohioans are reacting to the long-awaited Republican Affordable Care Act repeal bill released Thursday. Many Miami Valley lawmakers and health advocates have expressed concern over the proposal’s potential impact on addiction, mental health and disability services.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has announced plans to exit the state health insurance exchange by the end of this year. The decision could leave some people in 18 counties with private individual Affordable Care Act plans with limited private, non-employer health insurance options in the future.

Anthem’s departure is not expected to affect Ohioans with coverage through employer-sponsored health plans, Medicare or Medicaid -- that’s most Ohioans.

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Republican legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act is on its way to the Senate.

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WYSO/Jess Mador

Crowds are expected in downtown Dayton Friday evening for a rally against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Organizers say the protest is needed as the United States Senate prepares to take up legislation that would roll back key provisions of the federal health law.

The GOP-backed American Health Care Act, recently passed by the House, calls for cutting Medicaid funding and allowing states to seek waivers opting them out of some patient protections. 

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