Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act
5:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

“Self-Insurance” Allows Ohio Businesses New Flexibility in Health Plans

Southwest Ohio businesses have a new health care option on the table: so-called “self-insurance” allows companies to cut out the middle man.

The South Metro Regional Chamber of Commerce in Miamisburg has signed up to give its members access to a national self-insurance pool with hundreds of other businesses, which chamber director Julia Maxton says can save them money.

“It’s very clean, it’s very clear,” Maxton said. “It is something that they can understand.”

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Politics
12:04 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Ohio Senator Portman Urges Stop to 'Obamacare'

Ohio's Republican U.S. senator says website woes are more evidence that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul should be halted.

Sen. Rob Portman, of the Cincinnati area, says the Healthcare.gov site is an indicator of what's ahead in the health care rollout. He says the overhaul is a complex program that will hurt the economy, and the way the website has been plagued by technical malfunctions highlights a system that isn't ready.

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Affordable Care Act
5:38 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Ohio Controlling Board Votes to Fund Medicaid Expansion

The Ohio Controlling Board approved funding to expand Medicaid in a 5-2 vote Monday afternoon.

That means beginning this January, over 300,000 Ohioans could become newly eligible for the state-run health insurance program, and around 275,000 are expected to get covered in 2014. The expansion extends state Medicaid programs to cover all adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or a little less than $16,000 for an individual.

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Affordable Care Act
8:57 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

In Medicaid Expansion Discussion, Coverage for Working Poor Hangs in the Balance

Antwaun Brown is currently uninsured, and doesn't know yet whether he'll be able to get covered by the ACA.
Credit WYSO/Lewis Wallace

Governor John Kasich will bring a Medicaid expansion proposal to the Ohio Controlling Board Monday. He’s gone around the Republican-run legislature in an attempt to approve billions in funds from the federal Affordable Care Act, and health coverage for hundreds of thousands of low-income people hangs in the balance.

When Amy Sylvester shows up at her appointment at Five Rivers Health Center in Dayton, she’s been up all night, because she works a 2am shift delivering papers.

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Health Care
7:22 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

As Ohio Medicaid Debate Continues, Health Providers Have Their Fingers Crossed

Ohio Governor John Kasich announced last week he’ll circumvent the legislature to try to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, state legislators are considering two separate Medicaid reform bills—and health care providers have their fingers crossed.

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