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Taylor: Obama Should Have Seen Health Care Extension Coming

Nov 15, 2013

The president has announced a one-year extension so health insurers can continue their current health plans for individuals and small-groups. The move comes after reports that nearly five million Americans were being dropped from their existing plans because those plans didn’t meet the federal standards set by the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, who also serves as director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, has been a vocal opponent of the health care overhaul and says the Obama administration should’ve seen this coming.

A new study says about 544 thousand Ohioans will be eligible for tax credits under the federal health care law if they purchase coverage through the new health insurance marketplaces.

The state-by-state analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that only seven states have more residents eligible for tax credits than Ohio. Texas tops the list with 2 million. Nationally, an estimated 17 million people could get the credits.

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.”

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.

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.

Antwaun Brown is currently uninsured, and doesn't know yet whether he'll be able to get covered by the ACA. medicaid insurance health
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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.

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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The federal health care marketplace, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, opened for business Tuesday even in the midst of a government shutdown. But for groups doing outreach in Dayton, the first day was a slow one.

A crew of outreach workers stood around next to colorful tables in the parking lot of a health center Tuesday, chatting up passers-by and waiting for a mostly-absent news media to stop by.

Shutdown Impacts Thousands of Ohio Workers

Oct 2, 2013

Thousands of people around Ohio are beginning to feel the effects of the federal government shutdown. Regional Social Security offices have canceled in-person appointments and the state’s national parks and forests are closed. The advocacy group, Fair Share Ohio, says 25,000 federal employees who live in Ohio stayed at home today and could not go to work.

The Federal health care Marketplace is set to open for business Tuesday, Oct. 1, and open enrollment will last for six months. Most people who can’t get employer insurance will be required to sign up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, or pay a fee. But there’s still a lot of confusion about what exactly this will mean for the uninsured — about 1.5 million people in Ohio.

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