November 10, 2013 |
MERCERVILLE, N.J. For 25 unemployed military veterans, the job offer is welcome news. They'll not only make a paycheck - but help people understand their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. Some of the former service men and women will be on hand Monday - Veterans Day - as officials unveil a $1.8 million program that is employing veterans to sign up residents through paper, telephone, or online. The new effort will be announced at 2 p.m. at the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center in Mercerville, N.J. New Jersey veterans are being trained as certified application counselors and will be deployed to hospitals and other sites across the state.
November 10, 2013 |
For Jocklyn Keele, not having health insurance is not an option. The 50-year-old Overbrook woman takes 20 medications. She lives with a catalog of illnesses, including a rare form of congestive heart failure, sleep apnea, anemia, and hypertension. She's been in the hospital seven or eight times this year and sometimes wears a portable defibrillator, in case her heart stops. But come January, Keele's coverage will run out. Her divorce will be final, and time is up on the plan she had through her husband's employer.
November 8, 2013 |
SPRINGFIELD They sat around a makeshift conference table in the basement of Rep. Patrick Meehan's Delaware County office talking about their experiences with the Affordable Care Act. The group - two doctors, two small-business owners, an insurance broker, a self-employed man, and an unemployed woman about to lose her individual plan - talked about canceled policies, new plans with high deductibles and co-pays, privacy fears, and the erosion of...
November 4, 2013 |
Nancy Becker recently got notice that her health insurance would vanish come Jan. 1 - a change her insurer blames on 2010's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. To replace it, Becker managed to create an account on HealthCare.gov, the new health-insurance exchange for Pennsylvania and 35 other states. But since then, the website has clammed up whenever she attempts to enroll in a plan. In other words, Becker is among the millions of Americans trying to navigate the tricky crosscurrents surrounding Obamacare's launch - and finds herself at the center of two of last week's biggest news stories.
November 2, 2013 |
John A. Powell, 69, of New Hope and Naples, Fla., an insurance company executive, died Thursday, Oct. 24, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at a nursing facility in North Wales. Mr. Powell cofounded American Travellers Corp. and built it into a major player in long-term-care insurance. He took the company public before selling it to Conseco Inc. in 1996. "He was a self-made man," said daughter Krysten Powell. Born and raised in Fishtown and a graduate of Mastbaum Technical High School, Mr. Powell started out in the insurance business by training with the family-owned Powell Agency in 1961.
November 1, 2013 |
IT'S BEEN KIND of appalling to watch this slow-motion train wreck of lousy Obamacare news coverage, but this week the Los Angeles Times has a good reality check of what's really going on with those canceled policies that have been getting so much attention. The bottom line is that many of these policies are, quote, "health insurance," not health insurance. The Times noted that these plans are what Consumer Reports earlier this year called "junk health insurance" - coverage that costs less than $100 a month because it pays for very little.
October 31, 2013
IT'S laughable how people, mostly Republicans, are spending so much time making a big deal about the ease of (or lack of) signing up for the health plan. OK, there are some issues; what's being lost is how eager people are to get some coverage. Then the Republicans tried to spin the registry issues, like, "Obamacare doesn't work. " In reality, the issues with registration just underscore the fact of so many people in need of coverage. The Republicans keep talking about delaying the rollout.
October 23, 2013 |
Peter L. Gualtieri listened carefully Monday as President Obama defended the Affordable Care Act against its critics. He was troubled by what he did not hear. "The president never once mentioned brokers or agents," Gualtieri said. "He talked about the 1-800 number, the online websites, the navigators, but never once brokers. It was a little disheartening. " As president of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Health Underwriters, Gualtieri might be forgiven for having a somewhat narrow focus while listening to Obama's address about the rocky launch of ACA's online health-insurance marketplaces.
October 20, 2013 |
Gail Thomas can count on one hand the number of times she's been to the doctor in recent years. The 63-year-old Willingboro woman considers herself healthy. But two years ago, she ended up in the hospital for 22 days. She was dehydrated and feeling poorly. The doctors ran test after test, but the cause is "still a mystery to this day," Thomas said. It was the first time she'd she'd been in the hospital since giving birth to her son, who is now 29. "The hospital bill was over $200,000 and I didn't have any insurance," said Thomas, who was already retired by then.
October 18, 2013 |
HARRISBURG Gov. Corbett signed legislation Wednesday extending the state's health insurance program for children and eliminating a six-month waiting period before they can join. The law extends through 2015 the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the two-decade-old effort that provides health insurance to all children who need it. Under the law, $8 million from the 2013-14 budget will fund the addition of roughly 9,000 children to the program and pay for an advertising campaign to reach an estimated 145,000 uninsured children statewide.