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WNYC News

Enrollment Deadline Is Here. But Holes in Data Leave Big Question Mark

Monday, March 31, 2014

Today is the deadline for applying for ACA insurance. The White House says it's hit its target. But in places like Newark, it's not clear how successful the process has been.    

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Opting Out of Testing?; Umpire Doug Harvey; Bodega Cats!

Monday, March 31, 2014

New York State tests begin this week for students in third through eighth grades. WNYC’s Yasmeen Khan discusses the exams, now aligned to "common core" curricula, and whether more students will be "opting out" from standardized testing. Plus: the latest on the ACA enrollment since today is the deadline to sign up; everything you ever wanted to know about cats in bodegas; the latest appointments in city government, including the NYPD’s inspector general; and Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend

Friday, March 28, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

Obamacare Deadline Looms (First) | Rebel Music (Starts at 28:30) | Jimmy Carter (Starts at 48:00)

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On The Media

Taking Healthcare Literally

Friday, March 28, 2014

Bob speaks with Yurina Melara who covers public health for the Los Angeles-based La Opinion, the largest Spanish language daily in the US. She says that telling the 38 million Spanish-speaking Americans about Obamacare is only half the battle. The other half is making sure they understand what it is...beginning with the literal translation of “health care.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The ACA Deadline Is Coming

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The deadline to start signing up for health insurance if you aren't covered is March 31st (Monday), and the White House has just announced some more important dates. Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, health policy analyst for PBS NewsHour and former editor-in-chief of the journal Health Affairs, explains what happens if you don't sign up, your options, and the state of the policy.

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New Jersey News

Deductibles, Co-Pays & Costs, Oh My!

Friday, March 14, 2014

It's not just the glitchy federal website. In New Jersey, the Affordable Care Act has left workers struggling over complicated choices.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What Makes Health Care Such a Divisive Issue

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel explains how the Affordable Care Act reforms are reshaping the health care system. He also looks at why health care in America has become such a divisive social issue and why reform has bedeviled presidents of the left and right for more than a century. Dr. Emanuel is a professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania and served as a special adviser to the White House on health care reform. He’s the author of  Reinventing American Healthcare: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex. Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System.

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The Takeaway

Affordable Healthcare? It Depends Where You Live

Monday, March 03, 2014

You'd expect people in wealthier communities to pay higher premiums, and more moderate or low-income communities to pay lower premiums, but it doesn't always work out that way. Here's why.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

ACA delays; ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión; The Square

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Another part of the Affordable Care Act has been delayed by a year; hear the latest news from the capital on ACA delays, the debt limit bill, and more. Then, newly-appointed Administration for Children’s Services commissioner Gladys Carrión discusses joining the de Blasio administration. Plus: our Oscar-nominated documentary series continues with Egyptian director Jehane Noujaim of “The Square.”

New Jersey News

Will Christie Leave Another Pile of Federal Cash on the Table?

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

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The governor has 2 weeks to spend millions in Affordable Care Act funds or it returns to Washington.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NY Gets 'C' on Emergency Room Report Card

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

It's not just about quality care -- emergency preparedness, layout, access and insurance issues all play into America's Emergency Care Report Card. And, New York's emergency rooms got a C. Find out why.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jonathan Chait on Obama, Christie, the GOP and More

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jonathan Chait, daily columnist at New York Magazine, rounds up the current national political news, including Chris Christie's growing problems and the current state of Obamacare.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sotomayor's Contraceptive Coverage Exemption

Thursday, January 02, 2014

On New Years Eve, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a temporary exemption to the contraception coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act for a elder care facility run by a group of nuns in Colorado, and related organizations. Emily Bazelon, senior editor and court watcher at Slate, explains this latest challenge to the contraception mandate and what it might mean for the law.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Halts Contraception Mandate for Religious Groups

Thursday, January 02, 2014

On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily blocked the Obama administration from forcing some religious-affiliated groups to provide health insurance coverage of birth control or face penalties as part of the Affordable Care Act. Joining The Takeaway to explain what this means for the law is Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center.

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WNYC News

Medicaid Expanding in New Jersey, But Who Will Have Access?

Monday, December 30, 2013

New Jersey has the lowest percentage of doctors who take Medicaid patients, and researchers say the state needs at least 1,000 more primary care doctors to meet the needs of new patients.

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WNYC News

Deadline to Enroll in Federal Health Insurance Extended

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Those who missed out on enrolling for federal health care coverage yesterday will now have one last day to do so.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Washington Politics: ACA, NSA, Not Okay

Monday, December 23, 2013

Today is the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act for coverage starting January 1, 2014. According to enrollment numbers released Friday, one million Americans have signed up for the program, still short of the projected figures for the end of the year. Susan Page, Washington bureau chief, USA Today, updates the situation in Washington. Plus: how the Obama administration will react to two strong rebukes of the NSA last week, one from a federal judge and one from an all-star panel.

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The Takeaway

The Obamacare Signup Deadline

Monday, December 23, 2013

In the last month, there's been a huge uptick in people signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In New York, about 4,500 people have been signing up each day. In California, that number is 15,000. By tomorrow, the numbers will likely be much bigger. That's because tomorrow is the last day to sign up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov, for coverage beginning January 1st. Mary Agnes Carey, Senior Correspondent for Kaiser Health News, explains more about today's deadline and other crucial Obamacare facts.

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WNYC News

A Last-Minute Push for Health Care in New Jersey

Monday, December 23, 2013

Today is the deadline for people to enroll in health care coverage that begins Jan. 1.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Spending More on Health Care, Getting Less

Monday, December 09, 2013

Elizabeth Bradley and Lauren Taylor explain how it’s possible that the United States spends more on health care but suffers worse outcomes than other industrialized nations. They argue that the lack of investment in social services is part of the reason why.  In The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less, Bradley and Taylor look at how divisions in the distribution of health and social services and our resistance to government programs create needless suffering and lead to soaring health costs. They also look at the problems the Affordable Care Act won’t solve and think about possibilities for reform.

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