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The Takeaway

Insurance Companies Ignore ACA Mandates on Women's Healthcare

Monday, May 04, 2015

President Obama's Affordable Care Act guaranteed coverage for a number of women's health services. A new study finds that many insurance plans aren't complying with the law.

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The Takeaway

Ballpark Figures: The Hazards of Playing Mr. Met

Monday, April 06, 2015

The Mets kick off their regular season this afternoon in Washington, D.C. AJ Mass once donned the Mr. Met costume. Here, he reflects on the weird, woolly world of sports mascots.

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The Takeaway

In San Antonio, A Lifeline for the Hispanic Uninsured

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

High rates of uninsurance plague Hispanic communities. Del Barrio Clinic in San Antonio, Texas is trying to turn the tide. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Catching Up With the Comptroller

Friday, March 20, 2015

Scott Stringer found that New Yorkers work longer days than other Americans, once commuting times are figured in. Plus, pregnancy as a qualifying event for health insurance.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Growth in Complex and Opaque Healthcare Charges

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Affordable Care Act has led to large co-insurance fees, high deductibles and narrow provider networks. The new fees are causing some people to avoid seeing doctors all together.

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WNYC News

It's Not Insurance, but Maybe It's a Start

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A new program for the uninsured provides unlimited primary care and wellness visits for $50 a month. But will it shield them from medical catastrophe?

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WNYC News

New York Insurers To Cover Transgender Treatment

Thursday, December 11, 2014

New York health insurers must cover transgender treatment deemed medically necessary under new guidelines set by the Department of Financial Services.

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WNYC News

Doing the Math for Obamacare, Year Two

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Three New Yorkers who signed up for coverage this past year will need to read the fine print if they want to maintain their coverage and contain costs.

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The Takeaway

GruberGate: ACA Architect Says Lack of Transparency Helped Pass Law

Friday, November 14, 2014

There's more bad news for the war-weary Affordable Care Act. A video has surfaced of ACA architect Jonathan Gruber saying that "the stupidity of the American voter" helped pass the law.

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The Takeaway

HealthCare.Gov Re-Opens For Business

Thursday, November 13, 2014

HealthCare.gov is open for business again. The open enrollment period for 2015 coverage kicks off on November 15, 2014 and runs through February 15, 2015.

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WNYC News

Health Insurance Spikes — But Less Than Expected

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Insurers asked state regulators for premium increases close to 13 percent for next year. Albany is allowing about half that.

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The Takeaway

Courts Collide on ACA Interpretation

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

On Tuesday, two separate federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings that complicate the nation's already-murky understanding of the Affordable Care Act. Millions of Americans are now potentially affected, and there will likely be months of legal limbo.

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WNYC News

Rates Could Yo-Yo as Insurance Exchange Heads into 2015

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Yorkers who bought insurance from the state health exchange could see big price hikes next year.

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WNYC News

The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Insured

Monday, December 16, 2013

Want insurance coverage in place for New Year's Day, 2014? Time is running out, so here's what you need to do.

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Money Talking

A Checkup on Obamacare

Friday, November 22, 2013

Healthcare.gov launched more than seven weeks ago and its diagnosis isn't looking good so far. 

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WNYC News

Despite Obama Promise, Cuomo Preserves Health Insurance Status Quo

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

If you like your health plan, you can keep it.

Last week, President Obama restored that pledge, after he was forced to admit the Affordable Care Act had in fact caused many people to lose insurance coverage deemed insufficient under the sweeping federal health law.

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WNYC News

Cancelling the Cancellation: Will Insurers Restore Pre-Obamacare Policies?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Officials in Albany and Trenton are trying to figure out what a new White House proposal means for local insurance companies and the people who used to be their customers.

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WNYC News

Some Progress in NY Health Exchange, But Slow Going in NJ

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The rollout of the health insurance exchanges is starting to gain momentum in New York, but progress continues to be slow in New Jersey.

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The Takeaway

Educating America's Waiting Rooms on the Affordable Care Act

Friday, October 04, 2013

Peter Nicks is the the director of "The Waiting Room," a documentary film and social media project that follows the life and times of patients and staff at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. Through his project, he met Warren Steptore, who was uninsured and suffering from dental issues. Warren is covered by the V.A., but because there isn't one close to him he often resorts to the ER for treatment.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Young Invincibles and the Obamacare 'Death Spiral'

Thursday, October 03, 2013

One of the keys to making the Affordable Care Act sustainable is convincing young, healthy people to sign up for coverage. If not enough do, then the system could go into a "death spiral" where costs outpace payments. Are you one of these "Young Invincibles" -- no longer on your parent's health insurance, but maybe willing to go without coverage because you're still healthy? Whether you're leaning towards signing up or thinking about paying the penalty, tell us your story -- call 212-433-9692 or post below.

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