Health Insurance Exchange


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?



Small Business Yawns for Obamacare

Monday, November 24, 2014

To insure 1 million New Yorkers by 2016, Albany is counting on small businesses to lift a heavy load. So far, only 10,000 New Yorkers have enrolled. 


The Takeaway

HealthCare.Gov Re-Opens For Business

Thursday, November 13, 2014 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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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.



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.



Insurance Exchange Consumers Spending More Now, Saving Later

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Experts say the Affordable Care Act health exchanges so far appear to be attracting the people they were set up to serve — those with too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough money to buy insurance.

Newly released figures show roughly two-thirds of people using the exchange qualify for federal subsidies.



Where's My Health Insurance Card?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Last weekend, Rob Cuillo had a severe stomach bug, and began thinking it might be time for a trip to the emergency room near his home in Ronkonkoma.

“I was sick as a dog, puking my brains out,” he said. “I was so dehydrated, I was thinking if this goes ...

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On The Media

The Obamacare Horror Story

Friday, January 10, 2014

During the tumultuous roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, the media struggled to find stories of people who had successfully bought insurance through, and many landed on sources that turned out to be unreliable. But now, another dubious narrative is all the rage: the Obamacare horror story. Bob talks to health policy writer Maggie Mahar, who is very suspicious of the nightmarish tales reported in the media. 



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Hospitals, Clinics and Doctors Get Ready for Newly Insured

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

New Year's Day marks the first day healthcare coverage takes effect under the Affordable Care Act. Hospitals, clinics and doctors say they are expecting to see a gradual uptick of new patients, rather than a flood, in the days ahead. 



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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New York Health Exchange Gears Up for December Rush

Thursday, December 05, 2013

In Albany, state officials and contractors say the New York health insurance exchange—which slowed to a crawl when the website launched in early October—can handle whatever crowds arrive online in the coming weeks.

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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.



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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New Jersey News

Health Insurance Exchanges: Progress in New York, Slow Going in New Jersey

Monday, October 14, 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. One state developed its own system - the other outsourced it to the federal government.

About two-thirds of the states, including New Jersey, opted not to develop their own exchange, and the federal system,, has been consistently overwhelmed since October 1st, with relatively few people able to log in, create accounts, examine different insurance plans and enroll in a plan.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Health Insurance Exchange Update

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Three residents who shared their thoughts on healthcare decisions last week update us on their experiences trying to sign up for health insurance through the new insurance exchanges.

  • Pilar, contract associate producer at CBS Religion (and former BL Show intern);
  • Karen, mother, wife, student from Westfield, NJ; and
  • Bob, consultant, husband, and father from Montclair, NJ.

Plus WNYC Healthcare and Medicine Reporter, Fred Mogul, discusses how the exchanges are going and why some area hospitals are opting out.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

In the Market For Health Insurance

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Four local residents share why they're looking to buy insurance through the new Obamacare exchanges and what criteria they're using for making their choices:

  • Pilar, contract associate producer at CBS Religion (and former BL Show intern);
  • Karen, mother, wife, student from Westfield, NJ; 
  • Bob, consultant, husband, and father from Montclair, NJ; and 
  • Elisabeth, Lower East Side resident, freelance oral historian.


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The Brian Lehrer Show

Health Exchanges: Who's In?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

After Friday's (extended) deadline, Karen Pollitz, senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, explains health insurance exchanges and which states are setting them up, and which aren't.

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The Empire

Whither the health insurance exchange?

Friday, March 09, 2012

That's what Senate Democratic Minority Leader John Sampson asks his colleague on the other side of the aisle in a letter sent out today.

As part of the federal health reform passed two years ago--you may know it as "Obamacare"--the state's obligated under law to set up a health insurance exchange. The Assembly has already passed a bill from the Governor's office to create "market-place for the purchase and sale of qualified health plans in the State of New York."

This isn't the first time Sampson's pushed Skelos to adopt the Governor-supported health insurance exchange: "In response to my previous letter, you assert that it would be both 'fiscally irresponsible' and a 'disservice to New York taxpayers' to comply with the federal statute at this time. On the contrary, the time to act is now."

That letter Sampson refers to was sent on February 27 and spent much of the ink blasting senate Democrats over their stewardship as the majority in 2009 and 2010. Skelos also pointed to what he said were the prohibitive costs of enacting the plan, writing, "One study estimates these federal health reforms could cost New York taxpayers more tha $65 billion for the Medicaid portion alone!"

Sampson counters: "Your letter incorrectly states that setting up an exchange will drive up costs for New Yorkers. The $65 billion figure you cite comes from a report by the conservative-leaning Cato Institute, which fails to acknowledge that – because New York already offers coverage to certain expanded populations – it is due to receive enhanced reimbursements once the law is implemented."

And that's not the half of it, he goes on to say. Sure there are what he sees as the--more affordable rates, an easier to understand system, etc.--but do you really want the feds making this decision for us?

"[I]f New York does not have a health exchange up and running by January 1, 2013, the federal government will establish one for us. I cannot imagine that you would prefer that option. Simply put, time is running out for New York to have the mechanism in place to comply with the federal mandate," Sampson writes. "I am sure you agree that New Yorkers, rather than Washington, D.C. bureaucrats, should be making these decisions for our state."
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