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The Takeaway

What Do the New ACA Developments Mean?

Friday, November 15, 2013

President Barack Obama announced yesterday insurance companies can reinstate healthcare plans that were cancelled, or maintain existing plans that would otherwise have been cancelled by January 1st. But maintaining plans that would otherwise be deemed substandard could add additional complications for insurance companies. Julie Appleby, Reporter for Kaiser Health News, joins The Takeaway to break down this policy shift.

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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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The Takeaway

Why Some Americans' Health Insurance Policies Are Being Cancelled Under the ACA

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The latest issue in the ACA's rocky debut: more and more individuals are receiving letters from their insurers warning that their policy will be cancelled at the end of this year, despite promises from the Administration that individual insurance plans in place when the President signed the ACA would be "grandfathered in." Julie Appleby, a reporter for Kaiser Health News, and Heather Goldwater, an entrepreneur and new mother whose insurance policy is soon to be cancelled, join us to discuss whether the President’s rhetoric stands up to reality.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Nina Totenberg; Sandy Legal Help; StoryCorps

Monday, October 28, 2013

A year after Sandy, legal and insurance tangles persist. Yisroel Schulman of the New York Legal Assistance Group takes your calls on what kind of legal help is still available. Plus: NPR’s Nina Totenberg on this Supreme Court term; Dave Isay on StoryCorps on ten years of personal stories; and the election series 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with transportation week, and we’ll start with cars and how to manage New York’s roads.

The Takeaway

Problems With Healthcare Exchanges Highlight Government's I.T. Obstacles

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Obama administration says it is bringing in the big guns to resolve the issues with HealthCare.gov: Silicon Valley. Clay Johnson, a Presidential Innovation Fellow who now heads a tech start-up called the Department of Better Technology, explains why the site's malfunction is a sign of larger problems the federal government faces when it comes to I.T.

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The Takeaway

White House Delays ACA Insurance Enrollment Requirement by Six Weeks

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Because of technical issues with HealthCare.gov, consumers will now have a little more time to enroll in an insurance program. The White House announced last night that people have an extra six weeks to enroll in a program through the exchanges, pushing the deadline to March 31st. Joining The Takeaway to explain the decision to postpone the Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich

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New Jersey News

Sandy Victims Get 6 More Months to File FEMA Docs

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

After pressure from a number of lawmakers, FEMA announced on Tuesday that it will grant an additional six month extension for Sandy survivors to file Proof of Loss statements, which are the first step in appealing a flood insurance settlement.

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The Takeaway

A Look at Obamacare Around the Country

Monday, September 30, 2013

What are local governments doing to get the word out about the new healthcare law? How are states are utilizing navigators? Gina Jordan is a reporter from WLRN in Miami. Kristian Foden-Vencil is a reporter for OPB in Portland. Fred Mogul is a reporter for WNYC in New York City. Together they fill us in on the ways different parts of the country are preparing for the new healthcare law.

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The Takeaway

Apprehension Around Healthcare Rollout Lingers

Monday, September 30, 2013

The next phase of the Affordable Care Act arrives tomorrow. But the American public remains unconvinced the Affordable Care Act is a good idea. Dante Chinni is the director of the American Communities Project at American University. He mined the data for us and found that even among America's uninsured there is a great deal of apprehension about the law.

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The Takeaway

Major Companies Change Health Plans in Anticipation of ACA Roll Out

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Drugstore giant Walmart announced this week that it will provide payments to eligible employees to purchase insurance on a private health insurance marketplace. Ezekiel Emanuel is the former Obama administration adviser on health care. He explains how and why more and more companies are transforming their health plans as the Affordable Care Act goes into effect.

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Transportation Nation

Usage Based Car Insurance Growing More Popular Despite Privacy Tradeoff

Monday, August 26, 2013

In an era of trying to save drivers money by improving gas mileage or developing lower-cost vehicles, there is another tack: usage-based car insurance where drivers may see double digit savings.

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WNYC News

NY Unveils New Health Plan Marketplace for Obamacare

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

With a nod toward Billy Joel and people from all ages, ethnicities, and settings from Montauk to Buffalo, the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday launched the “New York State of Health,” a health plan marketplace for the uninsured to buy coverage from private insurance companies.

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WNYC News

Fortune 500 Features 52 New York Companies

Monday, May 06, 2013

Fifty-two New York companies including JPMorgan Chase, McGraw-Hill and Estée Lauder are part of this year's Fortune 500.

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Transportation Nation

New York Gets Usage-Based Car Insurance

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Allstate's DriveWise device (image from Allstate)

Cheaper car insurance rates can now be yours, New Yorkers -- if you drive fewer miles more safely, and agree to attach an electronic monitoring device to your car's dashboard.

It's called usage-based insurance, and it's already in place in dozens of states across the country. It is relatively new to New York, however, and now city officials and the two companies offering it are trumpeting its benefits to boost enrollment.

Under this type of insurance, drivers agree to attach a monitoring device to their car's electrical system. That device relays behavioral information like speed, number of miles driven, time of day the car is used, and how often -- and hard -- the brakes are hit. (The device is not a GPS device, insurers hasten to add.) The data is analyzed and a premium rate computed. Currently, only Progressive and Allstate are offering this type of insurance in New York.

New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said this type of insurance incentivizes good driving. "I think that when people realize they can save real money, and you can save money by driving safely, I think we'll see safer driving and money in the pockets of New Yorkers." She said it makes good financial sense for New Yorkers, who tend to drive less than people in other parts of the country because of the availability of public transit.

Which is a good thing. "There's really a big public policy benefit to a program like this," said Dave Pratt, Progressive’s general manager of usage-based insurance. "If you can save money by driving less, avoiding dangerous times of day and driving more safely, we might actually encourage people not to drive as much, so there wouldn't be quite as much traffic."

Pratt added "we've seen some evidence that being in the program does help people to drive more safely."

The devices also allow users to track their own driving habits via computer.

Allstate and Progress say the program is purely voluntary, and it rewards good behavior without punishing bad. So drivers who routinely speed down the Thruway at 2am won't be slapped with higher premiums.  (Or, as Progressive's Flo puts it in a commercial, "before you worry your pretty little heads --  no, your rates can't go up.")

Read more about the usage-based insurance on the NYC DOT's website here.

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WNYC News

Sandy Victims Waiting Weeks for Relief Checks, Study Finds

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Thousands of Sandy Victims in New York have been forced to put off repairs to their damaged homes as they wait weeks for insurance checks, according to an investigation by the state's Department of Financial Services.

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WNYC News

Area of Expected Flooding Rises for NJ

Friday, December 14, 2012

New flood maps for New Jersey predict water levels to climb several feet higher than previous estimates when major storms strike the state.

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WNYC News

City Tows Cars Without Notice from Storm-Damaged Areas

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Some New Yorkers say their cars are being towed from Sandy-affected areas without warning, and the city confirms, it’s true.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Changes Insurance Rules to Help Sandy Victims

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s taking steps to speed up insurance claims processing after Sandy.

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WNYC News

Group Warns of Possible Insurance Problem Post-Sandy

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A consumer group is warning that some people whose homes were damaged or destroyed as a result of Sandy may be denied coverage.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

After Sandy: Insurance Help

Thursday, November 08, 2012

J. Robert Hunter, director of Insurance for the Consumer Federation of America and former federal insurance administrator under Presidents Ford Carter, talks about how the insurance industry is reacting to the damage from Sandy and answers insurance questions from listeners.

 

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