Affordable Care Act

Medical bills leading cause of U.S. bankruptcy
2:59 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Activist: Glitches Being Fixed In Obamacare Launch

Kevin Kane, Citizen Action of Wisconsin
Credit Kevin Kane

He said a many Americans had either been locked out of getting healthcare because of pre-existing conditions, or had to pay higher rates. He says women paid more because of pregnancy and other issues, but starting January 1, not anymore...

 

"....women on average are charged about one-and-a-half times more, on average, than a 22 year old male. Women are more responsible than men. You go to the doctor more, you get checkups more, you tend to get pregnant more, but that's a whole other issue..."

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Q & A session
8:11 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Public Information Meeting Tuesday On Obamacare

St. Augustine's Church in Rhinelander is hosting a public information meeting on the Affordable Care Act Tuesday

Kevin Kane from Citizen Action of Wisconsin will field questions about how the plan...sometimes known as ObamaCare.... at St. Augustine's Guild Hall on Pelham Street in Rhinelander Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Beginning October 1, the public could begin making choices regarding the Wisconsin Health Exchanges. Kane will discuss the mechanics of the plan and those sponsoring the event say it is not designed to debate the pros and cons of the law.

Long-Anticipated Start Date
9:44 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Opening Day For Health Exchange

It’s launch day for Wisconsin’s health exchange.  Individuals will be able to compare and shop for health insurance plans online.  One of the many questions raised by changes to the health care system…is what will happen to private insurance agents…now that people have easy access to purchase insurance directly.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down called up private insurance agent Brian Diel, and found out he’s not too worried.

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Healthcare Burden May Fall On Counties
12:10 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Counties Vote Against Walker's Medicaid Expansion Denial

The Wisconsin Counties Association voted this week in disapproval of the state’s rejection of extra federal funding for Medicaid.  Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf, Senior Legislative Associate for Wisconsin Counties Association, says the vote reaffirmed a position the group has held since 2011.

“As counties, when we all have the same position, when we all talk from one voice, it really provides support for our issues.”

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Anticipating the ACA
3:34 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Health Insurance Rates May Rise, Especially for Young People

JP Wieske gave an overview of how the Affordable Care Act will affect community members.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

State officials visited Rhinelander today to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act.  

About 30 people gathered in the conference room of the public safety complex in hopes of clearing up often-hazy understandings of changes to come.  One of those people was Mike Barnes, who says he and his wife purchase their own insurance. 

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Changing Insurance Landscape
5:02 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Health Insurance Purchasers Will Find Choices, Come October

Advertising for health insurance in New Port Richey, Florida.
Credit Daniel Oines

Northwoods residents looking to buy health insurance will have options when it comes to choosing a plan on the health marketplace.  That’s according to a report from progressive advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin. 

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