Affordable Care Act

  • Families soon will be able to sign up for new health insurance options through the Affordable Care Act. In Washington, D.C., Dr. Cheryl Focht of Mary's Center performs a checkup of Jayson Gonzalez, 16, while his mother, Elizabeth Lopez, looks on.
    Heather Rousseau / NPR
    10:25am Jul 02, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    You Ask, We Answer: Demystifying The Affordable Care Act

    Think buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will be confusing? You're not alone. NPR listeners asked questions that have been bugging them about state insurance exchanges and other new options. NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner explains how it's going to work.
  • 7:11pm Jun 22, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Political Fight Jeopardizes Medicaid In Mississippi

    Medicaid in Mississippi provides insurance to 1 in 5 residents. But funding could stop July 1 if politicians don't act. The Legislature has brought the program to the brink over a debate about expanding it under the Affordable Care Act.
  • 7:18pm May 29, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    Health Law Spared Young Adults From High Hospital Bills

    Young adults insured under their parents' plans were shielded from the potentially catastrophic cost of a medical emergency, a review of hospital records found. Researchers say $147 million in hospital bills were charged to insurers rather than the patients in 2011.
  • 5:43pm May 21, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Latest Health Hurdle: Buying Insurance Without A Bank Account

    Most health plans accept a credit card for the first month's premium and then require customers to pay monthly with a check or an electronic transfer from a bank account. For people without a banking relationship, these transactions can be tricky.
  • 3:27pm May 06, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Why Calif. Doesn't Want Smokers To Pay More For Health Insurance

    The federal health law allows states to charge smokers up to 50 percent more for a health plan sold through the new exchanges. But a bill moving forward in the California Legislature would prevent that from happening.
  • Confusion over the details of the new health care law is leaving many people vulnerable to con artists. Evelyne Lois Such, 86, was recently the target of an attempted scam.
    Matt Nager for NPR
    10:18am Apr 22, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Scammers Find Fertile Ground In Health Law

    Law enforcement agencies are reporting an increase in health insurance scams across the country. Many of the scammers seem to be preying on the public's confusion over the massive changes taking place in the nation's health care system.
  • 8:07pm Jan 11, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Businesses Sue Government Over Birth Control Mandate

    Religious groups were among the first to object to a requirement that employers' health plans provide free birth control. But some companies have also objected, saying the mandate violates their religious freedom, too.
  • The majority of what happens on Jan. 1, 2013, is tax increases and cuts in tax deductions to pay for the changes coming in 2014.
    2:19pm Jan 08, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    What The Health Law Will Bring In 2013

    In October 2013, open enrollment begins, when people can start signing up for their 2014 coverage through the new state-run health exchanges. But most of the changes in 2013 are tax increases and cuts in tax deductions to pay for the 2014 changes.