Topic: Affordable Care Act
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October 12, 2013 at 9:11 AM
Big game day: It’s Dawgs versus Ducks in the rain today at Husky Stadium, and the excitement started early and was amped up by the appearance of “College GameDay,” ESPN’s pregame show that is in Seattle for the first time in its 19-year run. Set up in Red Square on the University of Washington campus, the TV on-air crew has an active background of waving signs mostly saying encouraging things about the UW’s football team (ranked 16th in national polls) and appalling things about Oregon’s (ranked No.2). The actual game? That starts at 1 p.m.
Big rain day: Whether you’re playing football, at the stadium watching it or doing any other outdoor activity today, plan on doing it in the rain. That’s the forecast for today, but the week coming up looks very nice: clear, with temperatures in the high 60s by Thursday and Friday.
Big insurance questions: If you have them about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and want to talk to a real, live human being, head out to the Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way, N.E. in Lake Forest Park. Public Health – Seattle & King County is putting on the event, which will allow people to learn more about Washington Heathplanfinder, compare health-care plans side by side and find out whether financial help might be available. It’s from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. To enroll, you’ll need to have your Social Security number and information on your income.
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October 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM
It’s finally here — the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, launched today. By March, everyone must have health insurance or pay a penalty. Most people who currently have insurance provided by their employer won’t be affected.
In Washington state, the insurance-exchange marketplace opened this morning as the Washington Healthplanfinder, a one-stop shopping site to help people find health insurance.
We tracked how people were experiencing this first day of Obamacare here and in our HealthCare Checkup blog:
December 10, 2012 at 5:16 PM
Federal authorities have granted Washington and five other states conditional approval to move ahead with plans for state-based online marketplaces for people shopping for insurance under the new federal law.
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has a lot of work ahead, but will be able to meet meet the necessary requirements to be open for business on Oct. 1., predicted Richard Onizuka, chief executive office for Washington Healthplanfinder, the consumer portal.
To receive the approval, the exchanges were required to demonstrate significant progress toward operational and legal milestones. The other states are Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and Oregon. About 30 states have signaled they don’t plan to run state exchanges, and some are still on the fence. If a state doesn’t run its own exchange, the federal government will take over the job under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Gov. Chris Gregoire said she expects more than 200,000 uninsured state residents will qualify to get coverage through the exchange. The state will receive a 100 percent federal subsidy for newly eligible adults beginning in 2014, and continuing through 2016. The support will slowly decrease to 90 percent by 2020, and will maintain that level.
People with incomes up to 133 percent of poverty will qualify. For more information: www.hca.wa.gov/hbe.
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