ACA Health Insurance

It’s open enrollment season for the health insurance marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act. But many people who need to sign up may not know it. The Trump administration has made a number of moves to diminish the law, including cuts to marketing and outreach. That creates obstacles for groups that help people sign up. 

Health Insurance Marketplace Closes Dec. 15

Dec 13, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

  

Hoosiers have until midnight Saturday Dec. 15 to sign up for health insurance on the marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act.  Open enrollment on HealthCare.gov began Nov. 1 for coverage that starts January 2019. 

This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay. In Indiana, thousands of Hoosiers could be affected. Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.

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The Indiana Republican party may have gotten more than it had bargained for after it invited users to share their “Obamacare horror stories” in a Facebook post earlier this week. The GOP account was inundated with thousands of replies from Affordable Care Act supporters from across the country.

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An Indiana University study indicates hearing aids fitted by a patient are just as effective as those fitted by a professional audiologist.

Currently, hearing aids aren’t able to be purchased over-the-counter. Instead, people must have a professional evaluate their hearing loss, set the hearing aid’s sensitivity and teach proper use.

State Seeks Three-Year Renewal Of HIP 2.0

Jan 31, 2017

Indiana announced it wants the federal government to renew HIP 2.0, the state’s Medicaid expansion program, for three years.

Indiana received a waiver in 2015 to create its own version of Medicaid expansion, HIP 2.0. The program requires people to make monthly contributions to health savings accounts, known as POWER accounts. The current waiver expires a year from now; the state wants to extend that through January 2021.

Tuesday Marks Final Day For ACA Enrollment

Jan 31, 2017

The final day to enroll in the Affordable Care Act, ACA Health Insurance Marketplace is January 31.

Although final numbers haven’t been released yet, at last report, more than 167,500 Hoosiers had enrolled through the ACA marketplace. And about a quarter of them are first-time ACA enrollees this period.

Mark Fairchild is the director of public policy with Covering Kids and Families of Indiana and says the new enrollees prove the ACA increases coverage.