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Closely Held Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store in Antioch, Calif., this past spring. The Supreme Court is ruling on the crafts store chain's resistance to portions of the Affordable Care Act. The store's owners cite their religious freedom.
30, 2014

The case, Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, is perhaps the most important decision of the term. It centers on the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of no-cost prescription contraception.

Report: Just Six Percent Of Columbus Could Be Uninsured By 2016

The survey says cities in states that opted to expand Medicaid programs will see the most progress in insuring residents.
20, 2014

The report says the Affordable Care Act will help reduce the number of uninsured in Columbus by about two-thirds over the next two years, down to about 35,000 people.

Advocates Make Final Push For Healthcare Sign-ups

The federal data shows that many Ohio residents obtaining coverage in the marketplace are older. Eighty-five percent of enrollees are getting financial help to pay their monthly premiums.
March 31, 2014

Health care advocates are holding their final enrollment events around Ohio as a key deadline under the federal law approaches.

Feds Try To Get “Young Invincibles” To Sign Up For Healthcare

Medical students at Case Western Reserve University learn about signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
26, 2014

With just weeks left to sign up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace, federal officials have stepped up efforts to recruit younger enrollees between the ages of 18 and 34.

Consumers New To Health Insurance Face Learning Curve

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Healthcare navigator Jessica May (right) goes over different plans with Shelby Conrad, 60, of Clintonville.
23, 2013

Monday is the deadline to sign up through the federal healthcare exchange to get coverage by January First. The process was frustrating until the website improved, but people who have never had insurance faced a steep learning curve. WOSU met with one woman who received a crash course in private insurance.

Healthcare Navigators Report Easier Time Helping Clients

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Healthcare navigator Jessica May (right) goes over different plans with Shelby Conrad, 60, of Clintonville. Conrad is on the fence about whether to choose a plan or take a penalty for not having individual health insurance.
6, 2013

By all accounts, this week has been better for the Obama administration, the Affordable Care Act and for people looking to buy health insurance. After two months of trouble seems to be working. That’s a relief to Central Ohioans buying insurance and those trying to help them do it.

1,150 Ohioans Get Coverage Using Federal Exchange

More than 24,000 Ohio residents submitted paper or electronic applications for health coverage for more than 45,000 people, such as themselves, their spouses and children, the report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows.
November 14, 2013

Federal officials said Wednesday that just 1,150 Ohio residents successfully picked health insurance plans last month through the new online marketplace created by President Barack Obama’s law.

Ohio Health Centers Get Money From Affordable Care Act

The Lower Lights Christian Health Center on West Broad Street will receive $216,667 in federal money.
November 8, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 11 community health centers in Ohio will get $6.8 million in federal money under the new health care law.

Readmission Fines “Changing Culture” Of Ohio Hospitals

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November 1, 2013

Hospital officials believe new fines tied to higher readmission rates are changing the culture of health care.

HHS Chief: Health Overhaul Website Glitches Being Fixed

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
October 16, 2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says during a visit to her native Ohio that work is continuing to fix glitches that hampered the launch of the federal health care overhaul.