Affordable Care Act http://kufm.org en MT's Obamacare enrollment numbers continue to climb http://kufm.org/post/mts-obamacare-enrollment-numbers-continue-climb <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of Montanans applying for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act continues to climb.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Residents signed up for about 4,000 plans on the state’s online </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> marketplace in the month of February.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That makes nearly 23,000 plans since the marketplace opened last fall.</span></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:47:55 +0000 Dan Boyce 16114 at http://kufm.org Food and fire among the Ag secretary’s biggest concerns http://kufm.org/post/food-and-fire-among-ag-secretary-s-biggest-concerns <p>As U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack is in charge of a lot more than the nation's food policy. His agency also oversees management of our national forests, and as a member of the Cabinet, he advises the president on everything from the farm bill - to the impacts of climate change.</p><p></p><p>In this feature interview, Vilsack talks with News Director Sally Mauk about those issues and more - starting with why he thinks the Affordable Care Act is a good deal for rural Americans.</p><p></p><p></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:53:20 +0000 Sally Mauk 15460 at http://kufm.org Food and fire among the Ag secretary’s biggest concerns Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue http://kufm.org/post/obamacare-now-beyond-rescue <p>1/30/2014 - Intelligence Squared US presents - With the disastrous launch of the HealthCare.gov website, critics of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” were given more fuel for the fire. Is this political hot potato's inevitability once again at stake? And is the medical community really on board with the law, or resisting (rewriting?) it from the sidelines?</p><p> <a href="http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/1016-obamacare-is-now-beyond-rescue" target="_blank">http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/1016-obamacare-is-now-beyond-rescue</a></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:09:33 +0000 Sue Ginn 14272 at http://kufm.org Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue 40-thousand Montanans fall into Obamacare 'coverage gap' http://kufm.org/post/40-thousand-montanans-fall-obamacare-coverage-gap <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A ballot initiative which would expand Medicaid in Montana has run into a hang-up after the Attorney General’s office noted a legal issue with the proposal.</span></p><p>Supporters of the so-called “Healthy Montana Initiative” have filed a corrected version to the Montana Secretary of State’s Office.</p><p>This will shorten the amount of time the initiative has to gather signatures to be placed on the 2014 ballot.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:31:39 +0000 Dan Boyce 14047 at http://kufm.org 40-thousand Montanans fall into Obamacare 'coverage gap' Daines gets an earful from Obamacare skeptics http://kufm.org/post/daines-gets-earful-obamacare-skeptics <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana Congressman Steve Daines held a roundtable discussion Monday to discuss negative impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).</span></p><p>“My objective here today is to learn and listen,” Daines told the group gathered at the Montana Chamber of Commerce Building in Helena.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:49:13 +0000 Dan Boyce 13323 at http://kufm.org Daines gets an earful from Obamacare skeptics How Obamacare is compromising state university student health insurance plans http://kufm.org/post/how-obamacare-compromising-state-university-student-health-insurance-plans <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials with the Montana University System said this week the Affordable Care Act is creating problems for the health insurance plan offered to students at the state’s public universities.</span></p><p>Those students need to have some kind of health insurance. For years, the university plan has offered a reasonably priced alternative for students not on their parents’ plan.</p><p>But that may be in jeopardy.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 00:25:02 +0000 Dan Boyce 11944 at http://kufm.org How Obamacare is compromising state university student health insurance plans Missoula writer, Blackfeet member joining US House race http://kufm.org/post/missoula-writer-blackfeet-member-joining-us-house-race <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Missoula writer and member of the Blackfeet Tribe has announced her run for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat as a Democrat.</span></p><p>Melinda Gopher ran for the seat in 2010, coming in third in the Democratic Primary. She is running a campaign focused on bucking the Democratic establishment.</p><p>“We have a power elite that has abused the Indian vote for a long time in the state, and that power elite has been led by Senator Baucus,” Gopher said.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:45:24 +0000 Dan Boyce 11311 at http://kufm.org Missoula writer, Blackfeet member joining US House race Insurance companies, commissioner examining options following ObamaCare announcement http://kufm.org/post/insurance-companies-commissioner-examining-options-following-obamacare-announcement <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana Insurance companies are looking over their options after President Obama’s Thursday announcement regarding the Affordable Care Act. The President said some insurance plans about to be cancelled for not following the new healthcare law will be allowed to continue for one more year.</span></p><p>Montana’s Insurance commissioner said the announcement throws years of planning for ObamaCare into a tailspin.</p> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 23:11:56 +0000 Dan Boyce 11239 at http://kufm.org Insurance companies, commissioner examining options following ObamaCare announcement Study says uninsured Montanans likely to buy plans through Obamacare http://kufm.org/post/study-says-uninsured-montanans-likely-buy-plans-through-obamacare <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Few uninsured </span>Montanans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> go without coverage voluntarily, says a new report released Monday by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research.</span></p><p>“That means that had insurance been available, they would have taken it,” said the bureau’s Interim Health Care Research Director, Paul Polzin.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:32:12 +0000 Dan Boyce 10695 at http://kufm.org Study says uninsured Montanans likely to buy plans through Obamacare MT Insurance companies see trickle of applications come through from Obamacare http://kufm.org/post/mt-insurance-companies-see-trickle-applications-come-through-obamacare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The state’s insurance commissioner says Montanans are still having problems signing up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act online marketplace. Most states, including Montana, opted to let the Federal Government run their Obamacare market. The federal site has been plagued with glitches and technical problems for three weeks now, and it is not clear when they will all be fixed.</p><p>Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen said Wednesday that is not acceptable.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:38:38 +0000 Dan Boyce 10112 at http://kufm.org MT Insurance companies see trickle of applications come through from Obamacare