Affordable Care Act

The nation is embroiled in the debate over the Affordable Care Act. The

 

Congressional Budget Office estimates that the GOP health bill could put 24 million Americans at risk of losing insurance. That has many local patients and doctors worried. Because of the ACA, more people were able to get health insurance and even access to life-saving treatments. One Reno woman shares her story with our reporter Anh Gray.

Throughout the nation, community health centers are providing care to low-income people. And with the overhaul of the Affordable Care Act being debated, Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray tours one local facility to learn how it’s been serving as a health care safety net for many in Northern Nevada.

House Republicans have recently rolled out their much anticipated proposal to change the Affordable Care Act. At this point, it’s unclear if it’ll pass.  

To understand the potential impact of the proposal on Nevadans, Reno Public Radio’s Anh has been talking with people in the community to see how Obamacare has already been affecting health care providers and local businesses. News Director Michelle Billman sits down with Gray to learn what people have been saying.

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Under the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, more than 400,000 Nevadans have gained health care coverage over the last four years through the state insurance exchange or the expansion of Medicaid. The possible repeal and replacement of the ACA, also known as “Obamacare,” raises concerns about how Nevadans will be affected. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray talks with a Nevada health policy expert to learn more.

Nevada's two Congressional Republicans have been confronted by protestors seeking answers on where they stand on a variety of issues, but most especially the Affordable Care Act, which the GOP has vowed to repeal. However, Nevada's Second District Congressman Mark Amodei says lawmakers need to examine the health care law piece-by-piece and evaluate each issue independently. 

"Wiping the whole thing out and starting over again invites that whole roll-out disaster that we had with the ACA, websties are crashing and all that other sort of stuff," says Amodei.

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A new report by a nonpartisan think tank predicts a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act without replacing it could lead to 371,000 Nevadans losing health coverage by 2019.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

As the Trump administration prepares to take office, many lawmakers have pushed for the complete or partial repeal of the act.

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Since the results of election came in, the future of the Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare—has been up in the air. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray explores what this could mean for Nevadans.

Few Changes For Nevadans Choosing Health Insurance

Dec 14, 2015
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  Open enrollment for the state-run health exchange is underway, and Tuesday, Dec. 15 is the last day to register for people who want coverage beginning January 1st. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has more details.

So far this year, more than 23,000 Nevadans have chosen insurance plans through Nevada Health Link.

"And over 8,000 of those are new consumers, who are people who did not choose exchange plans last year."

This week the Sparks City Council voted to approve insurance coverage for gender reassignment surgeries for city employees. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports this follows the state’s recent decision to cover trangender-related medical care.

Roughly 10,000 Nevadans have signed up for health plans through the state insurance exchange so far this enrollment period for coverage starting January 1st. But Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that tens of thousands of others, who signed up in the past, could end up having their federal subsidies delayed for not re-enrolling this time around.