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The Affordable Care Act goes into effect Oct. 1, 2013. The Post-Gazette has reported how the act, also referred to as "Obamacare" will affect Pittsburghers, and the business community.

10 questions ... about Obamacare

Key consumer questions about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

A primer to Obamacare's impending changes

If you're like the majority of the country, you are aware of some big changes coming to the American health care system -- but you're not sure what it means to you.

Shopping for health insurance online takes some skill -- and some math

Once Americans warm up to the idea of buying health insurance online, the goal is then to get those shoppers to make the best purchase for their health care dollar.

Drugstores will help explain Obamacare to the public

The Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with pharmacy chains across the country -- including, most recently, Cumberland County-based Rite Aid Corp. -- to spread the word about Obamacare and the new online health insurance marketplaces

Exchanges to provide dozens of health care options for Pittsburghers

Pittsburghers will have dozens of plan choices when the Affordable Care Act marketplace opens Oct. 1, and competition from health insurers means premiums nationwide will be lower than expected, according to a new administration report.

Health care law's prescription coverages questioned

What kind of prescription drug coverage will be included in the plans that go on sale Oct. 1 in the federal health care exchanges?

Affordable Care Act allows insurers to charge higher premiums to smokers

A majority of Americans thinks it's OK to charge higher health insurance rates to smokers, but not to overweight people, according to a Gallup poll<./p>

Businesses prepare for health insurance shift

Health insurance exchanges, which operate as health plan marketplaces for people who otherwise cannot afford to purchase insurance, will help shape the future of American health care when major components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act go online in 2014. But because most people still get their health insurance through their work, employers play a key role, too.

Affordable care act vexes small businesses

The coming changes are of particular concern to small businesses -- those with 50 or fewer employees -- as they typically shop for insurance through a broker while larger companies are more likely to self-insure.

Health secretary compares Affordable Care Act to civil rights fight

The ongoing effort to provide health coverage for uninsured Americans is reminiscent of the fight for civil rights, said U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Much is at stake for minorities in Medicaid debate

A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found that 15 percent of African Americans in Pennsylvania are without health insurance and nearly two-thirds of them would qualify for coverage under federal poverty level criteria set out by the Affordable Care Act if Medicaid were expanded.

Pennsylvania gears up for new health law; groups take steps to ease enrollment

William England, Pennsylvania state director for Enroll America -- a non-partisan group based in Washington, D.C -- and his staff of 11 is charged with educating and enrolling as many of the 1 million to 1.2 million uninsured Pennsylvanians as possible during the open enrollment period, which runs through March 31.

Obamacare signups system 'ready to go,' government shutdown or not

Congressional Republicans' threat to stop funding the federal government come Oct. 1 won't stop the Affordable Care Act's online insurance markets from opening on Tuesday, top White House aides say.

Obama terms opposition to Affordable Care Act 'blackmail'

Speaking to a friendly crowd of college students, President Barack Obama said he will not back down on health care.

Business world wary of health-care overhaul

With regulations and federal guidance still coming out, sometimes on a daily basis, it's not always clear what they should prepare for.

Navigating the system: Some helpful tips on applying for coverage

Getting covered through the health care law might feel like a combination of doing your taxes and making a big purchase.

Websites debuting today for Obamacare exchanges

Will the online health insurance exchanges work as advertised when they go live?

Interest strong in federal health care despite Web glitches

Error pages, long telephone wait times and other snags plagued the debut. The good news is that the Web crashes were a symptom of high demand -- or at least high curiosity -- on the first day of a six-month open enrollment period.

Heavy Web traffic as health insurance marketplace opens for enrollment

Those who did get into the website faced a four-step process to sign up for coverage: creating an account, applying, choosing a plan and then enrolling. The three major local insurers are offering a range of plans.

Physicians brace for insurance-induced headaches

Physicians who treat new health insurance marketplace customers may have no choice but to keep track of all 35 plans.


First Published September 25, 2013 11:45 AM


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