affordable care act
At their first meeting of 2014 on Jan. 7, Buncombe County Commissioners will seek public feedback on a plan to give $1.12 million in cash grants to Jacob Holm Industries to help it expand local operations. They'll also consider hiring 17 new workers at the Health and Human Services Department, as well as new zoning regulations.
As the Dec. 23 deadline for open enrollment under the new healthcare law looms, local nonprofit Pisgah Legal Services is holding a navigation clinic this Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Volunteer "navigators" will be on hand "to help people explore their options for health insurance and subsidies to cover the cost of insurance through the Affordable Care Act."
In this set of short pieces, Xpress looks at the efforts of local organizations and "navigators" to help residents get coverage under the new healthcare law, the reactions they're seeing so far, information on how to connect with these services and on-the-ground perspectives from a couple of volunteer navigators.
They came with notepads, folders and pamphlets, and many of the more than 100 people who attended the Council on Aging of Buncombe County's first information session about the Affordable Care Act came with questions on Oct. 17. More sessions are planned through the month of November.
Today at 1 p.m., Gov. Bev Perdue officially announced that North Carolina will establish a state-federal health exchange under the federal Affordable Health Care Act (an exchange is a one-stop shop for people to buy health insurance). The announcement comes under a fast-approaching deadline that other states around the country are currently facing since they must notify the federal government by tomorrow, Nov. 16, about which health exchange they will establish.
Whether it was talk about the tax revaluation facing Buncombe County or the new tax rates coming from the Affordable Care Act, presentations at the Sept. 7 Council of Independent Business Owners breakfast focused on how these changes could impact the wallets of local business owners. These are the highlights. (Photo of Scott Huges, above, and Gary Roberts by Caitlin Byrd)
Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, most women can now have conversations about domestic violence with their doctor without having to worry about the cost. Effective Aug. 1, domestic-violence screening is one of eight free preventive services for women. Domestic violence survivor Sharone Owen shares her story about how one conversation with her doctor may have saved her life. (photo by Caitlin Byrd)
Hours after the Supreme Court announced its landmark ruling on health care, Mission Health CEO and President Ron Paulus made his own statement about what the 5-4 ruling means on the local level. His verdict? The ripple effect of health care reform remains to be seen. Above, Paulus reads his statement about the ruling. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
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