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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known informally as Obamacare, is gradually going into effect. Beginning Oct. 1, Mainers will be able to begin purchasing health insurance through an online "exchange." Other aspects of the law kick in Jan. 1, 2014.

To help navigate these changes MPBN News has created this Affordable Care Act resource.

There are plenty of helpful links out there, perhaps the top three are:

  1. Federal government special website
  2. Maine state government special web page
  3. Muskie School of Public Service web page

 

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Maine Hospital's Dilemma: Improved Care Shrinks Bottom Line
06/11/2014 Reported By:Patty B. Wight  

Under the Affordable Care Act, the quality of health care you receive is supposed to improve. Hospitals, for example, are expected to reduce readmissions, cut down on unnecessary tests. But these are the kinds of services that have been the bread and butter of hospitals for years. Take them away, and the hospital loses money. So the challenge for hospitals is how to increase quality and still stay in business. Patty Wight visited one hospital in western Maine that's grappling with that task, and tonight she has the first of two reports on what she found out.

Harvard Pilgrim to Join Maine Exchange
06/03/2014 05:36 PM ET

Harvard Pilgrim's vice president for Maine says, barring any unforeseen circumstances, the nonprofit insurer will offer plans on the exchange starting in January.

For Some, Affordable Care Act Provides Key to 'Job Lock'
06/02/2014 Reported By:Patty B. Wight  

For decades, the best way to get good health insurance in the U.S. has been through the workplace. But with the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace, health insurance doesn't have to be tied to a job anymore. It's allowing some people to escape so-called "job lock" - saying with a job purely for the health benefits. And while critics of the ACA worry that the law will encourage companies to cut staff and hours to avoid insurance mandates, some Maine workers say new insurance options have freed them to pursue their career ambitions. Patty Wight reports.

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