Affordable Care Act

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In the race for the Florida’s District One Congressional seat, there are five candidates, including three Republicans. Jennifer Zimmerman of Pace is one of two Democrats running for the office.

Known as Dr. Z, Zimmerman is a pediatrician who operates a children’s clinic in Santa Rosa County. Like her Democratic opponent Phil Ehr, this is her first run for political office.

Although votes to repeal and replace "Obamacare” have come and gone, the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land, and open enrollment begins on Wednesday, November 1. 

Senate Republicans are wasting no time showing they have little use for the House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Needing 216 votes for passage, the Republican-controlled House approved the plan 217-213, with 20 GOP defections. Among those voting “yes” was Republican Matt Gaetz – who represents the western Florida Panhandle.

Dave Dunwoody: "You had your first “Open Gaetz Day” last month in Santa Rosa County, and the next – for Escambia County – is set for next month."

Representative Matt Gaetz made a half-dozen stops across Santa Rosa County on Thursday to hear from his constituents, both supporters and opponents, dubbing it "Open Gaetz Day."

An overflow crowd greeted the Congressman at Grover T’s BBQ as he moved through the crowd in the parking lot, speaking with both supporters and opponents. Once inside, Gaetz moved though the main dining area greeting the lunchtime crowd, to the sound of competing chanters.

Once Donald Trump was elected president, Republicans in Congress realized their chance to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act had finally arrived. The repeal process has already started. And while there is no replacement in sight for the foreseeable future the ACA’s healthcare exchange is still up and running and enrolling record numbers for health insurance in 2017. 

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 We begin a new, twice-a-month feature on WUWF with U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz. Dave Dunwoody sat down with the newly-minted Congressman to speak about the first days of the 115th Congress.

On being a freshman lawmaker in Washington:

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Open enrollment is underway for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges. 

  If you still haven’t signed up for health insurance for the new year, you have a little extra time to get that chore done. "The deadline war originally December 15 (to) get enrolled for coverage on January the first, but it has since been extended for an additional two days, December 16 and December 17 until midnight" said Cory Brown, the Benefits Program Manager for 90 Works in Pensacola, and a licensed health insurance navigator under the Affordable Care Act.

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It’s time to think about your health insurance again. Open enrollment for policies under the Affordable Care Act is now underway, and there are people ready to help you navigate your way through the system. 

"We're there to provide education, interpret the language of insurance, and then help consumers make a decision that best fits their financial needs and their health care needs."

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning on a case that could have changed how over 50,000 local people bought health insurance. With just a few days left in its session, the court delivered its highly anticipated ruling on the case King v Burwell. That's the case that about people who purchased health insurance from the federal exchange under the Affordable Care Act with federal subsidies.

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon announce a decision that could cause over 50,000 local people to lose their health insurance. 

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Pointing to a budget agreement reached by lawmakers, Governor Rick Scott's attorneys withdrew a request for a preliminary injunction in a legal battle with the Obama administration about health care funding.

Upon receipt of the filing, U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers canceled Friday's scheduled hearing.

According to a notice filed in federal court in Pensacola, Scott's attorneys wrote that the lawsuit would continue because the state and federal governments have not agreed on a broader resolution of the Low Income Pool issue.

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The Florida Legislature convened in special session on Monday, charged with completing a state budget before the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli gaveled in the House, with neither that chamber nor the Senate appearing any closer to resolving their differences over expanding health care coverage; the obstacle that caused Crisafulli to adjourn in April without a spending plan.

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The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is just over a week away and the local health care navigators are busy signing up new people for health insurance all over the panhandle. 

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  The open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act begins this Saturday, November 15 and the local health care navigators are ready.

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For over 30 years, the non-profit called "Families Count" has been helping people become self sufficient members of society. Now, they've changed their name to 90Works and the rebranding has re-energized its members.

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Kara Bryant has been busy. She is the Stability Coordinator for 90 Works, a non-profit in Pensacola that fights homelessness, poverty and family violence by helping people become self-sufficient.  She is also a certified Health Care Navigator under the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act closes at the end of business on Monday.

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Pensacola State College hosted an event Tuesday  to sign up people for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.  WUWF's Bob Barrett was there.

Kara Bryant is a health care navigator with Families Count in Pensacola.  As one of the trained navigators under the Affordable Care Act, she is able to help consumers and small businesses look for health coverage options through the national health insurance exchange, including completing eligibility and enrollment forms.