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This edition: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Episode Details

Original tape date: June 12, 2013.

First aired: June 18, 2013.

Talking Health looks at the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Signed into law in 2010, it put in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that roll out over four years and beyond.

This year Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins. Starting in October individuals and small businesses can buy affordable and qualified health benefit plans in a new transparent and competitive insurance marketplace. The law looks to expand the number of Americans receiving preventive care by providing funding to state Medicaid programs that cover preventive services for patients at little or no cost.

Host Mike Gilliam is joined by Danielle Holahan, deputy director of the New York State Health Benefit Exchange to answer some of the the questions New Yorkers still have about the law and how New York’s insurance exchange will work.

Reporter Melissa Rose Cooper talks with a 34 year old Queens resident about the difficulties he has faced in obtaining insurance coverage.

Reporter Kizzy Cox talks with a small business owner about providing health insurance coverage for his employees.

Guest List

Mr. Eric Blinderman

Melissa Rose Cooper 219West

Kizzy Cox Journalism Student, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Michael Gilliam Host, Science & U!

Danielle Holahan Deputy Director of the New York State Health Benefit Exchange

Ms. Kayla Levitt

Mr. Peter Wilkie