skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Friday, June 14, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

SCOTUS begins issuing new opinions, with another expected related to the power of federal agencies, the battleground state of Wisconsin gets a ruling on alternative voting sites, and coastal work is being done to help salt marshes withstand hurricanes.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

Georgia Open Enrollment for ACA Insurance Begins Nov. 1

play audio
Play

Tuesday, October 18, 2022   

Thousands of Georgians will be shopping for new health insurance plans for 2023, when open enrollment begins on Nov. 1, and there is a lot to consider.

More than 1.3 million Georgia residents do not have health insurance, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

When Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act, it extended the subsidies which help many people afford their premiums, through 2025.

Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare employer and individual, said it's essential to take the time to research what's available and compare health plans, as every family's needs are a little different.

"If you do a little bit of homework in advance, you're more likely to make a better choice," Randall said. "Some things to consider are prescription drug benefits, mental health coverage, specialty benefits; things like dental, vision, hearing, critical illness insurance, and others that may be available as well, wellness programs."

Randall added the UnitedHealthcare website has some tools and refresher videos with information to help people navigate the health care exchange, and get a better understanding of the insurance terminology.

Randall said more health insurance companies are expanding their wellness plans and offering incentives for taking healthier actions and increasing your activity level. They may offer discounted rates for people who exercise, don't smoke, and work to lower their blood pressure. Randall said your goal should be to find a plan which helps you navigate the health care system.

"So, you're looking for, also, a health plan that's going to have good advocacy - whether it's a digital interaction or you're calling your health plan to interact," Randall said. "They're helping you maximize your benefits and services, and getting you to the care that you need at the right time."

She added more insurers are expanding their mental health coverage and offering virtual care options, which gained in popularity during the pandemic. Some plans include access to a large virtual network of licensed mental health professionals, like therapists and psychiatrists.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
The wells providing water on Santee Tribal lands had manganese levels more than 50 times greater than what is considered safe for adults. Excessively high manganese can cause problems with memory, attention and motor skills. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Members of the Nebraska Santee Sioux Tribe hope a solution to their five-year water ordeal may be on the way. Their tap water has been unusable for …


play sound

Hurricane season is here, and conservationists are shining a light on the role salt marshes play in protecting coastal North Carolina communities…

Social Issues

play sound

This weekend, Father's Day will be tough for children with a dad in jail or prison. More than 200,000 kids in Michigan have had an incarcerated …


Social Issues

play sound

Local election administrators have new guidance from Wisconsin's highest court on alternative early voting sites. A political expert says the timing …

Between 2017 and 2022, Minnesota saw a more than 30% increase in farm acres planted with cover crops. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

When Minnesota farmers watch their crops grow this summer, some will monitor land that has better soil health. It's because of a fairly popular …

Environment

play sound

West Virginia will receive $140 million to clean up legacy pollution in regions decimated by decades of coal mining. The money is part of $725 …

Environment

play sound

Close to 200 events are planned now through Sunday at California state parks for the third annual State Parks Week. The events advance Gov. Gavin …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021