Bob Semro

Opinion: Surveys show ACA working, popular with enrollees

By Bob Semro

New survey and poll results show that the number of uninsured Americans has dropped to its lowest level since 2008. Gallup Well-Being, the Commonwealth Fund and Kaiser Family Foundation released poll and survey information last week, and it gives us a picture of how the ACA is meeting its goals of insuring more Americans and providing greater access to health care. And while overall public opinion is still mixed, the Affordable Care Act appears to be rather popular among those who are newly covered, even among Republicans.

Some doctors who do research are adding clinic hours while other managers are jumping in to make sure patients can get care they need. (Photo courtesy of Kaiser Permanente of Colorado.)

Wave of new patients means all hands on deck at Kaiser Permanente

By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon

Kaiser Permanente is grappling with double the number of new customers that the nonprofit health provider projected it would attract through Colorado’s exchange this year.

To handle the surge in patients, Kaiser managers have opened new clinics, are offering some evening hours and are hiring the equivalent of about 70 new providers and support staff.