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KPBS News Special Series: Second Opinion

Second Opinion is a Q-and-A series that answered questions San Diegans had about the Affordable Care Act leading up to its full implementation in 2014.

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Tease photo: Second Opinion: What We Learned About Health Care — And Our Readers — in 2013

Who Participated in Second Opinion?

Second Opinion answered questions about the Affordable Care Act from 24 San Diegans in 2013. The requirements to participate were simple: You had to have a question about Obamacare and you had to do it on camera.

1/1/14Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: How Will Feds Enforce Individual Mandate?

How Will The Feds Enforce The Individual Mandate?

Americans who want health coverage starting Jan. 1 have one more week to sign up for Obamacare. But how will the government know whether they do or not?

12/16/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: Will Obamacare Streamline Care For Disabled People?

Will Obamacare Streamline Care For Disabled People?

The Affordable Care Act will fund a three-year pilot program aimed at streamlining health care delivery to seniors and people with disabilities.

12/9/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: Will Obamacare Help If My Company’s Plan Is Too Expensive?

Will Obamacare Help If My Company's Plan Is Too Expensive?

How much is too much when it comes to health care premiums for employer-based coverage? You and the federal government might disagree.

12/2/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: What Does Obamacare Mean For My Paycheck?

What Does Obamacare Mean For My Paycheck?

We've tackled what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act this year. Now for the long view — will it ever reduce payroll taxes?

11/25/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: Which Mental Health Services Have To Be Covered Under Obamacare?

Which Mental Health Services Have To Be Covered Under Obamacare?

Insurance providers must cover mental health services, but which ones and how well?

11/18/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: What Does Obamacare Mean For Health Savings Accounts?

What Does Obamacare Mean For Health Savings Accounts?

A La Jolla resident wants to know if she can window-shop on Covered California if she has a health savings account.

11/11/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: Do Student Health Center Fees Satisfy The Individual Mandate?

Do Student Health Center Fees Satisfy The Individual Mandate?

A graduate student can get most of her health needs taken care of on campus for a small fee. Does that count as health coverage under the Affordable Care Act?

11/4/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: What If My Income Increases After I Sign Up For Obamacare?

What If My Income Increases After I Sign Up For Obamacare?

A San Diego artist with a variable income wants to know what happens if she gets a health insurance subsidy, only to find out later she made too much to qualify.

10/28/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: What If I Get Sick Before My Obamacare Coverage Starts?

What If I Get Sick Before My Obamacare Coverage Starts?

Nearly 100,000 Californians have started applications on the state's new insurance exchange, Covered California. But completing the process won't mean they can start scheduling check-ups. What happens between October and January?

10/21/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: Can Domestic Partners Apply For Obamacare Coverage Together?

Can Domestic Partners Apply For Obamacare Coverage Together?

A mechanical engineer's out-of-state employer doesn't cover domestic partners. Can the couple get coverage through California's health insurance exchange?

10/14/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: Does Obamacare Give Employees More Choice Over Coverage?

Does Obamacare Give Employees More Choice Over Coverage?

A Scripps Ranch health care advocate says the Affordable Care Act hasn't necessarily helped consumers who don't like their employer's insurance options.

10/7/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: Does Obamacare Reduce Costs For People With Pre-Existing Conditions?

Does Obamacare Reduce Costs For People With Pre-Existing Conditions?

A University Heights resident with a pre-existing condition wants to know if her wallet will get any relief under the Affordable Care Act.

9/30/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: I'm Nearing Medicare Age. Can I Get Gap Coverage?

I'm Nearing Medicare Age. Can I Get Gap Coverage?

A retiring microbiologist considers how to fill a gap in coverage before she's eligible for Medicare.

9/23/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: How Do Former Inmates Sign Up For Obamacare?

How Do Former Inmates Sign Up For Obamacare?

Under the Affordable Care Act, many of the California inmates leaving prison under realignment will have access to health coverage for the first time.

9/16/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: Is It Cheaper To Pay The Fine Than To Buy Coverage?

Is It Cheaper To Pay The Fine Than To Buy Coverage?

A Rancho Peñasquitos family of eight looks at how the Affordable Care Act will impact its budget.

9/10/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: How Do College Students Fit Into The Obamacare Exchanges?

How Do College Students Fit Into The Obamacare Exchanges?

Between sending transcripts and buying dorm furnishings, a University City mom tries to understand her college student's insurance options.

9/2/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: How Do Undocumented Parents Cover Their Citizen Kids?

How Do Undocumented Parents Cover Their Citizen Kids?

A charter school teacher wants to know what to tell undocumented parents about enrolling their citizen children in health plans.

8/26/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: What Is A Grandfathered Health Plan?

What's A Grandfathered Health Plan?

A Ramona artist weighs whether to stick with her current health plan, which is grandfathered into the Affordable Care Act, or seek a new plan with more protections.

8/19/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: How Does Obamacare Address End-of-Life Care?

How Does Obamacare Address End-Of-Life Care?

A Mira Mesa woman caring for a friend with Parkinson's disease asks how the Affordable Care Act will help with end-of-life planning and care.

8/12/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: Does Obamacare Impact My Military Benefits?

How Will My Military Benefits Be Impacted?

A Vietnam veteran wants to know whether the Affordable Care Act will affect his TRICARE health benefits.

8/5/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: Is Paying The Fine Cheaper Than Offering Health Care?

Is Paying The Fine Cheaper Than Offering Health Care?

A flight school instructor wonders whether paying an Obamacare fine makes more financial sense than insuring workers.

7/29/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: Do I Have To Cover My Three Employees Under Obamacare?

Do I Have To Cover My Three Employees?

An Encinitas "solopreneuer" wonders whether she'll have to cover future employees' health care premiums if she decides to take on more workers.

7/22/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: Does Obamacare Cover Acupuncture And Chiropractors?

Does Obamacare Cover Acupuncture And Chiropractors?

A City Heights resident turns to alternative medicine after losing her health insurance. Can she keep it up with an Obamacare plan?

7/15/13Read more

Tease photo: Second Opinion: Does Mom Qualify For Obamacare With A Green Card?

Recent Stories About Obamacare

State Glitch Holds Up 90,000 San Diego Medi-Cal Applications

A state computer glitch is holding up Medi-Cal applications across California, delaying health coverage for thousands of San Diegans.

Covered California Not Yet All It Can Be, Consumer Group Says

A prominent consumer group says Covered California has plenty of work to do to improve its operations.

Deadline Sparks Surge In Covered California Applications

Uninsured Californians rushed to sign up for health insurance under the federal health care law ahead of Monday's midnight deadline. Many went to enrollment events as the Covered California call center reported waits of more than an hour.

What You Need To Know About Today’s Obamacare Deadline

Today is the deadline to sign up for health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act coverage – sort of.

Community Clinics Push Enrollment in Covered California As Deadline Approaches

There are just two weeks left in this year’s open enrollment period to get health insurance through Covered California. San Diego's community clinics are pulling out all the stops.

California Highest In Health Exchange Sign-Ups So Far

Federal data show more people in California have picked a plan through a health insurance exchange than in any other state.

Survey: Uninsured Rate Drops; Health Law Cited

With just three weeks left to sign up under President Barack Obama's health care law, a major survey tracking the rollout finds that the uninsured rate keeps going down.

Other Resources

Tease photo: Ask Emily: Answers to Consumer Questions About Obamacare

Ask Emily: Answers to Consumer Questions About Obamacare

From the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting

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Tease photo: Obamacare Explained: A Guide For Californians

Obamacare Explained: A Guide For Californians

From KQED News and The California Report

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