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Republicans could use ‘must-pass’ bills to bring changes to health reform law

Republicans could use ‘must-pass’ bills to bring changes to health reform law

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Throughout the campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump’s entire health message consisted of promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That remains difficult with Democrats still commanding enough power in the Senate to block the 60 votes needed for a full repeal. Republicans could use fast-track budget authority to make some […]

November 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Could Colorado’s proposed health care plan be a model for the rest of us? – Viewpoint

Could Colorado’s proposed health care plan be a model for the rest of us? – Viewpoint

By Anders Fremstad  Colorado State University Coloradans will vote Nov. 8 on a plan that would provide all state residents with health care when they need it. Amendment 69 would replace an inefficient private insurance system with a cooperative insurer that would cover Coloradans similarly to how Medicare covers our seniors. The measure, called ColoradoCare, builds […]

November 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
California’s drug price initiative: Will voters ‘send a signal to Washington?’

California’s drug price initiative: Will voters ‘send a signal to Washington?’

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News This year, Mary O’Connor and her father made voting a family affair. O’Connor’s father is a Vietnam veteran, so she was especially interested in his views on Proposition 61, a California ballot measure that would peg the state’s payments for prescription drugs to prices paid by the Department of […]

November 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
States move to encourage more addiction counseling

States move to encourage more addiction counseling

By Christine Vestal Stateline BALTIMORE — To Heaven Godley, a recovering heroin addict, the methadone treatment center he visits every day feels like home. “It’s my refuge,” said the 39-year-old Baltimore native. Godley’s treatment plan at REACH Health Services, one of 20 opioid treatment centers in Baltimore that provides methadone and other addiction medications, is intensive. He […]

November 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
How Obamacare premium hikes affect politics and your wallet

How Obamacare premium hikes affect politics and your wallet

The new enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act is about to begin and there are some changes in both price — double-digit percentage increases for premiums on average — and choice. Judy Woodruff learns more from Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News and Reid Wilson of The Hill, and gets the perspectives of […]

October 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
What would a public insurance option look like?

What would a public insurance option look like?

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The “public option,” which stoked fierce debate in the run-up to the Affordable Care Act, is making a comeback — at least among Democratic politicians. The proposal to create a government-funded health plan, one that might look like Medicare or Medicaid but would be open to everyone, is being […]

October 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Link between health spending and life expectancy: US is an outlier – Our World In Data

Link between health spending and life expectancy: US is an outlier – Our World In Data

The US stands out as an outlier: the US spends far more on health than any other country, yet the life expectancy of the American population is not longer but actually shorter than in other countries that spend far less. Source: Link between health spending and life expectancy: US is an outlier – Our World […]

October 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Could the candidates truly fix – or nix – Obamacare? Six essential reads

Could the candidates truly fix – or nix – Obamacare? Six essential reads

By Lynne Anderson The Conversation Editor’s note: The following is a roundup of archival stories related to the Affordable Care Act, more commonly called Obamacare. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump disagree on many, if not most, issues, and how to provide health insurance coverage for Americans is one of the most divisive. Clinton’s first foray into […]

October 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Love it or hate it, Obamacare has expanded coverage for millions

Love it or hate it, Obamacare has expanded coverage for millions

By Jim Marton and Charles Courtemanche From Georgia State University Originally published on The Conversation The most significant pieces of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare,” were implemented in 2014. These include expanding Medicaid in many states, the establishment of insurance exchanges with subsidized coverage and the individual mandate, which requires individuals to purchase health insurance. One […]

October 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Preventing vital health care information from being lost in translation

Preventing vital health care information from being lost in translation

By Michael Ollove Stateline A 9-year-old girl, misdiagnosed with the stomach flu, died after a doctor failed to communicate to her Vietnamese-speaking parents that the drug he prescribed for her could have dangerous side effects. A 78-year-old stroke victim had to have her leg amputated after doctors and nurses didn’t understand her when she complained, in […]

October 12, 2016 | By | Reply More