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Four ways to measure Affordable Care Act proposals – Viewpoint

Four ways to measure Affordable Care Act proposals – Viewpoint

As various proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act continue to circulate, here is the yardstick Public Health—Seattle & King County will use to measure any proposals and the potential impacts.

April 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
5 things to know about the health issue that could shut down the government

5 things to know about the health issue that could shut down the government

The question is whether Congress will pass — and President Donald Trump will sign — a bill that also funds subsidies for lower-income people who purchase health insurance under the law. These “cost-sharing reductions” have become a major bargaining point in the negotiations between Republicans and Democrats, because the spending bill will require at least some Democratic votes to pass.

April 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
CHIP offers families with seriously ill kids more financial protection than ACA plans

CHIP offers families with seriously ill kids more financial protection than ACA plans

Kids with chronic conditions are especially vulnerable to health insurance changes, relying as they often do on specialists and medications that may not be covered if they switch plans. A new study finds that these transitions can leave kids and their families financially vulnerable as well.

April 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Only 37 percent say Trump should repeal and replace Obamacare (POLL) – ABC News

Only 37 percent say Trump should repeal and replace Obamacare (POLL) – ABC News

Americans by 79-13 percent says Trump should seek to make the current law work as well as possible, not to make it fail as soon as possible, a strategy he’s suggested.

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Conservatives’ goal to relax mandatory benefits unlikely to tame premiums

Conservatives’ goal to relax mandatory benefits unlikely to tame premiums

At the heart of the GOP plans include eliminating mandatory benefits, including hospital care, doctor and outpatient visits and prescription drug coverage, along with things like maternity care, mental health and preventive care service.

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Secret hospital inspections may become public at last

Secret hospital inspections may become public at last

The public could soon get a look at confidential reports about errors, mishaps and mix-ups in the nation’s hospitals that put patients’ health and safety at risk, under a groundbreaking proposal from federal health officials.

April 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Florida congressman draws jeers at home for backing failed GOP health care plan

Florida congressman draws jeers at home for backing failed GOP health care plan

Party leaders and the Trump administration are negotiating elements for a new plan to bring to Congress. At the same time, some Republicans back in their home districts for the Easter recess have endured heated town hall meetings with constituents.

April 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Grasping for the middle ground on Obamacare

Grasping for the middle ground on Obamacare

One plan would allow people under the age of 65 to buy into Medicaid. Their premiums would be based on family income and a surcharge would be assessed on those who are uninsured at the time they apply.

April 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tax day is zero hour for health insurance, too

Tax day is zero hour for health insurance, too

For the majority of tax filers, who had insurance through an employer or government program for 2016, all they have to do is check the box on Form 1040 that says they were covered for a full year. That’s it.

April 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Uninsured rate edges up – Gallup

Uninsured rate edges up – Gallup

Gallup reports that the percentage of U.S. adults without health insurance rose slightly in the first quarter of 2017, to 11.3%.

April 13, 2017 | By | Reply More