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.
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.
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.
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.
Although Republicans in Congress have pledged to dismantle Obamacare, some “red state” legislatures are changing course and showing a newfound interest in embracing the health law’s Medicaid expansion.
By Pauline Bartolone CaliforniaHealthline As the nation’s Republican leaders huddle to reconsider their plans to “repeal and replace” the nation’s health law, advocates for universal health coverage press on in California, armed with renewed political will and a new set of proposals. Organized labor and two lawmakers are leading the charge for a single, government-financed […]
By Christine Vestal Stateline BALTIMORE — Anthony Green says he woke up one morning in January and decided to quit drinking. “I said to myself, ‘If I want something better, I’ve got to do better.’ ” That’s what landed him at Gaudenzia, a residential drug and alcohol treatment center here in North Baltimore. Green, 38, […]
By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Now that the GOP effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is in limbo, is there a way to make it work better? Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much when it comes to the controversial federal health law, but some party leaders from each side of […]
By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News For more than two decades, Celeste Thompson, 57, a home care worker in Missoula, Mont., had not had regular contact with a doctor — no annual physicals and limited sick visits. She also needed new glasses. Like many others who work in the lower rungs of the health care system, […]
Failing to file on time using info from the 1095-A puts customers at risk of losing tax credits next year The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today is reminding Washington Healthplanfinder customers who have not yet filed a federal tax return to do so by the Tax Day deadline or risk losing access to future tax credits. Customers […]