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‘Not turning back’: California governor vows to protect state’s health care

‘Not turning back’: California governor vows to protect state’s health care

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News In an unusually impassioned speech, Gov. Jerry Brown vowed Tuesday to protect California’s health care gains under Obamacare against Republican attempts in Washington, D.C., to roll them back. “More than any other state, California has embraced the Affordable Care Act,” Brown told state legislators and appointees in his annual […]

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Everything you need to know about block grants – the heart of GOP’s plans for Medicaid

Everything you need to know about block grants – the heart of GOP’s plans for Medicaid

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News President Donald Trump’s administration made explicit this weekend its commitment to an old GOP strategy for managing Medicaid, the federal-state insurance plan that covers low-income people — turning control of the program to states and capping what the federal government spends on it each year. It’s called “block granting.” Right […]

January 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Two GOP senators propose plan that would let states keep Obamacare or opt out

Two GOP senators propose plan that would let states keep Obamacare or opt out

By Chad Terhune and Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News States could keep their federally funded insurance exchange with consumer protections intact under a proposal unveiled Monday by two Republican U.S. Senators. Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, said their proposed legislation would allow states that embraced the Affordable Care Act to keep operating […]

January 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Republican states look to customize Medicaid expansion, not eliminate it.

Republican states look to customize Medicaid expansion, not eliminate it.

By Christine Vestal Stateline As candidates two years ago, the Republican governors of Kentucky and Arkansas swore they would do away with “Obamacare” if elected. But a funny thing happened between the campaign trail and the governor’s mansion: Reality set in. After promising to uproot Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, Republican Gov. […]

January 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Price, author of long proposal to replace Obamacare, short on specifics in hearing

Price, author of long proposal to replace Obamacare, short on specifics in hearing

Analysis By Miranda Yaver Lecturer in Political Science Yale University It is hardly unusual for Cabinet nominees to leave more questions than answers after their confirmation hearings. Yet for the millions whose lives hang in the balance depending on the future of the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Tom Price’s (R-Ga.) answers were surprisingly vague on Jan. 18 […]

January 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sky-high prices for orphan drugs slam families and insurers

Sky-high prices for orphan drugs slam families and insurers

By Sarah Jane Tribble and Sydney Lupkin Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News Before Luke Whitbeck began taking a $300,000-a-year drug, the 2-year-old’s health was inexplicably failing. A pale boy with enormous eyes, Luke frequently ran high fevers, tired easily and was skinny all over, except his belly stuck out like a bowling […]

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
As Obamacare repeal heats up, newly insured fret

As Obamacare repeal heats up, newly insured fret

By Michael Tomsic, WFAE Kaiser Health News Darlene Hawes lost her health insurance about a year after her husband died in 2012. Hawes, 55, is from Charlotte, N.C. She ended up going without insurance for a few years, but in 2015 she bought coverage on HealthCare.gov, the Affordable Care Act marketplace, with the help of […]

January 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Only 20 percent of Americans support health law repeal without replacement plan

Only 20 percent of Americans support health law repeal without replacement plan

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News The Republican strategy of repealing the Affordable Health Care Act before devising a replacement plan has the support of only one in five Americans, a poll released Friday finds. The Kaiser Family Foundation survey also disclosed that shrinking the federal government’s involvement and spending in health care — the […]

January 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Obama’s challenge to GOP: Show me your plan before repealing mine

Obama’s challenge to GOP: Show me your plan before repealing mine

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Trying to protect his signature Affordable Care Act from being hastily dismantled by the new GOP Congress, President Barack Obama took to the media to pressure Republicans to unveil a replacement proposal before they repeal major parts of the law. In an interview webcast by Vox.com and an op-ed […]

January 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Vowing to jettison Obamacare, Republicans face immediate resistance and risks

Vowing to jettison Obamacare, Republicans face immediate resistance and risks

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News The 115th Congress started work Tuesday with Republican majorities in both the House and Senate in agreement on their top priority — to repeal and replace the 2010 health law, the Affordable Care Act. “The Obamacare experience has proven it’s a failure,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters […]

January 4, 2017 | By | Reply More