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Despite compressed sign-up period, ACA enrollment nearly matches last year’s

Despite compressed sign-up period, ACA enrollment nearly matches last year’s

A day after President Donald Trump said the Affordable Care Act “has been repealed,” officials reported that 8.8 million Americans have signed up for coverage on the federal insurance exchange in 2018 — nearly reaching 2017’s number in half the sign-up time.

December 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Congress won’t act; now community health centers weigh closures

Congress won’t act; now community health centers weigh closures

Unless Congress provides funding before the end of the year, many of the nation’s 9,800 community health clinics will face service cuts or closure — potentially crippling a vital part of the health system that provides care in poor and underserved communities across every state.

December 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
When nursing homes push out poor and disabled patients

When nursing homes push out poor and disabled patients

Complaints about allegedly improper evictions and discharges from nursing homes are on the rise in California, Illinois and other states, according to government data. These concerns are echoed in lawsuits and by ombudsmen and consumer advocates.

December 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Looking North: Can a single-payer health system work in the US?

Looking North: Can a single-payer health system work in the US?

In Canada, medical insurance comes through a publicly funded plan. And, while covering everyone, Canada still spends far less on health care than the United States does: just over 10 percent of its GDP, compared with the United States’ 18 percent. To many American advocates, Canada’s health system sounds like the answer to the United States’ challenges.

December 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why do people hate Obamacare, anyway?

Why do people hate Obamacare, anyway?

A big part of why people don’t like the health law is that they don’t understand what it does or how it works. Some of that is because health care is complicated.

December 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do incentives lead people to make healthy choices?

Do incentives lead people to make healthy choices?

Health plans, medical practices and some Medicaid programs are increasingly offering financial incentives to motivate Medicaid patients to engage in more preventive care and make healthier lifestyle choices. Does it work?

December 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
States — and 9M kids — ‘In a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

States — and 9M kids — ‘In a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

If Congress reauthorizes CHIP funding, states are in the clear. But they can’t bank on it yet, and states have to prepare to shut down if the funding doesn’t come through.

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid expansion takes a bite out of medical debt

Medicaid expansion takes a bite out of medical debt

A study from the Urban Institute finds that personal debt due to medical expenses remain far higher in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid.

November 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some states roll back ‘retroactive Medicaid,’ a buffer for the poor — and for hospitals

Some states roll back ‘retroactive Medicaid,’ a buffer for the poor — and for hospitals

If you’re poor, uninsured and fall seriously ill, in most states if you qualify for Medicaid — but weren’t enrolled at the time — the program will pay your medical bills going back three months. It protects hospitals, too, from having to absorb the costs of caring for these patients.

November 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Obamacare shopping is trickier than ever. Here’s a cheat sheet.

Obamacare shopping is trickier than ever. Here’s a cheat sheet.

Experts’ advice, in brief, is: SHOP AROUND. Play with different options on healthcare.gov or state marketplaces. Don’t just renew this year’s plan. More than ever, for 2018 that might not be the best deal.

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More