RSSCategory: Medicaid

Americans not sold on cost and coverage claims in GOP’s health bill

Americans not sold on cost and coverage claims in GOP’s health bill

More say the GOP’s replacement plan will make things worse than better By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News A majority of the public is skeptical the Republican health plan would be an improvement over the Affordable Care Act, with widespread concerns that insurance costs would increase while people lost coverage, according to a poll released […]

March 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Deciphering the CBO’s analysis of the GOP health bill

Deciphering the CBO’s analysis of the GOP health bill

Analysis concludes legislation would lead to 24 million more people without insurance in a decade By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News The Congressional Budget Office is out with its estimate of what effects the Republican health bill, “The American Health Care Act,” would have on the nation’s health care system and how much it would cost the […]

March 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
The House health plan: Here’s how the numbers don’t add up for the poor

The House health plan: Here’s how the numbers don’t add up for the poor

Viewpoint: By Megan Foster Friedman, Health Policy Analyst University of Michigan, Anne Arbor, Michigan House Republicans introduced the American Health Care Act (AHCA), their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare). At a press conference, Speaker Paul Ryan called this bill “an act of mercy.” For the most vulnerable, that […]

March 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hospitals now must tell Medicare patients when care is ‘observation’ only

Hospitals now must tell Medicare patients when care is ‘observation’ only

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News Under a new federal law, hospitals across the country must now alert Medicare patients when they are getting observation care and why they were not admitted — even if they stay in the hospital a few nights. For years, seniors often found out only when they got surprise bills for […]

March 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Say what? Fact-checking the chatter around the GOP health bill

Say what? Fact-checking the chatter around the GOP health bill

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Republicans are in a hurry to get their “repeal and replace” health care bill to the House floor. In just the week since it was introduced, two committees have approved the “American Health Care Act,” and a floor vote is planned before month’s end. But in the rush to legislate, some […]

March 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Five ways the GOP health bill would reverse course from the ACA

Five ways the GOP health bill would reverse course from the ACA

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News After literally years of promises, House Republicans finally have a bill they say will “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. Some conservative Republicans have derided the new proposal — the American Health Care Act — calling it “Obamacare Lite.” It keeps intact some of the more popular features of the ACA, […]

March 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
House GOP health bill jettisons insurance mandate, much of Medicaid expansion

House GOP health bill jettisons insurance mandate, much of Medicaid expansion

By Mary Agnes Carey and Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News House Republicans unveiled their much anticipated health law replacement plan Monday, slashing the law’s Medicaid expansion and scrapping the requirement that individuals purchase coverage or pay a fine. But they opted to continue providing tax credits to encourage consumers to purchase coverage, although they would […]

March 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Despite federal law, some rural hospitals still turn away women in labor

Despite federal law, some rural hospitals still turn away women in labor

By Julie Lasson, for ProPublica The young woman’s water broke late one morning in August 2014, as she stood in the bathroom of her home in rural Kentucky. Her mother rushed her to the emergency room at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. She signed a slip at the front desk, listing her chief complaint as “labor.” But […]

March 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
For new Medicaid patients: the doctor is in (generally), but you may have to wait.

For new Medicaid patients: the doctor is in (generally), but you may have to wait.

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News More than 14 million adults have enrolled in Medicaid since the health law passed, and that has caused some hand-wringing over whether there would be enough primary care providers to meet the demand. But a study out this week suggests that the newly insured people are generally able to get timely appointments […]

March 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
US doctors’ group draws up 10 ‘key questions’ for lawmakers working on health care reform

US doctors’ group draws up 10 ‘key questions’ for lawmakers working on health care reform

In a letter to the leaders of the US House of Representatives and Senate, the American College of Physicians called on the lawmakers to ask 10 “key questions” when considering any legislation that would alter the coverage and consumer protections provided by the Affordable Care Act. The letter also provided the college’s recommendations on four issues: […]

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More