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‘Coverage gap’ for poor may end – but many will still have trouble affording plans

‘Coverage gap’ for poor may end – but many will still have trouble affording plans

Republicans claim their bill includes a fix for the so-called coverage gap left more than 2.5 million people living below the poverty line of $11,880 for an individual ineligible for Medicaid or financial assistance to buy insurance — even as higher earners got subsidy checks to buy theirs. But experts say the fix, which looks fine on paper, is a mirage.

June 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Promises made to protect preexisting conditions prove hollow in Senate bill

Promises made to protect preexisting conditions prove hollow in Senate bill

Senate Republicans praised the Affordable Care Act replacement bill they presented Thursday as preserving coverage for people with cancer, mental illness and other chronic illness. But the legislation may do no such thing, according to health law experts who have read it closely.

June 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ear to the door: 5 things being weighed in secret health bill also weigh it down

Ear to the door: 5 things being weighed in secret health bill also weigh it down

Although specifics of the GOP health bill, to the extent there are any, have largely stayed secret, some of the policies under consideration have slipped out, and pressure points of the debate are fairly clear. Anything can happen, but here’s what we know so far:

June 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
AARP: States lag in keeping Medicaid enrollees out of nursing homes

AARP: States lag in keeping Medicaid enrollees out of nursing homes

States are making tepid progress helping millions of elderly and disabled people on Medicaid avoid costly nursing home care by arranging home or community services for them instead, according to an AARP report released Wednesday.

June 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Klickitat and Grays Harbor counties have no insurers on health exchange

Klickitat and Grays Harbor counties have no insurers on health exchange

Eleven health insurers file for 2018 individual market in 37 counties, leaving two with no coverage “I’m deeply troubled by the changes we’re seeing for next year’s health insurance market,” said Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. “The proposed drop in insurers and coverage areas clearly indicates to me that the uncertainty the Trump administration […]

June 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP Medicaid cuts hit rural America hardest, report finds

GOP Medicaid cuts hit rural America hardest, report finds

Trump Country it may be, but rural counties and small towns also make up Medicaid Country — those parts of the nation whose low-income children and families are most dependent on the federal-state health insurance program.

June 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘My life is very full’: People with disabilities worry about GOP Medicaid cuts

‘My life is very full’: People with disabilities worry about GOP Medicaid cuts

Many people with disabilities can live independently because of supportive services that are covered under Medicaid, the government health insurance for people with disabilities and the poor. These services would likely disappear under the GOP Medicaid cuts.

June 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Large majorities say continued funding of Medicaid expansion is important

Large majorities say continued funding of Medicaid expansion is important

Large majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans want continued federal funding for Medicaid expansion, poll finds.

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP health bill pleases most Republicans, but not many other Americans

GOP health bill pleases most Republicans, but not many other Americans

The health overhaul bill passed by the House earlier this month accomplishes one major feat: It is even less popular than the not-very-popular Affordable Care Act it would largely replace, a new poll finds.

May 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Reaction to the GOP health bill: Voices from the states

Reaction to the GOP health bill: Voices from the states

As the American Health Care Act moves toward the Senate, many people around the country are reacting to it. Among them, people with preexisting conditions who worry about losing their coverage.

May 12, 2017 | By | Reply More