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Parents Of Sick Children Fear Trap If States Have Say On ‘Preexisting Conditions’

Parents Of Sick Children Fear Trap If States Have Say On ‘Preexisting Conditions’

Before the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, it was common for people with preexisting conditions to be charged much higher premiums or to be denied coverage altogether. If a state decides to waive the federal law’s protections, this could happen again.

May 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why blue states might ditch beloved Obamacare protections

Why blue states might ditch beloved Obamacare protections

Red, or GOP-leaning, states are sure to be interested in rolling back the law’s coverage requirements and freeing insurers to charge people more when they have preexisting conditions. But many deep-blue, heavily Democratic states supportive of Obamacare may be forced to do the same.

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Help the homeless with the rent to cut Medicaid costs, advocates say

Help the homeless with the rent to cut Medicaid costs, advocates say

Helping homeless Medicaid patients in California pay for rent could curb their frequent emergency room visits and save the state’s Medi-Cal program millions of dollars a year, state housing and health care advocates say.

May 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some GOP congressmen could pay politically for ACA repeal vote

Some GOP congressmen could pay politically for ACA repeal vote

GOP representatives seen as most at risk represent districts where a large number of people have coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, or districts that have trended blue recently.

May 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Political Theater: How a bill that nearly all opposed managed to pass the House

Political Theater: How a bill that nearly all opposed managed to pass the House

Despite vocal opposition from nearly every major constituency affected, the US House of Representatives approved on the Republican Obamacare ‘repeal and replace’ bill.

May 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
One map shows how the Affordable Care Act affected King County

One map shows how the Affordable Care Act affected King County

The number of uninsured residents of King County has fallen by more than 50% since embracing the ACA, benefitting every neighborhood of the county.

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Squeaker in the House becomes headache for the Senate: 5 things to watch

Squeaker in the House becomes headache for the Senate: 5 things to watch

After weeks of will-they-or-won’t-they tensions, the House managed to pass its GOP replacement for the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, 217-213, by a razor-thin margin. Democrats who lost the battle are still convinced they may win the political war.

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Clock is ticking on GOP bill: 5 ways healthcare tug-of-war may play out

Clock is ticking on GOP bill: 5 ways healthcare tug-of-war may play out

The House may pass its bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. But Republicans’ pathway to fulfilling their seven-year effort to undo the federal health law is getting narrower by the day.

May 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Four ways to measure Affordable Care Act proposals – Viewpoint

Four ways to measure Affordable Care Act proposals – Viewpoint

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.

April 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
5 things to know about the health issue that could shut down the government

5 things to know about the health issue that could shut down the government

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.

April 26, 2017 | By | Reply More