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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
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
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
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
Drug coverage denied by Medicare? How seniors can fight back

Drug coverage denied by Medicare? How seniors can fight back

Concerns about Medicare drug coverage are common: More seniors call the Medicare Rights Center’s national hotline (800-333-4114) about this topic each year than any other. Here is some essential information about the appeals process:

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beware of Medicare fraud, Washington Insurance commissioner warns

Beware of Medicare fraud, Washington Insurance commissioner warns

Some scammers call beneficiaries claiming to be with Medicare and ask you to confirm your current Medicare number before you can get your new card. Others say there is a charge for the new card and are collecting beneficiaries’ personal information.

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
Secret hospital inspections may become public at last

Secret hospital inspections may become public at last

The public could soon get a look at confidential reports about errors, mishaps and mix-ups in the nation’s hospitals that put patients’ health and safety at risk, under a groundbreaking proposal from federal health officials.

April 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
While Washington fiddles, California leaders forge ideas for universal health care

While Washington fiddles, California leaders forge ideas for universal health care

By Pauline Bartolone CaliforniaHealthline As the nation’s Republican leaders huddle to reconsider their plans to “repeal and replace” the nation’s health law, advocates for universal health coverage press on in California, armed with renewed political will and a new set of proposals. Organized labor and two lawmakers are leading the charge for a single, government-financed […]

April 6, 2017 | By | Reply More