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Feds to waive penalties for some who signed up late for Medicare

Feds to waive penalties for some who signed up late for Medicare

Now Medicare has temporarily changed its rules to offer a reprieve from penalties for people who kept Affordable Care Act policies after becoming eligible for Medicare.

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
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