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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:

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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
House leaders ‘came up short’ in effort to kill Obamacare

House leaders ‘came up short’ in effort to kill Obamacare

By Mary Agnes Carey Kaiser Health News Despite days of intense negotiations and last-minute concessions to win over wavering GOP conservatives and moderates, House Republican leaders Friday failed to secure enough support to pass their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill from consideration after he […]

March 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
We fact-checked lawmakers’ letters to constituents on health care

We fact-checked lawmakers’ letters to constituents on health care

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica When Louisiana resident Andrea Mongler wrote to her senator, Bill Cassidy, in support of the Affordable Care Act, she wasn’t surprised to get an email back detailing the law’s faults. Cassidy, a Republican who is also a physician, has been a vocal critic. The legislators have cited wrong statistics, conflated health […]

March 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP scraps individual mandate but sets up new penalty for those skipping coverage

GOP scraps individual mandate but sets up new penalty for those skipping coverage

By Anna Gorman and Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News The Affordable Care Act’s tax penalty for people who opt out of health insurance is one of the most loathed parts of the law, so it is no surprise that Republicans are keen to abolish it. But the penalty, called the individual mandate, plays a vital […]

March 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Once nearly buried by medical bills, farmer braces for insurance drought

Once nearly buried by medical bills, farmer braces for insurance drought

By Bram Sable-Smith, Side Effects Public Media Kaiser Health News Darvin Bentlage’s health insurance plan used to be the same as all the other cattle farmers in Barton County, Mo., he said: to stay healthy until he turned 65, then get on Medicare. But when he turned 50, things did not go according to plan. “Well, […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More