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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
Americans not sold on cost and coverage claims in GOP’s health bill

Americans not sold on cost and coverage claims in GOP’s health bill

More say the GOP’s replacement plan will make things worse than better By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News A majority of the public is skeptical the Republican health plan would be an improvement over the Affordable Care Act, with widespread concerns that insurance costs would increase while people lost coverage, according to a poll released […]

March 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hospitals now must tell Medicare patients when care is ‘observation’ only

Hospitals now must tell Medicare patients when care is ‘observation’ only

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News Under a new federal law, hospitals across the country must now alert Medicare patients when they are getting observation care and why they were not admitted — even if they stay in the hospital a few nights. For years, seniors often found out only when they got surprise bills for […]

March 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Say what? Fact-checking the chatter around the GOP health bill

Say what? Fact-checking the chatter around the GOP health bill

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Republicans are in a hurry to get their “repeal and replace” health care bill to the House floor. In just the week since it was introduced, two committees have approved the “American Health Care Act,” and a floor vote is planned before month’s end. But in the rush to legislate, some […]

March 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Five ways the GOP health bill would reverse course from the ACA

Five ways the GOP health bill would reverse course from the ACA

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News After literally years of promises, House Republicans finally have a bill they say will “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. Some conservative Republicans have derided the new proposal — the American Health Care Act — calling it “Obamacare Lite.” It keeps intact some of the more popular features of the ACA, […]

March 8, 2017 | By | Reply More