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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
House GOP health bill jettisons insurance mandate, much of Medicaid expansion

House GOP health bill jettisons insurance mandate, much of Medicaid expansion

By Mary Agnes Carey and Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News House Republicans unveiled their much anticipated health law replacement plan Monday, slashing the law’s Medicaid expansion and scrapping the requirement that individuals purchase coverage or pay a fine. But they opted to continue providing tax credits to encourage consumers to purchase coverage, although they would […]

March 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
US doctors’ group draws up 10 ‘key questions’ for lawmakers working on health care reform

US doctors’ group draws up 10 ‘key questions’ for lawmakers working on health care reform

In a letter to the leaders of the US House of Representatives and Senate, the American College of Physicians called on the lawmakers to ask 10 “key questions” when considering any legislation that would alter the coverage and consumer protections provided by the Affordable Care Act. The letter also provided the college’s recommendations on four issues: […]

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump’s address to Congress: Expert reaction

Trump’s address to Congress: Expert reaction

The president’s comments on health reform begins at the 29:30 mark. The president’s comments on health reform begins at the 29:30 mark. By Jordan Tama, American University School of International Service; Greg Wright, University of California, Merced, and J.B. Silvers, Case Western Reserve University Editor’s note: President Donald Trump gave his first address to a joint […]

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do you know what the Affordable Care Act does? Here’s a primer to help

Do you know what the Affordable Care Act does? Here’s a primer to help

By Darius Lakdawalla, Professor of Public Policy, University of Southern California and Anup Malani, Chair professor, University of Chicago The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare,” has generated controversy from its inception. Republicans vow to repeal it. Democrats vow to defend it. Yet, unfortunately, many ordinary Americans seem not to know what it does or why some people want […]

February 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hospitals, both rural and urban, dread losing ground with health law repeal

Hospitals, both rural and urban, dread losing ground with health law repeal

[arve url=”https://youtu.be/alanECEFNog” align=”center” maxwidth=”770″/] Sarah Varney Kaiser Health News PRINCETON, Ill. — Commuting past the barren winter fields in northern Illinois, Cathie Chapman worries about the future. More than a year ago, she lost her job at a nearby rural hospital after it closed and, as Republicans work to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, wonders […]

February 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
A safety-net medical center wrestles with specter of ‘repeal’

A safety-net medical center wrestles with specter of ‘repeal’

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News SAN MATEO — Little surprises Lynda Sutherland, who has been a licensed vocational nurse for 35 years at San Mateo Medical Center. But in the past few years, Sutherland said, she’s been surprised by what’s missing: the patients who used to return again and again to the public hospital […]

February 25, 2017 | By | Reply More