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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
Health law’s 10 essential benefits: a look at what’s at risk in GOP overhaul

Health law’s 10 essential benefits: a look at what’s at risk in GOP overhaul

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News As Republicans look at ways to replace or repair the health law, many suggest shrinking the list of services insurers are required to offer in individual and small group plans would reduce costs and increase flexibility. That option came to the forefront last week when Seema Verma, who is slated to […]

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Single-payer health care bill introduced in California senate

Single-payer health care bill introduced in California senate

By Anna Gorman CaliforniaHealthLine Legislation introduced in the state Senate Friday would set California on a path toward the possible creation of a single-payer health care system ― a proposal that has failed to gain traction here in the past. The bill, which is a preliminary step, says that it is the “intent of the Legislature” […]

February 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
ACA repeal could mean return to ‘high risk pools’

ACA repeal could mean return to ‘high risk pools’

By Michael Ollove Stateline Before the Affordable Care Act, 35 states plus Washington, D.C., had “high-risk health insurance pools” for people with serious and expensive health conditions. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have proposed bringing them back. By the time Lance Rice was 4 years old, in the mid-1990s, treating his hemophilia and hepatitis […]

February 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump wants to change Medicaid funding; could his ideas work?

Trump wants to change Medicaid funding; could his ideas work?

Analysis By Cossy Hough, Clinical Assistant Professor School of Social Work University of Texas at Austin Medicaid, which has provided safety net health care for millions of Americans with low incomes since 1965, pays for medical care for about 75 million people in the U.S., including almost two-thirds of those in nursing homes. You likely know […]

February 15, 2017 | By | Reply More