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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
Obamacare came to Montana Indian Country and brought jobs

Obamacare came to Montana Indian Country and brought jobs

By Eric Whitney, Montana Public Radio Kaiser Health News The Affordable Care Act created new health coverage opportunities for more than half a million Native Americans and Alaska Natives — and jobs have followed on its coattails. In Montana, this is playing out at the Blackfeet Community Hospital. It’s the only hospital on the Blackfeet reservation, […]

February 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
A deep dive into 4 GOP health care talking points

A deep dive into 4 GOP health care talking points

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Republican leaders have a lengthy list of talking points about the shortcomings of the health law. Shortly before his inauguration last month, President Donald Trump said that it “is a complete and total disaster. It’s imploding as we sit.” And they can point to a host of issues, including […]

February 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Price, author of long proposal to replace Obamacare, short on specifics in hearing

Price, author of long proposal to replace Obamacare, short on specifics in hearing

Analysis By Miranda Yaver Lecturer in Political Science Yale University It is hardly unusual for Cabinet nominees to leave more questions than answers after their confirmation hearings. Yet for the millions whose lives hang in the balance depending on the future of the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Tom Price’s (R-Ga.) answers were surprisingly vague on Jan. 18 […]

January 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sky-high prices for orphan drugs slam families and insurers

Sky-high prices for orphan drugs slam families and insurers

By Sarah Jane Tribble and Sydney Lupkin Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News Before Luke Whitbeck began taking a $300,000-a-year drug, the 2-year-old’s health was inexplicably failing. A pale boy with enormous eyes, Luke frequently ran high fevers, tired easily and was skinny all over, except his belly stuck out like a bowling […]

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Only 20 percent of Americans support health law repeal without replacement plan

Only 20 percent of Americans support health law repeal without replacement plan

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News The Republican strategy of repealing the Affordable Health Care Act before devising a replacement plan has the support of only one in five Americans, a poll released Friday finds. The Kaiser Family Foundation survey also disclosed that shrinking the federal government’s involvement and spending in health care — the […]

January 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Obama’s challenge to GOP: Show me your plan before repealing mine

Obama’s challenge to GOP: Show me your plan before repealing mine

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Trying to protect his signature Affordable Care Act from being hastily dismantled by the new GOP Congress, President Barack Obama took to the media to pressure Republicans to unveil a replacement proposal before they repeal major parts of the law. In an interview webcast by Vox.com and an op-ed […]

January 7, 2017 | By | Reply More