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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
Florida congressman draws jeers at home for backing failed GOP health care plan

Florida congressman draws jeers at home for backing failed GOP health care plan

Party leaders and the Trump administration are negotiating elements for a new plan to bring to Congress. At the same time, some Republicans back in their home districts for the Easter recess have endured heated town hall meetings with constituents.

April 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Grasping for the middle ground on Obamacare

Grasping for the middle ground on Obamacare

One plan would allow people under the age of 65 to buy into Medicaid. Their premiums would be based on family income and a surcharge would be assessed on those who are uninsured at the time they apply.

April 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tax day is zero hour for health insurance, too

Tax day is zero hour for health insurance, too

For the majority of tax filers, who had insurance through an employer or government program for 2016, all they have to do is check the box on Form 1040 that says they were covered for a full year. That’s it.

April 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Uninsured rate edges up – Gallup

Uninsured rate edges up – Gallup

Gallup reports that the percentage of U.S. adults without health insurance rose slightly in the first quarter of 2017, to 11.3%.

April 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP bills to replace Obamacare do not tinker with lawmakers’ coverage

GOP bills to replace Obamacare do not tinker with lawmakers’ coverage

Under the Affordable Care Act, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate and their office staffs who want employer coverage generally have to buy it on the health insurance exchange.

April 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
As some holdout states revisit Medicaid expansion, new data show it pays off

As some holdout states revisit Medicaid expansion, new data show it pays off

Although Republicans in Congress have pledged to dismantle Obamacare, some “red state” legislatures are changing course and showing a newfound interest in embracing the health law’s Medicaid expansion.

April 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Plurality of US voters back single-payer health care system, poll

Plurality of US voters back single-payer health care system, poll

Forty-four percent of voters said they support a system where “all Americans would get their health insurance from one government plan,” while 36 percent said they oppose such a plan, the poll.

April 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP has no choice but to keep pushing the health care rock up the hill

GOP has no choice but to keep pushing the health care rock up the hill

By Julie Rovner CaliforniaHealthline This week’s effort to resurrect the GOP bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act has apparently met the same end as the first try in March — not even a vote on the floor of the House. Apparently the roadblock was the same, too. Efforts to gain votes from holdout conservatives repelled […]

April 6, 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