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Trump’s order advances GOP go-to ideas to broaden insurance choice, curb costs

Trump’s order advances GOP go-to ideas to broaden insurance choice, curb costs

Trump’s order would signals a shift in the administration’s strategy, which relied on Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Trump is now using the force of his executive rule-making authority to implement long-favored GOP policy alternatives.

October 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
States scramble to overcome Congress’ failure to move on CHIP

States scramble to overcome Congress’ failure to move on CHIP

Congress’ failure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program leaves states facing difficult choices about who will continue to get health coverage.

October 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Flat-fee primary care helps fill niche for Texas’ uninsured

Flat-fee primary care helps fill niche for Texas’ uninsured

Under the practice model, called direct primary care, patients are charged monthly — typically $20 to $75, depending on age, in Graham’s practice — for basic, office-based medical care and frequently cell phone and other after-hours physician access.

October 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
So far, all GOP health proposals would mean more decisions, less money for states

So far, all GOP health proposals would mean more decisions, less money for states

Republicans want states to remake the health insurance marketplaces within their borders with less federal money to do it.

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Although it started as a plan to cover only the poor, Medicaid now touches tens of millions of Americans who live above the poverty line. The program serves as a backstop for America’s scattershot health care system.

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Money-saving offer for Medicare’s late enrollees is expiring. Can they buy time?

Money-saving offer for Medicare’s late enrollees is expiring. Can they buy time?

Many older Americans who have Affordable Care Act insurance policies are going to miss a Sept. 30 deadline to enroll in Medicare, and they need more time to make the change, advocates say.

September 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Uncertainty over health care’s future hobbles entrepreneurs

Uncertainty over health care’s future hobbles entrepreneurs

Stinson Dean is used to taking risks. The entrepreneur from Independence, Mo., says coping with the ups and downs of the market is an inevitable part of his business. But when he started his company about a year and a half ago, he laid down a firm rule.“One of the things I wasn’t willing to risk was the health of my family,” Dean said.

September 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why the unpopular individual mandate is likely to endure (for now)

Why the unpopular individual mandate is likely to endure (for now)

The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that Americans either carry health insurance or pay a fine remains the law’s most unpopular feature. Nevertheless, a bipartisan group of governors is insisting that the so-called individual mandate remain in place — at least for now.

September 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
New Medicare card design revealed today

New Medicare card design revealed today

The new card contains a unique, randomly assigned number that replaces consumers’ Social Security numbers. The purpose is to prevent fraud, combat identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars.

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Reporter’s Notebook: In health care, a good price is hard to find

Reporter’s Notebook: In health care, a good price is hard to find

The vast majority of contracts between doctors or hospitals and insurance companies are subject to a gag clause, which prohibits either party from disclosing negotiated rates. That means it’s almost impossible for consumers to find out what they are going to be charged.

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More