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In towns that lost most Obamacare insurers, rate increases still competitive

In towns that lost most Obamacare insurers, rate increases still competitive

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News COLUMBIA, S.C. — People in this city had their pick of four health insurers last year when they shopped for policies during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment. This time they have just one: Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, which had the most Obamacare consumers in Richland […]

January 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Vowing to jettison Obamacare, Republicans face immediate resistance and risks

Vowing to jettison Obamacare, Republicans face immediate resistance and risks

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News The 115th Congress started work Tuesday with Republican majorities in both the House and Senate in agreement on their top priority — to repeal and replace the 2010 health law, the Affordable Care Act. “The Obamacare experience has proven it’s a failure,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters […]

January 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
For some patients in marketplace plans, access to cancer centers is elusive

For some patients in marketplace plans, access to cancer centers is elusive

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Getting cancer is scary. Discovering that your marketplace plan doesn’t give you access to leading cancer centers may make the diagnosis even more daunting. As insurers’ shrink their provider networks and slash the number of plans that offer out-of-network coverage, some consumers are learning that their treatment options can […]

January 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
As Republicans ready to dismantle ACA, insurers likely to bolt – viewpoint

As Republicans ready to dismantle ACA, insurers likely to bolt – viewpoint

By J.B. Silvers, Professor of Health Finance Case Western Reserve University There’s a joke among insurers that there are two things that health insurance companies hate to do – take risks and pay claims. But, of course, these are the essence of their business! Yet, if they do too much of either, they will go […]

December 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Montana may be model for Medicaid work requirement

Montana may be model for Medicaid work requirement

By Eric Whitney, Montana Public Radio Kaiser Health News Montana State Senator Ed Buttrey is a no-nonsense businessman from Great Falls. Like a lot of Republicans, he’s not a fan of the Affordable Care Act, nor its expansion of Medicaid, the health insurance for the poor and disabled. “We didn’t want to implement a plan […]

December 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
If Republicans repeal health law, how will they pay for replacement?

If Republicans repeal health law, how will they pay for replacement?

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Leading Republicans have vowed that even if they repeal most of the Affordable Care Act early in 2017, a replacement will not hurt those currently receiving benefits. Republicans will seek to ensure that “no one is worse off,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in an interview with a […]

December 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Hospitals and surgery centers play tug-of-war over America’s ailing knees

Hospitals and surgery centers play tug-of-war over America’s ailing knees

By Christina Jewett Kaiser Health News Five years ago, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, an orthopedic surgeon in the Bronx who replaces more than 200 knees each year, would have considered it crazy to send a patient home the same day as a knee replacement operation. And yet there he was this year, as the patient, home […]

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Deadline for obtaining Jan. 1 coverage through Exchange extended to Dec. 23

Deadline for obtaining Jan. 1 coverage through Exchange extended to Dec. 23

Washington consumers can sign up for health and medical plans through Washington Healthplanfinder until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 23 for coverage that starts Jan. 1. Online: 24/7 at wahealthplanfinder.org. By phone: 1-855-WAFINDER (1-855-923-4633). Normal hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every weekday. Extended hours: Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. […]

December 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
VA  benefits, COBRA and retiree benefits don’t alleviate need to sign up for Medicare

VA benefits, COBRA and retiree benefits don’t alleviate need to sign up for Medicare

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News When Cindy Hunter received her Medicare card in the mail last spring, she said she “didn’t know a lot about Medicare.” She and her husband, retired teachers who live in a Philadelphia suburb, decided she didn’t need it because she shared his retiree health insurance, which covered her treatment […]

December 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why the British love the National Health Service

Why the British love the National Health Service

By Andrew Street, Professor, Centre for Health Economics University of York, U.K. The Second World War left the United Kingdom in ruins and in debt, yet just three years later in 1948 every household received a leaflet telling them that they were entitled to free health care. This marked the birth of the National Health Service, […]

December 14, 2016 | By | Reply More