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Rural shoppers face slim choices, steep premiums on exchanges

Rural shoppers face slim choices, steep premiums on exchanges

People living in sparsely populated areas who shopped for coverage on the state health insurance marketplaces in 2017 frequently had just one or two insurers from which to pick and often faced significantly higher premiums than did people in more urban areas.

May 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Only 21% of voters approve of the Republican health care plan, poll

Only 21% of voters approve of the Republican health care plan, poll

Only 21 percent of American voters approve of the Republican health care plan passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week, a slight improvement over the 17 percent who approved of the first health care plan in March. Overall, 56 percent of those polled said they disapproved of the plan.

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Parents Of Sick Children Fear Trap If States Have Say On ‘Preexisting Conditions’

Parents Of Sick Children Fear Trap If States Have Say On ‘Preexisting Conditions’

Before the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, it was common for people with preexisting conditions to be charged much higher premiums or to be denied coverage altogether. If a state decides to waive the federal law’s protections, this could happen again.

May 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Scrapping ‘essential benefits’ may be biggest health care change

Scrapping ‘essential benefits’ may be biggest health care change

Eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s “essential health benefits” could affect almost everybody, including the 156 million Americans who receive health coverage through their employers.

May 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ads target Republicans who voted for House health bill

Ads target Republicans who voted for House health bill

Opponents of the Republican health care bill, the American Health Care Act, are targeting 24 vulnerable Republican representatives who voted for the legislation.

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why blue states might ditch beloved Obamacare protections

Why blue states might ditch beloved Obamacare protections

Red, or GOP-leaning, states are sure to be interested in rolling back the law’s coverage requirements and freeing insurers to charge people more when they have preexisting conditions. But many deep-blue, heavily Democratic states supportive of Obamacare may be forced to do the same.

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
How pre-existing conditions became front and center in health care vote | Viewpoint

How pre-existing conditions became front and center in health care vote | Viewpoint

Individual insurers have developed lists of pre-existing conditions they used to deny coverage (such as substance abuse, acne and sleep apnea), medications (such as heparin, Zyrexa and Interferon) or occupations (such as miners, pilots and air traffic controllers). A congressional report found that 425 medical diagnoses have been used to decline coverage.

May 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Help the homeless with the rent to cut Medicaid costs, advocates say

Help the homeless with the rent to cut Medicaid costs, advocates say

Helping homeless Medicaid patients in California pay for rent could curb their frequent emergency room visits and save the state’s Medi-Cal program millions of dollars a year, state housing and health care advocates say.

May 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
How did health insurance get so complicated?

How did health insurance get so complicated?

One of the biggest underlying problems is confusion over what we are buying here and what incentives are necessary to get everyone to behave.

May 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some GOP congressmen could pay politically for ACA repeal vote

Some GOP congressmen could pay politically for ACA repeal vote

GOP representatives seen as most at risk represent districts where a large number of people have coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, or districts that have trended blue recently.

May 6, 2017 | By | Reply More