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Next health reform battleground: subsidies for out-of-pocket  costs

Next health reform battleground: subsidies for out-of-pocket costs

By Ana B. Ibarra Kaiser Health News When Republicans pulled their Affordable Care Act replacement bill last Friday, Lauren Lake’s primary reaction was relief. But like a lot of people who depend on state exchanges for coverage, the 51-year-old consultant also was wary. That’s because she knows the Trump administration could still undo an important […]

April 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Workers who give care to the homebound often can’t afford to get their own health care

Workers who give care to the homebound often can’t afford to get their own health care

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News For more than two decades, Celeste Thompson, 57, a home care worker in Missoula, Mont., had not had regular contact with a doctor — no annual physicals and limited sick visits. She also needed new glasses. Like many others who work in the lower rungs of the health care system, […]

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Washington Healthplanfinder Reminds Customers to Not Delay Filing Taxes

Washington Healthplanfinder Reminds Customers to Not Delay Filing Taxes

Failing to file on time using info from the 1095-A puts customers at risk of losing tax credits next year The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today is reminding Washington Healthplanfinder customers who have not yet filed a federal tax return to do so by the Tax Day deadline or risk losing access to future tax credits. Customers […]

March 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
House leaders ‘came up short’ in effort to kill Obamacare

House leaders ‘came up short’ in effort to kill Obamacare

By Mary Agnes Carey Kaiser Health News Despite days of intense negotiations and last-minute concessions to win over wavering GOP conservatives and moderates, House Republican leaders Friday failed to secure enough support to pass their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill from consideration after he […]

March 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Late move to dump ‘essential’ benefits could strand chronically ill

Late move to dump ‘essential’ benefits could strand chronically ill

By Jay Hancock Kaiser Health News A last-minute attempt by conservative Republicans to dump standards for health benefits in plans sold to individuals would probably lower the average consumer’s upfront insurance costs, such as premiums and deductibles, said experts on both sides of the debate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But, they […]

March 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
On health reform, Democrats and Republicans don’t speak the same language

On health reform, Democrats and Republicans don’t speak the same language

By Charles Ornstein and Derek Willis ProPublica Turns out that Democrats have more to say than Republicans when it comes to legislation that would repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. With the House set to vote today on the Republican replacement plan, called the American Health Care Act, we […]

March 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
In deep-blue state, million in reddish heartland count on Medicaid

In deep-blue state, million in reddish heartland count on Medicaid

By Ana B. Ibarra Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News FRESNO, Calif. — In 2012, when Jerry Goodwin showed up at a clinic with intense pain and swelling in his legs, doctors called for an ambulance even though the hospital was across the street. That generated a $900 bill — just the beginning […]

March 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP plan aims to curb Medicaid, expand state options

GOP plan aims to curb Medicaid, expand state options

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News For all its populist design, the House GOP’s latest proposal to overhaul federal Medicaid funding creates financial risks for states and could leave some enrollees worse off. Dramatic changes in Medicaid are a big part of the House bill to partially repeal the Affordable Care Act that’s steaming toward […]

March 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
How Millennials win and lose under the GOP health bill

How Millennials win and lose under the GOP health bill

By Kristin Espeland Gourlay, RINPR Kaiser Health News Designing skateboards is just one of Luke Franco’s gigs. On a recent afternoon, he had just enough time before his next shift to chat at a café in downtown Providence, R.I. “I work at the YMCA Monday through Friday with kindergartners through fifth-graders. It’s split shift; 7 to 9, […]

March 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
We fact-checked lawmakers’ letters to constituents on health care

We fact-checked lawmakers’ letters to constituents on health care

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica When Louisiana resident Andrea Mongler wrote to her senator, Bill Cassidy, in support of the Affordable Care Act, she wasn’t surprised to get an email back detailing the law’s faults. Cassidy, a Republican who is also a physician, has been a vocal critic. The legislators have cited wrong statistics, conflated health […]

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