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Republicans race the clock on health care — but the calendar is not helping

Republicans race the clock on health care — but the calendar is not helping

Back in January, Republicans boasted they would deliver a “repeal and replace” bill for the Affordable Care Act to President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of the month. In the interim, that bravado has faded as their efforts stalled and they found out how complicated undoing a major law can be.

May 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
UnitedHealth doctored Medicare records, overbilled U.S. by $1 Billion, feds claim

UnitedHealth doctored Medicare records, overbilled U.S. by $1 Billion, feds claim

The Justice Department on Tuesday accused giant insurer UnitedHealth Group of overcharging the federal government by more than $1 billion through its Medicare Advantage plans. In a 79-page lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, the Justice Department alleged that the insurer made patients appear sicker than they were in order to collect higher Medicare payments than it deserved.

May 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Preexisting conditions and continuous coverage: Key elements of the GOP bill

Preexisting conditions and continuous coverage: Key elements of the GOP bill

The GOP bill would still require insurers to offer coverage to everyone, including people who have preexisting medical conditions, such as diabetes, asthma or even cancer. But it would allow states to opt out of the federal health law’s prohibition against charging sick people more than healthy ones.

May 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump says he knows about health care, but some of his facts seem alternative

Trump says he knows about health care, but some of his facts seem alternative

Trump told Time magazine recently that “in a short period of time I understood everything there was to know about health care.” Not really. Among the president’s more questionable claims was his description of the House-passed health bill as “You’re going to have absolute coverage.” The last full estimate from the Congressional Budget Office predicted that a previous version of the bill would result in 24 million fewer people with insurance after 10 years.

May 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Reaction to the GOP health bill: Voices from the states

Reaction to the GOP health bill: Voices from the states

As the American Health Care Act moves toward the Senate, many people around the country are reacting to it. Among them, people with preexisting conditions who worry about losing their coverage.

May 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
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