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Winners and Losers: 40 is old in Senate GOP health plan’s subsidy structure

Winners and Losers: 40 is old in Senate GOP health plan’s subsidy structure

About 85% of the nearly 10 million consumers who enrolled in coverage last year through federal and state marketplaces received financial assistance. Under the Senate plan, some could pay less in premium costs, but many, particularly older Americans, could see their share of payments go up. And let’s be clear — you’re old at about 40.

June 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Promises made to protect preexisting conditions prove hollow in Senate bill

Promises made to protect preexisting conditions prove hollow in Senate bill

Senate Republicans praised the Affordable Care Act replacement bill they presented Thursday as preserving coverage for people with cancer, mental illness and other chronic illness. But the legislation may do no such thing, according to health law experts who have read it closely.

June 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Despite a growing appetite for flat-fee ‘direct primary care,’ Qliance clinics shutter in Seattle

Despite a growing appetite for flat-fee ‘direct primary care,’ Qliance clinics shutter in Seattle

After a pioneering practice in Seattle shut its doors earlier this month, some question whether “direct primary care,” as it’s called, can succeed.

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ear to the door: 5 things being weighed in secret health bill also weigh it down

Ear to the door: 5 things being weighed in secret health bill also weigh it down

Although specifics of the GOP health bill, to the extent there are any, have largely stayed secret, some of the policies under consideration have slipped out, and pressure points of the debate are fairly clear. Anything can happen, but here’s what we know so far:

June 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Descent into secrecy: Senate health talks speak to steady retreat from transparency

Descent into secrecy: Senate health talks speak to steady retreat from transparency

The extreme secrecy is without precedent, at least in creating health law. Still, it’s not hard to see how we got here — and there is plenty of bipartisan blame to go around.

June 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
AARP: States lag in keeping Medicaid enrollees out of nursing homes

AARP: States lag in keeping Medicaid enrollees out of nursing homes

States are making tepid progress helping millions of elderly and disabled people on Medicaid avoid costly nursing home care by arranging home or community services for them instead, according to an AARP report released Wednesday.

June 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
If insurance market crashes, can lawmakers put the pieces back together?

If insurance market crashes, can lawmakers put the pieces back together?

In his high-stakes strategy to overhaul the federal health law, President Donald Trump is threatening to upend the individual health insurance market with several key policies. But if the market actually breaks, could anyone put it back together again?

June 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Klickitat and Grays Harbor counties have no insurers on health exchange

Klickitat and Grays Harbor counties have no insurers on health exchange

Eleven health insurers file for 2018 individual market in 37 counties, leaving two with no coverage “I’m deeply troubled by the changes we’re seeing for next year’s health insurance market,” said Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. “The proposed drop in insurers and coverage areas clearly indicates to me that the uncertainty the Trump administration […]

June 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
As insurance options shrink, families are ‘holding our breath’

As insurance options shrink, families are ‘holding our breath’

The Trump administration has not committed to continuing a program that reduces deductibles and copayments for some low-income families. The program reimbursed insurers $7 billion in 2016. Without the funds, insurers and analysts say, premiums could rise 15 to 20 percent on top of other proposed hikes. The ACA’s uncertain fate in Congress has added to the concerns.

June 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
When an insurer balks and treatment stops

When an insurer balks and treatment stops

Gillen Washington, a student at Northern Arizona University, had been getting medication for an immunodeficiency disease since 2011. But when he went to his clinic in November 2014 for the monthly dose, a nurse told him his insurance company had denied it.

June 8, 2017 | By | Reply More