‘Grotesque Catch-22’ – Sickest Rural Adults Are the Least Likely to Be Able to Pay for Healthcare
Research on cost barriers to health care found that rural adults were more likely than urban adults to report being unable to pay their medical bills or have problems paying their medical bills. Rural adults also were more likely to use medications in ways not prescribed (like taking pills every other day or only filling prescriptions every other month) to save money on medication.
Millions of Kids Could Lose Health Coverage as States Purge Medicaid Rolls
Now that the COVID-19 public health emergency is ending, states are once again free to verify that enrollees are still qualified and cancel their coverage if they’re not. Experts warn that states could sever as many as 15 million Americans, including 7 million children, from the health coverage they relied on through the pandemic.
HOW TO KEEP MEDICAID APPLE HEALTH INSURANCE AS POLICIES CHANGE
Thousands of people who have health insurance through Medicaid (also known as Apple Health, in Washington) risk losing coverage in coming months. The good news: There are options for people to keep health insurance coverage – if they act in time.
Most Healthplanfinder enrollees can find a cheaper plan with the same coverage—if they shop around.
Customers can save an average of $1,300 annually ($110 monthly) for the same level of coverage they’re already paying for.
Supreme Court Case Could Curtail Rights of Medicaid Patients
Twenty-two Republican-leaning states have urged the Supreme Court to block beneficiaries of federal safety net programs from suing. If the court agrees participants in many federal entitlement programs could lose the right to go to court when they believe a state, city or county has violated their rights in the administration of those programs.
More States Adding Medicaid Benefit for Doula Services
Doulas are trained professionals who provide emotional, physical and educational support to women before, during and after childbirth.
Biden Likely to Help States Increase Health Care Access
Biden is likely to help more people buy health insurance on the ACA exchanges and support efforts to get more people onto Medicaid.
The COVID-19 Downturn Triggers Jump in Medicaid Enrollment
The number of people enrolled in Medicaid nationwide rose markedly this spring as the impact of the recession caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 took hold.
Community Health Centers Excluded From Federal Coronavirus Aid
New funding to boost Medicaid providers during the pandemic leaves out 1,400 community health centers, which serve more than 29 million low-income patients.
Medicaid Rolls Surge, Adding to Budget Woes
If unemployment reaches 20%, the Urban Institute forecasts Medicaid enrollment could reach as high as 62 million.
Health Coverage for Unemployed Harder to Come By in Some States
The lack of Medicaid expansion in some states and the refusal of the federal government to open Obamacare exchanges in others is keeping some Americans from getting coverage.
Medical Groups Slam Trump Medicaid Rule
Rule would slash funding putting hospitals in peril of closing, particularly rural hospitals that already are shuttering at unprecedented rates, opponents say.
In Reversal, Counties and States Help Inmates Keep Medicaid
In recent years, officials have increasingly using a stopgap measure to help inmates reactivate their Medicaid coverage upon release from prison.
Extending Medicaid After Childbirth Could Reduce Maternal Deaths
Medicaid pregnancy coverage, expires 60 days after childbirth, leaving many women without health insurance at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives.
More Kids on Medicaid to Get Health Care in School
Dozen states are finally taking advantage of a five-year-old federal policy change that would make it easier for schools to provide health care.