America's Safety Net

By Direct Relief | A look at issues facing America's healthcare safety net.

MedStar faces tensions with community clinics over primary-care expansion in District

Officials at local community health clinics such as Mary’s Center in Adams Morgan are concerned as MedStar Health, a $4.2 billion nonprofit health-care system, expands into the areas they serve. Those clinics are worried they’ll lose their best-paying patients and be left with more uninsured …

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California struggling to enroll African Americans in Obamacare

Latinos aren't the only sore spot for Covered California heading into Monday's enrollment deadline for Obamacare coverage.<p>Very few African Americans have signed up statewide, and there's not much time to address the lackluster turnout. Wednesday, state officials reiterated that Monday remains the …

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Doctors Say Obamacare Rule Will Stick Them With Unpaid Bills

Doctors worry they won't get paid by some patients because of an unusual 90-day grace period for government-subsidized health plans.<p>So several professional groups for doctors are urging their members to check patients' insurance status before every visit. Consumer advocates say these checks could …

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Obamacare Enrollment Surges Past 5 Million

The Obama administration said 5 million Americans have now signed up for health insurance through the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act, the president signature legislation.<p>As we reported, the Congressional Budget Office had projected 6 million Americans would sign up for health care by …

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Shares of MoviePass parent Helios Matheson surge 7%

Nov 17, 2017<br>11:13 AM<p>Nov 17, 2017<br>11:12 AM<p>MoviePass parent Helios Matheson offers 1-year subscription plan priced at $6.95 a month<p>Nov 17, 2017<br>11:08 AM<p>Someone is eating them, frequently washed down with a cold Budweiser.<p>Nov 17, 2017<br>11:08 AM<p>Stitch Fix’s stock surges 16% above IPO price in public …


Coming to a Post Office Near You: Loans You Can Trust?

The poor pay more.<p>According to a report put out this week by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Postal Service, about 68 million Americans -- more than a quarter of all households -- have no checking or savings account and are underserved by the banking system. Collectively, …

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“I feel like I was set up to fail”: Inside a for-profit college nightmare

Some schools feast on federal aid and don’t care if the student can repay it. Here’s one woman’s tragic story<p>Jaqueta Cherry did not have a glittering GPA or a résumé loaded with internships and varsity letters. She dropped out of high school at age 17. But last fall, right after she received a …


Percentage of Americans lacking insurance drops in January

The percentage of Americans who say they lack health insurance ticked down slightly in January, according to new data that appear to reflect the first effects of President Obama’s health law.<p>Gallup, which has regularly tracked Americans’ insurance status, reported Thursday that the share without …


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Which Fields Hold Jobs of the Future? Low-Paying Ones, Mostly

Elder care and other low-wage jobs will be among the fastest growing career fields over the next decade. Postal carriers and journalists might have a harder time finding work.<p>Personal-care aide will be the fastest growing job from 2012 to 2022, among categories with more than 25,000 positions, the …

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The Female Face of Poverty

Fifty years after the War on Poverty began, millions of women are still struggling to get by.<p>Let me state the obvious: I have never lived on the brink. I’ve never been in foreclosure, never applied for food stamps, never had to choose between feeding my children or paying the rent, and never feared …


Health Law Inspires Hope But Also Worry Among Those With HIV

Matt Sharphad high hopes for the nation’s health law. The self-employed health consultant is HIV positive and has been denied insurance in the past …

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Medi-Cal braces for New Year's jolt as Obamacare kicks in

It's one of the next big hurdles for the Obamacare rollout: What will happen when hundreds of thousands of low-income Californians shift from county health plans to the state's huge Medi-Cal system on Jan. 1?<p>Judging from a similar surge in 2011, patients and physicians could see plenty of …

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Beneath health law’s botched rollout is basic benefit for millions of uninsured Americans

Adam Peterson’s life is about to change. For the first time in years, he is planning to do things he could not have imagined. He intends to have surgery to remove his gallbladder, an operation he needs to avoid another trip to the emergency room. And he’s looking forward to running a marathon in …

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Obama administration relaxes rules of health-care law four days before deadline

The Obama administration on Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the federal health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they can buy bare-bones plans or entirely avoid a requirement that most Americans have health …


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