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Market-Based Health Care Is Screwing Rural America

The goal of universal coverage has long eluded the Affordable Care Act — especially in rural areas. Because insurers have less financial incentive to …

Health Care

Care for Millions at Risk as Community Health Centers Lose Billions in Funding

Today, more than 10,000 community health center sites across the United States are providing primary health care to one in 13 Americans, regardless …

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Medicaid is GOP target in 2018

Medicaid could face crucial tests in 2018 at both the federal and state levels.<p>Republicans in Congress failed in their attempts earlier this year to …

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The 21st Century

Adding a new page to innovation helps providers offer better care to more people in need.<p>Remarkable advances are happening in four areas of health care. Click each tab to find out more.<p>The American health care system is up against some of the most difficult problems it has ever faced, and solving …

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States prepare to shut down children’s health programs if Congress doesn’t act

Officials in nearly a dozen states are preparing to notify families that a crucial health insurance program for low-income children is running out of money for the first time since its creation two decades ago, putting coverage for many at risk by the end of the year.<p>Congress missed a Sept. 30 …

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Sen. Susan Collins makes her demands clear for the Republican tax bill

With the House of Representatives passing the Republicans’ tax reform bill Thursday, all eyes are now on the Senate — and the senators who could …

Primary Care

A Health Care Solution We Can’t Afford to Ignore:.<p>Primary Care<p>scroll<p>There have been plenty of arguments over how to best deliver and pay for health care in the United States. But despite disagreements, there is one goal that virtually all stakeholders in the health care debate—policymakers, state …

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The GOP plan to kill Obamacare’s least popular provision could backfire on some in the middle class

The Republican proposal to strike the Affordable Care Act's least popular provision, the requirement that people maintain health coverage or pay a fine, could bring an immediate political victory — but would backfire on upper-middle-class people who buy individual insurance and pay full price for …

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Pace of Sign-Ups Under Affordable Care Act Blows Past Prior Years

WASHINGTON — More than 600,000 people signed up last week for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, significantly beating the pace of prior years as consumers defied President Trump’s assertion that the marketplace was collapsing.<p>In a report on the first four days of open enrollment, the …

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CBO warns that repeal of individual mandate would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 13 million

• <b>The Congressional Budget Office said that repealing the Obamacare individual mandate would increase the number of uninsured by 13 million by 2027.</b>• <b><br>The budget office also said that it would reduce the federal budget deficit less than predicted.</b>• <b><br>Health insurance premiums was predicted to rise by about</b> …

Voters just sent a clear signal about Obamacare — and it could be a sign of more to come

• <b>Voter in Maine voted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act during Tuesday's elections.</b>• <b><br>The move could be a signal of more ballot measures to expand Medicaid in various states.</b>• <b><br>It also appears to be an indication of the growing popularity of Obamacare's various provisions.</b><p>On Tuesday night, …

After Maine Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion, Governor Raises Objections

Just hours after Maine voters became the first in the nation to use the ballot box to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Republican Gov. Paul LePage said he wouldn't implement it unless the Legislature funds the state's share of an expansion.<p>"Give me the money and I will enforce the …

Health Care

How Iowa Became An Obamacare Horror Story

Premiums and tempers are rising in one of America’s most political states, with no solution in sight.<p>DES MOINES, Iowa — Nick Podhajsky plans to get married this year for an unusual reason: health insurance coverage.<p>The 44-year-old farmer had expected to tie the knot next year. But because Iowa’s …

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After Years of Obstruction, Voters Will Have Say in Maine’s Medicaid Expansion Efforts

“I go to work every day to earn a living and to support my family, but I still can’t afford health insurance,” Kathleen Phelps, a hairdresser from …

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Paul Ryan Tells Conservatives DACA Will Be Part Of Spending Deal

The Speaker also said he didn't think Obamacare subsidies would be part of the deal, but it could still be a huge win for Democrats and undocumented immigrants.<p>WASHINGTON ― House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) privately conceded to a group of House conservatives on Tuesday that he plans to include a …

Immigration

Medicaid Expansion Essential to Address Opioid Epidemic

Some Affordable Care Act (ACA) critics claim that its Medicaid expansion is fueling the opioid epidemic by giving Medicaid beneficiaries access to …

McConnell will bring up bipartisan health care bill if Trump says he will sign

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he would bring the Alexander-Murray bipartisan health care bill to the floor if President Donald Trump said he would sign it.<p>"I'm not certain yet, what the president is looking for here, but I'll be happy to bring a bill to the floor if I know …

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Rate of people without health insurance rises for first time since 2014

The percentage of people who do not have health insurance rose to 12.3 percent in the third quarter of the year, the first such rise since ObamaCare …

Insurance

The Left's Laffer Curve?

Megan McArdle says there is "a growing frustration among reputable conservative economists that the promises of health care cost control have turned …

Health Care

Tough decisions loom for Dems on ObamaCare

Congressional Democrats have to decide how badly they want an ObamaCare deal.<p>Senate Republicans are open to renewing the insurer payments that …

Health Care

Hatch Deals Blow to Bipartisan Health Care Bill

Prospects dim after opposition from Senate Finance chairman<p>Utah Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch has dealt an emerging bipartisan health care bill a …

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Obamacare premiums were stabilizing. Then Trump happened.

The wild card for 2018 rates is the president of the United States.<p>Back in May, the UPMC Health Plan in Pennsylvania said it would need to increase its health insurance premiums on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace by 8 percent, on average, in 2018.<p>It was an entirely unremarkable number that …

Health Care

Trump Open to Fixing Obamacare, Pretends It Is ‘Dead’

The most attention-generating aspect of Donald Trump’s brief comments to the media today will be his “The Buck Stops Over There” exercise in …

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Donald Trump unwittingly admits he’s sabotaging health care

Trump’s recent orders are designed to systematically destroy the health care system in the U.S.<p>If President Donald Trump didn't want the American public to believe that his recent executive actions against the Affordable Care Act weren't a deliberate attempt to sabotage it, he probably shouldn't …

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Trump’s Obamacare attack heralds new health-care battles on Capitol Hill

President Trump’s decision Thursday to cut off crucial health-care subsidies has once again revived the long-running debate over the Affordable Care Act, increasing the potential for a government shutdown in December and making the issue central in next year’s midterm elections.<p>The move to end …

Health Care

​Trump takes a sledgehammer to the ACA

President Trump left little doubt yesterday that he intends to do as much damage as he can to the Affordable Care Act's insurance markets. And he can …

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Trump to Scrap Critical Health Care Subsidies, Hitting Obamacare Again

WASHINGTON — President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people, the White House said late Thursday. His plans were disclosed hours after the president ordered potentially sweeping changes in the nation’s insurance system, …

Health Care

Epic legal battles shaping up over Trump's scrapping of Obamacare subsidies

President Donald Trump's move to cut off critical Obamacare subsidies will almost surely be tied up in the courts for years as Democratic-led states seek injunctions, while insurers seek to recover payments they say they’re owed.<p>It's impossible to predict whether a judge might order the …

Health Care

Trump to Stop Paying Obamacare Cost-Sharing Subsidies

Schumer and Pelosi: ‘American families will suffer just because President Trump wants them to’<p>The administration will stop reimbursing health …

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