Kaiser Family Foundation

Americans haven't forgotten about Puerto Rico, poll finds

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Two months ago today, Hurricane Maria made direct landfall in Puerto Rico, devastating the island and wiping out the power grid and transportation infrastructure for its millions of residents.<p>Now, a broad 70% of Americans -- with majorities in both parties -- think that Puerto …

U.S. Politics

The Health Care Law That Continues to Escape Death

Home <b>›</b> Medical Practice <b>›</b> Health Policy <b>›</b> <b>JAMA Forum: The Health Care Law That Continues to Escape Death</b><p><i>on</i> November 20, 2017<p>Image: …

Health Care

Uninsured rates lower in states that run their own ACA exchanges

The average uninsured rate in states that use the federal HealthCare.gov exchange is nearly double that of states that set up their own public health …

Health Care

Why a Gold Obamacare Plan May Be Cheaper Than a Silver One

If you're shopping for a health insurance policy on the Obamacare exchanges during open enrollment, you'll need to look carefully at your plan options. You may be surprised to find a plan classified as a gold plan is cheaper than a silver plan offering less coverage.<p>Why would gold cost less than …

Medicare

Rising Medicare costs leave many U.S. seniors with a flat COLA

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Millicent Graves will get a raise from Social Security next year, but her household budget will get worse, not better.<p>The 2 …

Stock Markets

How the individual mandate scrambles the Senate tax cuts

The Senate Finance Committee's markup of the tax bill yesterday fixated on new tables from the Joint Committee on Taxation showing that, even before …

U.S. Politics

Millions of kids may lose health insurance over missed deadline by Congress

The diagnosis was dire: Roland Williams, a St. Louis boy with a megawatt smile and a penchant for painting, had an extremely rare form of lung cancer, oncologists told his mother in May 2016.<p>"They didn't think he would make it to see his 10th birthday," Myra Gregory said. "But thankfully the …

Health Care

Poll: Independents say it's Trump's fault if ACA enrollment numbers are bad

The latest tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that answers to blame if enrollment in Affordable Care Act coverage drops this year, …

U.S. Politics

About A Third Of Americans Unaware Of Obamacare Open Enrollment

While the Affordable Care Act’s fifth open enrollment season is off to a surprisingly good start, many uninsured people said they weren’t even aware of it, according to a survey released Friday.<p>Nearly a third of people overall — including a third of people without health insurance — said they had …

Health Care

This is how the U.S. has become a Medicaid nation

When high levels of lead were discovered in the public water system in Flint, Mich., in 2015, Medicaid stepped in to help thousands of children get tested for poisoning and receive care.<p>When disabled children need to get to doctors’ appointments — either across town or hundreds of miles away — …

Health Care

Collins Warns GOP That Mandate Repeal Will Hike Premiums, Slam Middle Class

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has crunched the numbers on repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate, and she does not like what she sees.<p>The morning after …

Health Care

Guest Commentary: We need to have those conversations about end of life

The doctor cannot get to the point. He is trying. But even when his patient asks him directly, "Are you saying I'm dying?" he fumbles, unable to …

Health Care

ACA Plan Affordability May Eclipse Lack of Marketing

It’s unclear how 2018 premiums will shake out outside of the ACA marketplaces—where more than one-third of all individual-insurance policyholders buy …

Insurance

Some States Roll Back ‘Retroactive Medicaid,’ A Buffer For The Poor — And For Hospitals

If you’re poor, uninsured and fall seriously ill, in most states if you qualify for Medicaid — but weren’t enrolled at the time — the program will …

Health Care

Health care: Six numbers that could bust your budget next year

Pop quiz: What is the out-of-pocket limit for your health plan in 2018? How about your deductible?<p>These two figures are among six that will determine whether your plan will bust your budget next year.<p>"These figures can be tweaked each year by your employer or your plan to keep pace with healthcare …

News (U.S.)

Monday numbers

20—number of years since a bipartisan coalition in Congress passed the Children’s Health Insurance Program <i>(“9 million kids get health insurance under</i> …

North Carolina

What Else Could a Tax Cut for the Richest 1% Buy?

Lindsay KoshgarianA new report from the National Priorities Project shows what's at stake if America's richest get a tax cut

Liberal View

Spread of 'free' Obamacare plans is unintended consequence of political turmoil

christeller1.jpg<p>Chris Teller of Kalamazoo works on a home renovation project. Teller left his job with J.P. Morgan and Chase in 2015 and is now a …

Insurance

Expensive specialty drugs are forcing seniors to make hard choices

For 23 years, Diane Whitcraft injected herself every other day with Betaseron, a drug that helps prevent flare-ups from multiple sclerosis. The drug worked well, drastically reducing Whitcraft's trips to the hospital. But as her 65th birthday approached last September, she made a scary decision: to …

Pharma

ObamaCare insurer competition declining: study

Insurer competition in the ObamaCare marketplaces is declining, but three-quarters of enrollees still have a choice of two or more insurers, …

Health Care

In reversal, Democrats see an Obamacare boost at the polls

Obamacare made a comeback in Tuesday’s elections, its strongest show of support since President Donald Trump was elected and the GOP spent months on a futile effort to repeal it.<p>In the governor’s race in Virginia and a ballot initiative in Maine, the Affordable Care Act buoyed Democrats, a …

Politics

Blame Game Over Rising Health-Insurance Premiums Begins

The day before Halloween, Dorie Lawson learned her health insurance premiums would jump by 60% next year to nearly $3,000 a month.<p>Now she is looking for someone to blame. Her insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming, cited uncertainty about health policy in Washington, especially regarding …

U.S. Politics

Trump's Medicaid chief attacked her own program on the very day it scored a huge win at the polls

Republicans who think the American public is clamoring to repeal or roll back the Affordable Care Act have another think coming.<p>Voters in Maine overwhelmingly enacted Medicaid expansion for their state Tuesday, overturning a string of five successive vetoes by their right-wing governor, Paul …

Health Care

Obamacare Shopping Is Trickier Than Ever. Here’s A Cheat Sheet.

Health care is complicated. Shopping for an individual health plan just got even more so, with President Donald Trump’s decision last month to block $7 billion in Affordable Care Act subsidies.<p>Known as cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs), these federal funds had helped insurers offset the costs …

Health Care

Obamacare customers look for alternatives

Obamacare customers who do not receive government help to pay for health insurance are expected to look for ways to reduce their costs during this …

Insurance

Column: Let’s be transparent about health care costs

How healthcare providers should talk about price

Health Care

Goldberg: Legalization isn't the solution to the opioid crisis

One painful aspect of the public debates over the opioid-addiction crisis is how much they mirror the arguments that arise from personal addiction …

Addiction

Why this “die-hard Republican” voter is open to Medicare-for-all

<i>This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to</i> <i>get VoxCare in your inbox here</i><i>.</i><p>This week, I listened to what 16 Trump voters thought about a single-payer, Medicare-for-all health care …

Politics

One big thing people don’t know about single payer

It is generally assumed that the biggest obstacle to a national health plan like Medicare for All will be the large tax increase needed to pay for …

Health Care

How Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Threatens Obamacare

As Obamacare open enrollment begins, health-care providers in immigrant communities worry that the Trump administration’s hard line on immigration …

Immigration