California Healthline: Medicare, ACA Have Faced Similar Criticism. But Is That Where the Comparison Ends?

by Michelle Stuckey, California Healthline Editor As Medicare turns 50, many observers are looking back at the program’s beginning and drawing comparisons with more recent health reform efforts, namely the Affordable Care Act. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine on the beginning of Medicare notes that the program started “only after … Continue reading

Washington Post: How states could avert a Supreme Court Obamacare disaster

By Jason Millman The stage is set for another Obamacare showdown at the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) If the Supreme Court rules next spring against insurance subsidies in states that have refused to run their own marketplaces, these states will face a decision with implications for millions of people who’d suddenly lose subsidies: Do they cave and set … Continue reading

Reuters: Obamacare enrollment group has less money, bigger outreach goal

Fifty-four-years-old Natalia Pollack (L), uninsured since 1999, is assisted to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, by Carlos Tapia, a certified application councilor at a Single Stop USA site at West Side Campaign Against Hunger in New York City March 31, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/MIKE SEGAR (Reuters) – Enroll … Continue reading

NY Times: Estimate of Health Coverage Enrollment Leaves Room to Grow

By ROBERT PEAR   Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of health and human services, estimated on Monday that 9.1 million people would sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act by the end of 2015. CreditChip Somodevilla/Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Monday offered a surprisingly modest estimate of the number of people … Continue reading

The Hill: Boehner: House will vote again to repeal O-Care

Greg Nash By Elise Viebeck – 11/06/14 02:00 PM EST Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the House will vote once again next year to repeal ObamaCare, along with a slew of other piecemeal attacks on the law. Boehner highlighted the issue at his first post-election press conference Thursday, saying that having President Obama in the … Continue reading

California Healthline: What a GOP-Controlled Congress Could Mean for the Affordable Care Act

by Anthony Wilson, California Healthline Contributing Editor In a matter of weeks, the midterm election will determine the balance of legislative power between Democrats and Republicans. With many observers expecting Republicans to win enough seats to gain control of Congress, could the party repeal the Affordable Care Act? First, let’s take a look at the … Continue reading

The Hill: HHS unveils $840M initiative to reform doctors’ offices

By Elise Viebeck Federal health officials unveiled a new initiative Thursday aimed at improving care and cost-effectiveness in individual medical practices. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will spend $840 million over four years with the goal of helping 150,000 doctors modernize their day-to-day work in ways that improve patient care and reduce … Continue reading

LA Times: California spends $13.4 million to fix Obamacare service woes

Ana Oliva and Felix Portillo of Los Angeles ask Valeria Lopez about Covered California insurance at an enrollment event in March in downtown L.A. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times) By CHAD TERHUNE  California’s health insurance exchange hired two outside firms for $13.4 million to address long wait times for consumers calling about their Obamacare coverage. Covered … Continue reading

KHN: Consumers Whose Income Drops Below Poverty Get Break On Subsidy Payback

By Michelle Andrews Right about now, some low-income people who just barely qualified for subsidies on the health insurance marketplace are starting to worry: What if my income for the year ends up below the poverty level? Will I have to pay back the premium tax credits I received? A couple of readers have posed … Continue reading

LA Times: California regulators clear Obamacare rates, hold off on networks

Sophia Bracho gets enrollment information from Blue Shield of California last fall in Los Angeles. The insurer faces questions about its 2015 networks. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times) By CHAD TERHUNE  California regulators won’t challenge the next round of health insurance rate increases in the state exchange, but insurers’ narrow networks of doctors and … Continue reading

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