KHN: As Caregiving Shifts To The Home, Scrutiny Is Lacking

By Anna Gorman Yolanda Farrell lay mostly paralyzed in a nursing home, unable to feed or dress herself, when her homeless daughter persuaded her to move out. Linda Maureen Raye, who relatives say had been living in her car with her dog, used her mother’s Social Security to pay for a one-bedroom Riverside, Calif. apartment and … Continue reading

KHN: As California Expands Medicaid To New Beneficiaries, Many Others Are Dropped

By Jenny Gold When it comes to expanding health coverage to its poorest residents, California could be taking two steps forward and one step back. Even as the state celebrates its enrollment of more than 2.7 million low-income Californians in Medi-Cal in 2014, it may drop an unusually high number of beneficiaries from its rolls … 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

KHN: States To Help Pay Obamacare Tax On Insurers

By Phil Galewitz, KHN Staff Writer When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, it required health insurers, hospitals, device makers and pharmaceutical companies to share in the cost because they would get a windfall of new, paying customers.  But with an $8 billion tax on insurers due Sept. 30 — the first time the new tax is … Continue reading

Kaiser Health News: Feds Demand Medicaid Backlog Fixes By Six States

By Phil Galewitz JULY 10TH, 2014, 5:44 AM This KHN story can be republished for free. (details) Tired of waiting for states to reduce their backlogs of Medicaid applications, the Obama administration has given six states until Monday to submit plans to resolve issues that have prevented more than 1 million low-income or disabled people from getting … Continue reading

San Jose Mercury News: Obamacare: Massive backlog stalls Medi-Cal expansion

By Helen Shen, Kaiser Health News A mountainous backlog of Medi-Cal applications is well into its third month, but California officials have provided little information about how and when the largest such bottleneck in the nation might be cleared. The California Department of Health Care Services first reported 800,000 pending applications in April. A month … Continue reading

Kaiser Health News: Draft Rules Would Help Protect Seniors When Medicare Advantage Plans Drop Doctors

By Susan Jaffe This KHN story was produced in collaboration with  Federal officials are considering new Medicare Advantage rules to help protect seniors when insurers make significant reductions to their networks of doctors and other health care providers. The proposals follow UnitedHealthcare’s decision to drop thousands of doctors from its Medicare Advantage plans in at least 10 states … Continue reading

KHN: California Faces Steep Challenges As Obamacare Launches, Report Finds

By Daniela Hernandez As it prepares to offer coverage to its millions of uninsured residents through the Affordable Care Act, California faces daunting challenges and provides useful lessons for the rest of the nation, according to a survey and analysis released Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s report, based on a survey of 2,500 adult Californians before enrollment … Continue reading

KHN: Report: Latinos Could Be Big Winners From Obamacare

By Phil Galewitz Latinos make up a disproportionate share of the nation’s uninsured and most could get coverage from the Affordable Care Act or existing programs if every state expanded Medicaid,  according to a federal report released Tuesday. The report said that if all states expanded Medicaid, as many as 95 percent of eligible, uninsured Latinos might … Continue reading

USA Today: For 3 million, ‘affordable’ health care might not be

Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News For millions, subsidies don’t kick in until up to 9.5% of their income goes to premiums. The lure used to get uninsured Americans to sign up for health law coverage was the promise of generous premium subsidies. The promise comes with a catch for almost 3 million people earning three … Continue reading

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