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: Many On Medicaid See Boost In Benefits As Economy Improves

By Phil Galewitz With an improving fiscal climate, many states are increasing benefits for Medicaid recipients and paying their providers more. The trend is continuing into fiscal year 2015 for those who rely on Medicaid, the state and federal health insurance program for the poor, according to a survey of 50 state Medicaid programs released Tuesday … 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: Rural Enrollment Presents Continuing Health Law Challenges

By Shefali Luthra his KHN story can be republished for free. (details) Americans living in rural areas will be a key target as states and nonprofit groups strategize how to enroll more people in health law insurance plans this fall. Though millions of people signed up for private insurance or Medicaid in the first year … 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

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

KHN: Survey Finds Wealthier Patients In California More Satisfied With Their Health Care

By Daniela Hernandez Money may not buy happiness, but patients with more money to spend tend to be happier with their health care providers, a statewide survey sponsored by the Blue Shield of California Foundation found. Based on responses from 1,500 California residents, researchers found that among those whose household incomes fell below 200 percent of the … Continue reading

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