NY Times: Medicare and Medicaid at 50

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD Medicare and Medicaid, the two mainstays of government health insurance, turn 50 this month, having made it possible for most Americans in poverty and old age to get medical care. While the Affordable Care Act fills the gap for people who don’t qualify for help from those two programs, there are … Continue reading

NY Times: Senate Approves Budget of G.O.P. Wishes in All-Night Session

In Washington, it's called the Affordable Care Act. In Sacramento, it could be become known as another budget buster. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / July 9, 2012)

By JONATHAN WEISMAN WASHINGTON — Emerging from an all-night session that contained more exhaustion than drama, Senate Republicans squeaked through a budget blueprint Friday morning that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, fundamentally remake federal health care for the poor and elderly, and push the federal deficit toward zero over the next decade. The 52-46 … 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

NY Times: Election Will Leave Medicaid Policies Largely Unchanged

Election Results 2014: The Effect on Medicaid Expansion By Josh Barro and Margot Sanger-Katz This article has been updated with election results. The re-election of four Republican governors means that the future ofMedicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to change course. Republicans in Florida, Wisconsin, Maine and Kansas won their bids for … Continue reading

NY Times: U.S. Finds Many Failures in Medicare Health Plans

By ROBERT PEAR  WASHINGTON — Federal officials say they have repeatedly criticized, and in many cases penalized, Medicare health plans for serious deficiencies, including the improper rejection of claims for medical services and unjustified limits on coverage of prescription drugs. The findings, cataloged in dozens of federal audit reports, come as millions of older Americans … Continue reading

NY Times: For Many New Medicaid Enrollees, Care Is Hard to Find, Report Says

By ROBERT PEAR  WASHINGTON — Enrollment in Medicaid is surging as a result of the Affordable Care Act, but the Obama administration and state officials have done little to ensure that new beneficiaries have access to doctors after they get their Medicaid cards, federal investigators say in a new report. The report, to be issued … Continue reading

NY Times: Minorities Are Forced Into Nursing Homes at Greater Rates

Karen D. Lincoln is an associate professor in the University of Southern California School of Social Work and the director of the university’s Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work. Over 10 million Americans now require long-term care annually and Medicaid is the primary source of coverage. Medicaid spending on long-term care services has … Continue reading

NY Times: U.S. to End Coverage Under Health Care Law for Tens of Thousands

By ROBERT PEAR WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said on Monday that it planned to terminate health insurance for 115,000 people on Oct. 1 because they had failed to prove that they were United States citizens or legal immigrants eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. It also told 363,000 people that they could … Continue reading

NY Times: The Health Care Waiting Game

Long Waits for Doctors’ Appointments Have Become the Norm By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL ONE small consolation of our high-priced health care system — our $2.7 trillion collective medical bill — has been the notion that at least we get medical attention quickly. Americans look down on national health systems like Canada’s and Britain’s because of their notorious … Continue reading

NY Times: Thousands to Be Questioned on Eligibility for Health Insurance Subsidies

By ROBERT PEAR WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is contacting hundreds of thousands of people with subsidized health insurance to resolve questions about their eligibility, as consumer advocates express concern that many will be required to repay some or all of the subsidies. Of the eight million people who signed up for private health plans through … Continue reading

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