USA Today: No Medicaid expansion could create health care gaps

Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY  WASHINGTON — States that have not expanded their Medicaid programs as part of the Affordable Care Act risk larger-than-ever gaps in overall health between residents of their states and those that have expanded Medicaid, a report released Wednesday shows. Nine of the top 13 states in overall health have expanded Medicaid, … 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

USA Today: New care organizations save $380 million in first year

Kelly Kennedy Groups were created as part of the health care law to save money in Medicare. (Photo: Mattthew Septimus, Montefiore Medical Center) STORY HIGHLIGHTS The organizations focus on keeping patients out of the hospital Organizations bundle payments and use a team approach Intent is to stop using the fee-for-service payment system WASHINGTON — The … Continue reading

USA Today: Study: States that reject Medicaid expansion lose money

Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY States were allowed to deny Medicaid expansion under the same Supreme Court decision that upheld the Affordable Care Act. (Photo: Tony Dejak, AP) STORY HIGHLIGHTS Texas could lose $9.2 billion by 2022 by not expanding Medicaid, study says Some governors say even the 10% they would have to pay would strain … Continue reading

USA Today: Report: More doctors accepting Medicare patients

Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY1:08 p.m. EDT August 22, 2013 (Photo: Nati Harnik, AP) STORY HIGHLIGHTS More new physicians have entered the Medicare market Medicare and privately insured patients face access problems in some markets New Medicare payment plan has worried some physicians WASHINGTON — The number of physicians accepting new Medicare patients rose by one-third … Continue reading

USA Today: HHS starts features to help consumers learn insurance

By: Kelly Kennedy A new website will help explain the insurance marketplaces, called exchanges, where Americans will start buying health insurance Oct. 1 under the Affordable Care Act. (Photo: Tim Boyles, Getty Images) STORY HIGHLIGHTS Insurance policy prices will be available by September, Sebelius said Cost information will clear up speculation about how law affects … Continue reading

USA Today: 5 must-do’s as age wave bears down on the USA

Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY6:27 p.m. EDT July 30, 2013 USA TODAY looks at critical areas in which America needs to do better, based on findings of a new exclusive survey on aging.   (Photo: John Anderson for USA TODAY) STORY HIGHLIGHTS Number of Americans 65 and older is likely to more than double by 2060 … Continue reading

NCOA: The United States of Aging Survey 2013

Are today’s older adults ready for the realities of aging in America? Are America’s communities ready to meet the needs of the rapidly growing senior population? In its second year, NCOA, UnitedHealthcare, and USA TODAY surveyed 4,000 U.S. adults to examine what underlies American seniors’ perspectives on aging, and how the country can better prepare for … Continue reading

USA Today: Accounting woes hurt Medicare’s tries to get lost money

Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY 12:02 a.m. EDT July 2, 2013 (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP) STORY HIGHLIGHTS New accounting system makes it hard to input new data, Medicare says Medicare made $9.6 billion in over-payments in 2010 Lost over-payments accounted for about 5% of total in 2010 WASHINGTON — The Medicare system may never collect … Continue reading

USA Today: Rep. Ryan unveils GOP’s $4.6T plan to cut the deficit

Susan Davis, USA TODAY2:13p.m. EDT March 12, 2013 House Republicans would balance the budget with repeal of the Obama health care law and an overhaul of Medicare. WASHINGTON — House Republicans unveiled a budget Tuesday that would balance the nation’s books in 10 years without raising taxes but by eliminating President Obama’s health care law, … Continue reading

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