CBO Says Families Would Be Hit Hard By New Republican ACHA Plan

CBO Says Families Would Be Hit Hard By New Republican ACHA Plan

Families To Pay Price If Maternity Care Coverage Is Cut By GOP Christie Popp, who is pregnant with her third child, is hoping hard that the maternity coverage she has through the Affordable Care Act doesn’t go away. That coverage is written into the health law as a requirement for every plan sold on the individual market. But that could change if Republicans get their way to repeal the ACA and remake health care. Popp…

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When Skinny Isn’t All Good News – Senators Nix Skinny Repeal of Healthcare Law

When Skinny Isn’t All Good News – Senators Nix Skinny Repeal of Healthcare Law

Betting that thin is in — and might be the only way forward — Senate Republicans are eyeing a “skinny repeal” that rolls back an unpopular portion of the federal health law. But experts warn that the idea has been tried before, and with little success. Senators are reportedly considering a narrow bill that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s “individual mandate,” which assesses a tax on Americans who don’t have insurance, along with penalties…

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What Can Trump Do To Medicaid Without Congressional Support?

What Can Trump Do To Medicaid Without Congressional Support?

After the Senate fell short in its effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is poised to use its regulatory powers to accomplish what lawmakers could not: shrink Medicaid. President Donald Trump’s top health officials could engineer lower enrollment in the state-federal health insurance program by approving applications from several GOP-controlled states eager to control fast-rising Medicaid budgets. Indiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Arizona and Wisconsin are seeking the administration’s permission to require adult…

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Even If You Have Health Insurance Millions More Uninsured Will Impact Your Coverage

Even If You Have Health Insurance Millions More Uninsured Will Impact Your Coverage

Much has been written lately about how individuals’ health could suffer if they become uninsured under the health insurance proposals circulating in the U.S. House and Senate. But there is another consequence: creating millions more people without insurance could also adversely affect the health of people who remain insured. “We know that communities with higher rates of uninsurance have worse access to care for those with Medicare or private insurance,” said John Ayanian, director of…

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Heartland Institute Editors and Policy Advisors Weigh In On Obamacare Repeal

Heartland Institute Editors and Policy Advisors Weigh In On Obamacare Repeal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday announced the Senate leadership is giving up on its latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) simultaneously because the leadership’s proposed bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, lacks the votes to succeed. McConnell said he will instead seek a vote on a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay “to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that…

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Veterans On Board to Defend Obamacare

Veterans On Board to Defend Obamacare

Air Force veteran Billy Ramos, from Simi Valley, Calif., is 53 and gets health insurance for himself and for his family from Medicaid — the government insurance program for low-income people. He says he counts on the coverage, especially because of his physically demanding work as a self-employed contractor in the heating and air conditioning business. “If I were to get hurt on the job or something, I’d have to run to the doctor’s, and if I…

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GOP Health Bill A Mixed Bag – Good News and Bad – For Millennial Generation

GOP Health Bill A Mixed Bag – Good News and Bad – For Millennial Generation

Darlin Kpangbah receives free health insurance through Medicaid and is grateful for the coverage in case of accidents, such as when she tore a ligament in her leg a few years ago. “I feel like I’m injury-prone,” said Kpangbah, 20, who lives in Sacramento, Calif. Without insurance, she said, the injury “would’ve been huge to pay for.” Young adults like Kpangbah were among the biggest beneficiaries of Obamacare, which helped reduce the rates of uninsured…

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After Hospital Checkout Older Patients Resist Home Help – And Danger Follows

After Hospital Checkout Older Patients Resist Home Help – And Danger Follows

The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged from the hospital: He didn’t want anyone coming into his home, and he didn’t think he needed any help. So the social worker canceled an order for home health care services. And the patient went back to his apartment without plans for follow-up care in place. When his daughter, Lisa Winstel, found out what had…

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Blue States Forced to Offload Popular Obamacare Protections?

Blue States Forced to Offload Popular Obamacare Protections?

Under the Republican health bill, it’s up to states whether to dismantle key parts of the Affordable Care Act. Will blue states be forced to offload popular Obamacare protections? Red, or GOP-leaning, states are sure to be interested in rolling back the law’s coverage requirements and freeing insurers to charge people more when they have preexisting conditions. As strange as it sounds, deep-blue, heavily Democratic states supportive of Obamacare, including California and New York, may…

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Obamacare Subsidies on the Hot Seat

Obamacare Subsidies on the Hot Seat

Obamacare subsidies are on the hot seat in Congress as some House Republicans are in opposition with the way Obama administration funded those subsidies. Even as health insurers are pushing the Trump administration to keep in place billions in cost-sharing reductions for low-income people buying coverage under the federal health care law, they’re finding themselves holding the bag as uncertainty clouds the future of the industry in the near term. Most of the uncertainty surrounds…

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