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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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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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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Alaska Healthcare Reform on the Hot Seat

Alaska Healthcare Reform on the Hot Seat

Alaska healthcare reform is on the hot seat with over 51 percent of Alaska voters who voted for President Donald Trump opposing Medicaid expansion in 2015 enacted by the ACA. Most of Alaska’s more than 738,000 residents receive health insurance through employers or government programs. About 30,000 obtained insurance under the Medicaid expansion in 2015 enacted under the ACA. Even fewer residents buy insurance on the ACA’s marketplace. In that small private insurance pool, rates…

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Will Healthcare Reform Look Like Obamacare?

Will Healthcare Reform Look Like Obamacare?

A recent survey from GenForward says younger Americans want the latest in health care reform to look like Obamacare. With the exception of one feature. Mostly all want the requirement to purchase health insurance in lieu of paying a fine removed. The GenForward poll indicates that the majority of respondents aged 18 to 30 believe the federal government should be tasked with providing all Americans have health insurance, and it also indicates that most young Americans…

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Cost-Sharing Subsidies and Healthcare Reform

Cost-Sharing Subsidies and Healthcare Reform

When Republicans proposed their Affordable Care Act replacement bill, Americans who depend on state exchanges for coverage, show concern over the cost-sharing subsidies and healthcare reform. Lake and her 55-year-old husband, Steven, who live in Truckee, Calif., rely on a subsidy program designed to lower her out-of-pocket health costs. This “cost-sharing” assistance — paid directly to her insurer, Blue Shield of California — keeps the couple’s copayments for doctor visits to about $15 a pop and…

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Changes to the Affordable Care Act

Changes to the Affordable Care Act

Worried About Changes to the Affordable Care Act? So is the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) who serve as a watchdog for consumers in their insurance investments. The first rollout of the Trump administration’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act won’t pass muster, at least according to the GOP commissioner in charge of state health regulation. “It ultimately will not be, in my opinion, the proposal that eventually passes – if something passes,”…

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