Friday, May 22, 2015
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Your Health Insurer Won’t Pay? Try, Try Again!

When you’re dealing with a medical condition or disease, you want to find the best treatment without a lot of hassle from your insurer. But insurers may deny coverage for the specialist your doctor recommended, or send you a bill for care you thought was covered.

May 6, 2015
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A Little Homework Can Help You Navigate The Medicare Maze

You’re eligible for Medicare when you turn 65, but these days, the decision to sign up is not a slam-dunk.

April 29, 2015
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5 Horrible Ideas Republicans Will Never Let Die

In the Republican Party the life expectancy of a terrible idea is forever. Whether it’s economics, foreign policy, immigration, or health care, they’re devoted to getting it wrong and staying that way. Here are five horrible ideas that the GOP will never let die.

April 27, 2015
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Kansas Tea Partier Tim Huelskamp: Another Irate Obamacare Customer

Yee-hah! Tim Huelskamp, chairman of the Tea Party Caucus has signed up for health insurance on the federal exchange.

March 26, 2015
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Obamacare Should Be Less Complex

Obamacare shouldn’t be repealed or struck down — but it can be improved.

March 26, 2015
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Waiting For The Children’s Health Insurance Program

Will congressional dysfunction threaten a near-perfect health care program?

March 23, 2015
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Health Law Drives Down U.S. Rate Of Uninsured Patients, Survey Finds

New evidence confirms that Obamacare is working.

February 24, 2015
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We Would Miss Obamacare

Republicans don’t want you to know these facts about the Affordable Care Act.

February 23, 2015
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A Mean-Spirited Interpretation Would Deny Millions Health Care Coverage

The case against gutting Obamacare should be obvious.

February 12, 2015
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California Study Finds It Cheaper For Students To Buy Insurance Than Go Without

The Koch brothers were wrong: College students should buy health insurance.

February 10, 2015
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Health Insurer Anthem Is Hacked; Patient And Employee Data Apparently Exposed

The attack on Anthem Inc. is the worst hacking revealed by a health insurer to date.

February 5, 2015
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Tennessee Shows How Republicans Are Learning To Love Obamacare

Some red states are starting to see the value in expanding health coverage.

February 3, 2015
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Maximizing Your Health Benefits Before Year’s End

Your insurer must provide a simple “summary of benefits” that can help you save money — before the New Year.

December 9, 2014
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D.C. Appeals Court To Review Decision Jeopardizing Health Care Subsidies

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s lawyers have won a second chance to stop a lawsuit that has the potential to unravel the national health care law and its system of insurance subsidies. The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said Thursday it will reconsider […]

September 4, 2014
Hospitals told to reduce patient readmissions or lose money

Vermont Is ‘Single-Payer’ Trailblazer

By Michael Ollove, Stateline.org BERLIN, Vt. — Dr. Marvin Malek has been yearning and advocating for a publicly financed, single-payer health care system for at least two decades. Now, as Vermont stands on the threshold of being the first state to launch such a plan, he’s confessing to trepidation. “I am pretty damn nervous,” he […]

August 11, 2014
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Some Florida Doctors Decline To Accept Obamacare

By Daniel Chang, The Miami Herald MIAMI — After being without health insurance for two years, Miranda Childe of Hallandale Beach, Fla., found a plan she could afford with financial aid from the government using the Affordable Care Act’s exchange. Childe, 60, bought an HMO plan from Humana, one of the nation’s largest health insurance […]

July 28, 2014
King County’s wellness plan beats the odds

King County’s Wellness Plan Beats The Odds

By Christine Vestal, Stateline.org SEATTLE — When King County, Wash., launched its employee wellness program seven years ago, its motive was clear. “We were being eaten alive by runaway medical costs,” says the county’s top executive Dow Constantine. By all accounts, the previous administration was desperate to bring down double-digit health care cost growth that […]

July 25, 2014
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Obamacare: More Than 10 Million Uninsured Signed Up

Washington (AFP) – More than 10 million uninsured people in the United States have signed up for health coverage under President Barack Obama’s reform plan since 2013, said a study out Wednesday. The findings in the New England Journal of Medicine show a “significant” decline in the uninsured rate for adults aged 18 to 64. […]

July 24, 2014
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Patients Find Fewer Doctors, Hospitals To Choose From

By Misty Williams, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ATLANTA — The cancer had already spread to her abdomen by the time Beth Brock managed to escape from her health insurance nightmare. The Woodstock business owner learned last fall her insurance didn’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s new standards, so she reluctantly chose a different health plan that […]

June 30, 2014
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Report: ‘Less Than 1 Percent’ Of Massachusetts Residents Are Now Uninsured

As a number of Republican leaders across the nation continue to demonstrate their opposition to the Affordable Care Act by refusing to expand Medicaid in their states, one state in particular has seen tremendous progress by fully buying into the health care law. A new report from Massachusetts’ Center for Health Information and Analysis reveals that between December […]

June 10, 2014
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Federal Funds Earmarked To Offset Affordable Care Act Insurer Losses

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has quietly adjusted key provisions of its signature health care law to potentially make billions of additional taxpayer dollars available to the insurance industry if companies providing coverage through the Affordable Care Act lose money. The move was buried in hundreds of pages […]

May 21, 2014
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Report: ‘Claims That Premiums Will Skyrocket Are Unwarranted’

Although Republicans and even some insurers anticipate rising health care premiums in the coming year, an Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation joint report released Tuesday could ease those fears. The report analyzed 2014 premiums for policies on the Affordable Care Act exchanges in Washington, D.C. and seven states: New York, Maryland, Alabama, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, and Oregon. The […]

May 21, 2014
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The Revolving Door Spins: Boehner Spokesman Joins Top Health Insurance Lobbying Group

In an ironic twist, House Speaker John Boehner’s press secretary Brendan Buck announced Monday that he is leaving his current position to join America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) – the insurance industry’s top lobbying group. Buck’s new position as spokesman for AHIP – which represents thousands of different health care providers – differs greatly from […]

May 12, 2014
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Obamacare Helps Drive Uninsured Rate To New Low

The number of Americans without health insurance dropped precipitously in April, according to a new Gallup poll, in the latest evidence that the Affordable Care Act is significantly expanding access to health coverage. According to the poll, the uninsured rate currently sits at 13.4 percent. That’s down 1.6 percent from March, and represents the lowest […]

May 5, 2014
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Number Of Americans Without Health Insurance Reaches New Low

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The share of Americans without health insurance has dropped to the lowest level since before President Barack Obama took office, according to a new national survey that provides more evidence the health care law is extending coverage to millions of the previously uninsured. Just 14.7 percent of […]

April 7, 2014
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