|February 4, 2009
SCHIP Becomes Law, but Health Challenges Remain for Kids
After a long, uphill battle and two presidential vetoes, a bill extending health coverage to millions of low-income children was signed into law by President Barack Obama Wednesday. The bill would use an additional $32.8 billion in funds from a cigarette tax increase to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program to cover 4.1 million more children by 2013.
January 5, 2009
Even Insured Patients Struggle as Health Care Costs Rise
As health insurance premiums and deductibles rise, even
patients with insurance are finding it difficult to keep
up with escalating costs. And as the economy worsens, many
doctors fear even more people may have to forgo medical
care they can't afford. Betty Ann Bowser reports.
November 20, 2008
Obama May Face Uphill Battle in Health Care Reform
During his campaign for the White House, President-elect Barack Obama proposed lowering health care costs and helping the 45 million uninsured Americans. Now he faces the tough task of implementing those reforms during a likely recession. Analysts examine the road ahead for Obama's health care initatives.
October 15, 2008
New Mexico Residents Struggle to Navigate Health Care System in Crisis
In New Mexico, where a quarter of the residents do not have health insurance, rising poverty rates and a lack of medical facilities are straining the system and bringing health care to the forefront of this year's election.
August 26, 2008
Health Insurance Rates Rise, Poverty Unchanged in 2007
The number of people without health insurance in the United States fell last year for the first time since the beginning of the Bush administration, according to a report released by the Census Bureau on poverty, income and health insurance.
June 10, 2008
More Than 25 Million Americans Underinsured, Study Finds
More than 25 million Americans with health insurance did
not have sufficient coverage to cover their medical expenses
in 2007, according to a study in the journal
Health Affairs. Study coauthor Cathy Schoen and Health Affairs editor
and former NewsHour health correspondent Susan Dentzer discuss
the new study.
April 28, 2008
Mass. Confronts High Costs in Bid for Health Care Reform
Thousands of formerly uninsured Massachusetts residents
have health insurance this year, after the state became
the first in the nation to require residents to prove that
they have health insurance or face fines and penalties. But the program will cost the state more than expected. Susan Dentzer reports on how Massachusetts is faring in its efforts
to provide health care for the uninsured.
March 4, 2008
Massachusetts Navigates Trials of Health Insurance Mandate
This year, Massachusetts residents were required to prove that they have health insurance in order to avoid fines and penalties. But the state -- the first in the country to require it's residents to obtain health insurance -- is still grappling with the mandate's high costs, and searching for ways to get reluctant residents to sign up.
January 29, 2008
California Senate Rejects Health Care Reform Bill
A California Senate committee voted Monday to reject a bill by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that would have covered millions of uninsured Californians, ending the hopes of advocates that it would provide a model for national health care reform.
November 2, 2007
Seeks Tobacco Tax to Fund Child Health Insurance
While U.S. House Democrats struggle to rework legislation that would expand
funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program, Oregon voters are considering
a state-wide solution. A new ballot measure would raise the state tobacco tax
to 85 cents per pack to raise money for children's health insurance. Lee Hochberg
reports on the plan's reception in Oregon.
October 25, 2007
Passes New SCHIP Bill, But Not by Veto-proof Margin
The U.S. House passed a revised version of the State Children's
Health Insurance Program bill Thursday, but not by the two-thirds
margin necessary to override a promised presidential veto.
The new bill would still expand the program by $35 billion,
but would limit the coverage available to higher-income
families and childless.
October 18, 2007
Fails to Override Children's Health Insurance Veto
The U.S. House failed Thursday to override President Bush's veto
of a bill would have expanded the State Children's Health Insurance Program by
$35 billion, allowing it to cover 4 million more children. The bill earned some
bipartisan support, but was 13 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to
override the veto.
October 3, 2007
Bush Vetoes SCHIP, Democrats Hope to Override
President Bush vetoed a $35 billion expansion of the SCHIP program
Wednesday, the fourth veto of his presidency. Congressional Democrats hope to
gather enough votes in the House to override the veto. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill.,
chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., chief deputy
whip for the House Republicans, discuss the next moves for the bill.
September 28, 2007
OKs SCHIP Expansion, President Promises Veto
The Senate voted 67-29 to expand the State Children's
Health Insurance Program by $35 billion over five years, adding as many as 4 million
children to the program. The same bill passed in the House Tuesday, however, the
265-159 house margin would not be enough to overcome an expected veto of the bill
by President Bush.
September 20, 2007
President Bush Accuses Democrats of Politicizing SCHIP
President Bush on Thursday promised to veto a Democratic-backed
bill that would expand the State Children's Health Insurance
Program, accusing congressional Democrats of playing politics
with the legislation. House and Senate negotiators recently
agreed on the outlines of the bill, which would add $35
billion over five years to the program's current $25 billion.
August 28, 2007
of Uninsured Hits New High, Census Shows
The number of uninsured Americans rose to a high of 47 million in 2006, according to new Census Bureau numbers. In 2005, 44.8 million were uninsured.
The 2006 numbers represent the highest percentage of uninsured
Americans -- 15.8 percent -- since 1998.
August 3, 2007
Senate, House Vote to Expand Children's Health Program
Senate approved legislation to expand a federal
children's health insurance program for low-income families
by $35 billion over five years, following House passage
of an even larger increase of $50 billion. President Bush
has vowed to veto the legislation.
July 30, 2007
Debates Children's Health Insurance Expansion
Congress is considering whether to expand the State Children's
Health Insurance Program by up to $50 billion, which would be
the largest health coverage expansion in a decade. Department
of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt and Republican
Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota debate the matter.
July 17, 2007
Looks to Expand Children's Health Insurance Program
The Senate is expected to move forward with a five-year extension
of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which covers
6 million low-income children nationwide. The move comes despite
a threatened veto by President Bush.
June 29, 2007
Movie Takes Aim at American Health Care
Filmmaker Michael Moore's newest movie, "Sicko," opened
in theaters nationwide Friday. NewsHour health correspondent Susan
Dentzer reports on the film's criticism of the health care and
insurance industries, and the debate it has sparked.
May 28, 2007
Push to Extend Children's Health Insurance Program
Congress is expected in the coming months to debate renewing a
children's health insurance program for low-income children. The
NewsHour looks at the fight to preserve the program.
May 10, 2007
Charge Uninsured Patients More, Study Finds
Some of the highest costs for hospital care are borne by those
who can least afford it, according to a study published this week
in the journal Health Affairs. In 2004, U.S. hospitals charged
uninsured patients more than two-and-a-half times the amount they
charged insurance companies for the same services.
April 6, 2007
Congress Considers Future of Children's
Debate is heating up on Capitol Hill over the renewal of the State
Children's Health Insurance Program, a 10-year-old federal and
state initiative that provides health insurance to children.
April 6, 2007
Adults Fastest-Growing Group of Uninsured
Nearly one third of young adults between the ages of 19 and 29
are uninsured -- more than 13 million people in all. Recently,
some legislators and private insurers have begun to try to reach
this fast-growing segment of the population.
April 6, 2007
Looks to Expand Reach of Dirigo Health Program
More than three years after launching an effort to provide health
insurance to all state residents, Maine lawmakers are debating
significant revisions to the program.
April 6, 2007
Remain for Massachusetts Health Care Initiative
Massachusetts is set to become the first state to require all
its residents to purchase health insurance in July 2007, but questions
remain about the feasibility of the plan.
January 25, 2007
Bush Promotes New Health Care Plan
President Bush outlined new health care initiatives in his State
of the Union address, including creating new tax deductions on
health insurance and giving states more flexibility in using federal
funds. Two health care experts discuss the plan.
January 9, 2007
Proposes Universal Health Care in California
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a universal
health care program that would extend coverage to the state's
uninsured population. A California health official and NewsHour
correspondent Susan Dentzer discuss the plan.
August 30, 2006
of Americans Without Health Insurance Hits Record High
According to a new U.S. Census Bureau report, the number of uninsured
people in America has hit a record high. Health Correspondent
Susan Dentzer discusses the story behind the alarming numbers.
April 5, 2006
Seeks Insurance for All Residents
Massachusetts lawmakers approved a landmark bill Tuesday creating
a system under which all citizens will be able to obtain health
insurance, regardless of financial status.
November 28, 2005
Without Health Insurance
NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the plight of
those living without health insurance.
November 26, 2003
Aims to Provide Insurance for All Residents by 2009
In a year when many states are struggling to keep up with Medicaid
costs, Maine is developing a program aimed at providing coverage
for all of its residents by 2009. Susan Dentzer talks to Maine
residents and politicians about the state's plan.