Health care in America will never improve if we don’t change the conversation about what’s wrong, argues Mercatus Center’s Robert Graboyes. Politicians on both sides of the aisle, he says, fight about coverage instead of opening up the channels of innovation that have allowed other sectors, like information technology, to make significant progress in the last 20 years. Continue reading
Workers who lose their jobs may have the option of continuing their employer group health insurance for a limited time under what’s known as COBRA. But how does that coverage interact with Medicare and the Affordable Care Act? Making Sen$e Medicare Maven Phil Moeller provides some answers. Continue reading
The health law’s ambitious lab for transforming how medicine is delivered and financed submitted its official report card to Congress on Tuesday, boasting of a few early results but mostly showing many works in progress.
WASHINGTON — New episodes in the nation’s long-running political drama over health care are coming via your news feed in 2015.
The fate of President Barack Obama’s health care law again hangs in the balance as the Supreme Court weighs another legal challenge to the program, now covering millions of people. And a Republican-led Congress prepares for more votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, ignoring threatened vetoes by the president. Continue reading
The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama’s health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called “an encouraging start.” Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015.
In negotiating the creation of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals took a big gamble, with the expectation that they would soon have millions of new Medicaid customers. In states that expanded Medicaid, the bet paid off. Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News reports on financial gains made by some hospitals as more patients are able to pay their bills, and the heavy price being paid by hospitals in states that opted against expansion. Continue reading
When you enter the “donut hole,” prescriptions can become prohibitively expensive. But changing insurers won’t help; the hole comes from Medicare, and although the Affordable Care Act will eventually do away with it, boomers are stuck with it until 2020. Continue reading
President Barack Obama’s push to cover America’s uninsured faces another big test Monday. This time, it’s not only how the website functions, but how well the program itself works for millions who are starting to count on it. Continue reading