More than 11 million people have enrolled for health insurance in the second year of the new marketplaces, and more than 80 percent of enrollees have been eligible for subsidies. The Supreme Court will soon decide whether states can provide those subsidies sold through the federal exchange. Gwen Ifill speaks with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, a UN report found that civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan rose by 22 percent last year. It also said more Afghans died in battles between the Taliban and government forces than from bombs, unlike previous years. Also, a Southern deep freeze caused ice-coated branches to take down power lines, leaving 250,000 people in the dark. Continue reading
Many Medicare drug plans – both Part D and plans that are part of Medicare Advantage policies – offer very low premiums to get you in the door. But they have ways of shifting the costs back on to Medicare beneficiaries. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama’s health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.
With the deadline for enrolling in state and federal health exchanges looming, the White House is pushing for more signups. Early signs show 10 million may enroll, which is higher than the White House’s revised estimate. Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News and Susan Dentzer, a health analyst, join Judy Woodruff. Continue reading
Don’t make a health coverage decision with long-term consequences based on short-term conditions and costs, advises Making Sen$e Medicare Maven Phil Moeller. Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to strike down the Affordable Care Act — a first for the new Congress but the 56th time that House Republicans that tried to repeal the law. Also, advocacy groups reported that a growing gap between bachelor degrees received by students from wealthier families and those from the lowest income bracket more than doubled since 1970. Continue reading
A new poll finds that most people think Congress or states should act to restore health insurance subsidies if the Supreme Court decides later this year they are not permitted in states where the federal government is running the marketplace.
Privacy advocates say the Obama administration needs to make more changes to protect consumer privacy on the government’s health insurance website. Continue reading
Medicare is giving bonuses to a majority of hospitals that it graded on quality, but many of those rewards will be wiped out by penalties the government has issued for other shortcomings, federal data show.