Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to receive dated and inaccurate financial aid amounts from the government, say industry officials, advocates and other experts. Continue reading
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The federal court of appeals based in Washington ruled that the Affordable Care Act does not allow policyholders who get insurance through the federal exchange to qualify for subsidies. A separate ruling, issued hours later by a federal appeals court in Virginia, said federal exchanges policies do qualify. Gwen Ifill talks to Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News and Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog.com. Continue reading
On Tuesday two U.S. appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on a subject that’s important to millions of people: the availability of subsidies to help purchase coverage under the healthcare law. KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey answers some frequently asked questions about those court decisions and how they impact consumers.
A three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit threw the fate of an important part of the Affordable Care Act into doubt Tuesday. In a 2-1 decision in Halbig v. Burwell, the judges ruled that the Internal Revenue Service lacked the authority to allow subsidies to be provided in exchanges not run by the states. That could put at immediate risk the millions of people who bought insurance in the 36 states where these online insurance marketplaces are run by the federal government. Continue reading
Obama-Boehner relationship hits a new low: Over the years the rapport between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner has been described at times as “topsy-turvy,” “complicated,” and “soured.” But their relationship might have hit a new low Thursday with the president and House speaker publicly rebuking one another at dueling events in Texas and Washington. Continue reading
While much attention has focused on expanded coverage and online insurance bazaars, policymakers’ bigger challenge is improving Americans’ health while putting a brake on the cost of their care. The keys to that puzzle, CareFirst and many others are deciding, are the internists and general practitioners who have largely been left behind by health care’s financial boom. Continue reading
The Supreme Court temporarily exempted a religious college from the contraception coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The decision, which comes just days after a ruling in favor of some businesses objecting to provide birth control, has provoked sharp rebuke from the court’s three female justices. Judy Woodruff gets the details from Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal. Continue reading
Scott Paul knew he needed to head to the emergency room on a recent Sunday after his foot became so painful he couldn’t walk. The one thing that gave him pause was the thought of having to wait several hours next to a bunch of sick people.
But his wife, Jeannette, remembered she’d seen Dignity Health television commercials featuring a woman sitting in a hospital waiting room and then cutting to the same woman sitting on her living room couch as words come up on the screen: “Wait for the ER from home.” Continue reading
While the Supreme Court united on cases concerning presidential appointments and mobile phone searches, there was stark division on issues like campaign finance, contraception and religion. Jeffrey Brown looks back at the big decisions at the court this year with Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal, Constitutional lawyer Erin Murphy and former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal. Continue reading