Haven’t thought about the health care law for a while? Now’s the time.
Passed in 2010, the law requires most Americans to have health insurance or pay a fine. While many Americans get health coverage through their employers, starting Nov. 15 consumers who currently have insurance through the federal or state online marketplaces, or exchanges, set up by the law can reenroll. In addition, people who still need health insurance can sign up. Subsidies are available to help many people afford coverage, and some states have expanded their Medicaid programs as part of the law. Continue reading
The Affordable Care Act wasn’t directly on the ballot in any state, but voters did decide a host of health-related issues in Tuesday’s elections. And there was no clear theme to what won and lost. Continue reading
Basic Medicare only covers 80 percent of most covered medical services, and there’s no ceiling on those co-payments. So where should seniors turn to help them pay for the rest of their care? Making Sen$e “Medicare Maven” Philip Moeller updates boomers on the 2015 supplement plans collectively known as Medigap. Continue reading
If your current Medicare Advantage plan will no longer be offered next year, you should have received a notice to that effect. And you should have read it. Maybe you did and maybe you didn’t. Making Sen$e Medicare Maven Phillip Moeller isn’t taking names; he’s here to fill you in. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — HealthCare.gov’s new EZ application for coverage can’t be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens, prompting concern that many Hispanics and Asians will go right back into long enrollment queues this year. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they’re not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Continue reading
Medicare’s prescription drug plans change what drugs they offer and how much they charge every year, with plans differing by geographic region. But just looking at premiums, which some drug-plan guides do, is not going to tell you much about your total out-of-pocket costs. Philip Moeller walks readers through Medicare’s online Plan Finder. Continue reading
A Chicago nonprofit aims to set the standard for providing adequate health care coverage to the millions of Americans with mental illnesses. To learn more about the program, NewsHour Weekend spoke with one participant, Ruthie Anderson, who spent three decades living on the street, struggling with drug addiction and mental illness. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday directed military medical officials to show within 45 days how they will improve care, patient safety and access to treatment at underachieving military health care facilities. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — A new report says the Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who serve in the military. It comes as the number of women in the military is increasing dramatically.