In our news wrap Tuesday, negotiators worked out differences on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill that would fund the government through September 2015 and avert a shutdown. Also, Secretary of State John Kerry called on lawmakers to authorize new war powers for President Obama to combat the Islamic State group. Continue reading
In a way that is deeply changing Washington contracting, growth opportunities from the federal government have increasingly come not from war but from healing, an examination by Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post shows. Continue reading
Just days before the health law’s marketplaces reopened, nearly a quarter of uninsured said they expect to remain without coverage because they did not think it would be affordable, according to a poll released Friday. Continue reading
WASHINGTON (AP) — Like other HealthCare.gov customers, immigrants are relieved that the government’s health insurance website is working fairly well this year. They’re baffled, though, by what looks like an obvious lapse: There is no clear way to upload a copy of their green card, the government identification document that shows they are legal U.S. residents and therefore entitled to benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care law.
While the Obama administration heralded the much smoother launch of a second round of health care enrollment, a video came to light featuring a former consultant on the Affordable Care Act which created serious political blowback. Judy Woodruff explores the fallout with Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News and Louise Radnofsky of The Wall Street Journal. Continue reading
Throughout the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, all kinds of things — batteries, paint, plastic, electronics, even whole vehicles — were disposed of in so-called “burn pits” by the U.S. military. Some veterans have filed a class action lawsuit against a defense contractor claiming toxic smoke from burning waste caused lung disease and cancer. Hari Sreenivasan and NewsHour producer Dan Sagalyn report. Continue reading
The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul opened Saturday, with hopes that this time consumers will have a positive experience. Continue reading
Many of the 7 million consumers who got insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law will see their premiums rise next year unless they switch to another plan, independent analysts said as the government released details Friday. Continue reading
Americans who don’t have health care coverage will have another chance to sign up under open enrollment. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court agreed to consider a legal challenge to some federal subsidies. Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News and health policy analyst Susan Dentzer join Judy Woodruff to answer common questions about enrollment and the health care law. Continue reading
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