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Political theater: How health-care bill that nearly all opposed managed to pass the House

The AARP called the health bill that House Republicans narrowly approved Thursday “deeply flawed” because it would weaken Medicare and lead to higher insurance premiums for older Americans. The American Medical Association said it would undo health insurance coverage gains and hurt public health efforts to fight disease. The American Hospital Association said the bill would destroy Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor that expanded mightily under the Affordable Care Act and buoyed hospitals’ bottom lines. Normally, that would spell failure.... Read more»0

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Obamacare enrollment beating last year's early pace

Despite the Affordable Care Act’s rising prices, decreased insurer participation and a vigorous political threat to its survival, consumer enrollment for 2017 is outpacing last year’s, according to new federal data and reports from state officials around the country.... Read more»0

Obamacare marketplace shakeout rocks Arizona, Southeast

Some of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces are in turmoil as the fourth open enrollment season approaches this fall, but what’s ahead for consumers very much depends on where they live.... Read more»0

Analysis

Competition suffers most if UnitedHealthcare exits Obamacare next year

If UnitedHealthcare follows through on its threat to quit the health insurance marketplaces in 2017, more than 1 million consumers would be left with a single health plan option, forecasted an analysis released Monday.... Read more»1

IRS: 7.5M paid average $200 Obamacare penalty for not having insurance

About 7.5 million Americans paid an average penalty of $200 for not having health insurance in 2014 — the first year most Americans were required to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the IRS said last week. 76 percent of taxpayers checked a box indicating they had qualifying insurance coverage all year.... Read more»0

Tax-time reprieve for Obamacare procrastinators

The Obama administration said Friday it will allow a special health law enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 for consumers who realize while filling out their taxes that they owe a fee for not signing up for coverage last year.... Read more»0

Supreme Court battle brewing over Medicaid fees

Providers and patient advocates nationwide worried about a U.S. Supreme Court case that they say could restrict their ability across the country to seek judicial relief from low Medicaid reimbursement rates.... Read more»0

Obamacare co-ops cut prices, heat up competition

Low premiums are upsetting so-called “legacy” insurance plans like Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates that have traditionally dominated insurance markets.... Read more»0

With 1.5M sign-ups so far, Obamacare enrollment is brisk

With less than a week until the deadline to buy individual health insurance that begins Jan. 1, experts say sign-ups are on course to hit or exceed the Obama administration’s projection of about 9 million enrollees in 2015.... Read more»0

ACA exchanges launch with few glitches

More than 100,000 Americans signed up for coverage Saturday through the Affordable Care Act’s online insurance exchanges, which launched this weekend with far fewer problems and less fanfare than last year. Many people qualified for federal subsidies that kept their monthly premiums well under $100.... Read more»0

Republican governors' victories make Medicaid expansion unlikely in 5 states

Tuesday’s re-election of Republican governors in closely contested races in Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, Maine and Kansas dims the chances of Medicaid expansion in those states.... Read more»1

Study: 10 million Americans gained health insurance

About 10.3 million Americans gained health coverage this year, primarily as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study by the federal government and Harvard University, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.... Read more»0

Safety net hospitals already seeing more paying patients

Many inner-city hospitals in Medicaid-expansion states report big drops in the number of uninsured people for whom they provide care.... Read more»0

States declining Medicaid expansion leaving patients in lurch

More than 1 million patients who use federally funded community health centers will remain uninsured because they live in one of 24 states that chose not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Health centers in states — such as Arizona — that have expanded are benefiting, as 2.9 million of their uninsured patients were projected to gain coverage in 2014... Read more»0

What surge? Primary care system holding up under Obamacare

The headlines were ominous: Good luck finding a doctor under Obamacare. Not enough doctors for newly insured. Obamacare, doctor shortage could crash health system. Despite these dire predictions, the nation’s primary care system is handling the increased number of insured patients without major problems so far, according to interviews with community health centers, large physician practices and insurers nationwide.... Read more»0

Arizona offers 'sneak peak' at cost of shifting kids off CHIP

Families of Arizona children who were forced to switch from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to private plans sold in the federal marketplace are likely paying more and getting fewer benefits, according to a new study.... Read more»0

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