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Several cases challenging whether employers should have to comply with the ACA’s birth control mandate have come before the U.S. Supreme Court. Thursday’s ruling does not change that section of the ACA.

Health insurance companies may no longer need to cover a wide swath of preventive health care services that were required by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, under a federal judge’s ruling issued Thursday in Texas. Read more»

In some cases, prior authorization proved a potent but indirect deterrent, as few patients have the fortitude, time, or resources to navigate what can be a labyrinthine process of denials and appeals.

Prior authorization was designed decades ago to prevent expensive tests or procedures that are not needed but now prevents patients from getting the vital care they need - now, the federal government has proposed changes that would speed up the pre-certification process. Read more»

Los estados tienen hasta febrero para presentar sus planes de cancelación a los Centros de Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid federales, que supervisarán el proceso.

Los estados se están preparando para retirar a millones de personas de Medicaid a medida que expiren las protecciones implementadas durante la pandemia de COVID-19, lo que pone a millones de estadounidenses de bajos ingresos en riesgo de perder la cobertura de salud. Read more»

States have until February to submit their unwinding plans to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which will monitor the process.

States are preparing to remove millions of people from Medicaid as protections put in place early in the COVID-19 pandemic expire - putting millions of low-income Americans at risk of losing health coverage and threatening their access to care. Read more»

Many people who get coverage through their jobs also must select a plan at this time of year, and their decisions could be affected by new ACA rules.

Touting record-breaking enrollment for 2023, the Biden administration announced that around 3.1 million Americans are getting insurance for the first time under the federal Affordable Care Act - and there is still time to sign up before the Jan. 15 deadline. Read more»

Brenda Dickason of Tucson needs to keep expensive EpiPens on hand because of a bee allergy, but rising prices have made it hard for  her to afford medications. The Inflation Reduction Act includes several provisions that should help, including an annual $2,000 cap on out-of-pocket spending for prescriptions.

Under the Inflation Reduction Act, millions of Americans no longer will have to shell out thousands of dollars to pay for prescription medications through Medicare - one of the provisions of the new law intended to improve health care. Read more»

The burden of medical debt falls heavily on those who are chronically ill, uninsured, low income, Black or Hispanic or live in states that have not expanded Medicaid eligibility as allowed under the Affordable Care Act.

The country is awash in medical debt - $195 billion worth at least and affecting tens of millions - and with stories of residents losing homes, savings and credit as a consequence, nearly a dozen states have enacted laws to provide protections for consumers. Read more»

More than 60 professional medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, published a joint statement last month warning of a dire impact of striking down the provision.

A federal lawsuit heard in Texas could upend or even eliminate the preventive care requirement in the Affordable Care Act, as a group is arguing that the requirement is unconstitutional and some preventive health measures violate religious protections. Read more»

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

A climate change and health care package is primed to make its way through House goal posts, a stunning coup for the Biden administration after the Democratic majority leader of the Senate found middle ground this week with the coal-rooted Senator Joe Manchin. Read more»

About 1 in 7 people with debt said they’ve been denied access to a hospital, doctor, or other provider because of unpaid bills, according to the poll.

More than 100 million people in America, including 41% of adults, are beset by a health care system that is systematically pushing patients into debt on a mass scale - much hidden as credit card balances, loans from family, or payment plans to hospitals. Read more»

Many patient advocates and medical experts say no-cost coverage should be extended beyond an initial preventive test to imaging, biopsies, or other services necessary for diagnosing a problem.

Under the Affordable Care Act, many preventive services are covered at no cost - but if a screening returns an abnormal result and more testing is needed, patients may be on the hook for hundreds or even thousands of dollars for diagnostic services. Read more»

The Biden administration announced plans Tuesday to create a national research action plan that could provide answers to public health officials trying to diagnose and treat so-called long COVID-19. Read more»

A protester outside the Supreme Court in 2019, when justices said that law banning sex discrimination in employment also applied to gay and transgender workers. That ruling might apply in the case of a transgender Arizona teen challenging the state’s refusal to pay for his sex reassignment surgery, a court said, but it stopped short of ordering the state to do so.

A federal appeals court has refused to order Arizona’s Medicaid program to pay for the sex reassignment surgery of a transgender teen who claimed the state’s failure to do so amounted to sex discrimination. Read more»

Justice Stephen Breyer will be retiring from the Supreme Court at the end of the term, according to Wednesday morning reporting from NBC. Read more»

Among Reid's signature accomplishments was securing Senate passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Flags will be flown at half-staff on Friday and Saturday to mark the death of a Casa Grande police officer from COVID-19, and for the funeral of former U.S. Senator Harry Reid. Read more»

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