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Hernandez: Health insurance subsidies must be a top priority in Congress

We must do everything we can to make health care accessible and affordable. I urge my U.S. senators — Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema — to understand how crucial it is for Congress to protect federal insurance subsidies for millions of Americans before they expire next year. — State Rep. Alma Hernandez... Read more»1

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Insurance focused on virtual visits? The pros and cons of a new twist in health plans

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, people often relied on telemedicine for doctor visits; now, insurers are betting that some patients liked it enough to embrace new types of health coverage that encourages video visits — or outright insists on them.... Read more»

As Democrats bicker over massive spending plan, here’s what’s at stake for Medicaid

Democrats are moving to close the Medicaid coverage gap as they forge a package of new domestic spending that could run as high as $3.5 trillion over 10 years and would significantly enhance other federal health programs, but the cost is raising concerns within the party.... Read more»

FactCheck: An ad’s charge that price haggling would 'swipe $500 billion from Medicare' is incorrect

The 60 Plus Association ran an ad that claimed Medicare drug price negotiations were “swiping” $500 billion from Medicare and going to be used to “cut benefits and no longer pay for lifesaving medicines" - while the $500 billion number is based on facts, everything else is misleading.... Read more»

Hospital prices must now be transparent, yet for consumers, they’re still anyone’s guess

Under a Trump administration price transparency rule that took effect at the start of this year, hospitals are required to post a range of actual prices, but some hospitals bury the data deep on their websites or have not included all the categories of prices required.... Read more»

Biden quietly transforms Medicaid safety net

The Biden administration is quietly engineering a series of expansions to Medicaid that may bolster protections for millions of low-income Americans and bring more people into the program, drawing criticism from Republicans, some of whom accuse the administration of trampling states’ rights.... Read more»

Advocates: Affordable Care Act here to stay, as more Arizonans enroll

Arizona advocates are breathing “a sigh of relief” this week after the Supreme Court again refused to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, a decision that should preserve the health care program for at least several years.... Read more»

High court quashes challenge from states including Arizona, to Affordable Care Act

Backing the law still cheekily called Obamacare for the third time, the Supreme Court saw its conservative justices sharply divided in a 7-2 decision on whether Texas, Arizona, and other Republican state challengers, have standing without the individual mandate.... Read more»

Here's what you need to know about the reopening of the Obamacare marketplace

President Joe Biden signed an executive order to open up the federal health insurance marketplace for three months as of Monday so uninsured people can buy a plan and those who want to change their marketplace coverage can do so.... Read more»

Experts: Biden's Obamacare open enrollment period could be ‘really good’ for Arizona

The normal period for Americans to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act ended Dec. 15, but President Biden called for a special 90-day open enrollment period in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis that health advocates say could open the door to health insurance for thousands in Arizona.... Read more»

ACA enrollment uptick a 'pleasant surprise' after years of declines

After years of steady declines, enrollment in Affordable Care Act coverage ticked up in Arizona and held steady in the U.S. this year in what one advocate called a “pleasant surprise” after a challenging year.... Read more»

'Disruptive and cruel': Native Americans worry as Supreme Court weighs repeal of health care act

Native American leaders are keeping close watch on the Supreme Court battle over whether to repeal all or parts of the Affordable Care Act, a move many say could devastate health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives.... Read more»

Arizonans watching closely as Supreme Court takes up Obamacare

As the Supreme Court takes up the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act – again – Tuesday, Tucson resident Alicia DeWitt is watching the case closely.... Read more»

Census: Number of Arizonans without health insurance rose again in 2019

The number of Arizonans without health insurance jumped to more than 800,000 last year, the third consecutive year of increases for the state, according to the latest data from the Census Bureau.... Read more»

Arizonans share health care struggles in Democratic convention speeches

When Arizona native Kristin Urquiza wrote her dad’s obituary after his June 30 death from COVID-19, the Democratic National Convention was probably the furthest thing from her mind.... Read more»

U.S. Supreme Court hands victories to religious employers in health care, employment

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives.... Read more»1

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