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Would the States’ New Healthcare Ads Convince You to Enroll?

Posted on 07/15/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News A folk singer playing guitar in front of a mountain stream. A Disney-like animated video about how “a new day is coming.” An announcer talking about “change is here.” A woman jumping up and down in celebration in a baseball team locker room. Discussion: The ACA Delay and Your Health Care These images are from the first television advertisements being aired by state-run health insurance exchanges created under the federal health law. Oregon, Kentucky, Colorado …

What You Need to Know About the Postponed Employer Mandate

Posted on 07/4/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFrom Kaiser Health News Surprising both friends and foes of the health law, the Obama administration on Tuesday announced the delay of a key provision: the requirement that all but the smallest employers offer medical coverage or pay a fine. Companies with at least 50 workers now have until 2015 to provide coverage if they don’t offer it already, giving them and Washington an extra year to work through the complex details of the legislation. The administration will deliver more …

Fallout From the Delay in Major Health Law Provision

Posted on 07/3/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Jay Hancock and Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News The Obama administration’s decision on June 2 to delay a major component of the Affordable Care Act — the requirement for employers with at least 50 workers to offer health coverage — postpones another feature of the law and hands ammunition to critics who contend it is unworkable. Discussion: Delay in Obama’s Health Care Law But it could have a relatively small effect on the number of Americans who gain medical …

Is Your Doctor a 10? Medicare Site Takes Next Step Toward Ranking Providers

Posted on 06/28/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Medicare Thursday added new features to its Physician Compare website as it prepares to start including quality data on thousands of doctors. The federal health care law requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to publish performance data on doctors, including how patients rate them, how well the physicians’ medical interventions succeed and how well they follow clinical guidelines for basic care. The site has been up since 2010, but contained only basic …

Those Left Out of Medicaid Expansion Won’t Be Penalized … Or Insured

Posted on 06/28/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Alvin Tran, Kaiser Health News Low-income Americans who live in states that have decided not to expand Medicaid eligibility will not face penalties if they fail to buy insurance next year. Discussion: 78 million consumers saved $3.4 billion on ACA-provisioned health insurance That’s according to a final rule on exemptions to the health law’s individual mandate – the law’s controversial requirement that most Americans have health coverage or pay a penalty in 2014. That rule was published Wednesday. The health …

40,000 Health Apps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted on 06/19/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyChristine Porter is hooked on the My Fitness Pal app. In October, after deciding to lose 50 pounds, Porter started typing in everything she eats, drinks and any exercise she gets. “This is like my main page here,” says Porter, who lost 42 pounds in nine months. “It’s telling me I have about 1,200 calories remaining for the day. When I want to record something I just click the ‘add to diary’ button. I’m on it all day either through my …