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A New Look at Who’s Buying Obamacare

Posted on 06/20/2014 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin TodayBy Julie Appleby, KHN Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News Nearly 6 in 10 Americans who bought insurance for this year through the health law’s online marketplaces were previously uninsured — most for at least two years, according to a new survey that looks at the experiences of those most affected by the law. That finding is higher than some earlier estimates and counters arguments made by critics of the law that most of those who purchased the new policies were previously insured. The survey also found that consumers …

Health Law Sign-Ups on Track to Hit 7 Million

Posted on 04/1/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Josh Lederman and Ricardo Zaldivar, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Beating expectations, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was on track to sign up more than 7 million Americans for health insurance on deadline day, Monday, government officials told the Associated Press. The 7 million target, thought to be out of reach by most experts, was in sight on a day that saw surging consumer interest as well as vexing computer glitches that slowed sign-ups on the HealthCare.gov website. …

Battleground States in the Fight for Medicaid Expansion

Posted on 03/31/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsA few days ago, the Maine legislature passed a bill — for the third time — that would expand affordable health coverage for nearly 70,000 residents who earn up to $15,000 a year. These hard-working Mainers — our friends, neighbors, even family — may have lost their jobs or are working in jobs that don’t offer health coverage. Gov. Paul LePage has already vetoed two similar bills to expand Medicaid, which would not only help the thousands of Mainers who …

Answers About the Health Care Law Deadline

Posted on 03/25/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsTime is almost up. March 31 is the last day this year for most people to sign up for health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act. If you have started the process and encountered problems, you have until April 15 to request an extension. “Remember, if you don’t have health insurance you may have to pay a penalty, and if you do get sick, you won’t be turned away from an emergency room but you will leave with a …

The Cost of Not Expanding Medicaid

Posted on 03/7/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsStates have divided almost evenly on whether to expand Medicaid to millions more low-income Americans, many of them uninsured. Many Republican governors or state legislatures have rejected expansion, saying that although the federal government will pick up most of the tab now, states could be left on the hook in the future. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter And although expansion aims for low-income people, “you’re expanding coverage for graduate students and Starbucks baristas,” says Edmund Haislmaier, senior research fellow at the Heritage …

Medicare Drug Benefit Saves Taxpayers Billions

Posted on 03/3/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMedicare‘s prescription drug benefit saves taxpayers billions of dollars by dramatically reducing hospital admissions, a new study shows. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Illinois at Chicago estimated the total savings at $1.5 billion a year — about 2.2 percent of the total $67.7 billion cost of Medicare Part D in 2011. “Medicare Part D requires a substantial investment from the federal government, and the million-dollar question has been, ‘Does this investment …