health care law

FAQs: How Do Competing Budgets Compare on Health Care Savings?

Posted on 03/13/2013 by |News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsFrom Kaiser Health News Republican and Democratic leaders from both chambers of Congress this week offered competing budget proposals that both look for savings in health care. KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey talks with Jackie Judd about what’s next for the proposals, and what President Obama could offer himself. > > Listen to the audio or read a transcript below. Jackie Judd: Good day, this is Health on the Hill. I’m Jackie Judd. Congressional budget leaders have now laid out their vision for federal spending …

Free Colonoscopy Coverage Means Polyps, Too

Posted on 02/25/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA routine colonoscopy was supposed to be free under the new health care law, but then insurers began charging if doctors found and removed a polyp during the procedure. That’s a no-no, announced the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week, in an effort to clear up confusion about this and other medical tests that should be considered free preventive care, the Associated Press reported. In the notice posted on the HHS website, the agency explained that “polyp …

Medicaid Flip-Flop in Florida: Will Other GOP Governors Follow?

Posted on 02/21/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsRick Scott took the money but now pays a price. Florida’s small-government Republican governor ran against President Obama’s health care reform. And he sued to thwart the law that expands Medicaid to uninsured low-income people. But this week, he decided the billions of dollars in aid to cover 1 million Floridians was too much to pass up. His decision to become the seventh GOP governor to take the federal aid has enraged his conservative base. And other Republican governors are …

Study: Older People to See Lower Rates Under Health Law

Posted on 02/7/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Julie Appleby, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News How the federal health law will affect premiums is among the most asked – and most controversial – questions in the final months before new rules kick in requiring most Americans to carry coverage. A white paper out Wednesday considers how the law will affect premiums for people who buy their own coverage because they don’t get it through their jobs. The answer?  It all depends, said the analysts at the Kaiser …

Administration Releases New Health Law Rules for Insurers, Employers

Posted on 11/21/2012 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Julie Appleby, Jay Hancock and Mary Agnes Carey, Staff Writers, Kaiser Health News Long-awaited details on how insurers can structure health benefits and premiums for policies that will cover tens of millions of Americans starting in 2014 were released by the Obama administration Tuesday. The three proposed rules reaffirm key elements of the 2010 federal health law, including its requirement that insurers accept all applicants, even those with health conditions, and not charge higher rates based on health, gender …

Health Law Was a Wash in the Election, Poll Finds

Posted on 11/14/2012 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Jordan Rau, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News After two years of noise and stridency on the 2010 health care law, the Affordable Care Act ended up being a wash in the presidential election, a new poll finds. Both President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney ended up getting equal support among voters who said the law was a “major factor” in their vote for president, according to the poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted shortly after last Tuesday’s election. (KHN is …