Free Colonoscopy Coverage Means Polyps, Too

A 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?

Rick 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

By 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

By 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

By 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 …

How Ballot Measures Measured Up for 50+ Americans

While the presidential race and contests for seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives got the most attention on Nov. 6, voters in some states got the chance to decide on a number of referendum questions as well. Here are some of the key results on proposals affecting Americans 50 and older. The health care law. In four states – Alabama, Florida, Montana and Wyoming – ballot measures sought to block the Affordable Care Act‘s individual mandate, which requires …