“health care”

Affordable Care Act Opens Internet Marketplaces

Posted on 09/26/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthBy Nicole Duritz If you’re like Linda Tramel, from suburban St. Louis, you’ve probably been following the slow and sometimes confusing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it’s sometimes called. Although the majority of Americans are insured,  14% of the U.S. population are uninsured and will  have a new opportunity to purchase health insurance through their state’s Health Insurance Marketplace.  The Marketplace allows consumers to shop, compare and purchase health insurance policies online. Tramel knows her family …

Congressional Budget Experts Predict More Red Ink

Posted on 09/19/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has just published its 2013 Long-Term Budget Outlook, and this year’s set of predictions for the nation’s balance sheet is sure to push Washington’s heartburn rate up a few notches. Three quick takeaways from the CBO’s report: The percentage of federal debt held by the public is higher than at any point in modern U.S. history. Federal debt held by the public is likely to decline a little bit over the next few years, as …

In These States, Hospitals and Patients Could Be in for a Rough Ride

Posted on 09/16/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsHospitals and health-care systems in the 21 states that aren’t expanding Medicaid, the health program for low-income Americans, may be in for an especially rough financial ride. With hospitals in those states facing the prospect of providing even more uncompensated care, Bloomberg.com says, the municipal bonds they put up for sale may very well have diminished appeal. As Bloomberg’s Brian Chappatta explains: “Health-care related bonds are already posting the biggest losses among revenue debt in the $3.7 trillion municipal market, …

What Put the Brakes on Medicare Spending?

Posted on 08/28/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe Holy Grail in battles over the federal budget has been how to slow down the runaway train of health care spending. So it surely comes as good news that spending on traditional Medicare has slowed substantially, as a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study shows, and not just because of the broader economic slowdown. For 25 years, spending on traditional Medicare rose, on average, 8 percent a year. Then, from 2007 to 2012, the increase slowed to an average annual …

The Health Care Law — Look Who’s Talking

Posted on 08/28/2013 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe public’s most trusted sources of information about the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare, as many Americans know it — aren’t necessarily the ones they’re most likely to be hearing from. This from the most recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, which also tells us that lots of Americans — 44 percent of those surveyed — are confused about the health care law, with 31 percent unsure whether it is the law, 8 percent thinking that it has been repealed and another …

If You Have Medicare, No Need to Go to Insurance Marketplaces

Posted on 08/26/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News. This story produced in collaboration with USA Today While the Obama administration is stepping up efforts encouraging uninsured Americans to enroll in health coverage from the new online insurance marketplaces, officials are planning a campaign to convince millions of seniors to please stay away – don’t call and don’t sign up. “We want to reassure Medicare beneficiaries that they are already covered, their benefits are not changing and the marketplace doesn’t require them to do …