“health insurance”

Will Obamacare Save Lives?

Posted on 05/7/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFewer people died after Massachusetts introduced mandatory health coverage in 2006, a new Harvard study finds, offering “encouraging evidence” that the country’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) — modeled on the Massachusetts plan — could also save lives, researchers said. The study, published this week in Annals of Internal Medicine, found that Massachusetts’ health-coverage law saved about 320 lives a year during each of its first four years. “Our findings add to a growing body of evidence showing that health insurance makes …

Who Really Pays for Health Care? It’s Not Who You Think

Posted on 05/1/2014 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Jay Hancock, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News Eight million Americans have signed up for private health insurance — much of it government subsidized — under the Affordable Care Act. Millions more obtained new coverage through Medicaid, the government-sponsored insurance program for low-income people. The full implementation of the law — along with its wider coverage, new taxes and shifting subsidies — has brought renewed discussions and debates over the winners and the losers in the new health care landscape. Here are …

Improving the Odds for 9 Million Uninsured Adults Ages 50-64

Posted on 01/8/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteAmid all the criticism of healthcare.gov and Obamacare these days, it’s easy to forget that a key goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to help people get coverage. For people who are uninsured or underinsured, a major accident or illness is more than a health crisis; it’s a potential financial disaster. In 2012, 9 million people ages 50 through 64 were uninsured. For these individuals, the Affordable Care Act offers new opportunities for coverage and will help some …

Which Is Better: Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act?

Posted on 10/2/2013 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPraise be to Jimmy Kimmel, the late-night talk show host, for exposing what people might like the least about Obamacare. Could it be the fact that President Obama’s name is part of it? On the eve of the rollout of health insurance marketplaces created by the health care law otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act, Kimmel planted a camera crew on the street to put the following question to passersby: “Which is better — the Affordable Care Act or …

Why People Love Their Medicare Drug Coverage

Posted on 09/27/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMedicare’s drug coverage gets a 90 percent satisfaction rating from people who use it. Medicare Part D, in short, gets an A from beneficiaries. Pretty good for a program that barely squeaked through Congress 10 years ago. Here’s what Medicare beneficiaries think about Part D today, according to a national survey sponsored by the Healthcare Leadership Council: Ninety-six percent say the drug coverage gives them peace of mind. Ninety-five percent say their plan is convenient to use. Eighty-four percent say …

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 …