“health insurance”

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 …

Enrollments Low in First Month of Health Sites

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Laurie Kellman and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Planting a paltry number on a national disappointment, the Obama administration revealed Wednesday that just 26,794 people enrolled for health insurance during the first, flawed month of operations for the federal “Obamacare” website. Adding in enrollment of more than 79,000 in the 14 states with their own websites, the nationwide number of 106,000 October sign-ups was barely one-fifth of what officials had projected — and a small …

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 …

States Say No to Two Thirds of Nation’s Uninsured

Posted on 07/2/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Nearly 2 in 3 uninsured low-income people who would qualify for subsidized coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law may be out of luck next year because their states have not expanded Medicaid. Countdown to Care: Medicaid Expansions Winners and Losers An Associated Press analysis of figures from the Urban Institute finds a big coverage gap developing, with 9.7 million out of 15 million potentially eligible adults living in states that are refusing the expansion or …