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The Story of Medicare — in Just 7 Minutes

Posted on 01/30/2013 by | News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhat better time to reflect on how far Medicare has come from its origins nearly 50 years ago to its position front and center in debates over how to bring the federal deficit under control? Written and produced by the staff of the Kaiser Family Foundation, “The Story of Medicare: A Timeline” offers an animated timeline of the program’s history, including the debate that led to its creation in 1965, the passage and repeal of the medicare catastrophic coverage in …

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 …

GOP Plan Would Cut Medicaid By $1.7 Trillion, Study Says

Posted on 10/23/2012 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health News The House Republican plan to repeal President Barack Obama’s health law and turn Medicaid into a block grant program would save the federal government $1.7 trillion from 2013 to 2022, a 38-percent spending reduction, according to a report today by the Urban Institute for the Kaiser Family Foundation. It would also result in 31 million to 38 million fewer people getting Medicaid coverage in 2022, according to the report. The entitlement program, which is …

New Poll Shows Significant Age Divide on GOP Medicare Plan

Posted on 09/27/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News The Republican proposal to change Medicare that has been championed by GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan remains unpopular with Americans, although younger people are more receptive to it than older ones, according to a new poll. Only 37 percent say that the program should be changed to a “premium support” system in which the government provides beneficiaries with a fixed amount of money to buy coverage, either from traditional Medicare or private …

Disturbing Trends in Kaiser Health Insurance Survey

Posted on 09/12/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayLow-wage workers tend to pay more for less robust health insurance coverage, according to a new survey. For family health care plans, employees at lower-wage companies paid an average of $700 more per year, despite the typical policy for these workers being worth $1000 less than average.

Insurance Refund: The Check Might Be In The Mail

Posted on 05/2/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAlmost a third of people who bought their own insurance last year will get refunds averaging $127 under a provision of the new health care law, according to a new analysis of state data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit research group. The checks are due consumers and businesses by Aug. 1, but the percentage of those who can expect the rebates varies widely by state, the foundation said. In some states, like Vermont, Rhode Island, Iowa and Hawaii, less than …