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New Health Care Coverage Gap

Posted on 08/9/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsMeet Lorna, a 59-year-old who has been unemployed for a year and, as a result, doesn’t have health insurance. She has Type-2 Diabetes.  Recently she had to have some blood tests done, costing $600 that she can’t afford.  She has a broken tooth that she’s not able to get fixed.  She wants to work, but can’t find a job in the area. Meet a 60-year-old woman whose husband retired in 2010 and, as a result, she lost her health insurance coverage. The …

The Costs of Not Expanding Medicaid

Posted on 07/24/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsI generally don’t like to tell people that I majored in economics in college, because — the painful truth be told — there’s not a lot that I actually remember about “the dismal science.” One of the few things I do remember, however, is the concept of “opportunity cost.” That’s the name economists give to the cost of not doing something. Which brings us, in today’s lesson, to Medicaid, the government-sponsored health insurance program for certain groups of low-income Americans. …

States Seize Opportunities to Improve Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports

Posted on 07/16/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteIncreasing State Interest in Affordable Care Act Options that Impact LTSS Populations   A new study by the AARP Public Policy Institute finds that many states are moving to take advantage of new financial incentives to improve delivery of home- and community-based services (HCBS) to people who need long-term services and supports (LTSS). Medicaid, the largest source of public funding for LTSS, gives states many options for providing HCBS. While states are not required to provide HCBS, all states provide at …

Fallout From the Delay in Major Health Law Provision

Posted on 07/3/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Jay Hancock and Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News The Obama administration’s decision on June 2 to delay a major component of the Affordable Care Act — the requirement for employers with at least 50 workers to offer health coverage — postpones another feature of the law and hands ammunition to critics who contend it is unworkable. Discussion: Delay in Obama’s Health Care Law But it could have a relatively small effect on the number of Americans who gain medical …

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 …

Those Left Out of Medicaid Expansion Won’t Be Penalized … Or Insured

Posted on 06/28/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Alvin Tran, Kaiser Health News Low-income Americans who live in states that have decided not to expand Medicaid eligibility will not face penalties if they fail to buy insurance next year. Discussion: 78 million consumers saved $3.4 billion on ACA-provisioned health insurance That’s according to a final rule on exemptions to the health law’s individual mandate – the law’s controversial requirement that most Americans have health coverage or pay a penalty in 2014. That rule was published Wednesday. The health …