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Which Americans Might Benefit the Most From Obamacare?

Posted on 12/11/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin TodayAfrican Americans, who as a group are among the least likely Americans to have health insurance, may stand to benefit the most from Obamacare, a new study by the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department finds. According to the study, about 4.2 million of the nation’s 6.8 million eligible uninsured African Americans — roughly 60 percent — will have new options for coverage under the health care law beginning Jan. 1. Some 2.2 million could qualify for tax credits …

You May Know More About Obamacare Than You Think

Posted on 12/4/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin TodayWho’s best informed about Obamacare? Older Americans, a new Gallup poll shows, at least according to them. Some three of every four Americans 50 or older say they are familiar with the Affordable Care Act. That may not be too surprising, because the new health care law offers older adults who are not yet eligible for Medicare some important new benefits and protections. Before the ACA, for example, insurance companies could deny coverage or charge sky-high rates to older applicants, …

Comparing New Health Insurance Plans Made Easy

Posted on 11/20/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsCall it HealthCare.gov lite. HealthSherpa, the new website’s real name, helps you sort through plans offered by the health insurance marketplace. You can’t actually purchase a plan on HealthSherpa, but as its name suggests, it can be a helpful guide. You simply answer a few key questions — your zip code, whether you smoke, what level of coverage you want — and boom, HealthSherpa delivers an important service that the website for the Affordable Care Act has infamously failed at. …

Is Your Hospital in Medicare’s Penalty Box?

Posted on 11/15/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIs your hospital being penalized for providing care that falls short of what Medicare thinks it should be? Measures range from nighttime noise to following basic clinical standards of care. If so, your hospital isn’t alone. Some 1,451 hospitals nationwide are being paid a little bit less for each patient they treat in the second year of Medicare’s “quality incentive” program, compared with 1,231 hospitals that will be paid more, according to Kaiser Health News. Here are the hospitals at …

Obama Eases Rules on Canceled Health Plans

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Barack Obama will ease rules that were causing some people to lose their health insurance under the health care law, he announced Nov. 14. Obama had repeatedly promised that consumers who like their health insurance plans could keep them under the new system. But some people who buy their own insurance — as opposed to getting it through an employer — found their plans canceled by insurers in recent weeks because they didn’t meet the minimum standards the law …

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 …