Which Americans Might Benefit the Most From Obamacare?

African 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

Who’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

Call 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?

Is 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

President 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 …

Medicare Premiums Stay Level

Medicare premiums will stay at their current levels next year. While the Affordable Care Act has made sweeping changes in the nation’s health care system, the monthly premium for Medicare Part B, which covers doctor visits and most types of outpatient services, will stay at $104.90 in 2014, with the deductible also unchanged, at $147. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter. Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), called that “good news …