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Big Change for Mental Health Care?

Posted on 11/8/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Kevin Freking of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s final: Health insurance companies now must cover mental illness and substance abuse just as they cover physical diseases. The Obama administration issued new regulations Friday that spell out how a 5-year-old mental health parity law will be administered. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the rule should put an end to discrimination faced by some mental health patients through higher out-of-pocket …

Medicare Premiums Stay Level

Posted on 10/29/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMedicare 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 …

Support for Obamacare Inches Upward

Posted on 10/24/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe Affordable Care Act has taken it on the chin recently, from its controversial role in the recent government shutdown to the website meltdown that came as the long-awaited health insurance marketplace opened on Oct. 1. Nonetheless, a new Gallup poll shows that public support for the law seems to be inching upward. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter. Obamacare still has its share of critics. The Gallup survey finds that 50 percent of Americans generally disapprove of the …

Don’t Trust the Government? Join the Club

Posted on 10/22/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPublic trust in the government is near an all-time low — not exactly a shock for a survey taken during a shutdown of the federal government. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter. Only 19 percent of American adults trust the federal government to do what’s right just about always or most of the time, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. More than four-fifths of respondents said they are …

Study: 5.2 Million Americans Will Fall Into Medicaid ‘Coverage Gap’

Posted on 10/16/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News About 5.2 million poor, uninsured adults will fall into the “coverage gap,” created by 26 states choosing not to expand Medicaid under the federal health law next year, according to a study released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter These people are projected to have incomes too high to qualify for their state’s existing Medicaid programs, but below the federal poverty …

Health Marketplace: Costs for Similar Plans Can Vary Widely

Posted on 10/7/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Jordan Rau and Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Consumers shopping in the new health insurance marketplaces will face a bewildering array of competing plans in some counties and sparse options in other places, with people in some areas of the country having to pay much more for the identical level of coverage than consumers elsewhere. A Kaiser Health News analysis of the 1,923 plans being sold on federally run online marketplaces found wide variations of price and availability. For instance, …