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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. …

Obama Touts Insurance Rebates and Lower Premiums in 2014

Posted on 07/18/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Phil Galewitz and Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Ratcheting up the campaign to sell the health law, President Barack Obama delivered a speech Thursday touting how millions of individuals are already benefiting from its insurance rebates, and others who buy coverage online in states such as California, New York and Oregon will pay lower-than-projected premiums next year because of increased competition. Discussion: 78 million consumers saved $3.4 billion on ACA health insurance “Consumers are getting a hint of how much money they’re …

Would the States’ New Healthcare Ads Convince You to Enroll?

Posted on 07/15/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News A folk singer playing guitar in front of a mountain stream. A Disney-like animated video about how “a new day is coming.” An announcer talking about “change is here.” A woman jumping up and down in celebration in a baseball team locker room. Discussion: The ACA Delay and Your Health Care These images are from the first television advertisements being aired by state-run health insurance exchanges created under the federal health law. Oregon, Kentucky, Colorado …

What You Need to Know About the Postponed Employer Mandate

Posted on 07/4/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFrom Kaiser Health News Surprising both friends and foes of the health law, the Obama administration on Tuesday announced the delay of a key provision: the requirement that all but the smallest employers offer medical coverage or pay a fine. Companies with at least 50 workers now have until 2015 to provide coverage if they don’t offer it already, giving them and Washington an extra year to work through the complex details of the legislation. The administration will deliver more …

Moms Spread the Word: Sign Up for Health Care

Posted on 07/3/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMother knows best. And backers of the new health care law want young adults to start listening when their moms say they need to have health insurance. Obama: Health Law ‘Working the Way It’s Supposed to’ The idea of having a major illness or accident without health insurance is a nightmare for parents but a fantasy for many young adults. That’s why health care experts have dubbed newly minted grownups, many of whom think they can do without insurance, as “young …

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 …