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The Health Care Law — Look Who’s Talking

Posted on 08/28/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe public’s most trusted sources of information about the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare, as many Americans know it — aren’t necessarily the ones they’re most likely to be hearing from. This from the most recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, which also tells us that lots of Americans — 44 percent of those surveyed — are confused about the health care law, with 31 percent unsure whether it is the law, 8 percent thinking that it has been repealed and another …

If You Have Medicare, No Need to Go to Insurance Marketplaces

Posted on 08/26/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News. This story produced in collaboration with USA Today While the Obama administration is stepping up efforts encouraging uninsured Americans to enroll in health coverage from the new online insurance marketplaces, officials are planning a campaign to convince millions of seniors to please stay away – don’t call and don’t sign up. “We want to reassure Medicare beneficiaries that they are already covered, their benefits are not changing and the marketplace doesn’t require them to do …

Find Out Whether Your Hospital Has Too Many Readmissions

Posted on 08/6/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIs your hospital’s revolving door turning too quickly? Each year, more than a million Americans wind up back in the hospital within 30 days after leaving for reasons that could have been prevented. That includes one in five Medicare hospital patients. Medicare has begun penalizing hospitals with high readmission rates for patients being treated for heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia — new categories will be added in the future — and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) …

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 …