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

By 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 …

Midlife Adults Not Getting Recommended Preventive Services

Midlife Adults Not Getting Recommended Preventive Services   Midlife adults who receive recommended preventive services and engage in healthy behaviors are more likely to remain healthy and function independently in old age. Yet, according to a new AARP Public Policy Institute report, two-thirds of Americans aged 50-64 are not up-to-date with certain recommended preventive services.   Underuse of Preventive Services Tied to Determinants of Health   The report highlights that underuse of preventive services among midlife adults is an even …

Moms Spread the Word: Sign Up for Health Care

Mother 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

By 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 …

A Timely, Smooth Launch for the Health Care Law? The Jury’s Out

Will everything be ready to launch President Obama’s health care law by the Oct. 1 deadline? We’re getting mixed signals. Start with a report released June 19 by the Government Accountability Office, the first in-depth look at the sprawling system. The upside: “Much progress has been made in establishing the regulatory framework and guidance required for this undertaking, and [the administration] is currently taking steps to implement key activities of the [online insurance marketplaces],” the report said. (Read the full …

The Takeaway: 1 In 4 Working-Age Americans Had No Health Insurance

Individual Insurance Market Too Costly for Most: More than a quarter of working-age U.S. adults””or about 48 million people””lacked health insurance at some point in 2011, according to a new study from the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund. The study polled people aged 19 to 64. Of those without insurance, 70 percent had spent a year or more without coverage, and 57 percent had been uninsured for two years or more.