Month: January 2016
With full federal funding for expanding Medicaid set to expire at the end this year, President Barack Obama is proposing to indefinitely extend the health law provision for any of the 19 states that have not yet adopted the enhanced eligibility.
The rate of Hispanic children without health insurance fell to a historic low in 2014, the first year that key parts of Obamacare took effect, but they still represent a disproportionate share of the nation’s uninsured youth, according to a new study.
About 8.7 million customers had selected a plan on the federal HealthCare.gov exchange as of Jan. 9, according to a government update Wednesday that showed only a slight uptick in consumer interest between crucial deadlines to get covered under Obamacare in 2016.
Bill That Aimed to Shed Light on Specialty Prescription Drug Pricing is Shelved
In a battle between two Capitol lobbying heavyweights — health insurers and pharmaceutical companies — the latter scored a major win Tuesday, beating back a measure designed to provide more transparency on prescription drug pricing.
Opponents of the Affordable Care Act's so-called "Cadillac" tax won a major victory last month when President Obama delayed its implementation for two years via a spending package.
No Health Insurance? Californians Face Tax Bite Of Up To $10,000 Per Family
Sign up for health care coverage or pay the price. That’s the message from Covered California officials, who urged consumers Wednesday to sign up for Obamacare coverage by the Jan. 31 deadline or face stiff tax penalties.
Some Marketplace Customers Spend 25 Percent Of Income On Health Expenses
Even with subsidies to make coverage more affordable, many people who buy health insurance on the marketplaces spend more than 10 percent of their income on premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket payments, a recent study found. Among those hit hardest, the researchers said, are people who spend nearly a quarter of their income on health care expenses.
It's a rare tax that gets health insurers, state officials and consumer advocates to all sing Kuumbaya.
On Monday, CMS announced that 21 organizations -- including three in California -- initially will participate in its Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model, MedPage Today reports (Frieden, MedPage Today, 1/11).
California lawmakers are working to revive a stalled bill (AB 463) that aimed to increase prescription drug cost transparency, KQED's "State of Health" reports (Dembosky, "State of Health," KQED, 1/12).