Issue: Insurance - Page 3

Talking Death at Holiday Dinners? That’s Not a Bad Idea

Experts in end-of-life talks and advance care planning say the holidays are an ideal time to have hard conversations about final preferences and plans. “People come home for the holidays,” said Ellen Goodman, the longtime columnist and reporter who co-founded The Conversation Project, which provides kits to kick-start end-of-life discussions. “It’s one of those times when we’re together. It’s something that’s important to talk about.”

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Axing Individual Mandate Means Millions Lose Coverage

The Senate’s tax reform new bill would eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) “individual mandate,” which requires all Americans to get health coverage if they can afford it. Independent health-care analysts and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) agree that this move would deeply undercut the ACA and the progress it has made to reduce the number of uninsured. The CBO has estimated that ending the mandate would lead to 13 million more Americans lacking health care coverage.

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CHIP Delay is Risking Children’s Health and Costing States

Congress’ failure to renew Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding leaves children at risk for loss of or gaps in coverage. But even the delay is costing states that have already begun preparing for the complex, costly process of rolling back their CHIP programs. A long-term and speedy extension of CHIP is critical to preserve and protect the nation’s historic achievement in covering more than 95 percent of our children.

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Patients, Health Insurers Challenge Iowa’s Privatized Medicaid

Iowa moved about 600,000 people on Medicaid into care that is managed by for-profit insurance companies. The idea is that the private companies would save the state money, but it has been a rocky transition, especially for people like Neal Siegel. Siegel is one of six disabled Iowans suing the state, alleging that Medicaid managed care, as it is known, deprives thousands of Iowans with disabilities the right to live safely in their homes.

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5 Facts to Know If You or a Friend Need Coverage

Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act on HealthCare.gov will be half as long this year and there will be less public education about enrollment information and key deadlines than during previous open enrollments. This will make it that much harder for people to find the facts and information they need in order to sign up for health coverage. If you’re looking for coverage or helping someone who is looking, here is what you need to know (and please share!).

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Groups Unite to Oppose Destructive Health Care Bill

Saying that “health care is too important to get wrong,” groups representing hospitals, physicians and health insurance plans all warned that the bill’s cuts to Medicaid would cause millions of Americans to lose their coverage and the changes would weaken individual insurance markets, making coverage more costly. They also warned that patients and consumers will lose important protections and those with significant illnesses will be charged higher premiums and may not be able to buy coverage.

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Latest Repeal-and-Replace Plan is the Worst Yet

The latest Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace plan may be the last, which is why the proposal authored by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy is picking up steam despite the threat it poses to state budgets, taxpayers and vulnerable citizens. The Graham-Cassidy proposal will undermine state Medicaid programs and put taxpayers at risk for funding other state programs.

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Will Congress Continue Coverage for 9M Children?

A popular federal-state program that provides health coverage to millions of children in lower- and middle-class families is up for renewal September 30. But with a deeply divided Congress, some health advocates fear that the Children’s Health Insurance Program could be in jeopardy or that conservative lawmakers will seek changes to limit the program’s reach.

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