Medicaid Enrollment Surpassed 80 Million, a Record, During the Pandemic

The increase points to the program’s growing role not just as a safety net, but also as a foundation of U.S. health coverage.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #medicaid, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #state-childrens-health-insurance-program-s-chip

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Republicans Wave the White Flag on Health Care (for Now)

The Supreme Court’s latest ruling moved the country’s debate over health policy into a new phase. Tough questions await both parties.

#democratic-party, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Obamacare Is Here to Stay. Brace for New Health Care Battles.

Republicans in Congress have largely abandoned efforts to repeal the law. With the latest Supreme Court ruling, health policy now shifts to new territory.

#law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us

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Obamacare Survives Latest Supreme Court Challenge

The court sidestepped the larger issue in the case, whether the 2010 health care law can stand without a provision that required most Americans to obtain insurance or pay a penalty.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Talks Recall Heated Health Care Summer of 2009

Once again, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking to bridge a deep policy divide, but the lesson of failed negotiations on the Affordable Care Act has left Democrats skeptical about an infrastructure deal.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Infrastructure Talks Recall Heated Debate Over Obama Healthcare

Once again, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking to bridge a deep policy divide, but the lesson of failed negotiations on the Affordable Care Act has left Democrats skeptical about an infrastructure deal.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Administration Restores Rights for Transgender Patients

Officials invited people subject to health care discrimination to file complaints. But formal rule-making will be needed before a Trump-era policy can be fully reversed.

#becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #health-and-human-services-department, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Administration Prohibits Health Care Discrimination vs. Transgender People

The administration reversed a Trump administration policy that said the Affordable Care Act’s protections did not apply to transgender people.

#discrimination, #health-and-human-services-department, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Nearly 1 Million People Signed Up for Obamacare This Spring

More than 400,000 Americans have enrolled in the last month alone, reflecting increased financial help and more advertising.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

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Are You Shopping for Obamacare? Tell Us About It.

We want to hear from people who enrolled for health insurance about their experiences signing up.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #healthcare-gov, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

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Billions in New Obamacare Subsidies Are Now Available on Healthcare.gov

Nearly everyone with a marketplace health plan can seek more financial help. Many uninsured Americans and people who buy their insurance elsewhere can also benefit.

#federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

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The Decline of Republican Demonization

Why has opposition to Biden’s plans been so low energy?

#american-recovery-and-reinvestment-act-2009, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #infrastructure-public-works, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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11 Years On, the Affordable Care Act Defies Opponents and Keeps Expanding

More than 200,000 have used a special enrollment period to sign up for health insurance under the act, while Alabama and Wyoming eye the law’s Medicaid expansion.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #obama-barack, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Complexity Could Mar Rollout of the New Obamacare Subsidies

The stimulus bill spends billions to help more Americans buy affordable health insurance. But getting those dollars will take some work, and some waiting.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions

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Need Health Insurance? A Guide to New Options Under the Stimulus.

There is more financial assistance for more people seeking coverage. And many people who are already covered can get discounts, too, if they sign up.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #content-type-service, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions

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New Stimulus Package Brings Big Benefits to the Middle Class

Be it child care or health care, an array of tax changes and subsidies makes the $1.9 trillion relief legislation more than a lifeline for the poor.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #committee-for-a-responsible-federal-budget, #congressional-budget-office, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #stimulus-economic, #tax-policy-center, #united-states-economy

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Obamacare’s About to Get a Lot More Affordable. These Maps Show How.

For this year and next, the stimulus bill boosts subsidies for nearly all those buying their own coverage, making insurance free for more people and giving higher-income people discounts for the first time.

#content-type-service, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

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Covid-19 Relief Bill Fulfills Biden’s Promise to Expand Obamacare, for Two Years

With its expanded subsidies for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, the coronavirus relief bill makes insurance more affordable, and puts health care on the ballot in 2022.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What’s in the Stimulus Bill? A Guide to Where the $1.9 Trillion Is Going

The measure passed by the Senate, and headed to the House for final approval before going to President Biden’s desk, contains money for direct checks, jobless benefits, state and local aid, and more.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-taxes-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #minimum-wage, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Private Insurance Wins in Democrats’ First Try at Expanding Health Coverage

‘Medicare for all’ and the public option were hot topics during primary season, but the politics of passing those “gets tricky really fast.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Joe Biden’s Approach: Speak Softly, and Carry a Big Agenda

If you dial down the conflict, you can dial up the policy.

#bedingfield-kate, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #obama-barack, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #polls-and-public-opinion, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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At Last, Democrats Get Chance to Engineer Obamacare 2.0

The Biden administration is trying to make the health care law more generous and closer to its original design, but may disappoint progressive allies hoping for more.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #medicaid, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

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Just When You Thought Politics Couldn’t Unravel Any Further

What happens when “All the King’s Men” meets “National Lampoon’s Vacation”? Nothing good.

#cuomo-andrew-m, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #federal-budget-us, #haley-nikki-r, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Administration Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Obamacare

In a letter to the court in a pending case, the Justice Department disavowed the Trump administration’s challenge to the law.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #justice-department, #kneedler-edwin-s, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Reopens

The new three-month sign-up period begins Feb. 15, as millions of people have lost their jobs and insurance in the pandemic.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #medicaid, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #unemployment

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Ghosts of 2009 Drive Democrats’ Push for Robust Crisis Response

In their quest for Republican backing, Democrats say they missed opportunities in 2009 for a stronger response to the Great Recession. They’re determined not to repeat the mistake.

#american-recovery-and-reinvestment-act-2009, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #emergency-economic-stabilization-act-2008, #obama-barack, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #schumer-charles-e, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden and Top Economic Officials Stress Urgency of More Pandemic Aid

The president’s economic advisers are increasingly worried about the faltering recovery and the economic outlook.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #labor-and-jobs, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #recession-and-depression, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Moves to Expand Health Coverage in Pandemic Economy

President Biden ordered the reopening of Affordable Care Act exchanges and moved to restore coverage mandates and Medicaid plans undermined by his predecessor.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Re-Opens Obamacare Enrollment Period in 36 States

Evidence from states that also reopened enrollment suggests it could pull more young, healthy Americans into insurance coverage.

#advertising-and-marketing, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

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We Can Improve Health Care. It Just Takes Compromise.

Here are three ideas to expand coverage and control costs that Democrats and Republicans could agree on.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #congressional-budget-office, #democratic-party, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #united-states

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Why Joe Biden Must Not Shy Away From the Full Power of the Presidency

Democrats often benefit from unilateral authority more than Republicans do.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #dodd-frank-wall-street-reform-and-consumer-protection-act-2010, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #immigration-and-emigration, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-emergency-powers-us

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Biden and Obamacare: One Sentence in Stimulus Plan Reveals Health Care Approach

An increase in subsidies could drive millions to enroll in Obamacare marketplaces, experts say.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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One Sentence in Biden Stimulus Plan Reveals His Health Care Approach

An increase in subsidies could drive millions to enroll in Obamacare marketplaces, experts say.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Four Rules That Should Guide Bidenomics

Basically, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.

#american-recovery-and-reinvestment-act-2009, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-budget-us, #federal-taxes-us, #inflation-economics, #national-debt-us, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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With New Majority, Here’s What Democrats Can (and Can’t) Do on Health Care

Senate control opens up new possibilities, but the party will still need to contend with arcane rules and the challenges of a narrow majority.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #medicaid, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Obamacare, in Its First Big Test as Safety Net, Is Holding Up So Far

Job losses and the loss of insurance have typically gone hand in hand. This year, more Americans are staying covered.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #medicaid, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #recession-and-depression

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The Vaccines Are Supposed to Be Free. Surprise Bills Could Happen Anyway.

“It is the American health care system, so there are bound to be loopholes.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #vaccination-and-immunization

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It’s Not Just You: Picking a Health Insurance Plan Is Really Hard

Most Americans make poor choices. So do most professional insurance brokers, a new study finds. But robots may help.

#consumer-behavior, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #research

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Becerra Supports ‘Medicare for All,’ and Could Help States Get There

Waivers can expand health care offerings without need for congressional approval, but the challenge will be how to pay for them.

#becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #states-us

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Xavier Becerra, Surprise Pick to Run H.H.S., Is ‘the Latino Joe Biden’

Mr. Becerra was the first in his family to go to college. As attorney general of California, he took on the Trump administration on nearly every front. But can he take on the pandemic?

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #attorneys-general, #becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #health-and-human-services-department, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-transition-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Republicans Can’t Handle the Truth

You shouldn’t be surprised that they’re still backing Trump.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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ACA Open Enrollment: What If You Make Too Much for a Subsidy?

Millions of middle-income earners may find that paying for their own health care is a huge burden. Here are some tips.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #income, #kaiser-family-foundation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #personal-finances, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states

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When Churches Rescue Americans From Crushing Covid

Churches are doing what politicians have been unable to do, rescuing Americans from crushing medical bills.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #credit-and-debt, #debt-collection, #democratic-party, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #medicine-and-health, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #personal-bankruptcies, #protestant-churches, #sanders-bernard, #warren-elizabeth

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Actually, Joe Biden Can Get Big Things Done With Mitch McConnell

Divided government sometimes overperforms expectations.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #mcconnell-mitch, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Obamacare Enrollment Opens, With Costs Generally Lower

Millions lost their insurance, along with their jobs, during the pandemic. But many people are eligible for financial help.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #medicaid, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #personal-finances, #unemployment

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Book Review: ‘A Promised Land,’ by Barack Obama

This first volume of the former president’s memoirs brims with warmth, humor and introspection.

#a-promised-land-book, #books-and-literature, #obama-barack, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Now’s the Time to Sign Up for Health Insurance. Here’s How.

It’s open enrollment season for the Affordable Care Act. Anyone who needs insurance for next year can pick a plan now.

#content-type-service, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Fate of Affordable Care Act

A transformed court, with a six-justice conservative majority, will take a new look at the sprawling health care law.

#barrett-amy-coney, #democratic-party, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #obama-barack, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Obamacare Is Back in Court. The Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher.

This time, the issue is democracy, and the Supreme Court’s duty to leave political decisions to the elected branches of government.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #medicaid, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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The Affordable Care Act Faces Another Supreme Court Test

Though the court’s conservative majority has been bolstered by three Trump appointees, the law’s challengers will face headwinds.

#constitution-us, #democratic-party, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #obama-barack, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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