Obamacare is proving hard to kill: The New York Times

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Obamacare is proving hard to kill: The New York Times

“As health insurers across the country begin filing their proposed rates for 2019, one thing is clear: The market created by the Affordable Care Act shows no signs of imminent collapse in spite of the continuing threats by Republicans to destroy it,” Reed Abelson writes over at The New York Times. “In fact, while President […]

Get health insurance via employer? ACA repeal will affect you, too

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Summary: “Much of the recent attention on the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has focused on the fate of the 22.5 million people likely to lose insurance through a repeal of Medicaid expansion and the loss of protections and subsidies in the individual insurance market,” JoAnn Volk writes over at Health Affairs (Related […]

A.C.A. repeal without replacement could spur insurer exodus

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Summary: “The incoming Donald Trump administration and Republicans in Congress reportedly are rushing to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act within days of taking office, with a possible delay of a year or two while they craft a replacement package,” Harris Meyer writes over at Modern Healthcare. “They’re also discussing quick administrative moves to unravel the […]

What’s next for the ACA? A roundup of early predictions

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Summary: No one really knows what will happen when Donald Trump takes office, in light of his pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Nothing is as simple as it sounds ever in life; also, Trump will have to contend with the fact that many parts of the A.C.A. were wildly popular with insurance companies, […]

What Obamacare’s Successes Tell About Its Failures: HuffPo

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Summary: “It’s come to be known as Obamacare. Sometimes it seems more like O-drama-care. Nearly a decade has passed since Democrats first began promoting the initiative that eventually became the Affordable Care Act. And at no point has their effort to reform America’s dysfunctional health care system gone easily,” Jonathan Cohn writes over at The […]

Are insurance companies playing hard to get with Obamacare?

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Summary: “We’ve been hearing stories about problems with the ACA (Obamacare) insurance exchanges lately,” Dr. David Belk writes over at The Huffington Post, in a piece that should be read with the words “narrow network” in mind. “Now patients are buying the insurance, only to find that doctors refuse to see them. Why should these […]

How much does mental health care cost? Applying to a Patient Assistance Program, Part 5

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How much does mental health care cost? Applying to a Patient Assistance Program, Part 5

Summary: Every year Patient Assistance Programs help millions of patients who would not otherwise be able to afford brand-name medications. While traditionally PAPs offer free or low-cost medicine to patients lacking health insurance or prescription drug coverage, assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies include many different models. As the cost of prescription drugs soar, these […]

How to buy insurance if you have AIDS

Filed Under: Costs, Health reform

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A new website detailing insurance-buying tips for people with AIDS has been launched by the Kaiser Family Foundation. People with AIDS can no longer be denied insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition under the Affordable Care Act; one in four uninsured people have AIDS, the site says, so these people will benefit greatly from […]

Cost and subsidies of insurance, and the long-lost public option

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Government subsidies under the Affordable Care Act work in mysterious ways: A Vanderbilt University researcher told The Washington Post over the weekend that his analysis of subsidies in the states where the federal government is running the exchanges shows huge anomalies. “The feds will spend just about $10,000 subsidizing health insurance costs for a poor, […]