After hearing arguments Wednesday from both sides of a case challenging the health law’s subsidies to help people buy health coverage on federal exchanges, Supreme Court justices offered little insight into how they will rule.
Millions of Americans might not be able to afford insurance if the Supreme Court rules the government erred in making subsidies available in all states.
Republicans fear backlash if they don’t have a plan to help those who might lose subsidies if the Supreme Court strikes down a key tenet of the health law.
Health policy experts present a list of possible fixes to the health law, including changing how subsidies are calculated and eliminating the individual mandate.
A new poll shows that most Americans favor governmental action to restore subsidies if the Supreme Court limits their availability.
Groups urge women to tell their own abortion stories to helps change the public view of abortion.
More than 6 million Americans are already signed up for Obamacare policies for 2015.
Sixty percent of people generally favor requiring large firms to provide insurance or pay a fine. But support falls when people are told businesses could cut back workers’ hours and it increases when they learn that most businesses already provide coverage.
Almost all large employers offer at least one wellness plan, but studies showing these efforts really save money are scarce.
About 10 million people have gained insurance, but there are still several diverse groups of people who won’t get coverage.
Some suggest “virtual” state exchanges could be created, but scholars say that’s not likely to pass legal muster.
In some states, insurance plans deviate from Congress’ health law compromise.
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can fill some primary care gaps, but specialists say an aging population will need more intensive care.
Though not a part of the health law’s open enrollment period, Medicare’s enrollment period runs during some of the same time period. Changes to Medicare advantage and the so-called Medicare prescription drug “doughnut hole” are taking center stage.
Once again, the Supreme Court will decide whether the Affordable Care Act lives or dies.
Abortion, insurance regulation and drug options for the terminally ill were among proposals.
The Ebola epidemic in Africa and fears of it spreading in the U.S. have turned the nation’s attention to the federal government’s front-line public health agency: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But as with Ebola itself, there is much confusion about the role of the CDC and what it can and cannot do to prevent and contain the spread of disease.
Insurers try to avoid conflict with church positions on contraception by using third parties to provide coverage.
Women’s health groups are launching a counterattack against suggestions by several Republican Senate candidates that making birth control pills available without a prescription is the answer to the dispute over contraceptive coverage rules in the health law. At least four Republicans running for the U.S. Senate have proposed over-the-counter pills in recent weeks, including Ed […]
This KHN story can be republished for free. (details) Heading into the 2014 mid-term congressional elections, health care is not shaping up as a make-or-break issue, according to a new poll. Health care trails jobs and the economy as a top issue on voters’ minds this fall, 21 percent to 13 percent. Only 3 percent […]