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The president spoke of the law’s successes while also urging lawmakers and governors to make the changes necessary to make it better. “When one of these companies comes out with a new smartphone and it had a few bugs, what do they do? They fix it,” he said. “You don’t say, well, we’re repealing smartphones.”
It will use social media, TV ads, email and direct mail to reach more uninsured Americans. But the media blitz will run up against Republicans’ campaigns touting the opposite message. Meanwhile, a study projects that enrollment will either plateau or drop off this year.
About 2.5 million people who are not buying insurance through the exchanges are missing out on subsidies.
A pilot project involving Swedish Medical Center and the Neighborcare Health network of community clinics offers care for uninsured adults or those on Medicaid.
Outlets report on health news from Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Utah, Tennessee, Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, Georgia, California, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio.
California will be the first state to seek federal permission to allow these immigrants to buy health insurance through the state-based exchange.
The annual Census report finds that the number of uninsured falls to 29 million from 33 million.
The president met with top insurance officials and also sent a letter to the companies that will continue offering coverage under the health law.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, considered a bellwether, shows that the uninsured rate among adults dropped by only about 1 percentage point from 2015 through this July. Meanwhile, Blue Cross Blue Shield asks Congress to preserve a fund some have called a “bailout” for the insurance companies.
Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration submitted the waiver request to the federal Department of Health and Human Services for review and approval. The Obama administration has previously balked at similar provisions in another request that would require recipients to work or volunteer 20 hours a week.
Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said the increases in rates were necessary to ensure health care options throughout the state. News outlets also report on marketplace developments in Alabama, Georgia and Texas.
The company says it has suffered significant losses on the Obamacare markets and is rethinking its approach.
Millenials, Hispanics and men are among the groups with the highest uninsurance rates. Meanwhile, a new survey shows that 72 percent of Californians who did not have insurance in 2013 now have coverage.
But the remaining uninsured are tough to reach.
Mario Perez was grazed by a bullet at the Pulse Nightclub. His bill from Orlando Regional Medical Center’s emergency department was $20,000.
Deportation-relief programs would have meant access to subsidized health care.
Outlets report on health news from Pennsylvania, California, Texas, Connecticut, Georgia and Virginia.
A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
Enrollment is nearly double where the state expected to be at the seven-month mark.
Senators from some conservative states say they aren’t sure that the proposal to add a government-run insurance plan is a good way to strengthen the health law. In other news, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) says he expects all the remaining insurance co-ops to fail, and outlets in Iowa and Texas look at local coverage issues.