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Jason Furman, the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, writes in the New England Journal of Medicine that the change would reduce the effect of the tax in some regions of the country. Also in health law news, reports about new grants to study the link between social issues and health, concerns about how the insurance industry is reacting to transitions caused by Obamacare, the effects on small businesses and enrollment numbers in Colorado.
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton says opponent Bernie Sanders’ health care plan will “never, ever come to pass,” and targets Republican Ted Cruz over his lack of a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, Sanders defends his proposals from critics who call them unrealistic. And STAT looks at how Americans’ health care has become the defining battle between the two candidates.
Nationally, as many as 6 million people eligible for Medicaid have not signed up, The Wall Street Journal reports. In addition, reports provide expansion news in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Alaska and South Dakota.
Tax preparers are keeping the money from the fines their clients are paying for being uninsured, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The agency said the creators of these schemes have been “targeting taxpayers with limited English proficiency and, in particular, those who primarily speak Spanish.”
Federal officials are quiet about information on website traffic and enrollment from the weekend. Meanwhile, Maryland and California, two states that run their own exchanges, offer enrollment extensions.
Faced with the possibility of a tax penalty, many people scrambled to enroll, and the exchange extended the deadline for those who officially started the process as of Jan. 31.
About 300,000 Hispanic children gained insurance in 2014 from 2013, dropping the number of uninsured to 1.7 million, researchers said, and two-thirds of 1.7 million uninsured Hispanic kids live in five states.
News outlets report on health care developments in Minnesota, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Georgia and Ohio.
Tuesday is the deadline to sign up for health coverage that begins in January, so Covered California is boosting enrollment efforts in certain underserved communities.
Average penalties are set to rise 47 percent next year for Americans who can afford insurance but choose to remain uncovered, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.
Also in Illinois, a report finds that 175,000 Chicago residents are eligible for insurance but remain uninsured. Elsewhere, media outlets report on enrollment developments from Florida, Maryland, Texas and Minnesota.
Floridians without health insurance query experts and ponder options as the health law’s open enrollment season gets underway.
Of the 543,000 people who submitted applications for health law exchange insurance and chose plans, 34 percent are first-time users, according to the Obama administration. Meanwhile in Congress, a move by some Republican senators to repeal Obamacare is snagged on complex Senate rules.
The music industry generates $1.6 billion a year for Austin, Texas. But many musicians can’t afford the basics, including health insurance. The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians steps in to help.
The state’s program requires participants to pay premiums — up to 2 percent of their income — and make small co-payments. Also, a new survey examines the number of uninsured across the country and finds states with the biggest drops in their rates are those that expanded Medicaid.
Open enrollment under Obamacare started Nov. 1 – if you’re uninsured, now’s the time to consider options.
Officials are reaching out to people who sat on the sidelines for the first two years of the health law, and they are finding the law is still not well understood – and, for some, insurance is still too expensive.
News outlets also cover insurance cost news from Ohio and Indiana as well as uninsured rates for kids in Virginia and Georgia.
After millions of people signed up for Obamacare over the past two years, the ones still lacking insurance may be harder to both find and persuade to enroll.
News outlets report on health issues in Texas, California, Florida, Ohio, New York and Alabama.