KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Clearer Obamacare Coverage Picture Developing For Specific Groups Of Americans

News outlets look at what the health law means for coverage: Insurers are dropping some plans, state denial of a Medicaid expansion is leaving some in a coverage gap, and farmers wait to see how the cost of their health insurance will change under the law.

CBS News: Arrival Of Obamacare Forcing Insurers To Drop Customers With Low Coverage
Natalie Willes is a sleep consultant who helps parents in Los Angeles train their newborns to sleep. She buys her own health insurance. "I was completely happy with the insurance I had before," Willes said. So she was surprised when she tried to renew her policy. What did she find out? "That my insurance was going to be completely different, and they were going to be replaced with 10 new plans that were going to fall under the regulations of the Affordable Care Act," she said (Evans, 10/24).

Health News Florida: Putting A Face On 'The Forgotten'
While most of the uninsured will be able to get subsidized health coverage Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care Act, the poorest adults under 65 will be out of luck in many states, including Florida. You could call them "The Forgotten."  Many are women in their 50s and 60s, too old to have children still at home so they can't qualify for Medicaid. But they're not yet 65 so they don't qualify for Medicare, either. (Gentry, 10/24).

North Carolina Health News: No Clear Answers For Farmers In Obamacare
Obama administration officials promised that rural residents, in particular, would see reductions in their health insurance rates. But North Carolina’s farmers are still waiting to see (Hoban, 10/23).

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