10.5 million uninsured Americans targeted in enrollment campaign starting Nov.1
Medicare provides coverage to one in six Americans, and federal officials hope to trim the increasing cost and improve how the program operates.
In a visit to Nashville, Tenn., the president calls for health law critics to drop their opposition and begin the work of improving the law and health care delivery.
After Supreme Court’s ruling, the HHS secretary says the administration faces challenges to enroll more people in marketplace plans and expand Medicaid.
The HHS secretary’s remarks on Capitol Hill came as both Democrats and Republicans await a Supreme Court decision on the issue this month.
A decision in King v. Burwell is expected by the end of the month.
A rare bipartisan effort will scrap the troubled physician payment formula and transition to a system focused on new quality measures.
After a decade of short term fixes, the House passed legislation to replace Medicare’s troubled Sustainable Growth Rate, or SGR, and replace it with an alternative doctor payment formula. Kaiser Health News’ Mary Agnes Carey and Politico Pro’s Jennifer Haberkorn discuss what’s next for the bill when the Senate returns from recess next month.
The deadline for enrolling in coverage for 2015 is Sunday. Officials say people still have time to get through the process, but they should move quickly.
Still, since October 2013, 2.6 million Latinos gained insurance through the health law, according to HHS. As of last June, the percentage of Latinos without health insurance dropped from 36 percent to 23 percent, but Latinos still face extra paperwork and language barriers.
Sens. Orrin Hatch and Richard Burr join with Rep. Fred Upton to renew a proposal to repeal the health law but preserve some tax credits for insurance and cuts to some Medicare providers.
The new Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee says the GOP will chip away at Obamacare “piece by piece.” Still, he says he will work with Democrats to continue funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and overhauling Medicare pay for doctors.
The chief of the Department of Health and Human Services says Democrats and Republicans can reach accord on many issues beyond the health law.
Supporters of the change say it would strengthen both funds but critics fear impact on poor and disabled.
Officials say the online site and consumer call centers were extremely busy over the weekend as people sought to buy insurance before the Dec. 15 deadline to have a policy in place for January.
People who bought coverage on healthcare.gov for this year could likely find cheaper premiums if they shop again.
The report credits slower growth in spending for private health insurance, Medicare, hospitals, physicians and clinical services.
HHS says it will provide weekly and monthly snapshots of the signups in the 37 states relying on the federal exchange.
Poll finds that the high cost was the biggest obstacle noted by Americans who lack insurance and don’t expect to buy it next year. About half of the uninsured hope to get coverage in 2015.
Among the tools: penalties for admitting patients too soon after they were discharged and a focus on reducing hospital-acquired infections.