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Report: Health Premiums, in General, Are Likely to Rise in 2017

Report: Health Premiums, in General, Are Likely to Rise in 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums for popular low-cost medical plans under the federal health care law are expected to go up an average of 11 percent next year, said a study that reinforced reports of sharp increases around the country in election season. For consumers, the impact will depend on whether they get government subsidies for […]

Medicaid Expands in Louisiana, Giving 375K People Health Care

Medicaid Expands in Louisiana, Giving 375K People Health Care

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — People interested in getting insurance coverage through Louisiana’s new Medicaid expansion began enrolling on Wednesday.  Gov. John Bel Edwards and Health and Hospitals Secretary Rebekah Gee announced local application centers around the state at an enrollment kickoff event in New Orleans. Louisiana will become the 31st state, plus the District […]

Residents: Medicaid Access in Alabama Needs to Be Preserved

Residents: Medicaid Access in Alabama Needs to Be Preserved

A shortfall of $85 million to support Medicaid in Alabama next year could leave hundreds of thousands of residents – primarily seniors, people with disabilities and kids – without access to health care, and grassroots advocates are taking steps to make sure state lawmakers are aware of how cuts would affect people.  Advocates with Alabama […]

Health Coverage Losses Are Seen in Some of Poorest States

Health Coverage Losses Are Seen in Some of Poorest States

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential campaign. All but Florida had accepted a Medicaid expansion that is one of two major pathways to coverage under President Barack Obama’s […]

Greater Health Care Access Is Being Explored in Cook County, Il.

Greater Health Care Access Is Being Explored in Cook County, Il.

Cook County, Illinois – which includes Chicago and is home to more than 5.2 million people – is working to expand health care access for 180,000 uninsured residents, according to a coalition of grassroots organizations.  The county’s Board of Commissioners approved a proposal on Jan. 13 that establishes a health care task force that will […]

Health Care Tax Credit Recipients Need to File Returns, Form 8962

Health Care Tax Credit Recipients Need to File Returns, Form 8962

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 1.4 million households that got financial help for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law failed to properly account for it on their tax returns last year, putting their subsidies at risk if they want to keep coverage. The preliminary figures were released by the IRS on Jan. 8, a Friday […]

Medicaid Expansion in La. Is Expected to Help 300,000 People

Medicaid Expansion in La. Is Expected to Help 300,000 People

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — On his first full day in office, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards reversed course from his Republican predecessor Tuesday and started the process of expanding Louisiana’s Medicaid program.  Surrounded by Medicaid expansion supporters at a news conference, Edwards signed an executive order calling for the state Department of Health and […]

Health Care Glossary Released for Asian Pacific Islanders

Health Care Glossary Released for Asian Pacific Islanders

A free glossary listing commonly-used health care terms in Asian and Pacific Islander languages is now available to help more people enroll in insurance coverage under the the Affordable Care Act, according to a California-based national grassroots coalition.  The Health Insurance Enrollment Glossary, released by Action for Health Justice, lists about 100 terms in English, […]

Report: The Poor Are Making Progress on Paying Medical Bills

Report: The Poor Are Making Progress on Paying Medical Bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the fourth straight year fewer Americans are struggling to pay medical bills, according to a major government survey released Tuesday. Most of the progress has come among low-income people and those with government coverage.  The data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the number of people in […]

Health Care Law Repeal Is Underway in Congress

Health Care Law Repeal Is Underway in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed legislation toward Senate approval Thursday that would demolish President Barack Obama’s signature health care law and halt Planned Parenthood’s federal money, setting up a veto fight the GOP knows it will lose but thinks will delight conservative voters in next year’s elections. Congress has voted dozens of times to repeal […]

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