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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 […]

Health Care Pilot Program Is Approved in Calif. County

Health Care Pilot Program Is Approved in Calif. County

Thousands of people who didn’t qualify for affordable health coverage in California’s Santa Clara County will soon be able to get preventative care at a community clinic, regardless of immigration status or income, through a pilot program, Working Partnerships USA, a grassroots organization, reported. Earlier this month, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved […]

Medicaid for Poor Might Be Expanded in Alabama, Governor Says

Medicaid for Poor Might Be Expanded in Alabama, Governor Says

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The conservative Republican governor of Alabama, a Deep South state where “Obamacare” is often reviled, said on Nov. 12 that his administration is mulling an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under the federal health care law.  Gov. Robert Bentley, a dermatologist turned governor, emphasized that he was in the exploratory […]

Health Insurance for Kids Jumps to Best Numbers in Decades

Health Insurance for Kids Jumps to Best Numbers in Decades

The percentage of children without health insurance fell to its lowest point in decades in 2014, with Alabama boasting the lowest rate in the Deep South, the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute reported.  In Alabama, 3.8 percent of children lacked health insurance last year, thanks, in part, to collaboration among key players – the state’s […]

Medicaid Denied: The Cost May Be Measured in Lives

IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A few weeks before Christmas in 2010, Gloria Owens was shopping in the Dirt Cheap Store in Yazoo City, Mississippi, when she collapsed. That is when Owens, now 59, learned she was suffering from untreated diabetes. A social worker here, she’d lost her health insurance after switching to part-time work […]

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