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Health Care in America: The Real Face of Medicaid

Health Care in America: The Real Face of Medicaid

It’s either health care coverage or rent New economy success, no health care After decades working, out and on Medicaid A family, a daughter, and a disability     In 2017, Congress placed a target squarely on Medicaid’s back. Republican leaders pushed to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the health care program, while […]

Free Obamacare in 2018 for Older Poor in Most Counties

Free Obamacare in 2018 for Older Poor in Most Counties

WASHINGTON (AP) — Older people with low incomes nearly everywhere would have access to free “Obamacare” health coverage next year, according to a study released Nov. 2 that found the Trump administration’s efforts to undercut the Affordable Care Act have broad unintended consequences.  The analysis by the consulting firm Avalere Health found that in nearly […]

Medicaid Support for Poor Families Threatened On Several Fronts

Medicaid Support for Poor Families Threatened On Several Fronts

The congressional push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is overshadowing one of the most serious threats in years to the nation’s safety net for poor families: a dramatic reshaping and reduction of Medicaid. Before the year ends, funding for Medicaid, which provides health care for one out of five Americans, could be targeted […]

Repeal 'Obamacare?' Millions of People Want the Health Coverage

Repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress may be moving to repeal “Obamacare,” but millions of people are still signing up. The administration said Tuesday that 11.5 million enrolled nationwide through Dec. 24, ahead of last year’s pace. Administration officials said about 290,000 more people have signed up than at the same time last year, evidence that the […]

Close Alabama's Medicaid Gap to Save Money and Lives

Close Alabama

Imagine you’re uninsured and thinking about buying health insurance. If good coverage is available, you’d want to know if you could afford the premiums and out-of-pocket costs. But those aren’t the only factors that determine affordability. You’d also need to subtract the cost of going without insurance: the doctor visits and prescriptions you’re paying for […]

Why Doctors Should Write Prescriptions for Fresh Food

Why Doctors Should Write Prescriptions for Fresh Food

Sometimes an idea is so good and so simple, you wonder why we didn’t think of it a long time ago. The FARMACY program in Letcher County, Kentucky is one of those ideas. Through this joint initiative of Community Farm Alliance, University of Kentucky, Appal-TREE Project and Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation (MCHC) in Whitesburg, doctors […]

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 […]

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