Daily Health Care News
The Daily News Archive lists articles that have been posted within the past seven calendar days. You can filter the articles by category by using the navigation at the left.
The Healthy, the White, and the 50-Plus Are Most Likely to Oppose Obamacare
Monday, March 03, 2014; Source: Bloomberg Businessweek
The Affordable Care Act isn’t popular. We know that from several polls, which confirm repeatedly that more Americans don’t like the Obamacare legislation than like it.
One Insurance Exchange Sees Higher Health Premiums for Some Without Subsidies
Monday, March 03, 2014, 9:00 am ET; Source: The Street
All kinds of data are floating around making the case for or against the cost-effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI Reports $265M Net Surplus and CEO Bonus
Monday, March 03, 2014, 5:36 pm ET; Source: Detroit Free Press
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan reported a $265-million net surplus last year on $21.3 billion of revenue as the insurer’s investment returns compensated for an underwriting loss.
U.S. Fine-Tunes Messaging for Home Stretch of Obamacare Sign-Ups
Monday, March 03, 2014, 2:44 pm ET; Source: Bloomberg
Facing an end-of-the-month deadline, the U.S. government is increasing efforts to enroll millions more Americans into Obamacare, including appeals from President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.
Uninsured Are Still Unaware of Obamacare Deadline
Tuesday, March 04, 2014; Source: The Fiscal Times
The majority of uninsured Americans are still largely unaware of Obamacare and the crucial March 31 deadline to sign up for coverage through the new exchanges.
Cover Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Fiasco Spawns Problems for Low-Income Oregonians' Health Plan
Saturday, March 01, 2014; Source: Oregon Live
Nearly 4,000 applicants for a state program that provides undocumented immigrants with pregnancy services were instead enrolled in full Oregon Health Plan coverage, contrary to federal law, thanks to problems with the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange.
Same Health Plan, Different Costs in Los Angeles, San Bernardino Counties
Saturday, March 01, 2014, 10:51 pm ET; Source: Los Angeles Daily News
While Californians may grumble about high health care premiums, consumers pay less through the Affordable Care Act in the Golden State compared with half the nation, according to a national analysis.
The Simple Solution to Obamacare's Employer Mandate Problems
Monday, March 03, 2014, 1:14 pm ET; Source: Huffington Post
In the last month, two more misleading headlines -- one on lost jobs and the other on premiums for small businesses -- have further roiled the overheated debate about the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on business and jobs.
What You Need to Know About March Health Deadline
Monday, March 03, 2014, 3:11 am ET; Source: Associated Press
Sick of hearing about the health care law?
L.A. Care Health Plan Acknowledges Data Breach
Monday, March 03, 2014; Source: eSecurity Planet
California's L.A. Care Health Plan recently began notifying an undisclosed number of health plan members that their personal information was inadvertently disclosed online.
Do Drug Benefit Managers Reduce Health Costs?
Monday, March 03, 2014, 7:02 pm ET; Source: USA Today
While all the cutting goes on in health care, one of the biggest and least understood players is getting bigger and richer.
Why the Cash-Strapped IRS Isn’t Ready for Obamacare
Monday, March 03, 2014; Source: The Fiscal Times
The cash-strapped Internal Revenue Service –hugely crucial to Obamacare’s implementation—may not be prepared for its new responsibilities under the health care law.
Medicaid Expansion in Va.'s Fight Against History
Monday, March 03, 2014, 2:00 pm ET; Source: NBC Washington
In pushing for a large scale expansion of Medicaid eligibility, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe isn't just up against House Republicans who are leery of supporting a key aspect of President Obama's signature health care law.
Poor Floridians Fall into Medicaid Gap
Monday, March 03, 2014, 11:58 pm ET; Source: Florida Today
Roughly 1 million uninsured Floridians — including about 18,000 in Brevard County — who repeatedly heard affordable health insurance was just around the corner for them, thanks to President Barack Obama’s new law, are finding a harsh reality — they’re too poor to qualify.
Obama's Not-So-Secret War On Private Medicare Plans
Tuesday, March 04, 2014, 8:02 am ET; Source: Investors.com
To say that President Obama is not an enthusiastic backer of the two Medicare programs that offer seniors private insurance options would be something of an understatement.
The Zombie Walks: Yet Another GOP Attack on Medicaid
Monday, March 03, 2014; Source: Los Angeles Times
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., obviously is a great adherent of the adage, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."
MoveOn Launches Campaign Targeting Republicans Over Obamacare Medicaid Expansion
Monday, March 03, 2014, 8:28 am ET; Source: Huffington Post
MoveOn.org, the progressive advocacy group, launched an ad campaign Monday targeting the Republican governors who have yet to embrace Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.
Morning Plum: The Medicaid Expansion is Bad Because it’s Obamacare
Monday, March 03, 2014, 9:21 am ET; Source: The Washington Post
As I’ve noted before, the Medicaid expansion has taken on a kind of political life of its own, separate from Big Bad Obamacare.
60,000 With HIV Left Uninsured In States Not Expanding Medicaid
Tuesday, March 04, 2014, 5:25 am ET; Source: The Washington Post
The Affordable Care Act is generally a win for people living with HIV and AIDS, about 30 percent of whom are uninsured.
Obama: Health Insurance Enrollment at 4 Million
Wednesday, February 26, 2014; Source: Associated Press
Pressing for a final rush of health care enrollees, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that about 4 million people have signed up for health insurance through federal or state marketplaces set up under his health care law.
WellPoint Interim CEO Fired Without Cause
Wednesday, February 26, 2014; Source: Insurance & Financial Advisor
WellPoint Inc. has fired John Cannon, its general counsel and former interim CEO, “without cause.”
Here's How Much People Are Actually Paying for Health Insurance
Wednesday, February 26, 2014; Source: Bloomberg Businessweek
Plenty of data-hounds have been crunching numbers on health insurance premiums lately, based on the prices insurance companies quote on healthcare.gov and state marketplaces.
Obamacare's 'Cadillac Tax' Could Help Reduce The Cost Of Health Care
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 7:37 am ET; Source: Forbes
Like much of the Affordable Care Act, the Cadillac tax—Obamacare’s solution to a tax subsidy created during World War II—offers a solution to an important problem, but is fraught with unintended consequences.
U.S. Insurers Say Proposed Medicare Cuts Less Than Feared
Wednesday, February 26, 2014; Source: Reuters
U.S. health insurers including Humana Inc said on Monday that the government's proposed cuts to privately run Medicare programs appear to represent a funding decline of around 4 percent, less than the possible cuts of 7 percent or deeper that analysts had been expecting.
Wellmark Reserves of $1.3 Billion Cited as 'Prudent'
Wednesday, February 26, 2014; Source: DesMoinesRegister.com
Iowa’s dominant health-insurance company is touting a new report that says the company’s $1.3 billion in financial reserves is “reasonable and prudent.”
Grim Scenario for Hawaii's Obamacare Plan: The Numbers Don't Add Up
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 9:00 am ET; Source: Los Angeles Times
As the Hawaii Legislature weighs bills that would make sweeping changes to the state’s Obamacare program, the interim director of Hawaii's healthcare exchange on Wednesday laid out a grim financial picture facing the agency.
Obamacare Draws Younger Consumers Online as Deadline Nears, Report Says
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:00 am ET; Source: Los Angeles Times
The average premium paid for Obamacare coverage on a leading insurance website has dropped by nearly $100 a month since October as more young people sign up, a new industry report shows.
Co-Ops Report Early Enrollment Successes And Expansion Plans
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 8:00 am ET; Source: Kaiser Health News
The Affordable Care Act’s nonprofit co-op health plans, which see themselves as the rebel alliance battling established insurers, have signed close to 300,000 members and are set to expand into three new states next year, officials say.
The Cost of Health Coverage Rises for These Californians
Thursday, February 27, 2014; Source: SFGate
The Affordable Care Act has led to higher health insurance premiums and deductibles for consumers who buy coverage outside the federal or state-run marketplaces, according to an analysis released Wednesday.
Premiums Up for 2014 Plans in Private Exchange
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:26 am ET; Source: USA Today
The nation's largest private-insurance exchange saw year-end premiums for 2014 health insurance go up significantly over 2013 rates, while deductibles were significantly lower, according to a study released Wednesday.
I'm Quitting My Job. Thanks Obamacare!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 9:48 am ET; Source: CNN Money
Now that Karen Willmus can get health insurance through Obamacare, she plans to quit teaching 9th grade English at the end of the school year.
Obama Administration: Health Law’s New Rules Will Increase Costs for Most Small Businesses
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 7:00 am ET; Source: The Washington Post
Nearly two-thirds of small businesses that currently offer health insurance to their workers will pay more for coverage as a result of new rules in the health care law, as will millions of small-business employees and their family members, according to new estimates released by the Obama administration.
Health Insurance Stocks Gain As Humana Says Government Cuts Won't Be As Bad As Feared
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 1:43 pm ET; Source: Forbes
UnitedHealth Group’s stock gained 3% on Monday after peer Humana announced that the government’s cuts to the Medicare program would not have as severe an effect as earlier estimated.
AP Exclusive: Health Law Cybersecurity Challenges
Wednesday, February 26, 2014; Source: Associated Press
As the Obama administration raced to meet its self-imposed deadline for online health insurance markets, security experts working for the government worried that state computer systems could become a back door for hackers.
Obamacare Consumers Lean Toward Price Over Doctor Choice
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 2:14 pm ET; Source: Bloomberg
Consumers shopping on the Obamacare exchanges are thriftier than the general public, with more picking health plans based on price rather than their choice of doctors, a study found.
Highmark Won't Pay Hospital Rates for Care in Physician Offices
Wednesday, February 26, 2014; Source: Tribune-Review
Health systems across the country are buying out private doctor practices and reclassifying them as hospital-outpatient departments — a move that critics say allows hospitals to bill higher rates without providing more sophisticated care.
The Uninsured Are Turning Against Obamacare. That's A Problem
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 4:30 pm ET; Source: Huffington Post
The Obama administration is running into a somewhat surprising roadblock in its final push to get Americans enrolled in Obamacare ahead of the March 31 deadline: The nation's uninsured are increasingly suspicious of the law.
Obamacare Victims Are “Liars” Says Top Democrat
Thursday, February 27, 2014; Source: The Fiscal Times
Remember “I feel your pain”-- Bill Clinton’s plaintive response to the woes of Middle America turned into a signature line for his administration, which became a cliché in American politics?
The GOP's Push to Replace ObamaCare is Cynical. And Doomed.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014; Source: The Week
On Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is gathering key members of his caucus to work toward coming up with a single, official Republican alternative to the Democrats' Affordable Care Act (ACA), or ObamaCare.
Texas Goes Big on Hating Obamacare
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 1:26 pm ET; Source: Bloomberg View
The politics of Obamacare hatred keep getting goofier.
CMS State Medicaid Directors Letter Provides Estate Recovery Guidance
Wednesday, February 26, 2014; Source: HMA
This week, our In Focus section reviews the February 21, 2014, letter from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to State Medicaid Directors, providing guidance on existing estate recovery rules under Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) eligibility rules.
ObamaCare Boosts Children's Health Spending
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:59 pm ET; Source: Forbes
Spending on children’s health care rose 5.5 percent annually between 2009 and 2012 as the Affordable Care Act expanded coverage of more wellness services and vaccinations for kids, a new analysis shows.