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Contraception, Obamacare subsidies and ice buckets: Health care’s summer to remember

Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Jason Millman's regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Jason with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for the latest edition, or sign up here to receive it […]

Good news from Arkansas

From the Arkansas Times: Insurance companies have proposed a net reduction in premiums of 2 percent next year for the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, the health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act. The Marketplace includes all of the plans used for the private option, the state’s unique plan which uses Medicaid funds to purchase [Read more...]

Remaking Medicine: Expansion of Mental Health Care Hits Obstacles

23 hours agoHealth : NYT: Health

The Affordable Care Act has paved the way for one of the largest expansion of mental health coverage in a generation, increasing access for millions.

The Manufactured Crisis of Halbig

On July 22, 2014, a divided three-judge panel of the DC Circuit ruled that people living in states with federally-created Health Care Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act are not eligible for subsidies to help them cover the cost of health insurance. Show More Summary

A carefully preserved, time-capsule… 1979 Honda Civic CVCC Wagon?

1979 Honda Civic Wagon. Images courtesy Specialty Cars Limited. By the late 1970s, Japanese automaker Honda had hit its stride in the United States, earning a reputation for affordable, dependable and fuel-efficient cars. As with many other imports, Hondas were prone to tinworm in states where road sale was a winter fact of life; thanks […]

CBO Thinks Millions Of Americans Aren't Going To Sign Up For Obamacare

Submitted by Robert Murphy via Mises Canada, In June the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) updated its forecasts regarding the “individual mandate” component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “ObamaCare.” Recall that...Show More Summary

How you end up spending $800 million on HealthCare.gov

Signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act has proven to be its own kind of jobs act, especially when it comes to the Washington-area IT community. When, in several places, the bill called for the creation of an "Internet website" to allow Americans to find and sign up […]

NC Healthcare Provider Blames 'Big Cuts' on ObamaCare

WNCT, the CBS affiliate in Greenville, N.C., reports that healthcare provider Vidant will undergo “big cuts” that they blame on the Affordable Care Act. According to the WNCT, Vidant says the “operational margin [on Medicare and Medicaid...Show More Summary

California Health Provider Regal Medical Group Rejects All ACA Insureds, Takes Everyone Else

Congress needs to adopt my new rules for health care providers right away. If you take Medicare reimbursements, you take Affordable Care Act policy reimbursements. If you take CMS grants for Accountable Care Organizations, you take Affordable...Show More Summary

Affordable Care Jacked

2 days agoOdd : Snopes

Were a bevy of tax increases quietly imposed upon Americans in July 2014 due to the Affordable Care Act?

There’s finally someone in charge of HealthCare.gov

Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Jason Millman's regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Jason with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for the latest edition, or sign up here to receive it […]

Obamacare: Universities Have to Cut Work Hours for Students, Profs

2 days agoNews : Reason

Universities everywhere are scaling back on part-time work opportunities for students and adjunct professors in order to comply with the Affordable Care Act. According to Campus Reform: Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) is restricting...Show More Summary

Obamacare, beyond the label

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam dunk issue for the Republicans in this fall’s elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that “Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats.” So how’s that Obamacare thing working out for the GOP? The most significant bit of [...]

After Hobby Lobby, HHS' New Contraceptive Rules Up for Public Comment

Even though the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate took a blow in Hobby Lobby, the Obama administration is still out there trying to preserve it -- and head off any future problems. On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services issued new proposed rules about the procedures religious employers......

"Health insurance companies in California may not refuse to cover the cost of abortions..."

"... state insurance officials have ruled in a reversal of policy stemming from the decision by two Catholic universities to drop elective abortions from their employee health plans."Although the federal Affordable Care Act does notShow More Summary

WATCH: Obamacare Opens Doors for Trans People, But Hurdles Still Exist

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, transgender people like Devin Payne are able to obtain the health coverage they need. But obstacles to treatment endure. read more

Begich Bill Could Reduce Healthcare Premiums by 18 Percent, Study Says

A bill proposed by Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK, pictured above) to amend the Affordable Care Act could lower health insurance premiums by 18 percent, a study says. The Expanded Consumer Choice Act creates a new, more affordable tier of healthcare coverage, known as the Copper level. Show More Summary

ACT have your say on child care reform!

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT residents are being encouraged to have their say about making child care more affordable, flexible and accessible as new analysis shows the ACT had the largest increase in enrolments in the nation. The analysis coincides with the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning continuing its public hearings in Canberra today. Federal [...]

Try, Try Again

The administration, hobbled by Hobby Lobby, is making another accommodation as regards the Affordable Care Act and the provision of ladyparts medicine to the ladies who have ladyparts. Whether this most recent accommodation will find the opposition,...

Are Republicans Abandoning the Obamacare Issue? Doubtful

In a bit of dubious cherry-picking, a new Bloomberg article concludes that the Affordable Care Act is losing its effectiveness as a political issue for Republicans and is diminishing as a major issue. How do we know the end is near-ish?...Show More Summary

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