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Third Party Out of Pocket assistance

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette has a nice deep dive into the financial implications of the ACA for hospitals. As expected, more people with insurance means less bad debt and less charity care. One of the promises made by the Affordable Care Act appears to be coming true: U.S. hospitals spent less on charity care for […]

Is Long Term Care Insurance Worth It?

Worried about how you'd pay for a long stay in a nursing home? These concerns aren't rare. The 2016 Insurance Barometer Study found that 58% of respondents worried they wouldn't have enough money to afford the costs of long-term care. Fortunately, there is an insurance product that can help ease...

Court says Obamacare birth control option may violate Catholics' rights, even if they don't use it

The Affordable Care Act continues to provide an opportunity for religious zealots to complain that someone, somewhere, might be doing something of which they disapprove. Another such case advancing through the courts is that of Missouri State Rep. Paul Wieland and his wife, Teresa, who assert that...

Time for ACA advance premium tax credit review

The Republicans still want to repeal Obamacare, or as it's officially known the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They say so every chance they get, be it on Capitol Hill, the campaign trail or in the Party's 2016 official platform. The Democrats...Show More Summary

The Health Insurance Landscape in the 21st Century: How Does Policy Affect People with Diabetes?

By Learning Curve Understanding the UnitedHealthcare/Medtronic partnership in the context of the Affordable Care Act.  The diaTribe Foundation extends a big “thank you” to T1D Exchange, Executive Director, Dana Ball and CMO, Dr. Henry Anhalt, for organizing and hosting an important discussion on access to diabetes therapies. We have heard time and again that many patients […]

Blocking Mergers Shouldn't Hurt Obamacare As DOJ Sees It

The U.S. Justice Department sees a benefit to Americans purchasing coverage on public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act by suing to block Aetna's purchase of Humana and Anthem's proposed acquisition of Cigna.

Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the August edition of Harper's Index

Here are a few excerpts from the latest edition of Harper’s Index: Estimated number of U.S. children responsible for the care-taking of a family member: 1,400,000 Portion of Americans who favor replacing the Affordable Care Act withShow More Summary

Trump Promises to Replace Obamacare

US presidential candidate from the Republican party, billionaire Donald Trump, promised to get rid of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) if he becomes president.

Kojima Productions' mascot makes for a cool figure

San Diego Comic-Con is this week, and that means lots of toys blowing up my Twitter feed and, if I'm not careful, also my wallet. "Dang, that looks real ni--oh, it's $350. Welp." As far as things I can afford, NECA is reviving one of my childhood favorites, the Mantis Alien, which delights me to no end. Show More Summary

Easy (And Free!) Screenings To Help Keep You Healthy

Did you know that your health insurance covers a variety of screenings, counseling services and immunizations at NO cost to you? Zero, zip, zilch out of your pocket. That's right, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all health plans cover recommended preventive services at no cost to the individual. Show More Summary

An Alternative To Health Care's Logic-Defying Payment System

Recently President Obama provided an assessment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare") in an article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The president acknowledged the program's successes and shortcomings, and offered up some advice about how to improve it going forward. Show More Summary

Nowhere in the Headlines and Missing Out on Care: Greece's Refugee Kids

The latest crisis for European leaders might well be the fallout from Brexit, but refugees are still being detained in deteriorating conditions in Greece, affording little interest from mainstream media.

Californians to Experience a 13 Percent Obamacare Price Hike in 2017

6 days agoNews : Truthdig

Colin Dunn / CC BY 2.0 Wasn’t the Affordable Care Act meant to make health care... affordable? From Los Angeles Times: Premiums for Californians’ Obamacare health coverage will rise by an average of 13.2% next year — more than threeShow More Summary

Uncovered California: Why Millions Have Fallen Into Health Care Gaps

Five years after the Affordable Care Act became law, upwards of three million Californians remain without health care coverage “Right now, I have a medicine sitting at Wal-Mart pharmacy that I can’t purchase till payday,” Jacqueline, a 55-year-old San Diegan told me during a telephone interview in mid-April. Show More Summary

For Students at Religious Universities, Contraception Coverage Isn’t an Academic Debate

When the U.S. Supreme Court sent a case about faith-based objections to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate back to lower courts, it left students at religious colleges and universities with continuing uncertainty about getting essential health care. Show More Summary

Buoyed By Optum, UnitedHealth Overcomes Another $200M Obamacare Losses

UnitedHealth Group, which has lost more than $1 billion on public exchange plans under the Affordable Care Act, said it will scale back to three or fewer markets for 2017

President Obama on the ACA: Many achievements, much left to do

In a Special Communication published in JAMA, President Obama assesses the Affordable Care Act's progress and recommends additional steps for elected officials to take to improve US healthcare.

Fans of New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Fans of New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, which detailed her highly relatable struggle to find her parents appropriate and affordable end-of-life care, will enjoy the “Epilogue” of sorts to the story in this week’s issue of the magazine. Read more...

Makers of Humira and Enbrel Using New Drug Patents to Delay Generic Versions

Six years after the Affordable Care Act cleared the way for biosimilars, as the generic versions of biotechnology drugs are called, progress has been slow.

Obamacare Cost Problem is Skewed Population, not Health Care Costs

An NYT article on insurers' requests for higher premiums in the health care exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) might have misled readers about the reason that insurers face higher costs. The piece noted the request to the federal government for large increases in several states, ranging from 34 to 60 percent. Show More Summary

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