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The Truth Is…Health Insurance Makes a Difference in Health

June 25, 2013

  As South Carolina’s state Medicaid Director Tony Keck continues to tell state policy makers that expanding the Medicaid program to bring healthcare insurance to the uninsured is not right for SC, we learn from the sound research of the Commonwealth Fund that this is absolutely untrue. A recent study reported that people who gained insurance coverage through Oregon’s…

2.5M Young Adults Gain Health Insurance Via Obamacare – Huzzah!

December 14, 2011

 From The Associated Press: President Obama talks about the Affordable Care Act in Virginia earlier this week. He highlighted provisions, including requirements to let young adults stay on their parents’ insurance plans. (By Dennis Brack, Getty Images) By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR December 14, 2011 Washington – The number of young adults lacking medical coverage has shrunk…

Haley’s Waiting Game On S.C.’s Health Insurance Exchange

November 16, 2011

From Kaiser Health News: S.C.’s top health official, Anthony Keck, and Gov. Nikki Haley, not fans of the 2010 health law, are likely to decide to let the federal government run the state’s exchange. (Haley photo by MaryAustinPhoto via Flickr) By Christopher Weaver Nov 15, 2011 South Carolina’s top health official will recommend this week…

SCOTUS Likely To Rule On Health Law Next Summer

September 28, 2011

From The Washington Post: By Robert Barnes, Published: September 26 The constitutionality of the 2010 health-care law could be determined by the Supreme Court this term, with a decision coming next summer in the thick of the 2012 presidential campaign. The Justice Department said Monday evening that it had decided not to ask the full U.S.…

Feds To Unveil Health-Insurance Exchange Details

August 17, 2011

From The Wall Street Journal: Associated Press/Don Berwick, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will help unveil the plan Wednesday. By ANNA WILDE MATHEWS And JANET ADAMY Consumers shopping for health insurance will soon get a peek at a new standard form—akin to the nutrition label on food products—that will lay out…

Gov’t Lays Out Health Insurance Exchange Details

August 15, 2011

From Reuters: By Alina Selyukh and Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON | Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:43pm EDT (Reuters) – The government on Friday laid out incentives for states and people to participate in health insurance exchanges, including tax credits and funding grants for the states. Health regulators also clarified how they expect states to determine who…

11th Circuit Rules Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

August 12, 2011

From Politico: The Department of Justice is expected to appeal. | Reuters By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 8/12/11 1:29 PM EDT The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that the health care reform law’s requirement that nearly all Americans buy insurance is unconstitutional, a striking blow to the legislation that increases the odds that…

Employers Expand Health Benefits Under ACA’s Reforms

August 3, 2011

From The Los Angeles Times: August 2, 2011 | 10:37 am Nearly 18 months after passage of the national healthcare overhaul, American employers say they are providing health benefits for growing numbers of people as they extend coverage to their workers’ adult children, a new survey finds. The federal healthcare law allows young adults up to age…

Health Care Reform Saves Seniors A Combined $260 Million

June 30, 2011

From The Hill: By Julian Pecquet – 06/28/11 10:07 AM ET Almost half a million seniors on Medicare had saved a combined $260 million on their medicines by the end of last month thanks to the healthcare reform law, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. A total of 478,272 people have taken advantage of the law’s…

KidsWell Campaign

June 30, 2011

KidsWell Campaign Launches Website and Online Resource Hub for Health Reform Implementation KidsWell, a campaign dedicated to the successful implementation of federal health reform for America’s children, launched http://www.kidswellcampaign.org/, a website monitoring state and national health care reform implementation and opposition across the country. First Focus Campaign for Children is a partner of the KidsWell…

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