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Urban Institute Releases Snapshot of Federal Spending on Children on the Eve of Health Reform

March 23, 2012

The Urban Institute recently released a comprehensive paper on the status of children’s healthcare in the United States. The intent of the authors is to provide a benchmark prior to the implementation of several key components of the Affordable Care Act. This will make it easier to guage the impact of the ACA on children’s…

Kaiser Poll: The Uninsured Don’t Understand ACA

September 7, 2011

From Politico: People will only understand the law when it becomes tangible for them, Drew Altman said. | AP Photo By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 8/29/11 12:24 PM EDT About half of the uninsured Americans who stand to benefit the most from the health care reform law aren’t aware of how the legislation is designed to…

Check This Healthcare Fact Sheet; Know What You’re Owed

September 1, 2011

Preventive Services Covered by Private Health Plans Under the ACA The Affordable Care Act created new requirements that private insurers cover preventive services, including routine immunizations, screenings for conditions such as cancer and high cholesterol, and preventive services for women. A new fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation outlines these prevention requirements and discusses…

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…

ALEC Exposed: Sabotaging Healthcare Reform

August 15, 2011

From wendellpotter.com: By Wendell Potter on July 12th, 2011 This article is part of a Nation series exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council, in collaboration with the Center For Media and Democracy. Days after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, I arrived at the spring 2010 meeting of the National Association of…

Can We Have Health Reform Without An Individual Mandate?

August 15, 2011

From The Nation: Credit: Creative Commons/janinsanfran Yes, It’s Called ‘Medicare for All’ By John Nichols August 13, 2011 The essential vote on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals panel that ruled that the individual-coverage mandate in President Obama’s healthcare reform is unconstitutional did not come from a reactionary Republican appointed by Ronald Reagan or George…

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…

What The Debt Deal Means For Health Reform

August 8, 2011

From The Washington Post: 10:40 AM ET, 08/04/2011 By Sarah Kliff For a law regularly at the center of controversy, there was surprisingly little talk of the health care reform law during the debt ceiling debate. It certainly factored into some discussions — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reportedly pushed for the individual mandate’s repeal…

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…

Hypocrisy Alert: DeMint’s Flip-Flop On Health Care Reform

May 9, 2011

From Talking Points Memo: Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). Brian Beutler | May 6, 2011, 11:41AM Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) has taken Dave Weigel for a spin in South Carolina. In 2007 DeMint endorsed Mitt Romney for President — indeed, served as his campaign co-chair — but reportedly won’t do…

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