Kaiser Health News – Insurance

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  • Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes July 20, 2018 5:06 pm
    KHN’s newsletter editor, Brianna Labuskes, wades through hundreds of health articles from the week so you don’t have to.
    Brianna Labuskes
  • California’s ACA Rates To Rise 8.7% Next Year July 19, 2018 6:51 pm
    The average increase in California is smaller than the double-digit hikes expected around the nation, due largely to a healthier mix of enrollees and more competition in its marketplace. Still, health insurance prices keep growing faster than wages and general inflation.
    Chad Terhune, Kaiser Health News and Pauline Bartolone, Kaiser Health News
  • Children With Disabilities Endure Long Waits For Life-Changing Medical Equipment July 19, 2018 9:00 am
    Some California children with serious health care problems wait more than a year for wheelchairs, bath benches, commodes, specialized crutches and other crucial medical equipment. Critics blame the delays on a confusing bureaucratic maze of private insurers and public programs.
    Jocelyn Wiener, Kaiser Health News
  • States Attacking ACA Would Suffer Most If Preexisting Conditions Shield Gets Axed July 17, 2018 9:01 am
    A coalition of Republican states has launched a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, including provisions requiring insurers to offer coverage to people with preexisting conditions without raising rates. An analysis shows that some of these states have the highest proportion of such residents.
    Harriet Rowan
  • Staggering Prices Slow Insurers’ Coverage Of CAR-T Cancer Therapy July 17, 2018 9:00 am
    Some state Medicaid programs are not paying for the procedures, and Medicare’s complicated payment rates have hospitals concerned that it will not cover all the costs.
    Michelle Andrews
  • Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ ACA Under Fire. Again. July 12, 2018 5:44 pm
    In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News and Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News discuss the health politics of the latest Supreme Court pick, as well as the Trump administration’s efforts to further undermine the Affordable Care Act. Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week.
  • Insurers Fall Short In Catching And Reporting Medicaid Fraud, Inspectors Find July 12, 2018 9:05 am
    Medicaid has struggled for years with poor oversight and billions lost to improper payments. A new report finds that despite their fraud-fighting rhetoric, Medicaid managed-care companies are not as rigorous as they should be in ensuring the integrity of the Medicaid payment system.
    Chad Terhune, Kaiser Health News
  • Outrageous Or Overblown? HHS Announces Another Round Of ACA Navigator Funding Cuts July 12, 2018 9:00 am
    Advocates of the sweeping health law view this move by the Trump administration as its most recent act of sabotage. But not everyone views it as a mortal blow.
    Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
  • Listen: A Sudden Freeze On ACA Payouts And What It Means For You July 11, 2018 4:22 pm
    The Trump administration suspended a program over the weekend that helps stabilize the health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, prompting some insurance companies to warn of higher premiums. KHN's Julie Rovner and Chad Terhune explain the uncertain health care landscape in the U.S.
  • Democrats Rally Against Threats To The ACA To Block Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee July 10, 2018 10:08 pm
    Senate Democrats see health care as an issue that could keep their caucus unified as the confirmation battle heats up.
    Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News