Before Obamacare, a third of individual policyholders lacked coverage for substance abuse services, nearly two-fifth lacked coverage for mental health services, and about one in 10 lacked coverage for a prescription drug benefit.
Affordable Care Act
President Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, is often in the news. One of the law’s most important (and most controversial) provisions, providing for the expansion of Medicaid by the states, is being hotly debated in state legislatures nationwide. As of this writing, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on the legality of the insurance subsidies in the federal exchanges – one of the law’s central provisions. Clearly, it pays to be informed on the political twists and turns of Obamacare.
A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities confirms just what’s at stake in these conversations for a swath of the country that played an awfully big role in getting President Donald Trump elected: rural America.
A new report warns that Texas rural health could be hit hardest under a Congressional plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It found that proposed funding cuts to the Medicaid program, which already is operating at a minimal level in Texas, could force many rural hospitals to close, leaving hundreds of thousands of Read more
House Republicans’ proposal to rewrite federal health-care law would more than reverse the gains the Affordable Care Act has made in the number of Americans with health insurance, while curbing the federal deficit, according to a widely anticipated forecast by congressional analysts. Read more.
“The entirety of the disability community, people with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, psychological disabilities, veterans, seniors, are are all coming to the table to condemn and push back against these utterly wrongheaded proposals.” Read more.
The Republican-led House proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act could hurt millions of Americans who suffer with mental illness or substance abuse because it rolls back the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, say four GOP Senators.
The Affordable Care Act was a game changer for community clinics. It has enabled them to get reimbursement for much more of the care they provided, because more of their patients now had private insurance or were on Medicaid.
Beginning in January, the University of Arkansas was scheduled to include gender-dysphoria benefits in its insurance for faculty and staff members under a requirement from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
What the past 8 years have taught us is that health care reform requires an evidence-based, careful approach, driven by what is best for the American people. That is why Republicans’ plan is so reckless.
When Former President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, my first and most overwhelming emotion was relief.
A December 2016 report showed that for the first time in 20 years, life expectancy in the United States has declined, particularly in small cities and rural areas, where people are dying at much higher rates.
A bill to improve the country’s mental health care system could be undermined by more widespread changes to health coverage that will likely occur next year, supporters of the effort fear.
With the recent election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, there is a very real chance that Obamacare will be gutted or repealed. Because of that, it is perhaps ironic that Daniel Dawes’ book is entitled, 150 Years of ObamaCare. The book provides an indispensable insider’s point of view on the political challenges and compromises that Read more
72 percent of Marketplace consumers in states using HealthCare.gov will be able to find plans with a premium of less than $75 per month.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump disagree on many, if not most, issues, and how to provide health insurance coverage for Americans is one of the most divisive.
Minnesota’s Democratic governor on Wednesday said Obamacare is “no longer affordable to increasing numbers of people” — the latest sign of Democrats’ growing concern about the law’s rising insurance costs.
The cost of expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is rising faster than expected in many states, causing budget anxieties and political misgivings.
Blue Cross Blue Shield will continue to offer health insurance plans in all 254 counties in Texas in 2017, the company said in a statement Monday.