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Report: Wide Variation In State Exchange Plans' Covered Benefits

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:48

University of Pennsylvania researchers find variations are significant. Other news about the online health marketplaces that open next month include Oregon's decision to ditch the old system for Medicaid enrollment, a review of navigators' roles in Georgia, and Maryland officials' assurances that their system will be ready.

Employers Devise Strategies To Avoid Obamacare Fines

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:46

With large companies facing potential fines next year for not offering health insurance, some are looking at approaches such as enrolling employees in Medicaid, reports The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, the federal government posts a notice Tuesday saying that it will continue to fund an optional health insurance program for the working poor in 2016.

State Highlights: Health Care Takes Center Stage In Debates In Maine, Arizona, Missouri

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:22

A selection of health policy stories from Maine, Arizona, Missouri, Oregon, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Kentucky and Connecticut.

Poll: Most Likely Voters Expect The GOP To Win Control Of Senate

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:20

Health care continues to be a big issue, though not as important as the economy.

Kasich's Public Medicaid Expansion Fracas Moves Into Its Second Day

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:19

The Ohio governor is engaged in a spat with The Associated Press after the news outlet published comments in which he said he didn't think the health law would be repealed. He has since offered further explanation, saying that he doesn't think the Medicaid expansion -- which he views as separate from the overhaul -- should be undone.

Viewpoints: Fund CHIP; Media Overdrive On Ebola; Slowdown In Medicare Costs

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:17

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.

Longer Looks: Obamacare In The Midterm Campaign; Watching Ebola Mutate; Lessons On Dying

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:17

Each week, KHN finds interesting reads from around the web.

Kasich Retreats From Politically Charged Health Law Comments

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:01

After telling the Associated Press that he didn't think a repeal of the health law was going to happen, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, took aggressive steps to attempt to correct the record. His statement, he said, was meant only about attempts to repeal the Medicaid expansion, which Ohio has implemented.

ACA Knowledge Gap Greatest Among Uninsured

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:00

Most of the uninsured know little about the online insurance marketplaces, or that financial help is available for those with low incomes, finds a poll. Meanwhile, a West Virginia Medicaid official says new enrollees "come in with baggage," such as a history of using free drug samples that aren't covered by the program and The Washington Post looks at continuing legal challenges to the law.

Medicare, Health Care Getting Attention In Senate, Congressional Races

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:26

In Louisiana's Senate race, Medicare is grabbing the spotlight. The powerful issue is also popping up in North Carolina and Iowa. Meanwhile, Michigan's Senate race references to Medicare and the health law are checked for accuracy. And Obamacare is the subject of ads in an increasingly high-profile California House contest.

Medicaid Expansion, Health Exchanges Dominate Gubernatorial Debates

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:26

In Georgia, where a runoff is considered likely, Gov. Nathan Deal went on the offensive and criticized a third-party candidate's support for expanding Medicaid. In Maryland, Republican candidate Larry Hogan slammed Democratic Lt. Governor Anthony Brown for his role in the state's troubled health exchange launch.

Viewpoints: Health Care Opponent's Legal Strategy; The Challenge For This Open Enrollment

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:20

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.

First Edition: October 21, 2014

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 07:19

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about health law positions taken by Republican governors -- including Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Ebola Worries Renew Push For Surgeon General Pick

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:40

More than two dozen House Democrats have called on the Senate to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy, the Obama administration's pick for U.S. Surgeon General, so he could help lead the nation's Ebola response. But Senate support remains shaky because of Murthy's outspoken views on gun violence, which have drawn the wrath of the National Rifle Association.

Administration's Handling Of Ebola Casts Shadow On Dems' Election Hopes

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:40

A Politico poll underscores that Ebola is causing real political danger for some Democrats. It's playing big, for instance, in North Carolina's Senate race.

How The Health Law's Second Enrollment Season Could Impact Key Senate Races

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:38

Politico reports that two closely watched Senate contests -- those of Georgia and Louisiana -- could be decided by runoff elections that would take place in December. Healthcare.gov glitches could color voters' choices. News outlets also report on how Obamacare could play a role in election outcomes in states such as Colorado and Minnesota.

Utah Supporters Of Medicaid Expansion Hold Rally

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:37

About 100 people rallied in Salt Lake City to urge state lawmakers to pass Gov. Gary Herbert's Medicaid expansion plan. Meanwhile, health insurance rates in Wisconsin keep pace or decline, Maryland delays efforts to recover the cost of its failed exchange, and a co-op pulls out of Iowa's Medicaid marketplace.

Renewal Wrinkles, High Deductibles And Decisions For Employers: Implementation Issues Grab Headlines

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:37

News outlets report on a range of health law implementation issues that are causing challenges for consumers, employers and Obamacare advocates.

Viewpoints: Health Law Fails To Control Costs; GOP Alternative 'Worse Than Obamacare'

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:36

A selection of editorials and opinions on health care from around the country.

Political Cartoon: 'Tricky Treat?'

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:35

Take a look at KHN's lighter side, featuring today's cartoon and health policy haiku.