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Washington state has blown past its targets for signing up new Medicaid participants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The program’s ranks have grown roughly 25 percent in the past six months, helping fulfill one of the act’s key goals to provide...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Lisa Stiffler, The Seattle Times | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. JAMA Surgery: Rural-Urban Differences In Access To Specialist Providers Of Colorectal Cancer Care In The United States Rural residents who commonly seek treatment...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, April 18, 2014
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The Washington Post: The Affordable Care Act Comes In With Better-Then-Expected Numbers Obamacare's critics have had a bad week. On Thursday, President Obama announced that 8 million people have enrolled in new health insurance plans through the Affordable...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, April 18, 2014
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President Barack Obama uses the new enrollment numbers to urge Democrats to be proud of the health law and call on Republicans to back off in their push to repeal the measure. GOP leaders, though, did not appear to soften their positions. CNN: Obama:...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, April 18, 2014
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The New York Times: Cost Of Treatment May Influence Doctors Saying they can no longer ignore the rising prices of health care, some of the most influential medical groups in the nation are recommending that doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Despite recent appeals from Democrats for outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to run against Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, she has declined. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that political attack ads are now trying to offer...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, April 18, 2014
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A collection of health policy stories from Massachusetts, Oregon and Mississippi. Reuters: A Year After Marathon Bombs, Boston Hospitals Apply Lessons Learned  The homemade bombs that ripped through the crowd at the finish line of last year's Boston...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Elsewhere, in Colorado, new fees on consumers and insurance plans would raise $13 million to help run that state's exchange next year. Modern Healthcare: Exchanges Look More Appealing To Insurers Second Time Around  Health insurers appear to be increasingly...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, April 18, 2014
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The health law's effect was mixed, officials said, because the company did not participate in many of the online marketplaces, but it did see more customers for its Medicaid plans. Officials are considering a bigger role in the marketplaces next year....
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, April 18, 2014
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President Barack Obama hailed the latest tally of people who gained insurance as a result of the health law. News outlets also look inside this latest round of data to find out what information the administration is providing and what is still to...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, April 18, 2014
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The president made his appeal to state insurance commissioners at a meeting Thursday. Elsewhere, consumer spending related to the health law jumps, the GOP again demands to know the White House's involvement in the healthcare.gov rollout and hospitals...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Covered California, the state's online health insurance marketplace, signed up 200,000 people for coverage during the two-week deadline extension -- bringing the state's total to 1.4 million. The state's initial goal was about 815,900 for the...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Today's headlines include reports and analysis about President Barack Obama's announcement that health law sign-ups hit the 8 million mark.   Kaiser Health News: Obama Sharply Criticizes Republicans As He Announces 8 Million Have Enrolled Kaiser Health...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Los Angeles Times: No Need For A Rush To Judgment On Obamacare The first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act ended this week with roughly 7.5 million people obtaining policies through the new state insurance exchanges, including more...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Today's headlines include reports about emerging political strategies related to the health law and the upcoming congressional elections.   Kaiser Health News: VA, California Panels Urge Costly Hepatitis C Drugs For Sickest Patients Kaiser Health...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Kaiser Health News provides a fresh take on health policy developments with "Double Cross?" by Clay Bennett. Here's today's health policy haiku:  MEDICAID EXPANSION AND DENTAL CARE Piece by toothy piece MO takes up Medicaid-Lite Few reps take a bite...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Q. How will we prove to the government that we have health insurance? A. Until the income tax forms for next year are available, exactly what people will be required to report is unclear. However, it’s likely that “people will be asked for information...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Michelle Andrews | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Enrollment in private health insurance on federal and state marketplaces has surged in recent weeks and now totals 8 million, a feisty President Barack Obama said Thursday. “This thing is working,” Obama said at a White House news conference in which...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Phil Galewitz, Daniela Hernandez | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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In a White House news conference Thursday, President Barack Obama also announced that 35 percent of people who enrolled on the federally run healthcare.gov marketplace are under age 35. A transcript follows. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Before I take questions,...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Michelle Lamb recalls it being "pretty easy" buying health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace last December. But using her Independence Blue Cross plan has been maddening. The 39-year-old West Oak Lane day care teacher has made three monthly...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Robert Calandra, The Philadelphia Inquirer | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Other state developments include the District of Columbia's decision to extend enrollment until April 30, New York's announcement that nearly 1 million residents enrolled in coverage  and a Georgia report that only about half of the 220,000 enrollees...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Officials blame part of the downturn on reductions in federal funding for the Medicare Advantage program and new taxes resulting from the health law. The Wall Street Journal: UnitedHealth's Profit Falls Amid Health-Law Changes UnitedHealth Group Inc....
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Kaiser Health News provides a fresh take on health policy developments with "Pant-Up Demand?" By Mike Peters. Here's today's health policy haiku:  WILL SHE HIT THE KANSAS CAMPAIGN TRAIL? Is it sweet revenge to run for that Senate seat? Ask Sebelius....
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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In other news, panels recommend a costly hepatitis C drug for the sickest patients, and cancer doctors will compare the value of costly cancer drugs. NPR: Free Drug Samples Prompt Skin Doctors To Prescribe Costlier Meds Every "free" sample comes with...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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A Propublica report finds that the agency continued paying doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals even after they were charged with bilking the program. Meanwhile, a report recommends that Medicare pay hospitals less for low-risk outpatient...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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News outlets report that outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is contemplating a run for the Senate in Kansas. The New York Times: Sebelius Said To Weigh Run For Kansas Senate Seat In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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A report put out Wednesday by a coalition of hospitals, insurers, doctors and consumer advocates recommends how providers can make information available about the costs of various tests and procedures. An accompanying guide tells consumers how to find...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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More than 400 have signed a letter to Virginia's House speaker asking Republicans to drop their opposition to the effort. Meanwhile, Utah's governor says he is encouraged about his state's prospects for its plan after talks with federal officials, and...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Some Democrats are pointing to recent good news about the health law and urging candidates in tough campaigns to embrace the overhaul. At the same time, GOP leaders say criticism of the overhaul will resonate with voters.   The Associated Press:...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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A selection of health policy stories from New York, Maryland, Colorado and Massachusetts. The Washington Post’s Wonkblog: New York Court Guts A Groundbreaking Health-Care Fund That Would Have Changed Taxi Drivers’ Lives Until late last week, help...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Every week KHN reporter Marissa Evans finds interesting reads from around the Web.  The New Yorker: H.I.V.'s Grip On The American South One of the strangest things about the H.I.V. epidemic in the Deep South—from Louisiana to Alabama to Mississippi—is...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Also, the disparities in insurance coverage between states that embraced the health law and those that did not are more closely examined. And many Iowans will get to keep their pre-health law coverage. USA Today: New Data Signal Smaller Jump In Health...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Doctors should consider expensive new hepatitis C drugs for patients with advanced liver disease, including those awaiting transplants, but ask most others to wait for drugs in development, the Department of Veterans said Wednesday. A California panel...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Julie Appleby | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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JEFFERSON CITY -- Republican opposition in the state Senate has dimmed hopes that Missouri will expand Medicaid this year to cover the working poor But agreements are percolating on what might be called Medicaid Expansion Lite. In the most far-reaching...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Virginia Young, St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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The attempt includes collecting and connecting terabytes of patient medical records from every patient recently treated at one of New York's major hospital centers. Meanwhile in Kansas, a council discusses ways to regulate so-called "secondary use" of...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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A selection of health policy stories from Massachusetts, Kansas, Florida, Michigan, Connecticut, Maryland, Arizona, Hawaii, Missouri and Georgia. The Washington Post: Massachusetts Cannot Ban FDA-Approved Painkiller, Judge Rules A federal judge on Tuesday...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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News outlets also provide updates on Medicaid expansion efforts and debates in Colorado, Virginia, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina and Indiana. Politico: Poll: Uninsured Drops In Key States States that have expanded Medicaid and opened their own exchanges...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Kaiser Health News provides a fresh take on health policy developments with "Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder?" by Steve Sack. Here's today's health policy haiku:  CHANGING THE QUESTIONS  Call it "Department of Apples and Oranges." Not Census...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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In tight races around the nation, Democrats are hoping that stories about the health law's rocky rollout are behind them, while Republicans try to make the races a referendum on the law. Los Angeles Times: Louisiana Democrat Highlights Independence...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Politico reports that many insurers are contemplating expanding -- or initiating -- their participation in exchanges. Other news outlets examine tax day, the health law and the Internal Revenue Service.    Politico: Insurers See Brighter Obamacare...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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The revisions are intended to make the survey more accurate, but specific questions will be so different that the results will not be comparable to previous years. The New York Times: Census Survey Revisions Mask Health Law Effects The Census Bureau,...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Cover Oregon severed a contract with technology consultant Deloitte as it moves into a new era of fiscal austerity, while the Maryland exchange continues to enroll consumers in coverage. The problems with Massachusetts' exchange are not expected to impact...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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The Wall Street Journal: Cooking The ObamaCare Stats You can't manage what you don't measure, as the great Peter Drucker used to say, and for the White House that seems to be the goal. Out of the blue, the Census Bureau has changed how it counts health...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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An anti-abortion group challenged an Ohio law banning false statements by political campaigns. The Associated Press: Court To Weigh Challenge To Ban On Campaign Lies The Ohio law makes it illegal to knowingly or recklessly make false statements about...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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People wanting coverage on the federal and some state websites needed to sign up by Tuesday, and federal officials say they won't again extend the deadline. In addition, news outlets examine why it will take time to determine whether the overhaul is...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Modern Healthcare reports that some legal experts say it will be tough to convince judges to overturn the controversial rule on classifying Medicare in-patients. Modern Healthcare: AHA Lawsuit Over ‘Two-Midnight’ Rule Called Uphill Battle The CMS'...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Now the state has the authority to "surprise" inspect clinics without a warrant. Reuters:  Bill Signed Allowing Surprise Inspections Of Arizona Abortion Clinics Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into a law a bill allowing state health authorities...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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In a valley wedged between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, St. Louis often finds itself beset by a stationary air mass that only a severe storm of some kind can dislodge. St. Louis is also an industrial city with high humidity, so it’s no wonder...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Michael Ollove, Stateline | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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One of the main ways the Affordable Care Act seeks to reduce health care costs is by encouraging doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to form networks which coordinate patient care and become eligible for bonuses when they deliver care...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Jenny Gold | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Today's headlines include a report detailing how changes in the Census Bureau's annual survey could mask the health law's impact.    Kaiser Health News: FAQ On ACOs: Accountable Care Organizations, Explained Kaiser Health News staff writer Jenny...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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