WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most Americans back the idea of extending health coverage to their low-income neighbors through the government’s Medicaid program, unless it means higher costs for their own state, according to a new poll.
In a survey released on Tuesday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, 67 percent of respondents gave a favorable view of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform provision to “expand the existing Medicaid program to cover more low‐income, uninsured adults.”
WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Monday said it expects that U.S. states will eventually join its
planned expansion of the Medicaid healthcare program as they
evaluate the benefits of providing health coverage to more
U.S. Medicaid director Cindy Mann said states will likely
spend the next several months analyzing the plan, which under
President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, would extend health
coverage to about 16 million uninsured people based on new
criteria that broadens eligibility to people with incomes of up
to 133 percent of the federal poverty line.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday said it is on track to set up federal health insurance exchanges by 2014 in U.S. states that fail to establish their own regulated insurance markets as required by the U.S. healthcare reform law.
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department will issue new guidance before the end of the summer on how federally-facilitated exchanges are expected to operate, a senior official said.
WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Friday said it is on track to set up federal health insurance
exchanges by 2014 in U.S. states that fail to establish their
own regulated insurance markets as required by the U.S.
healthcare reform law.
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department will issue new
guidance before the end of the summer on how
federally-facilitated exchanges are expected to operate, a
senior official said.
WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – A U.S. Food and Drug
Administration advisory panel recommended Roche Holding AG’s
Lucentis eye drug for treatment of diabetic macular
edema, a leading cause of vision loss among working-age people.
The FDA advisory committee of outside experts on Thursday
recommended both 0.3 milligram and 0.5 milligram doses of the
drug after reviewing clinical research showing it clearly helps
diabetic patients who suffer from the vision-robbing condition.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican governors bent on rejecting the healthcare law’s expanded insurance coverage for millions of low-income Americans may see their gambit backfire if their party fails to sweep the November elections.
Five governors have vowed to opt out of the Medicaid expansion for low-income people since the Supreme Court’s June 28 landmark healthcare ruling let states decide whether to participate in the program. Several others, saying the program will be a huge financial burden on states, are leaning toward the same action.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Now that the Supreme Court has removed the main legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, policy experts question whether enough U.S. states will be ready to implement the law when it takes full effect in 2014.
Up to now, most states have avoided decisive action to build the private insurance exchanges that would extend health coverage to an additional 16 million Americans. Governors in largely Republican states who oppose the entire law may still refuse to act on the exchanges, requiring the federal government to step in to operate them.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While the Supreme Court upheld a U.S. healthcare overhaul on Thursday, its decision cast doubt on whether the plan to extend health coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people will reach some of the poorest Americans.
In its ruling, the court allows states to opt out of an expansion of Medicaid benefits for low-income earners with household incomes of up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line, or about $30,000. The current Medicaid threshold varies geographically, but in 33 states is under the $22,000 per household definition of poverty.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the core of President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare law on Thursday has wide-ranging political and economic implications.
Here is a snap analysis of what it means for Americans, healthcare providers, insurers, the law and the presidential campaign.
WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) – U.S. health insurance
companies are due to pay out $1.1 billion in rebates to
employers and individuals this summer, under a new industry
regulation imposed by President Barack Obama’s health care law,
the administration said on Thursday.
But whether the rebates actually reach those recipients
depends on if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the 2010
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in a ruling expected
by the end of next week, experts said.