Latinos given health-benefits advice

With Latinos in South Texas at greater risk for developing diabetes, obesity and certain cancers, it is crucial to alert residents that enrollment in the health insurance marketplace begins Oct. 1, local leaders said Thursday. Access to medical care is critical to help prevent some of those problems, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte said […]

Scammers exploit the confusion over new health insurance law

One of the more controversial and confusing provisions of the law, and one that con artists might try to exploit, is the provision that requires most Americans to maintain “minimum essential” health insurance coverage. A just-released Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that about half of respondents do not understand how the law will affect their […]

Health insurance marketplaces are not for seniors

While the Obama administration is encouraging uninsured Americans to enroll in health coverage on the new online insurance marketplaces, federal officials are planning a campaign to persuade millions of seniors to please stay away — don’t call and don’t sign up. “We want to reassure Medicare beneficiaries that they are already covered, their benefits are […]

First Thoughts: Health-care battle continues

Health care battle continues… OFA releases new TV ad trying to boost the health law’s popularity, while GOP politicians try to chart a course on how to roll back the law… Gingrich: GOP can’t just be against Obamacare… Violence in Egypt represents foreign-policy disaster for U.S… The sequester’s impact on science funding… And the latest […]

UPS to End Health Benefits for Spouses of Some Workers

U.P.S., the world’s largest package delivery company, said its decision was prompted in part by “costs associated with” the federal health care law that is commonly called Obamacare. Several health care experts, however, said they believed the company was motivated by a desire to hold down health care costs, rather than because of cost increases […]

Say Hi To Oscar: The New Kid That May Change Health Insurance

By Nicole Fisher and Scott Liebman Josh Kushner (David Yellen for FORBES) In five weeks from now, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandates the opening of health insurance exchanges around the country. At that time New Yorkers will be introduced to an innovative way of thinking about health care: Oscar. Three friends, and technology […]

Wonkbook: Doctors for higher health-care costs!

Welcome to Wonkbook, Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas’s morning policy news primer. To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism, or ideas to Wonkbook at Gmail dot com. To read more by Ezra and his team, go to Wonkblog. A crucial change in the health-care conversation over the last few years has been the shift in […]

The health spending mystery

Not surprisingly, the Obama administration suggests that the Affordable Care Act (”Obamacare”) is a main cause. “As ACA Implementation Continues, Consumer Health Care Cost Growth Has Slowed” is the headline of a recent White House blog post by Alan Krueger, head of the Council of Economic Advisers. Many statistical sources, he notes, confirm the slowdown. […]

Launch of Health-Care Exchanges Around Corner

With just two months until the Oct. 1 deadline for states and the federal government to have their health-care exchanges up and running, now’s the time for consumers to learn how their insurance plans will operate under the Affordable Care Act. The individual mandate, which requires every U.S. citizen to either have health care or […]

Health Care Law Raises Pressure on Public Unions

The so-called Cadillac tax was inserted into the Affordable Care Act at the advice of economists who argued that expensive health insurance with the employee bearing little cost made people insensitive to the cost of care. In public employment, though, where benefits are arrived at through bargaining with powerful unions, switching to cheaper plans will […]