Community health centers brace for health reform

Uninsured and diagnosed with HIV in 2004, Northeast Baltimore resident Dorothea Townes visits Chase Brexton Health Services’ Mount Vernon clinic at least once a month to pick up medications and get checkups. “It’s a big difference,” Townes, 49, said of the personalized treatment she receives compared with the care her friends get at hospitals. Community […]

Detroit Looks to Health Law to Ease Costs

Officials say the plan would be part of a broader effort to save Detroit tens of millions of dollars in health costs each year, a major element in a restructuring package that must be approved by a bankruptcy judge. It is being watched closely by municipal leaders around the nation, many of whom complain of […]

Health care exchanges threatened by delay

Some health care exchanges won’t be ready for business by the official Oct. 1 target date, experts warn.(Photo: David Sutherland, Getty Images) SHARECONNECT 37 TWEETCOMMENTEMAILMORE Less than 90 days before government-run health exchanges are due to open up shop under President Obama’s new health care law, Web insurers are still being locked out of helping […]

Little understanding of health-care law opens door for scams, government says

“This is the huge, new government program. There’s no doubt in my mind that the fraudsters view it as an opportunity to rip people off,” said Lois Greisman, associate director for the Federal Trade Commission’s division of marketing practices. The FTC already has issued a consumer alert about one telemarketing scheme, in which impostors claiming […]

Health care void fills immigration debate

It has been nearly two years since a car hit Jesus Arroyo as he crossed a Chicago street on his way home from work, an accident that crushed his left side, fractured his skull in multiple places and left him in a coma for six months. Today, Arroyo, 38, remains partially paralyzed and in constant […]

Speaking Out for Health Care Act, Obama Says Millions Will Get Rebates

WASHINGTON — President Obama, slipping back into his episodic role as a vigorous campaigner for his new health care act, said Thursday that thanks to the law, more than 8.5 million Americans are getting rebates this summer from their insurance providers. Mr. Obama was flanked by families who have benefited from a provision in the […]

Health care stocks steady off Affordable Care Act delay

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Delay of new health law could help job market

An employment sign in the window of a Steve Madden shoe store in Pasadena, Calif., in June.(Photo: Kevork Djansezian Getty Images) The job market could get a modest boost from the Obama administration’s decision to give large employers a one-year extension to provide health coverage to their employees or face fines. Some consultants and economists […]

Health care law opponents dominate advertising wars

President Obama talked to health care activists in May.(Photo: MANDEL NGAN, AFP/Getty Images) WASHINGTON — Opponents of the 2010 health care law have out-spent supporters by nearly 5-1 on the airwaves — as conservatives seek to cast doubts about its effects and pledge to keep it at the forefront of federal, state and local races, […]

Health-Law Penalty Delay Clouds Individual Mandate

Article Excerpt Health-Law Penalty Delay Clouds Individual Mandate BY LOUISE RADNOFSKY, ANNA WILDE MATHEWS AND CHRISTOPHER WEAVER The Obama administration’s surprise decision to delay penalties for some employers who don’t offer health insurance led to a new debate Wednesday over whether the move could undermine efforts to expand access to health insurance for individuals. Supporters […]