Latest News‘Health For All’ Bill Would Fix Hole in the Affordable Care Act
According to Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), “There is a hole in the Affordable Care Act, in terms of access to coverage, that you can drive a truck through.” That hole, he says, is the fact that people who are undocumented are not eligible for health care.
By Anna Challet, New America Media, News Report
Sep 30, 2014
Despite Obamacare, U.S. healthcare system still dysfunctional
Obamacare was supposed to make our healthcare system friendlier to patients, and in many ways it’s succeeded. But we still have a long way to go.
By David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times
September 25, 2014
U.S. to End Coverage Under Health Care Law for Tens of Thousands
The Obama administration said on Monday that it planned to terminate health insurance for 115,000 people on Oct. 1 because they had failed to prove that they were United States citizens or legal immigrants eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. It also told 363,000 people that they could lose financial aid because their incomes could not be verified.
By Robert Pear, The New York Times
September 16, 2014
Meet Jennifer, A Woman Who Could Die If An Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit Succeeds
When I speak to Jennifer Causor for the first time, she rings with enthusiasm as she describes her new exercise program. It’s a “boot camp” themed program, “which is something I never thought I’d be able to do,” Jenn tells me over the phone. “It is so hard, but it is so awesome!” she proclaims, before describing a time when she was so tired from a kettlebell workout that she actually started crying.
By Ian Millhiser, Think Progress
September 9, 2014
Does America have the political maturity for single-payer healthcare?
Responding to my post about how the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling demonstrates the necessity of a single-payer healthcare system, Ezra Klein raises the specter of unrestrained political interference in healthcare decisions.
By Michael Hiltzik, The Los Angeles Times
July 3, 2014
UCLA Policy Center: Disproportionate-Share Hospital Payment Reductions May Threaten The Financial Stability Of Safety-Net Hospitals
Safety-net hospitals rely on disproportionate-share hospital (DSH) payments to help cover uncompensated care costs and underpayments by Medicaid (known as Medicaid shortfalls). The Affordable Care Act (ACA) anticipates that insurance expansion will increase safety-net hospitals’ revenues and will reduce DSH payments.
Op-Ed: Time has come for single-payer healthcare
“Going backward is not the answer. But clearly, the Affordable Care Act is not the answer either. So where do we go from here? According to prestigious organizations such as Physicians for a National Health Program, the American Medical Student Association and the California Nurses Association, the answer is clear: single-payer health care.”
By Sally Littlefield, The Daily Californian
June 16, 2014
UCLA Policy Brief: Californians Health by Race and Ethnicity
A series of new fact sheets by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research detail different health statistics of California residents by their ethnicity and race.
June 17, 2014
Op-Ed: How Health Care Systems Stack Up
Britain and Switzerland were top scorers in a study examining the quality and efficiency of health care systems in 11 advanced nations by a leading American research organization. As usual, the United States finished last over all and last on several important measures of cost and health outcomes, despite having the most costly system in the world.
By The Editorial Board, The NY Times
June 16, 2014
“Let the DREAMers In”: Medical School Admissions and Undocumented Applicants
Will DACA graduates really be able to get a residency and work as physicians? How will med students with DACA status finance their education?
By Benjii Perin, SOM3, Co-Founder Med Students for Dreamer Applicants
June 16, 2014
Insurers Discriminate Against H.I.V/AIDS Patients
HIV organizations believe that the four insurers — Aetna subsidiary CoventryOne, Cigna, Humana and Preferred Medical Plan — are sidestepping that requirement by charging such consumers more in other ways, such as through higher out-of-pocket costs for HIV drugs than for other prescription medications.
By Katie Thomas, The New York Times
May 29, 2014
Survey: Women and Healthcare Access
A large number of women face significant barriers to health care, and while the health law will likely help them get services, some are unaware of the benefits already in effect. But many will remain left out.
By Lisa Gillespie, Kaiser Health News
Roughly 10,700 Farmworkers could lose their health coverage
A health plan that provides coverage for farmworkers in California is asking the state to provide a one-year, $3.2 million subsidy to help it comply with Affordable Care Act requirements.Without the subsidy, farmworkers say that 10,700 individuals could lose their health coverage.
By Chris Megerian, The Los Angeles Times
May 26, 2014
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