Covered California may let insurers raise rates by an average of up to 25 percent on certain plans if uncertainty persists about the federal government’s commitment to funding reductions in out-of-pocket expenses for low-income people. California Healthline Senior Correspondent Chad Terhune discussed this and other health care topics Wednesday on KABC radio.
The notion is gaining traction — or at least attention — with the failure of the GOP’s latest overhaul effort. In Sacramento, an expert panel debates the pluses and minuses.
Even though the Affordable Care Act has dodged another legislative bullet, it still faces challenges.
Hundreds of protesters were turned away from the Senate’s public hearing on the Graham-Cassidy bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, but they made their feelings known outside the door.
The statement from the Maine senator came after the Congressional Budget Office said the bill would cause millions of people to become uninsured.
Any momentum to address prescription drug costs has been lost amid rancorous debates over replacing Obamacare and stalled by roadblocks erected via lobbying and industry cash.
Those relying on the federal government’s safety net are grandmothers, the kid next door, your supermarket cashier — maybe even you.
The measure proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) would disrupt the existing health system more than any of the measures considered so far this year, according to supporters and critics.
In the GOP’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, California would lose a lot of federal funding. Texas would gain a lot in the short term, but experts worry Texas would not use the money well.
The Affordable Care Act gave some Americans the chance to strike out on their own in new business ventures because they didn’t have to worry about keeping a job just for health insurance. But the repeal-and-replace efforts reignited this week create uncertainty about whether they can count on that insurance option in the future.