Congressional Candidates Go Head-To-Head On Health Care — Again

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). The California Democrats who fought to flip Republican congressional seats in 2018 used health care as their crowbar. The Republicans had just voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act Read more

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Obamacare A Disgrace? Biden Highlights Bloomberg’s Negative Remarks About The Affordable Care Act.

“From the moment we passed that signature legislation, Mike called it a disgrace.” – Former Vice President Joe Biden in comments during the February Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas Sparring over health care during the Nevada Democratic presidential primary Read more

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Surge In Enrollment As Californians Avoid Penalty, Receive State Aid

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Hundreds of thousands of new enrollees signed up for 2020 coverage through Covered California, driven by new carrot-and-stick state policies that provide financial aid to help some people afford Read more

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Viewpoints: President’s Budget Is A Catastrophe In Making For Millions; Doctors Would Turn Away From ‘Medicare For All’

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care topics and others. Los Angeles Times: Trump Takes Aim At The Poor, The Sick And The ElderlyIn accordance with the old adage that budgets are political documents, President Trump’s budgets are windows Read more

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Better Than Other Plans Or Better Than Nothing? Trump’s Claim About ‘Affordable’ Options

“Our new plans are up to 60% less expensive and better.” President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address to Congress, Feb. 4, 2020 In his wide-ranging State of the Union address, President Donald Trump returned to a Read more

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In Fierce Debate, Democratic Candidates Expand Health Agenda Arguments

Democratic presidential candidates faced off on the debate stage for the eighth time this campaign season. Meeting in Manchester, N.H., they returned to now familiar health care themes — “Medicare for All” versus a public option, the cost of prescription Read more

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Federal Officials Seek Information On Coverage ‘Guardrails’ Georgia Plans To Put In Place With Health Care Revamp

Georgia is requesting approval to alter the way its insurance marketplace operates. The letter from CMS asks for more information from Georgia on the tax adjustments related to subsidies, and about employer-related provisions, but says the planned “reinsurance” part of Read more

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Viewpoints: Pros, Cons Of Administration’s Attempts To Transform Medicaid; Racially-Charged Reactions To Coronavirus Merely Fuel Inequality

Editorial pages focus on these health care topics and others. The Washington Post: Seema Verma: No, The Administration Is Not Cutting MedicaidThe Trump administration released the Healthy Adult Opportunity last week, providing a historic level of flexibility for states to Read more

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Women Shouldn’t Get A Bill For An IUD … But Sometimes They Do

This story also ran on Vice. This story can be republished for free (details). After a few months on daily contraceptive pills, Erica M. wanted something more reliable. She wanted an intrauterine device, a form of long-acting reversible contraception that Read more

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Fact-Checking President Trump’s State Of The Union

Attend Our Live Taping Hey “What the Health?” fans: Are you in Washington, D.C.? Do you want to see us in person? We’re taping a live show with special guest Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Fla.). Tickets are free but RSVP required. Read more

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Viewpoints: To Guard Against Coronavirus Epidemic, U.S. Doctors Need To Monitor Pneumonias; Administration Let Down Country With False Promises On Health Care

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care issues and others. The Wall Street Journal: Stop A U.S. Coronavirus Outbreak Before It StartsThe Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread at an alarming rate. More than 20,000 cases have been confirmed in Read more

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CMS Considers Tightening Rules To Ensure Ineligible People Aren’t Receiving ACA Subsidies

In particular, CMS is looking at possibly cutting automatic re-enrollment for low-income consumers. Modern Healthcare: CMS Proposes Rules To Rein In ACA SubsidiesThe federal government on Friday proposed changes to standards governing ACA-compliant health plans sold on the exchanges in Read more

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A Guide To Following The Health Debate In The 2020 Elections

About HealthBent KHN’s chief Washington correspondent, Julie Rovner, who has covered health care for more than 30 years, offers insight and analysis of policies and politics in her regular HealthBent columns. Send questions to [email protected] This story also ran on NPR. Read more

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Trump’s Latest Health Care Challenge: Gaining Voters’ Trust

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Far more Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s handling of several high-profile health care issues than give him positive marks, underscoring the challenge the president faces in claiming health Read more

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An Attack Ad That Claims Michigan Sen. Gary Peters Supports ‘Medicare For All’ Doesn’t Hold Up

Better Future Michigan says Gary Peters “supports ‘Medicare for All,’ siding with radical liberals.” — A television ad that began airing in mid-December This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). Sen. Gary Peters Read more

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Bloomberg On Health Care: Translating His Mayoral Record To The National Stage

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent more than $200 million arguing that he should be the Democratic nominee for president, blanketing the airwaves with advertisements. One of those ads emphasizes health care — leaning into the characterization Read more

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Readers And Tweeters Fired Up Over Employer’s No-Nicotine Policy

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. On Board With Snubbing Smokers? Regarding U-Haul, good for them (“Smokers Need Not Apply: Fairness Read more

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: SCOTUS Punts On ACA Case — For Now

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie's Stories Alice Miranda Ollstein Politico @AliceOllstein Read Alice's Stories Caitlin Owens Axios @caitlinnowens Read Caitlin's Stories Margot Sanger-Katz The New York Times Read more

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Trump Pledges To End HIV Transmission By 2030. Doable, But Daunting.

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Noting that science has “brought a once-distant dream within reach,” President Donald Trump on Tuesday night pledged to eliminate HIV transmission within 10 years. “We have made incredible strides, Read more

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