Affordable Care Act News

Ohioans Concerned About Repeal of Federal Health Law

Ohio advocates of the federal health care law targeted by President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans said that repeal would jeopardize insurance coverage for as many as 1 million Ohioans by 2019 and hurt families and businesses. Their warnings came …

As GOP Seeks Repeal, Louisiana Governor Defends Medicaid Expansion

Gov. John Bel Edwards is outlining his defense for Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion, pushing back on Republican work in Congress to dismantle the federal health law that created the program. The Democratic governor is highlighting the health services people have received …

Health Insurance Relief a Challenge for Minnesota Lawmakers

Minnesota lawmakers scrambled on Jan. 10 to begin cobbling together a relief plan for residents facing massive health insurance premium hikes, but logistical hurdles and disagreements between the Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton could make it weeks or …

California Governor Pitches $122.5B Budget, Issues Deficit Warning

California Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $122.5 billion state spending plan this week and warned of a looming $1.6 billion budget deficit because of slow growth in tax revenues. Brown announced his proposed budget as the state faces uncertainty about …

52 Million Americans Under Age 65 Have Pre-Existing Health Conditions: Kaiser

A new Kaiser Family Foundation study finds that 52 million adults under 65 – or 27 percent of that population — have pre-existing health conditions that would likely make them uninsurable if they applied for individual health coverage under medical …

Extreme Divide Marks Approach to Healthcare in Arkansas, Texas

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is highly unpopular in both Texas and Arkansas, but the sharply different approaches the states have taken is evident in the availability and cost of health care — in the span of a few …

Illinois Sees Year-over-Year Increase in Obamacare Sign-Ups

Officials say more than 68,000 Illinoisans have selected health plans using the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace, up nearly 1,400 compared to the same time last year. The sign-ups are happening as President-elect Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress …

California Commissioner Makes Statement on Trump’s Promise to Repeal Obamacare

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued a statement on Thursday in which he warns about the negative impact if president-elect Donald Trump’s proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act are successful. “Passage of the Affordable Care Act was one of the …

Uncompensated Minnesota Hospital Care Costs Drop 17%, Report Says

A new report released by the state Department of Health shows the cost of uncompensated care at Minnesota hospitals has dropped nearly 17 percent since the federal Affordable Care Act was implemented. Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger said the drop is …

State Regulators Say Pennsylvania Health Insurance Premiums to Rise

State regulators say the cost of health insurance premiums will be going up sharply next year for residents who buy individual plans. The state Department of Insurance said Monday that insurance company rates, based on requests for 2017, include an …