Policy and Legislation

November 24, 2015 | Kaiser Health News

Many primary care practitioners will be a little poorer next year because of the expiration of a health law program that has been paying them a 10 percent bonus for caring for Medicare patients.

November 13, 2015 | Susan Morse

The nonprofit co-op Health Republic Insurance of New York owes hospitals within the Greater New York Hospital Association more than $150 million, according to a November 11 letter from President Kenneth Raske to member CEOs.

November 6, 2015 | Susan Morse

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is developing a new model for how it pays dual-eligible health plans after an analysis showed it was underpaying these plans.

November 3, 2015 | Henry Powderly

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will pay for end-of-life services, bringing to a close a debate that started with false "death panel" claims during negotiations over the Affordable Care Act and is ending with coverage for families so they can discuss the care patients receive when they are dying.

November 3, 2015 | Kaiser Health News

The average 2016 premium for a 40-year-old in Anchorage is $719 a month - more than double the national average, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

October 30, 2015 | Susan Morse

The budget eliminates a mandate of the Affordable Care Act requiring large employers to automatically enroll new employees in health plans.

October 27, 2015 | Susan Morse

The House has approved a budget reconciliation bill that repeals parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual and employer mandates, the "Cadillac tax," and the medical device tax.

October 23, 2015 | Kaiser Health News

Under the health law, health plans are required to cover preventive services that are recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a nonpartisan group of medical experts, without charging consumers anything out of pocket.

October 19, 2015 | Kaiser Health News

Four companies running urgent care centers in New York have agreed to disclose more fully which insurance plans they accept, following an inquiry by the state's attorney general that found unclear or incomplete information on their websites that could result in larger-than-expected bills for consumers.

October 16, 2015 | Kaiser Health News

Opponents of the tax fear that more out-of-pocket costs for consumers will add to the difficulty many Americans already have paying their medical bills, now that high-deductible health plans are commonplace.

October 14, 2015 | Susan Morse

Due to concerns of insolvency, federal and state officials have ordered the nonprofit co-op Health Republic Insurance of New York to cease writing policies and to close by the end of the year.

October 13, 2015 | Kaiser Health News

President Barack Obama signed legislation last week that makes a significant change in the health law's small business rules, following a rare bipartisan effort to amend the health law.

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