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Coverage and Financial Security Preserved for Millions of Americans in the Supreme Court Ruling for the Government 30.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored by Sara Collins The Supreme Court decided last week in favor of the government in the King v. Burwell case. The case had contested the legality of the Affordable Care Act’s premium subsidies in the 34 states that have federally facilitated marketplaces.1  The decision means that the estimated 6.4 million Americans who are currently receiving subsidies in these states will continue to benefit from affordable health insurance. A new survey from The Commonwealth Fund shows what a difference this new marketplace insurance and new Medicaid coverage  have made in millions of people’s lives across the country. In the survey, more than half of working-age adults who currently have coverage either through marketplace plans or Medicaid were uninsured prior to gaining this coverage; of those more than six of 10 had been without insurance for a year or longer. According to the survey, this new health insurance has improved people’s ability to get the health care that they need. Among adults with new ...
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Medical School Hopefuls Grapple With Overhauled Entrance Exam 30.6.2015 NPR Health Science
The results are coming in for the first medical school candidates who took a revamped exam that includes a wider range of subjects, including psychology and sociology.
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What Grade Does the Supreme Court Earn on Its Affordable Care Act Decision? 29.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court again upheld the ACA against a challenge , this time to federal subsidies. Was this a good or bad decision? What grade should we give the court, and for that matter congress as well? Because the court held that the congressional intent was to provide insurance for more people , the decision was good. It preserves affordable insurance for financially challenged individuals, and many of my patients have insurance today but were uninsured before the ACA. Fewer people are uninsured now, thanks to the ACA. Who could possibly be against getting more patients health insurance, someway, somehow? However, the costs of this insurance to those without subsidies have escalated , sometimes un-affordably and sometimes resulting in job loss rather than job creation. But it now remains for congress and states to continue to develop improved methods paying for health care, including less expensive health care delivery systems and more optimal utilization of resources so that premiums ...
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Supreme Court's Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage 29.6.2015 NPR News
Many companies are expected to expand coverage to same-sex spouses if they already offer benefits to opposite-sex spouses. But the recent Supreme Court decision doesn't require them to do so.
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Let's Focus on Fixing - not Nixing - Obamacare 29.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Supreme Court has sloughed off another major challenge to Obamacare, forcing Republicans to devise a better strategy than their promise to repeal the health care law. Congressional repeal of the Affordable Care Act is an appealing option, and would serve as an easy litmus test for the far right. But just because something is simple and grabs headlines (and votes), does not mean it is rational, good for the country or even realistic. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that repealing Obamacare would increase the deficit by $137 billion over ten years. Even if this nonpartisan estimate is exaggerated, the barriers to repealing Obamacare are legal, practical and political. Simply put, Congress can't easily change direction on a policy affecting eight percent of GDP. Politically, Republicans do not have the Senate votes necessary to repeal. And many Americans support parts of Obamacare, including the requirement that insurance companies accept applicants with pre-existing conditions. Yet, even the ...
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The Supreme Court's bad call on Affordable Care Act 29.6.2015 LA Times: Commentary
In King vs. Burwell, the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act permits individuals who purchase insurance on the federal exchange to receive taxpayer subsidies. Though the King decision pleases the ACA's ardent supporters, it undermines the rule of law, particularly the Constitution's...
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The ACA Has Survived yet Again. Now What? 29.6.2015 American Prospect
The Affordable Care Act has used up at least four of its nine lives. It was almost stillborn after Democrats lost their 60-vote Senate majority in early 2010. It survived a brush with death in the Supreme Court in June 2012—and yet another in that fall’s election. And just last week, of course, it was upheld by the Supreme Court in the most ringing affirmation yet. In each case, the existential threat was real. Surviving all of them was hardly foreordained. Say the law had a two-out-of-three chance of winning each time. Basic statistics tells us that the likelihood of four straight wins—if each episode is independent of the others—is less than one in five. For all the commitment displayed by the law’s architects and advocates, for all the extraordinary good that it has done already, the Affordable Care Act has also been extraordinarily lucky. The Road to Entrenchment But, of course, these episodes weren’t independent. With each challenge, the entrenchment of the ACA has increased. If the Supreme Court ...
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Obamacare Reconciliation 29.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Supreme Court last week ensured millions of Americans retained their health insurance. Those who kept their coverage sighed with relief. Democrats cheered. Republicans reacted with vitriol and recrimination. Even the GOP dissenters on the Supreme Court couldn’t stop themselves from responding with bitter sarcasm. Weirdly too, with language like “jiggery-pokery.” For the entire five years since Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans have relentlessly attempted to kill it – along with some of its most vulnerable beneficiaries who’d lack life-saving health care if the GOP succeeded. Some Republican legislatures and governors have jubilantly exploited a provision in a previous Supreme Court decision to deny the working poor in their states access to the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid. But the GOP has lost the bulk of two appeals to the Supreme Court. And Republicans have failed at 67 attempts to repeal all or part of the ACA. They need to call off their war on health care now. Declare a ...
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At 12, a cancer veteran serves others 29.6.2015 Philly.com News
The duPont Hospital for Children had too few of the little wagons that young patients prefer to wheelchairs, so Peter Zucca started a foundation to raise money for a fleet of them.
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Can Technology Ease The Burden Of Caring For People With Dementia? 29.6.2015 NPR: Healthcare
Things like activity trackers and sensors might make it easier to keep people with dementia safe and help caregivers. Researchers are going to test that idea in the real world.
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Vaccine Against Meningitis B Gets A Boost From CDC 29.6.2015 NPR Health Science
A federal health advisory committee now says everyone aged 16 to 23 should talk to a doctor about whether they need to get immunized against a rare but dangerous strain of meningitis.
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High court ruling offers chance to alter health law debate 29.6.2015 Health
WASHINGTON (AP) — The country finally has an opportunity to change the subject on health care, after the Supreme Court again upheld President Barack Obama's ...
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Daniel Church retires after 10 years with Bastyr University 29.6.2015 Seattle Times: Local
After a decade leading the nation’s largest naturopathic university, President Daniel Church steps down.
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The Supreme Court's gift to Republicans 29.6.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Conventional wisdom suggests the Supreme Court's ruling - that federal subsidies are not illegal despite the sloppy language of the Affordable Care Act - is a huge blow to Republicans, who have long been trying to dismantle an odious law that conservatives believe will inevitably make health ...
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Understanding short-term health policies 29.6.2015 LA Times: Commentary
After leaving a full-time job in Northern California earlier this year, Christine Morrison is without work-based health insurance for the first time since the age of 18.
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Too many people still go to the ER 29.6.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
On a recent Saturday morning, I drove a good friend from her health club to an emergency room at a nearby hospital. Her symptoms — not remembering what she had just done and repeating herself — spoke of a potentially serious condition. The emergency medical technicians called to the club said we had to have […]
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Health briefs: Steamboat Running Series Mountain Madness run/walk is July 4 29.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Mountain Madness run/walk to benefit VNA The Steamboat Running Series Mountain Madness run/walk will begin 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4 in the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Parking lot, 245 Howelsen Parkway. The event will be on paved roads and includes a half-marathon run and 10K run/walk. Entries are $20 to $35 and include post-race food, prizes for winners and a raffle entry. All proceeds will benefit the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. Pre-registration is available until 8 p.m. July 2 at www.steamboatrunningseries.com . Registration on the day of the event ends at 7 a.m. Divorce support groups available The Northwest Colorado VNA hosts a support group for adults coping with divorce. Meetings focus on handling strong emotions and life transition, restoring one’s identity and self-esteem, effective communication and successful single parenting. Meetings are Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. at the Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road. For more information, call Adrienne Hearne ...
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Bernie Sanders: Obamacare not enough 28.6.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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Time to change the subject in America's health care debate? 28.6.2015 Yahoo: US National
WASHINGTON (AP) — The country finally has an opportunity to change the subject on health care, after the Supreme Court again upheld President Barack Obama's ...
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Time to change the subject in America's health care debate? 28.6.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The country finally has an opportunity to change the subject on health care, after the Supreme Court again upheld President Barack Obama's law....
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