|Date ||Article Name||Location||About|
|12/05/13||GOP fight with Obamacare is closing hospitals||cnn.com||Medicaid & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|The Obamacare website is open for business. But the Charlton Memorial Hospital in Folkston, Georgia, is closed.
Because Republicans in half the states have blocked the expansion of Medicaid, funds to public hospitals with large uninsured populations have been slashed. So far, at least five public hospitals have been closed this year and 5,000 hospital employees have been laid off nationwide. The closures are expected to worsen in the coming years.|
|12/05/13||Elizabeth Warren Calls Third Way 'Flatly Wrong' In Social Security Fight||huffingtonpost.com||Social Security & Elizabeth Warren|
|Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took aim at the corporate-backed think tank Third Way on Thursday, deepening her feud with the group that attacked her Social Security plan in the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ op-ed said that Warren was ignoring Social Security's "undebatable solvency crisis."|
|12/03/13||The Best Obamacare News That Nobody Is Talking About||thinkprogress.org||Medicaid & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|Applications for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) spiked throughout the nation during Obamacare’s first month of open enrollment, and skyrocketed in the states participating in the health law’s Medicaid expansion, according to preliminary monthly data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday. Nearly 1.5 million low-income Americans now have access to public health insurance.|
|12/02/13||Opinion: You can't game a presidential legacy||cnn.com||Medicare, Medicaid & Affordable Care Act (Ob...|
|What will President Obama's historical legacy look like decades from now? As the media sort through the debates over the Affordable Care Act and the budget, or the implications of the recent deal with Iran, many Americans are starting to think about how we will remember this president.
Predicting presidential legacies is tricky. Historians are particularly skeptical about anyone who thinks he or she can figure out what a president's legacy will be while he's still in office.|
|12/01/13||UnitedHealthcare Dropping Hundreds Of Doctors From Medicare Advantage Plans||kaiserhealthnews.org||Medicare, Doctors & Health Insurance Industry|
|Dorathy Senay’s doctor had some bad news after her last checkup, but it wasn't about her serious blood disorder called amyloidosis. Her Medicare Advantage managed care plan from UnitedHealthcare/AARP is terminating the doctor's contract Feb. 1.
She is also losing her oncologist at the prestigious Yale Medical Group -- the entire 1,200 physician practice was axed.|
|12/01/13||Medicaid expansion would improve Native care||newsminer.com||Medicaid & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|Many people know that Alaska Native people, like all Native Americans, get free health care. The depth of our awareness usually ends with that simple phrase, though, and that leads to some misconceptions about the interest groups advocating for the expansion of Medicaid in Alaska.|
|11/30/13||Michigan embraces Medicaid expansion to help inmates||washingtonpost.com||Medicaid & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|When Medicaid expands next year under the federal health-care law to include all adults living close to the poverty line, one group of eligible beneficiaries will be several million men and women who have spent time in state and federal prisons and jails.
The Justice Department estimates that former inmates and detainees will constitute about 35 percent of the people who will qualify for Medicaid coverage in the states expanding their programs to anyone earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about...|
|11/26/13||John Kasich’s Medicaid expansion gambit is a double-edged sword||washingtonpost.com||Medicaid & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|Gov. John Kasich went against the grain of many GOP governors with his push to expand Medicaid in Ohio under the federal health-care law. How will the decision affect Kasich's reelection prospects? The early read is that it's a mixed bag.|
|11/25/13||Can Dems win on the Medicaid expansion?||washingtonpost.com||Medicaid & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|The big Washington Post piece reporting on poor Kentucky residents now gaining access to health care under the Affordable Care Act continues to resonate today. Markos Moulitsas highlights the case of Ronald Hudson, a 35-year-old man with high medical bills who had this to say, after learning he would now be covered under the Medicaid expansion: “Well, thank God,” Hudson said, laughing. “I believe I’m going to be a Democrat.”|
|11/25/13||Rick Scott’s Medicaid push stalled in Florida||politico.com||Medicaid & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|Gov. Rick Scott stuck his political neck out earlier this year to champion covering more of his state’s poor residents under Obamacare. But now talk of Medicaid expansion in Florida can, at best, be described as a hushed whisper.
About half the states have signed on to Medicaid expansion, and the early enrollment numbers show it’s the brightest spot in the mostly dismal rollout of the president’s signature health law. In most of the states that did not embrace the federally funded expansion for 2014, debate will rage on ab...|
|11/22/13||7 Tips To Help You Pick The Best Medicare Advantage Plan||huffingtonpost.com||Medicare & Health Insurance Industry|
|This is open enrollment season, running from October 15 to December 7, when you have a chance to choose a Medicare Advantage Plan, the type of coverage selected by about 28% of the 50 million people enrolled in Medicare.
During open enrollment, you can transfer from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan, or you can swap your membership from one Medicare Advantage plan to another. Medicare Advantage plans have extra benefits such as prescription drugs, eye care and dental care, that are not covered by original Me...|
|11/22/13||Arizona Debacle Spotlights Child-Welfare Agencies||npr.org||Health & Welfare, Jan Brewer & Arizona|
|A scandal in which 6,000 child-abuse complaints in Arizona were filed away and never investigated illustrated what advocates say is a tragically common problem across the U.S.: Many child-protection agencies have crushing workloads and inadequate oversight.
In some cases, those flaws have led to deaths and criminal charges against social workers.|
|11/22/13||Arizona debacle spotlights child-welfare agencies||washingtonpost.com||Health & Welfare, Jan Brewer & Arizona|
|A scandal in which 6,000 child-abuse complaints in Arizona were filed away and never investigated illustrated what advocates say is a tragically common problem across the U.S.: Many child-protection agencies have crushing workloads and inadequate oversight.|
|11/18/13||The Obamacare Cancellation Notices You Haven't Heard About||thinkprogress.org||Medicare & Medicaid & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|As lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are endorsing legislation to allow Americans purchasing health care coverage in the individual market to stay in their existing insurance plans, they’re ignoring a far more pressing coverage problem in the 26 states that have yet to expand their Medicaid programs. There, five million working poor Americans could be denied access to affordable insurance altogether.|
|11/18/13||Obamacare gives states grants to cut health costs||usatoday.com||Medicare & Medicaid & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|The primary aim of the Affordable Care Act is to reduce the number of uninsured Americans. Even if the new federal health law accomplishes that goal, states still must grapple with the relatively high cost and low quality of U.S. health care.|
|11/17/13||Kennedycare: Fifty years before Obamacare, JFK had his own health care debacle.||slate.com||Medicare & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|In the spring of 1962, President John F. Kennedy launched a bold effort to provide health care for the aged—later to be known as Medicare. It culminated in a nationally televised presidential address from Madison Square Garden, carried on the three television networks. It was a flop. The legislation foundered amid charges that it was an attempt to socialize medicine and a threat to individual liberty—the same charges President Obama encountered over the Affordable Care Act five decades later.|
|11/01/13||Kaiser poll: Obamacare holding steady, non-Republicans not obsessed with the law||dailykos.com||Health & Welfare & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|The gold standard of health care polling, the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, is out for October and shows once again that the public is basically behind Obamacare, with significantly more wanting to keep it or expand it than to repeal it. Despite all of the Republicans' efforts to sabotage it, public opinion about Obamacare has held steady, 44 percent unfavorable versus 38 percent favorable, but large majorities are still opposed to Republican sabotage.|
|10/30/13||Paul Ryan Waits Five Whole Minutes Before Killing Grand Bargain||talkingpointsmemo.com||Taxes, Social Security & Paul Ryan|
|Paul Ryan killed any lingering hopes of a grand bargain within moments of the budget conference kickoff on Wednesday.
In his opening remarks, the Wisconsin congressman and chairman of the House budget committee laid down a firm marker against new taxes, which are essential to any major deficit reduction proposal that can pass Congress and be signed into law.|
|10/29/13||Affordable Care Act for Young Adults||youtube.com||Health & Welfare & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|Assistant to the President David Simas talks about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for young Americans. A report from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that half of single young adults eligible for the Health Insurance Marketplace could get coverage for $50 a month or less.|
|10/25/13||Why Hiking The Age For Medicare Eligibility Wouldn't Save Much||npr.org||Medicare|
|The annual Medicare bill is expected to hit $1.1 trillion in a decade.|