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The Big Squeeze: More Enrollees and Smaller Networks Plague Some ACA Plans

The Affordable Care Act may be struggling with its own success. Record enrollment over the last two years brought more consumers into the market. At the same time, many insurers began offering smaller networks of doctors and hospitals, partly to…

A Doctor’s Love Letter to ‘The People’s Hospital’

Could a charity hospital founded by a crusading Dutch playwright, a group of Quakers, and a judge working undercover become a model for the U.S. health care system? In this episode of the podcast “An Arm and a Leg,” host…

In Texas, Medicaid Coverage Ends Soon After Childbirth. Will Lawmakers Allow More Time?

Victoria Ferrell Ortiz learned she was pregnant during summer 2017. The Dallas resident was finishing up an AmeriCorps job with a local nonprofit, which offered her a small stipend to live on but no health coverage. She applied for Medicaid…

Decisión de un juez haría que algunas pruebas de detección de cáncer sin costo fueran cosa del pasado

Un juez federal anuló el jueves 30 de marzo una parte de la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio (ACA) que hace que los servicios preventivos, como algunos exámenes de detección de cáncer, sean gratuitos para los miembros,…

Judge’s Decision Would Make Some No-Cost Cancer Screenings a Thing of the Past

[Update: The federal Department of Justice has filed a notice that it intended to appeal the decision.] A federal judge on Thursday overturned a portion of the Affordable Care Act that makes preventive services, such as some cancer screenings, free…

A Judicial Body Blow to the ACA

The Host Opponents of the Affordable Care Act may have stopped trying to overturn the entire law in court, but they have not stopped challenging pieces of it — and they have found an ally in Fort Worth, Texas: U.S….

Obamacare at 13: Biden and a KHN Reporter Remember

I was back in the crowded East Room of the White House on Thursday, as I was 13 years ago, this time standing under a portrait of first first lady Martha Washington, when President Joe Biden entered for a lunchtime…

Health Providers Scramble to Keep Remaining Staff Amid Medicaid Rate Debate

Andrew Johnson lets his clients choose what music to play in the car. As an employee of Family Outreach in Helena, Montana — an organization that assists developmentally disabled people — part of his workday involves driving around, picking up…

Journalists Discuss Medicaid Unwinding and Clawbacks

KHN correspondent Rachana Pradhan untangled Medicaid unwinding on PBS’ “PBS News Weekend” on March 11. Former KHN senior editor Andy Miller discussed virtual visits on WUGA’s “The Georgia Health Report” on March 10. KHN rural editor and correspondent Tony Leys…

Two Counties Square Off With California Over Mental Health Duties

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento and Solano counties are in a standoff with the state over mental health coverage for a portion of Medicaid patients in those counties — a dispute that threatens to disrupt care for nearly 50,000 low-income residents…