Romney’s Health Care Plan Would Allow Pre-Existing Condition Discrimination

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 8:22 am

Romney’s health care plan isn’t really a plan in that it has precious few numbers. But what we do know of it suggests that it would look mostly like today, only worse for anyone who has an illness and not much money to afford care.


HHS Bids for More Enrollment in High-Risk Pools By Cutting Premiums, Paperwork

By: Tuesday May 31, 2011 3:45 pm

The Department of Health and Human Services, in a show of concern about the lack of pickup of a signature early deliverable for the uninsured in the health care law, will lower the price of premiums by up to 40% in 18 states for the government’s high-risk pools. Eligibility standards will also be simplified in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

Democrats on Selling Health Care Reform: The Sixth Time’s the Charm

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 9:30 am

How many times have you heard Democrats claim that “this moment” will be the magical opportunity when they convince the American people to like the new health care law? The newest “opportunity” to win the public over is apparently the House Republicans’ push for repeal.

State Meddling, High-Risk Pool Inertia Challenging Health Care Law

By: Friday November 5, 2010 5:16 pm

There are a lot more Republican governors now. And they’re going to be very aggressive on the health care law, from trying to de-fund state participation in Medicaid to simply not building the state insurance exchanges that are central to the law. Many will also seek to join lawsuits arguing against the constitutionality of the individual mandate.

In addition, many state insurance commissioners are appointed, and new Governors may appoint regulators who do not see regulation as their primary responsibility.

But a big problem for supporters of the health care law, aside from the state meddling, is that the provisions they’ve implemented thus far just aren’t having the impact they expected.

High Risk Pools Have Few Customers, So Far

By: Saturday August 21, 2010 5:00 pm

Many of us worried that the bridge plans for the uninsured before the changes from the Affordable Care Act that largely come into being in 2014 were underfunded and insufficient. In particular, states were to set up high-risk pools, bolstered with only $5 billion dollars in federal funds. It didn’t seem like this would help enough of the millions of people denied coverage by an insurer for a pre-existing condition. But the money doesn’t seem to be the main problem – it’s getting people to know that the pools exist.

Health Insurance High-Risk Pools Include Abortion Coverage Ban

By: Friday July 16, 2010 1:25 pm

The Obama Administration has applied what amounts to the Stupak amendment to the interim high-risk insurance pools created in the Affordable Care Act, banning abortion services coverage in them.

Fed Health Site Opens Pools to the Uninsured, for Now

By: Thursday July 1, 2010 1:31 pm

I think it is important to note again that if Congress had just expanded the successful public Medicare health-insurance program, like it did in Libby, Montana, the people most in need of health insurance could have started getting coverage in much less time than it took to put up this website.

High-Risk-Pool Time Bomb Looms While Baucus Wins Medicare for His Chosen Few

By: Wednesday June 30, 2010 6:01 am

The media are finally waking up to the fact that the temporary high-risk pools created by the new health-care law were completely unfunded. Only $5 billion was set aside for the program, which is probably less than a third of what would be required to keep the program funded until 2014. This should not be news to Congress or people closely following the health-care debate. Back in December 2009, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) clearly concluded, “By 2011 and 2012 the initial $5 billion in Federal funding for this program [high risk pools] would be exhausted.” A fact FDL chose to highlight.

Republicans All In on Repealing Health Care Reform

By: Tuesday April 13, 2010 7:02 am

The Affordable Care Act remains generally unpopular, though up from its all-time lows. And very little in the bill will come online between now and the elections – actually, between now and 2014 – to change that. In fact, some states will see to that personally. . . .

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