Health Insurance and Managed Care

The contraceptive coverage mandate, issued by the Obama administration under the Affordable Care Act, removed cost as a barrier to birth control, a longtime goal of advocates for women’s rights. But the mandate ensnarled the federal government in more than five years of litigation, which overshadowed many other aspects of…

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In Winterset, Mr. Grassley fanned the flames about so-called death panels, saying, “You have every right to fear.” “We should not have a government program that determines you’re going to pull the plug on Grandma,” Mr. Grassley said then. Photo Senator Susan Collins of Maine provided one of the three…

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President Trump was no help. Without the election of Mr. Trump last year, putting a Republican in the White House, the repeal effort would have been an academic exercise, ending in a certain veto. But Mr. Trump did not prove persuasive in recent days. Photo Senator Susan Collins of Maine…

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But the victory could be fleeting: Senate Republicans still have no agreement on a repeal bill that they can ultimately pass to uproot the law that has provided health insurance to millions of Americans. The Senate is now moving ahead with debate, amendments and ultimately a final vote in the…

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Fewer people would probably be covered under Medicaid, too. Over the last few years, signups for Medicaid have increased substantially, even among people who could have been covered before Obamacare expanded eligibility. Many of those people presumably didn’t realize they qualified for Medicaid and first tried to buy private insurance…

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The effort by Senate Republican leaders to remake the nation’s health care system — which went well beyond the perimeters of Mr. Obama’s health care law — was in retrospect doomed from the moment it began, even with the wind of an unlikely win in the House at their backs….

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State insurance regulators say the proposal harks back to the days when insurance companies, even household names like Aetna and Blue Cross, sold policies so skimpy they could hardly be called coverage at all. Derided as “junk insurance,” the plans had very low premiums but often came with five-figure deductibles….

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“I want to make sure that with regard to those people who are currently getting coverage under Medicaid expansion, that we have some options for them,” Mr. Portman said. Continue reading the main story Two other Republican senators, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, went on…

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Ms. Murkowski raised concerns on several levels. She expressed worries about soaring health care costs in rural areas, about women’s access to health care if Planned Parenthood were defunded, and about how the most vulnerable citizens, such as Alaska Natives, would get health care. Those concerns were largely unanswered. “I…

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“It’s hard to see how tinkering is going to satisfy my personal concerns,” Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, told reporters. Where Senators Stand on the Health Care Bill A real-time count of every senator’s position. Negotiations on Tuesday that leaders hoped would move senators toward yes only exposed the…

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