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After controversy, this hospital turned itself into a leader in community outreach. Here's how.

January 16, 2018


Yale New Haven Hospital 15 years ago was at the center of growing scrutiny over tax-exempt hospitals' contributions to the community, but the hospital today is positioning itself as a leader in community service.

Inside Maryland's proposal for a state-level individual mandate

January 11, 2018


The state lawmakers are looking to create a financial penalty for certain Maryland residents that remain uninsured and allow individuals who pay the penalty to use those dollars as a so-called "down payment" on an exchange plan.

Trump says Congress just 'repealed' the ACA. Is that true?

December 21, 2017


President Trump's comments follow Congress' passage of a tax reform bill that eliminates the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) individual mandate penalty—but observers note that the bill leaves much of the ACA untouched.

As uninsured rate dropped, more US families could afford their medical bills, CDC data show

December 21, 2017


The CDC data show the United States' uninsured rate among individuals younger than age 65 fell from 17.3% in 2011 to 10.5% during the first six months of 2017, and during that time, the share of U.S. residents younger than 65 who were in families that reported having trouble paying their medical bills during the previous 12 months fell from 21.3% to 16%.

Congress effectively repeals ACA's individual mandate

December 20, 2017


The House today will send to President Trump's desk the GOP's tax reform bill, which would effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate—a move the Congressional Budget Office projects would will lead to millions more uninsured U.S. residents compared with current law.

No, the uninsured don't use the ED more than the insured, study finds

December 12, 2017


The researchers say their study suggests that uninsured individuals "are most likely encountered in the [emergency department (ED)]" because such patients are relatively unlikely to use outpatient services, which they say could explain why many believe uninsured individuals are more likely to use EDs than those who have health coverage.

Community health centers grapple with federal funding losses

December 7, 2017


Community health centers are feeling the effects of Congress' failure to reauthorize funding for the Community Health Centers Fund, and a new policy brief estimates that the funding loss could lead to more than 76,000 fewer jobs in 2018 if lawmakers do not address the issue.

Senate could vote today to eliminate ACA's individual mandate penalty

December 1, 2017


The Senate as early as today could hold a final vote on a tax reform bill that would effectively eliminate the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and could trigger $25 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare next year.

CBO: Bipartisan ACA bill would not offset effects of eliminating the individual mandate

November 30, 2017


Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall says a bill introduced by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to bolster the Affordable Care Act's exchanges would not mitigate premium increases and coverage losses that would result from repealing the law's individual mandate, but Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is pushing back against that assertion.

Report: Medicaid covered 32% of all US ED visits in 2014

November 30, 2017


A recent report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows Medicaid paid for more emergency department visits in 2014 than Medicare or private insurers.

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