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June 7, 2010 | By Tammy Worth, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Stories of emergency rooms pushed to capacity and wait times at physicians' offices have become legendary. Now the passage of healthcare reform — potentially funneling 30 million new people into an already-packed system — has some groups warning that the nation will soon see a shortage of doctors. The Assn. of American Medical Colleges has warned of a deficiency of up to 125,000 doctors by 2025. And it isn't the only group voicing concerns. The Health Resources and Services Administration, a federal agency that works to improve healthcare access for the uninsured, has projected that the supply of primary-care physicians will be adequate through 2020, at which point there will be a deficit of 65,560 physicians.
March 29, 2010 | By Francesca Lunzer Kritz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Now that the overhaul of the nation's health insurance system has become a reality, even people who do have health insurance may want to be fluent in its specifics — to know what to expect, and when. Some changes take effect in a few months, some in a few years. Many groups are beginning to post resources to help consumers understand the bill's tenets, Here are some good resources: •, which sells health insurance over the Web, offers a broad, quick view of the timeline for when various provisions will be implemented.
March 29, 2010 | By Tammy Worth and Lisa Zamosky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Most Americans will be affected by the overhaul of the nation's health insurance — some more directly than others. Here is a look at four people — an uninsured woman with a pre-existing condition, a man happy with his current insurance plan, a college student and a self-employed professional — and how the new healthcare legislation will likely affect each of them in both the short and long term. Individual experiences will vary, but some glimpses of the future can be seen already.
March 28, 2010
Who says bipartisanship was completely absent from the historic vote March 21 on American access to medical care? Certainly not the White House, which released an official photograph of President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and about 40 staffers who assembled to applaud the late-night passage of the bill. Shot by White House photographer Pete Souza, the picture ran on the front pages of newspapers and websites Monday morning, including The Times and
March 22, 2010 | Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
Giant health insurers could see revenue jump under Washington's new health overhaul that will require millions of additional customers to sign up for coverage in the coming years. But large insurers and Wall Street analysts say the prospect of a revenue bonanza may be tempered by the escalating costs of medical care and by provisions of new legislation that could eat into profits. The extent of the benefits to consumers is also unclear. The bill approved by the U.S. House on Sunday will require most Americans to buy insurance starting in 2014, with the federal government providing subsidies for many who can't afford new policies.
March 12, 2010 | By Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook
Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill worked throughout the day Thursday seeking intraparty agreements over abortion, federal insurance subsidies and other issues in a healthcare package they hope to send President Obama before the end of the month. But senior Democrats acknowledged that they were not ready to move forward, and could miss a tentative deadline for a first vote next week. "It's not done yet and that's an understatement," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.
January 8, 2010 | Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
National health care legislation in Congress could slow the growth of medical costs, allowing employers to create 250,000 to 400,000 new jobs a year over the next decade, economists from Harvard University and USC are predicting. Wading into the hotly debated issue of whether the legislation is a job creator or a job killer, researchers from the two universities say that the reforms under consideration would slow the rate of cost increases and free up money for companies to raise wages and hire more workers.
December 24, 2009 | Noam N. Levey & Janet Hook, Tribune Washington Bureau
Rahm Emanuel was agitated. With only seven weeks until Christmas, the opportunity to pass healthcare legislation seemed to be fading. The White House chief of staff feared that if the Senate left for the holiday without passing a bill, President Obama's top domestic priority would wither as lawmakers turned to other concerns next year. Democratic senators and administration officials gathered in a conference room outside Majority Leader Harry Reid's Capitol office. Emanuel wanted to know: Was there a chance the chamber could still act in time?
November 17, 2009 | Janet Hook
Pressing to begin the Senate's landmark floor debate on healthcare legislation this week -- and to finish by the end of the year -- Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is considering new ways to fund the bill by raising the payroll taxes that upper-income workers pay for Medicare. Reid is studying the idea, senior Democratic aides say, because of criticism of a plan approved by the Senate Finance Committee that would impose new taxes on insurance companies that offer expensive healthcare plans.
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