May 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans have opened a new line of attack on President Obama's healthcare law, charging that the administration has improperly sought help from the healthcare industry and other outside groups to implement the landmark statute. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for months has been asking foundations, consumer and business groups, insurance companies and others to help enroll uninsured Americans in health insurance this fall, a key goal of the Affordable Care Act. Administration officials say those actions were entirely appropriate.
May 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Seeking to ensure his landmark healthcare law is successfully implemented, President Obama is reprising his 2012 election strategy in hopes of enrolling millions of uninsured Americans in health plans this fall. The new campaign, whose outcome could largely shape the president's legacy, is targeting young people, Latinos and women - groups that were crucial to Obama's victory in November. It will rely on some of the same tools that the reelection campaign pioneered for voter turnout, including extensive use of social media, mobilization of volunteers and data-driven outreach.
May 2, 2013 |
Many part-timers are facing a double whammy from President Obama's Affordable Care Act. The law requires large employers offering health insurance to include part-time employees working 30 hours a week or more. But rather than provide healthcare to more workers, a growing number of employers are cutting back employee hours instead. The result: Not only will these workers earn less money, but they'll also miss out on health insurance at work. LIVE CHAT: Join us at 3 p.m. Pacific with your questions and comments Consider the city of Long Beach.
April 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama sought to tamp down fears Tuesday that his landmark healthcare law would raise insurance costs and cause other disruptions, saying most Americans were already benefiting from it and others soon would. "Any time you're implementing something big, there's going to be people who are nervous," the president said at a news conference at which he delivered a new pitch for the 2010 legislation. "For the average American out there, for the 85 and 90% of Americans who already have health insurance, this thing's already happened.
April 25, 2013 |
You're not alone in waiting for the doctor to see you. A survey released Thursday by Consumer Reports rates the biggest gripes patients have about visting the doctor. Long waits in the exam or waiting room bothered many of the 1,000 people surveyed, rating a 7.6 out of 10 on the publication's "Gripe-o-Meter. " Most bothersome were unclear or incomplete explanations of a problem by a doctor. That scored 8.1 on the gripe scale. Other major complaints included delays in sharing test results, billing disputes and getting a quick appointment when you're sick.
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April 25, 2013 |
Various factions in the medical world have poured money into lobbying in a battle over how President Obama's healthcare law is implemented in California. One of the biggest questions, George Skelton says in his Thursday column, is whether there will be enough doctors to handle all of the newly insured residents. State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) is pushing legislation that would allow nurse practitioners to operate independently of doctors and respond to the growing need for medical attention. In an understatement, Hernandez said that "this is all very contentious.