Affordable Care Act

Government programs mostly responsible for record lows in child poverty, uninsured, report says

BY: - September 16, 2022

Despite all the economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, child poverty and uninsurance were at record lows last year, Census data show. And those lows are largely the result of large government interventions, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said in a statement that was published Tuesday. The percentage of Americans lacking health […]

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Free preventive care under the ACA is under threat again

BY: - September 14, 2022

By Paul Shafer, Boston University and Kristefer Stojanovski, Tulane University Many Americans breathed a sigh of relief when the U.S. Supreme Court left the Affordable Care Act in place following the law’s third major legal challenge in June 2021. This decision left widely supported policies in place, like ensuring coverage regardless of preexisting conditions, coverage […]

Manchin and U.S. Senate Democrats strike a deal on major health, climate, tax package

BY: and - July 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer struck an agreement Wednesday for a Democrats-only reconciliation package that would allow negotiations on some Medicare prescription drugs, end corporate tax loopholes and address climate change as well as invest in energy projects. President Joe Biden in a statement on […]

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Lives hang in the balance as time runs out for action on health insurance

BY: - July 27, 2022

Five years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Yet I’m the lucky one. I could afford to get treatment. Too many people in America don’t have the health care they need, even today. The 2021 American Rescue Plan included subsidies to make health insurance more affordable than ever, resulting in a record-breaking […]

Record number of Americans sign up for ACA health insurance

BY: - January 3, 2022

By Phil Galewitz and Andy Miller, Kaiser Health News A record 13.6 million Americans have signed up for health coverage for 2022 on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, the Biden administration announced last month. President Joe Biden’s top health advisers credited the increased government subsidies, which lowered out-of-pocket costs, for the surge in enrollment. They […]

Biden touts rescue plan, tours Ohio State cancer facility in Columbus

BY: - March 24, 2021

Reporting from pool reports President Joe Biden touted the recently passed COVID-19 rescue package during a visit to Columbus Tuesday evening, highlighting the child tax credit and earned income tax credit included in the American Rescue Plan. Biden said the U.S. will have, by the end of May, roughly 600 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, […]

The Supreme Court could strike down Obamacare. Here’s what’s at stake.

BY: - November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — The fate of the sweeping 2010 health care law known as Obamacare is again in limbo, with the Supreme Court on Tuesday set to hear arguments over whether that statute should be overturned. States are at the heart of the case and nearly every one has made an argument about why Obamacare should […]

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What California v. Texas Could Mean for Ohio

BY: - November 10, 2020

Today the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in California v. Texas, a case that could determine the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the landmark legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010. As then Vice President Joe Biden, now President-Elect, said at the time, caught on a hot mic, the law […]

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Why protecting the ACA is crucial for women of color

BY: - November 3, 2020

In my work — lawyering for reproductive justice by analyzing public policy affecting the underserved populations of Memphis for SisterReach — I know firsthand that Black women and other women of color are far less likely to receive the same quality of healthcare as white women. They’re also more likely to have limited access to healthcare […]

Barrett nomination advances to the U.S. Senate floor with a GOP-only vote

BY: and - October 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Republicans on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, as Democrats boycotted the markup in a show of protest. The 12 Republicans on the panel speedily voted on Barrett’s nomination and sent it to the Senate floor. The full Senate will […]

Federal rural health panel offers little help for the public on COVID-19

BY: - October 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — The pandemic is ripping through rural America, but the website for a federal advisory panel on rural health is silent on COVID-19. The panel is headed by former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer. Colyer, a Republican and physician, continues to tout the use of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment despite warnings about its use. He […]

DeWine speaks up for popular parts of the ACA, but not the one providing health care to 500,000 low-income Ohioans

BY: - October 14, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks up for popular parts of the ACA, but not the one providing healthcare to 500,000 low-income Ohioans