Affordable Care Act

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The ACA didn't solve birth control access
The ACA didn't solve birth control access

Many women are having trouble getting the right birth control.

Oct 9, 2021 - Health
The Supreme Court could be Trump's ACA nightmare

The lawsuit could come to a head just before Election Day.

Mar 3, 2020 - Health
The ACA is doing fine without a mandate penalty

The success undercuts a lawsuit against the ACA.

Jan 14, 2020 - Health
The political risk of overturning the ACA

Swing states and red states would stand to lose the most.

Dec 20, 2019 - Health
Trump's all-or-nothing ACA gamble

We've seen this movie before — in 2012, at the Supreme Court.

Mar 27, 2019 - Health

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Jan 20, 2022 - Health

When you're charged a copay you shouldn't owe

Peter Sacco fought with his health plan to clear a copay he should have never been charged. Photo: Peter Sacco

Patients who take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a medication that prevents HIV, should not be paying anything out of pocket for the drug — or for any blood work or doctor visits associated with getting PrEP.

The big picture: The federal government specifically reminded health insurers last year to make sure those types of ancillary services for PrEP were free at the point of care, but some patients are getting hit with bills anyway.

Oct 28, 2021 - Health

Democrats' prescription drug collapse

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

After campaigning on health care one election cycle after another, Democrats have put forward a social policy framework that does nothing to lower prescription drug prices, expands Medicare benefits to only include hearing coverage, and temporarily builds on the Affordable Care Act.

Why it matters: The framework may be the best the party can do with razor-thin vote margins in Congress. But some health care advocates say it's unacceptable — and voters may not be thrilled either.

Oct 28, 2021 - Health

Democrats' risky health care play

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Some Democrats say it's possible that pieces of their social policy agenda end up being enacted or extended for only a year or two, including major Affordable Care Act and Medicaid provisions.

Why it matters: Limited terms may be the only way Democrats can strike a deal within their budget. But the risk is that Republicans will be able to undo these temporary programs if they're able to regain control of Congress through next year's midterms.

Oct 26, 2021 - Health

Crunch time for Democrats' competing health priorities

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

As Democrats try to reach a deal on a massive social policy bill, the legislation's health care measures are emerging as key sticking points.

Between the lines: Moderate members have successfully reduced the amount of new spending that the party is aiming to pass, amplifying the tug-of-war between different factions of the party over which health policies to prioritize.

Oct 9, 2021 - Health

Medicaid's safety net for pregnant women

Data: KFF; Map: Will Chase/Axios

Fewer women are uninsured (10.5%) nationally than men (13.4%), due in large part to Medicaid providing pregnancy coverage for low-income women.

By the numbers: 16.1% of women are on Medicaid, compared with 12.7% of men, according to census data analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Oct 6, 2021 - Health

The malaria vaccine could be a game-changer for global development

Two siblings rest beneath a malaria bed net in Cambodia. Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

The just-approved malaria vaccine could represent one of the biggest ever achievements in global development.

Why it matters: Malaria kills more than 400,000 people a year, more than half of whom are under the age of 5, and it notably slows the pace of economic growth in the sub-Saharan countries most affected by the mosquito-borne disease.

Sep 13, 2021 - Health

Democrats' competing health care priorities

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Democrats' reconciliation bill includes several major health care pieces backed by different lawmakers and advocates, setting up a precarious game of policy Jenga if the massive measure needs to be scaled back.

Between the lines: Health care may be a priority for Democrats. But that doesn't mean each member values every issue equally.

CMS funnels $452 million for state reinsurance programs

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will announce Tuesday it plans to send $452 million to more than a dozen states' reinsurance programs.

The big picture: The Biden administration has previously signaled support for these programs, which directly compensate insurance companies for some of their most expensive claims, preventing an increase in premiums.

Jul 27, 2021 - Health

Study: Expanding Medicare eligibility may shrink racial disparities

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Medicare helps to reduce racial and ethnic disparities and close gaps in insurance coverage, a new study in JAMA Network shows.

Why it matters: This raises the possibility that expanding the program could further reduce health disparities — a timely idea, as Senate Democrats debate lowering the Medicare eligibility age and broadening its benefits.

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