Affordable Care Act

The big picture

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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Jul 27, 2021 - Health

Study: Expanding Medicare eligibility may shrink racial disparities

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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.

Scoop: HHS launches campaign to bolster ACA sign-ups before Aug. 15 deadline

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The Biden administration plans to launch a massive campaign Thursday to get more Americans to sign up for the Affordable Care Act — 30 days before the Aug. 15 deadline to do so.

Driving the news: Administration officials announced Wednesday more than 2 million people have signed up for health insurance during the special enrollment period using both federal and state marketplaces.

Jul 13, 2021 - World

France orders all health workers to get COVID vaccine

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday ordered all French health care workers to get fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by Sept.15, amid a rise of new infections, driven largely by the Delta variant, AP reports.

The big picture: Macron also mandated special COVID-19 passes for anyone wanting to go to restaurants, shopping malls or hospitals or intending to travel via trains or planes.

Health care has few plans to address the aging immigrant population

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Health care systems in the U.S. are largely unprepared to deal with aging immigrants, according to a new report published in Health Affairs.

Why it matters: The group skews older than U.S.-born adults, the study warns, and many of these aging immigrants aren't eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

Jun 18, 2021 - Health

The Obamacare wars end in a whimper

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Existential threats to the Affordable Care Act just aren’t what they used to be.

The big picture: The anti-Obamacare fire on the right may not be fully extinguished — it still throws off some smoke and a few sparks every once in a while — but it has petered out into irrelevance, dismissed as a distraction even by some of the same conservatives who helped to stoke it in the first place.

Jun 17, 2021 - Health

Supreme Court rejects Republican challenge to Affordable Care Act

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The Supreme Court Thursday morning tossed aside conservatives' latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, rejecting the Trump administration’s bid to get the entire health care law thrown out.

Why it matters: The 7-2 ruling will allow the ACA, which covers some 20 million people and has been the law of the land for 11 years, to continue operating. It also shows there are some limits to how much of the Republican agenda can be accomplished through the courts, even with a solid conservative majority.

Key Democrats to write health care bill that offers public option

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Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) on Wednesday asked for public input on how to craft a "federally administered public option that provides quality, affordable health coverage throughout the United States."

Why it matters: The push for a public option comes days before PresidentBiden’s first full budget, which reports show will endorse the idea of a public option, but actually falls short of including such a proposal or any kind of analysis of cost.

Enrollment surge may help Democrats' push for ACA changes

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Democrats’ big investments in the Affordable Care Act appear to be paying off.

Driving the news: Almost 1 million Americans have signed up for ACA coverage since February, roughly half of them in April alone, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said yesterday.

Biden administration announces 940,000 ACA sign-ups so far this year

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

About 940,000 people have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act since February, the Biden administration announced Thursday.

The big picture: There was a surge in sign-ups of about 470,000 people in the month of April alone. New subsidies and stimulus began April 1.

May 5, 2021 - World

U.S. could fill "vaccine diplomacy" void as other powers struggle

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The U.S. is the last major power to enter the race for global vaccine diplomacy, but still has the opportunity to win it.

Why it matters: China, Russia and other world powers began shipping vaccines all over the world months before the U.S. But they've all run into serious obstacles that leave the U.S. with an opening to become the biggest piece in the global vaccination puzzle.

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