California’s $12 Billion Medicaid Makeover Banks on Nonprofits’ Buy-In
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by Angela Hart
3d ago
TURLOCK, Calif. — For much of his young life, Jorge Sanchez regularly gasped for air, at times coughing so violently that he’d almost throw up. His mother whisked him to the emergency room late at night and slept with him to make sure he didn’t stop breathing. “He’s had these problems since he was born, and I couldn’t figure out what was triggering his asthma,” Fabiola Sandoval said of her son, Jorge, now 4. “It’s so hard when your child is hurting. I was willing to try anything.” In January, community health workers visited Sandoval’s home in Turlock, a city in California’s Central Valley whe ..read more
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Why Medicaid’s ‘Undercount’ Problem Counts
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by Phil Galewitz, KFF Health News
3d ago
Millions of people were surprised to find themselves booted from Medicaid over the past year after pandemic-era protections expired that had prevented states from terminating their coverage. Turns out, millions of them were also unaware they had been covered by the government program. Nearly 1 in 3 people enrolled in Medicaid in 2022 — or 26 million people — didn’t know it, according to a study by Harvard and New York University researchers published in Health Affairs this month.  The report estimated that of those who didn’t know they were on Medicaid, about 3 million thought they were u ..read more
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Medicaid ‘Unwinding’ Decried as Biased Against Disabled People
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by Daniel Chang
5d ago
Jacqueline Saa has a genetic condition that leaves her unable to stand and walk on her own or hold a job. Every weekday for four years, Saa, 43, has relied on a home health aide to help her cook, bathe and dress, go to the doctor, pick up medications, and accomplish other daily tasks. Share Your Story With Us Have you or someone you know with disabilities unexpectedly lost Medicaid benefits since April 2023? Tell us about it here. contact us She received coverage through Florida’s Medicaid program until it abruptly stopped at the end of March, she said. “Every day the anxiety builds,” said Saa ..read more
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KFF Health News' 'What the Health?': Newly Minted Doctors Are Avoiding Abortion Ban States
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1w ago
The Host Julie Rovner KFF Health News @jrovner Read Julie's stories. Julie Rovner is chief Washington correspondent and host of KFF Health News’ weekly health policy news podcast, “What the Health?” A noted expert on health policy issues, Julie is the author of the critically praised reference book “Health Care Politics and Policy A to Z,” now in its third edition. A new analysis finds that graduating medical students were less likely to apply this year for residency training in states that ban or restrict abortion. That was true not only for aspiring OB-GYNs and others who regularly treat pr ..read more
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Biden Team’s Tightrope: Reining In Rogue Obamacare Agents Without Slowing Enrollment
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by Julie Appleby, KFF Health News
1w ago
President Joe Biden counts among his accomplishments the record-high number of people, more than 21 million, who enrolled in Obamacare plans this year. Behind the scenes, however, federal regulators are contending with a problem that affects people’s coverage: rogue brokers who have signed people up for Affordable Care Act plans, or switched them into new ones, without their permission. Fighting the problem presents tension for the administration: how to thwart the bad actors without affecting ACA sign-ups. Complaints about these unauthorized changes — which can cause affected policyholders to ..read more
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California propone ampliar subsidios de seguros de salud a todos los inmigrantes adultos
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by Jasmine Aguilera, El Tímpano
1w ago
Marisol Pantoja Toribio se encontró un bulto en el pecho a principios de enero. Sin seguro y viviendo en California sin papeles, y sin su familia, la normalmente despreocupada mujer de 43 años se dio cuenta pronto de lo limitadas que eran sus opciones. “Yo dije, ¿Qué voy a hacer? …. “, recordó emocionada. Inmediatamente le preocupó que pudiera tener cáncer. “Iba y venía: tengo [cáncer], no tengo, sí tengo, no tengo”. Y si estaba enferma, agregó, no podría trabajar ni pagar el alquiler. Al no tener seguro de salud, Pantoja Toribio no podía pagar para averiguar si tenía una enfermedad ..read more
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California Floats Extending Health Insurance Subsidies to All Adult Immigrants
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by Jasmine Aguilera, El Tímpano
2w ago
Marisol Pantoja Toribio found a lump in her breast in early January. Uninsured and living in California without legal status and without her family, the usually happy-go-lucky 43-year-old quickly realized how limited her options were. “I said, ‘What am I going to do?’” she said in Spanish, quickly getting emotional. She immediately worried she might have cancer. “I went back and forth — I have [cancer], I don’t have it, I have it, I don’t have it.” And if she was sick, she added, she wouldn’t be able to work or pay her rent. Without health insurance, Pantoja Toribio couldn’t afford to find out ..read more
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AC, Power Banks, Mini Fridges: Oregon Equips Medicaid Patients for Climate Change
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by Samantha Young
2w ago
Oregon is shipping air conditioners, air purifiers, and power banks to some of its most vulnerable residents, a first-in-the-nation experiment to use Medicaid money to prevent the potentially deadly health effects of extreme heat, wildfire smoke, and other climate-related disasters. The equipment, which started going out in March, expands a Biden administration strategy to move Medicaid beyond traditional medical care and into the realm of social services. At least 20 states, including California, Massachusetts, and Washington, already direct billions of Medicaid dollars into programs such as ..read more
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Sign Here? Financial Agreements May Leave Doctors in the Driver’s Seat
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by Katheryn Houghton
2w ago
Cass Smith-Collins jumped through hoops to get the surgery that would match his chest to his gender. Living in Las Vegas and then 50, he finally felt safe enough to come out as a transgender man. He had his wife’s support and a doctor’s letter showing he had a long history of gender dysphoria, the psychological distress felt when one’s sex assigned at birth and gender identity don’t match. Although in-network providers were available, Smith-Collins selected Florida-based surgeon Charles Garramone, who markets himself as an early developer of female-to-male top surgery and says that he does not ..read more
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Whatever Happened to Biden’s Public Option?
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by Elisabeth Rosenthal
3w ago
In the 2020 elections, then-candidate Joe Biden and many of his congressional colleagues loudly advocated for a federal “public option” health insurance plan. It was framed, at the time, as part of his incoming administration’s response to the pandemic. “Low-income Americans will be automatically enrolled in the public option at zero cost to them, though they may choose to opt out at any time,” Democrats promised in their party platform. But since Biden entered office, it’s been crickets. The president hasn’t uttered the phrase “public option” since December 2020, according to factba.se, which ..read more
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