Anthem Profits Hit $1.8 Billion On Medicaid, Medicare Growth

Anthem’s first quarter profits reached $1.8 billion thanks to strong enrollment in its Medicaid and … [+] Medicare Advantage plans, the company reported April 20, 2022. Signage is displayed on the exterior of an Anthem Inc. Blue Cross Blue Shield office building in Wallingford, Connecticut, US, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. Photographer: Michael Nagle/ bloomberg … Read more

Pandemic’s end could surge the number of uninsured kids

The formal end of the pandemic could swell the ranks of uninsured children by 6 million or more as temporary reforms to Medicaid are lifted. Why it matters: Gaps in coverage could limit access to needed care and widen health disparities, by hitting lower-income families and children of color the hardest, experts say. The big … Read more

The pandemic emergency is over — the administration should acknowledge it

Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans now consider COVID-19 to be a crisis, according to the latest Axios-Ipsos survey. But while the public has moved on, the Biden administration has not, extending the two-year-old COVID-19 public health emergency for another 90 days. In the light of positive trends, the emergency should be allowed to expire … Read more

Private equity ownership of nursing homes triggers Capitol Hill questions — and a GAO probe

In his State of the Union address last month, President Joe Biden focused attention on how private equity ownership of nursing homes can affect residents’ health. “As Wall Street firms take over more nursing homes, quality in those homes has gone down and costs have gone up. That ends on my watch,” Biden said. Those … Read more

NYers buy Medicaid for illegal migrants in Hochul, Dems’ budget

Illegal immigrants aged 65 and over will be able to obtain taxpayer-financed health care in the record-breaking $220 billion state budget signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul and passed by the legislature — a move critics say will incentivize the undocumented to flood New York for the benefits. A provision in the budget allows up to … Read more

Bills revamping taxes, tightening benefit rules draw vetoes | Health

By BRUCE SCHREINER – Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Democratic governor on Friday vetoed bills that would revamp the state’s tax code and tighten rules for public benefits, continuing his pushback against the Republican legislative agenda. In his latest flurry of vetoes, Gov. Andy Beshear targeted a measure aimed at gradually phasing out … Read more

Bills revamping taxes, tightening benefit rules draw vetoes | Health

By BRUCE SCHREINER – Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Democratic governor on Friday vetoed bills that would revamp the state’s tax code and tighten rules for public benefits, continuing his pushback against the Republican legislative agenda. In his latest flurry of vetoes, Gov. Andy Beshear targeted a measure aimed at gradually phasing out … Read more

What is health insurance?

Sponsored: Getting health insurance is one of the most important steps you can take for your financial, physical, and mental health. (U of U Health Plans) Everyone is welcome By University of Utah Health Plans | April 6, 2022, 6:00 am Health insurance is a way to pay for your health care expenses. These expenses … Read more

Biden, Obama mark 12 years under Obama’s health care law | Health

WASHINGTON (AP) — With hugs, laughs and good-natured ribbing, Barack Obama on Tuesday returned to the White House for the first time in more than five years to savor the 12th anniversary of his signature health care law and give a boost to President Joe Biden’s efforts to expand it. The Affordable Care Act has … Read more