Julie Appleby reports on the implementation of the health care overhaul law, the interplay of health care treatments and costs, trends in health insurance, and policy issues affecting hospitals and other medical providers. Her KHN stories have appeared in USA Today, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer and MSNBC, among others. Before joining KHN in March 2009, Appleby spent 10 years on the health care industry and policy beat for USA Today. She also worked at the San Francisco Chronicle
, the Financial Times
in London and the Contra Costa Times
in Walnut Creek, Calif. She serves on the board of the Association of Health Care Journalists and her education includes a Master of Public Health degree. | Contact: JulieA@kff.org | @Julie_Appleby
Barring insurers from rejecting people with medical problems or charging them more is the biggest of several factors affecting premiums.
Many people are receiving cancellation notices as the health law transforms the individual insurance market.
If the bugs are not repaired by mid-November, fewer young and healthy people may enroll in new plans, spurring future price hikes and other problems, say experts.
Even the same plan can carry dramatically different price tags in different areas – from $614 in Flagstaff to $395 in Nashville.
Consumers shopping in the new Obamacare marketplaces will want to know these three things before buying coverage.
Report shows wide variation across the country, with some states that opposed implementation of the health law boasting lower-than-average rates.
Moderate-income consumers may get subsidies but will also be required to pay up to 9.5 percent of their income toward monthly premiums, which some say will put coverage out of reach.
The federal overhaul will help some immigrants who are not citizens gain insurance, but there are no provisions to help those who are in the country illegally.
These marketplaces open Oct. 1 and will allow individuals and small businesses to compare insurance coverage.
Advanced practice nurses say that despite growing need for primary care, they are stymied by insurers that won’t credential them.