Phil Galewitz covers Medicaid, Medicare, long‐term care, hospitals and various state health issues. He has covered the health beat for nearly two decades. He is a board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. In 2004‐05, he was a Kaiser Media Fellow and wrote about community solutions to the uninsured. Before coming to KHN, he was at The Palm Beach Post and was a national health industry writer for the Associated Press and The Patriot‐ News in Harrisburg, Pa. He has a BA in health planning and administration and a master's in public administration with an emphasis in health policy. | Contact: PGalewitz@kff.org
States will have the option to use data from food stamps, other programs, to enroll adults in Medicaid. Officials say the changes are geared to states that are expanding the program next year, but they may also be adopted by others.
Some states with high uninsured rates get far less money to help people sign up for coverage under the health law.
House GOP leaders question whether feds can deliver on $50B promise to cover poor residents.
For-profit insurers ask Congress to open FEHB to greater competition from regional plans.
Feds announce $54 million to hire 'navigators' in 33 states, but some say that’s too little to get job done.
Florida programs show that convincing people to sign up for even low-cost coverage is no cinch.
Officials hope to 'make history' by signing up two-thirds of those without coverage after the marketplaces launch nationwide Oct. 1.
Medicaid managed care plans prepare for as many as 10 million new members in 2014-- and billions in additional revenue.
Doctors, consumer groups cheer expansion, worry that for-profit health plans may cut corners.
Pressure from insurers, employers and advocacy groups is finally reducing rates of elective deliveries before 39 weeks.