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 | @PhilGalewitz
Some provisions in the new health law may never get off the ground due to lack of appropriations.
Blue Shield of California’s decision to cap profits at 2 percent was widely applauded, but other health insurers aren’t likely to follow suit.
Many states have such a nonpayment policy in place already. The 2010 federal health law, in effect, expands the ban nationwide.
With enrollment falling far short of expectations, the Obama administration announces changes to make federally run high risk insurance plans both more affordable and more accessible.
Kaiser Family Foundation survey finds about 60 percent of Americans want Congress to keep Medicaid in its current form.
Mark Parkinson, head of the largest nursing home lobby, says some nursing homes will be hurt by the law's requirement to offer workers insurance but they still favor the overhaul to bring health care costs under control.
Forget about Medicaid block grants. The GOP says states should be allowed to make it harder to qualify for the health program for the poor. Will Democrats go along?
But the provision could get a chilly reception from federal officials, who would have to approve the changes.
The outlook for the federal health insurance program that, as of last year, covered 47.5 million elderly and disabled Americans is a dramatic shift from last summer.
In a brief exchange, Sen. Rand Paul accuses Sen. Bernie Sanders of trying to put physicians into slavery by asserting that health care is a "right" for all.