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
The online marketplaces, also known as exchanges, sell plans effective as soon as Jan. 1. But they got a rocky launch, with software glitches in some cases and implementation delays in others.
Many are relieved they can no longer be rejected by insurers but anxious about whether they will be able to afford the new policies.
The only state-run exchange in the South faces challenges from political opponents and an uninformed, skeptical public.
Report shows wide variation across the country, with some states that opposed implementation of the health law boasting lower-than-average rates.
From free preventive services, including birth control, to the rule barring insurers from charging women more than men, the law recasts the rules of the road for women's health coverage.
New measures are announced after 17 states hostile to the law restrict the work of consumer navigators.
The uninsured rate for 2012 dropped slightly from 15.7 percent to 15.4 percent, largely because of an increase in people enrolled in public insurance programs.
Maine, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Vermont are tightening eligibility requirements to shift some residents receiving Medicaid benefits into the online insurance marketplaces created by the health law.
More than 100 organizations receive money to help consumers sign up for coverage in online marketplaces in 34 states.
Some could get help buying private coverage by projecting their future incomes to exceed the federal poverty level.