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 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.
Gov. "Butch" Otter and employer groups fought to keep control of their health insurance marketplace -- the only GOP-controlled state to run a state-based exchange -– rather than let Washington do it for them.
KHN is gathering the data from states that have approved and published premiums for the online marketplaces that will open Oct. 1 under the federal health law.
Enroll America volunteers use census data and telephone surveys to identify people without coverage but finding them can still be challenging.
President uses speech to push back against critics, highlight law's benefits to middle-class and working Americans.
Health experts and insurers predict the trend will boost insurance premiums for everyone.
Opponents of the federal health law, especially business groups and conservatives, were quick to praise the decision by the Obama administration to delay enforcing the employer mandate provision by one year. Some supporters said the decision would not create major problems.