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 fees will make the markets self-supporting, but some state officials and insurers worry they could put coverage out of reach for some consumers.
Consumer groups praise the rules as a way to encourage smokers to quit, but one workplace expert dismisses them as "a dumb idea."
Bowing to a request from Republican governors, the Obama administration announced late Thursday that it would give states more time to decide whether to build online insurance markets that will help millions of people buy health coverage starting next fall.
With time running out, 17 states and D.C. commit to setting up the new markets, eight are undecided and the rest weigh partnering with the federal government -- or letting the feds take over.
The decision is a concession to the reality that many states had delayed planning as they waited to see who won the presidential election.
Newly elected lawmakers pledge to push ahead with health law implementation despite the Republican governor’s opposition.
State lawmakers will control big coverage decisions, including whether to expand Medicaid to cover millions of uninsured.
Federally funded centers in New England generally perform better than those in the South and West.
Enrollment growth in Medicaid slowed this year as the economy improved, easing pressure on government spending.
At least 16 states have decided on a minimum set of benefits for individual and group health plans starting in 2014, and many more states are close to decisions.