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
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.
More than 200 centers have opened since 2009, but experts raise concerns about cost and quality.
Both candidates portray themselves as protectors of the popular entitlement program and argue their rivals’ plans would undermine it.
Millions of consumers embrace clinics' convenience, but some physicians warn they're no replacement for a family doctor.
The number of people without health insurance fell to 48.6 million last year, or 15.7 percent of the population, the first drop since 2007, according to new census numbers reported Wednesday.
But the rate is almost twice as high in New Jersey, largely because the state pays doctors so little to participate in the program for low-income and disabled residents.
Illinois is the latest state to act, imposing a limit of four drugs.
State is moving ahead with plans to cut thousands of residents from the health insurance program for the poor.
Officials say the strategy helps patients, as well as providers. But critics complain it's about revenue generation, not about improving health.
In letter to governors, HHS Secretary Sebelius urges states to "take advantage of unusually generous" Medicaid expansion deal.