Mary Agnes Carey has covered health reform and federal health policy for more than 15 years as an editor at CQ HealthBeat
, as Capitol Hill Bureau Chief for Congressional Quarterly
and at Dow Jones Newswires. A frequent radio and television commentator, recently featured on the Nightly Business Report, the PBS NewsHour and on NPR affiliates nationwide, Mary Agnes has a thorough understanding of both the policy and politics of health reform. She worked for newspapers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. | Contact: MaryAgnesC@kff.org | @MaryAgnesCarey
The new health reform law could affect people who get their coverage at work, buy their own health insurance or are enrolled in Medicare.
The first-term Virginia lawmaker says the public mood has switched dramatically from the cantankerous town hall meetings of last summer. "The policy debate is over for the public," which is interested in the details of implementation, he says.
Many homeless people are uninsured and ineligible for Medicaid. But that will change beginning in 2014, when Medicaid greatly expands under the new health law.
Provisions such as eliminating co-payments for some preventive services, reviewing premium increases and expanding Medicaid coverage to adults without children could have a lasting impact on the health system.
The President will also discuss the health law’s new benefits, cost savings.
The federal government is giving states until June 25 to say how they intend to run high-risk pools to insure people who have been denied coverage due to a pre-existing medical condition and have been uninsured for at least six months.
A new Obama administration regulation lays out how employers and insurers can revise their health plans – and still be "grandfathered" under the new health care law.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said federal officials are urging self-insured employers to keep young adults up to age 26 on their parents’ health plans before the deadline under the new health overhaul law. Self-insured employers, who pay the medical bills of millions of Americans, in many cases could wait until January to comply with the law.
Now that the health care bill is law, an array of groups -- representing doctors, insurers, small businesses and others -- have switched to their post-passage game plans. Among their top goals: Helping shape the all-important regulations being written by the Obama administration.
Business and consumer groups are sparring over rules that might allow existing health plans to sidestep some patient protections in new health care law.