Marilyn Werber Serafini has been a reporter in Washington since 1985, and was the health care and welfare correspondent for National Journal magazine from 1995 to 2010. She has written extensively about Medicare, Medicaid, the uninsured, health care reform, bioterrorism and pandemic flu and has won awards for articles on these subjects. Serafini covered the health reform debate during the Clinton Administration and the recent debate that led to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Serafini created and moderated National Journal’s Health Care Expert Blog, and was a senior reporter for CongressDaily (now National Journal Daily) from 1991-1995. | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
As budget-weary state officials contemplate dropping out of the Medicaid program, a potentially game-changing question has arisen in Washington: Would poor people who lose coverage get subsidies to buy private coverage?
Faced with widening deficits, some conservative legislators in Texas and other states explore the "nuclear option" — quitting the state-federal health program for the poor.
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's ideas – including giving Medicare beneficiaries a voucher to buy health coverage and adjusting benefits based on income -- could gain ground now that the GOP has won control of the House in the next Congress.
With their House majority, Republicans plan to use all available legislative tools to challenge and change the health reform law.
As emotions run high over the new health law, older voters’ concerns about Medicare cuts could be a deciding factor in some particularly close congressional races.
Bill McInturff says many people already are enjoying some popular new benefits from health reform, so he's urging a more moderate message: "Keep what's good and replace what's not."
Seniors may have increasing difficulty getting a doctor appointment over the next 10 years, according to a new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis.