Alvin Tran is a web reporter and fellow for Kaiser Health News. He holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Before joining KHN, Alvin wrote for KQED Public Radio’s State of Health Blog, where he covered science and health issues. Alvin has also spent time in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as a University of Washington (UW) Multidisciplinary International Research Training Fellow. He received his BA in Medical Anthropology and BS in Public Health from UW. | Contact: AlvinT@kff.org
The controversial health law provision that requires most individuals to get insurance is still not well understood.
In 2011, the president called for a change in the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide minimum wage and overtime guarantees for these workers. But the proposal has been strongly opposed by some industry and disability groups.
In a KHN interview, David Hebert, CEO of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, says lawmakers should allow advanced practice nurses to practice more independently to make sure the nation's 27 million newly covered will be able to get timely and quality care.
Friday deadline passes and states largely bypass the option to work with the federal government in setting up new online health insurance marketplaces that open for business Oct. 1.
Blue Shield of California chairman and CEO Bruce Bodaken discusses his views on the health law and the current state of the insurance industry.
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 Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO offers his take on a wide variety of health care issues insurers face in the current marketplace.