Andrew Villegas is an associate editor at Kaiser Health News where he works on story production, photo illustrations, graphics and directs KHN's social media effort. His stories have appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, McClatchy Newspapers, npr.org and MSNBC.com. Before joining KHN at its launch, Villegas spent two years as a political and government reporter at the Greeley (Colo.) Tribune after graduating from the University of Colorado in 2006, where he received degrees in Journalism and English. | Contact: AndrewV@kff.org
The health law was controversial even before it was signed by President Obama two years ago tomorrow. But the political controversy has not deterred the administration from issuing hundreds of pages of regulations that are already affecting consumers, hospitals, doctors, insurance companies and state governments.
Wilson, in an interview with Kaiser Health News, warns that if the 30 percent scheduled pay cut goes through, doctors will bail out of the program, causing access problems for seniors.
Mark Rukavina of The Access Project and Neil Trautwein of the National Retail Federation discuss the Obama administration's relaxation of the health law's requirements for insurance plans for some employers.
An Institute of Medicine report says nurses should take on a larger role in providing health care and calls for removal of government restrictions, which doctors have repeatedly opposed.
In a reflection of the battered economy, the rate of uninsured Americans rose to 16.7 percent last year from 15.4 percent in 2008, according to a new Census Bureau report.
Michael Needham, the Heritage Foundation staffer in charge of the organization's action plan to repeal health reform, discusses part of the strategy involved in achieving this goal.
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.
HHS Secretary Sebelius this week sent a letter to all governors telling them that if they want to continue receiving the enhanced Medicaid funds that Congress approved last week, they have to ask for the money.
When a program subsidizing health insurance for people who lose their jobs ended this year, it created a costly problem as the recession continues to throw workers off the payroll. COBRA coverage, which employees of many businesses can obtain after being laid off, typically is very expensive.
House leaders are taking the unusual step this week of interrupting the August recess to call members back to consider state aid legislation that includes $16 billion in federal Medicaid assistance. The Senate approved this funding package last week.