House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says the House this week will vote on legislation that would delay until 2015 the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate penalties. The bill comes in response to the Obama administration's decision to delay a penalty that businesses of a certain size would have faced under law's employer mandate. The Hill's "Floor Action" et al.
Because of software glitches that occurred in February, about 14,500 consumers who partially completed or updated an application through Covered California between Feb. 17 and Feb. 19 will have to re-enter that information by March 15 in order to be covered on April 1. Los Angeles Times et al.
A new Riverside County reports finds that compared with the general population, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have higher rates of asthma, cancer and other health issues. In addition, LGBT residents have higher rates of smoking and eating disorders. Riverside Press-Enterprise, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Health & Wellness Profile.
News outlets report that the White House -- facing high political stakes -- is attempting to increase the enrollment numbers with a targeted push aimed at African Americans, Latinos, young people and residents of cities with the highest uninsured rates.
Late last week, the Obama administration announced that some people who, because of technical issues, sought health coverage through the private market -- not the health law's online insurance marketplaces -- would still be able to get tax subsidies.
As President Barack Obama prepares to release his budget proposal Tuesday, he is expected to reverse course on efforts to curb spending on Social Security. House Republicans, meanwhile, plan to release a proposal that would make sweeping changes to antipoverty programs, including Medicaid.
Howard Kahn announced that he will step down as CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan in January 2015. Kimberly Kirchmeyer was appointed executive director of the Medical Board of California, where she has served as interim director since June 2013. John Bertko was named chief actuary and director of research for Covered California, the state's health exchange.
The Washington Post reported on this telehealth development.
Virginia legislators must come to terms on the state budget blueprint by the legislative session's scheduled March 8 conclusion. The expansion debate also stays hot in Utah and Arkansas.
The GOP is showing signs it intends to go even further to use the health law to win or retain Senate seats this election cycle.
A selection of health policy stories from Florida, California, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Some of the 4,000 pages of previously confidential Clinton administration documents, released Friday by the National Archives, chronicle Hillary Clinton's efforts to overhaul the health system.
Whether it is long waits for marketplace helplines or news that some people in California will have to redo their applications, problems persist. News outlets offer more examples and updates with reports from Maryland, Oregon, Washington, Georgia and Colorado.
The new hepatitis C medication presents a dilemma for Medicaid and other insurers, who must balance the cost against the large numbers of people who might benefit. A single course of treatment costs $84,000.
A selection of editorials and opinions on health care from around the country.
A bipartisan group of senators is criticizing the Obama administration's efforts to make significant changes to Part D drug plans.
The controversial tax became effective Jan. 1, 2013. It kicks in for couples who make more than $500,000 in profit on a primary residence sale and single people who make more than $250,000. In other health law implementation news, media outlets report on issues that might impact small businesses, physicians and married couples.
Take a look at KHN's lighter side, featuring today's cartoon and health policy haiku.
Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including stories detailing ongoing challenges with state-run exchanges as well as previews of what's next regarding the federal budget process.
The price tag of the breakthrough treatment raises questions about the proper costs of pharmaceuticals.