Federal funding for COVID testing and treatment for the uninsured has run out

Mar 22, 2022
Hospitals and doctors will no longer be reimbursed. The White House has asked Congress for $22.5 billion for its ongoing COVID efforts.
If people are confused about whether or not they’re going to have to pay, they are less likely to get tested for COVID-19, one expert said.
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Labor Department outlines unlawful imbalance in coverage between mental, physical care services

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said the department will ramp up legal enforcement: “We need to make sure people are covered.”
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said the department will ramp up legal enforcement: “We need to make sure people are covered.”
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Share your story: Have you experienced a health parity violation?

Jan 24, 2022
The Department of Labor's parity report finds that mental health care is treated unfairly by insurers.
Some people may forgo mental health services because they're too pricey — even with health insurance.
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Report shows growing impact of health insurance costs on American incomes

Jan 12, 2022
Health insurance premiums and deductibles now take up more than 10 percent of median income in more than 30 states.
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For anyone who was on unemployment, Obamacare could be free the rest of 2021

Jun 30, 2021
Free premiums and very low co-pays will kick in for people who received at least a week of benefits, regardless of income.
The Biden administration is offering free coverage until New Year's to people who have received jobless benefits in 2021.
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As demand for mental health care spikes, parity with physical care remains elusive

Jun 29, 2021
The law requires insurance “parity” for mental and physical care, but it’s often harder to find a therapist than a physician.
Finding a professional to provide psychological care can be more difficult than accessing other health services.
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New law dramatically expands access to health care subsidies

Mar 11, 2021
Lots of low- and middle-income folks who didn’t qualify for subsidies before will now.
Under the new law, nobody will have to pay more than 8.5% of their income on health insurance.
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Health insurance disruptors like Oscar face challenges

Feb 26, 2021
But as more people buy direct-to-consumer health insurance, innovators may find new ways to make money.
A man consults with a doctor on his laptop computer. Some innovators are influencing the medical industry through e-health services.
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Federal health care portal reopens for 3-month special enrollment period

Feb 16, 2021
The Biden administration plans to spread the word that people can sign up and may be eligible for free or subsidized coverage.
As of Monday, through May 15, people in the 36 states that use HealthCare.gov can sign up for federal insurance plans.
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HealthCare.gov reopens for enrollment

Feb 15, 2021
Over the last four years, millions have dropped off the ACA.
The Biden administration plans to spend $50 million on a marketing campaign to get more people to enroll through the Affordable Care Act.
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