By Amy Goldstein Washington Post A federal judge in Texas threw a dagger into the Affordable Care Act on Friday, ruling that the entire health-care law is unconstitutional because of a recent change in federal tax law. The opinion by U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor overturns all of the sprawling law nationwide. The ruling came on the eve of the deadline for Americans to sign up for coverage in the federal insurance exchange created under the law. Since the suit was filed in January, many health-law specialists have viewed its logic as weak but nevertheless have regarded the case as the greatest looming legal threat to the 2010 law, which has been a GOP whipping post ever since and assailed repeatedly in the courts. The Supreme Court upheld the law as constitutional in 2012 and 2015, though the first of those opinions struck down the ACA's provision that was to expand Medicaid nationwide, letting each state choose instead. No matter how O'Connor ruled, legal experts have been … [Read more...] about Federal judge in Texas rules Obama health-care law unconstitutional
By Dave Milich, Guest columnist Published 8:00 am CST, Friday, December 14, 2018 For many people, the start of New Year is a customary time to assess their health and finances. And for most Texans, health plan benefits begin in January, so now is an ideal time to learn how your health plan works. Here are five tips that may lead you to better health and even help save you money this year and beyond. Understand your health plan It sounds basic, but understanding your health plan before you need to use your benefits can save you a lot of time, stress and money. Learn what your health plan covers - including medical, pharmacy and preventive benefits. When in doubt, call the number on your health plan ID card to get the most up-to-date information. Also, it’s a good time to make sure you understand health plan terms such as deductible, copay, coinsurance and out-of-pocket limit. If you need a refresher, there are resources online such as the Just Plain Clear Glossary … [Read more...] about DAVE MILICH: Looking to help reduce your health care costs in 2019?
By Letters To The Editor | December 13, 2018 at 4:10 pm Increasing desire for universal health care The recent November election results gave us the clear message that we must change. We were given a clear window into the future. Especially our “younger” voters are telling us how health care as we are managing it is unacceptable. My belief is that there is an increasing desire by many, especially younger, voters that we need universal health care. We have the most expensive health care system of all developed countries but with very deficient care, especially for those with poor economic resources. I believe it is time to bring health care for all Americans into reality. One of the first benefits may well be fewer people losing their homes due to health care costs. Fredrick FordWalnut Creek Submit your letter to the editor via this formLetters to the Editor Report an error Policies and Standards Contact Us … [Read more...] about Letter: Increasing desire for universal health care
POLITICS 12/13/2018 04:54 pm ET Black women are 243 percent more likely to die during pregnancy than white women. By Alanna Vagianos Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) made an impassioned plea on Wednesday urging the country to focus on the high rate of maternal mortality in black women. “Black women in America are three to four times more like to die than white women because they choose to become mothers and want to raise those children to be productive members of society,” Harris said at an event hosted by the progressive organization Center for American Progress on racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality. “That is a truth, uncomfortable though it may make us,” Harris said. “It is a truth that must be spoken.” The U.S. has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, and is one of 13 countries where the rates of pregnancy-related illnesses and deaths are actually worse than they were 25 years … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris: Black Mothers ‘Must Be Given Dignity’ In Health Care
By Trapper Byrne Updated 9:00 pm PST, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 A new poll indicates that Californians want the state to put a priority on creating a universal health care system and making community colleges free. A new poll indicates that Californians want the state to put a priority on creating a universal health care system and making community colleges free. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 A new poll indicates that Californians want the state to put a priority on creating a universal health care system and making community colleges free. A new poll indicates that Californians want the state to put a priority on creating a universal health care system and making community … [Read more...] about Californians want state to spend on health care for all, free community college