Supreme Court Rules on Affordable Care Act

 

On Thursday, June 28th, 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Compiled here are stories leading up to the momentous decision as well as analysis and reaction following the ruling.

 
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Experiments With Coordinating Medical Care Deliver Mixed Results
The medical home is intended to make health care better and safer by having primary care providers manage a patient's care. So far it's not clear if they can also save money.

Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California As Blue Shield Pulls Back
When Blue Shield of California stopped selling individual health policies in many zip codes in 2014, even insurance agents were surprised. Blue Shield says it dropped out to keep premiums low.
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Cleveland Hospitals Grapple With Readmission Fines
The Cleveland Clinic has seen its Medicare penalties go down, while those paid by hospitals that serve many of Cleveland's poorer residents have gone up.

Am I Responsible If The Insurance Exchange Flubs My Subsidy?
Mistakes are made. If the health insurance marketplaces screw up in calculating subsidies for consumers, it's the individual who is likely to be on the hook for repaying the excess.

Abortion Vote Shows How Much Democrats' World Has Changed
Of those 64 Democrats who cast a key anti-abortion vote in November 2009, only 12 remain in the House today.

The CBO's Good News, Bad News Economic Report
New numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office show Obamacare implementation will cost 20 percent less than expected through its first decade.

Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients
NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower-income patients. Sen. Chuck Grassley says hospitals doing that could be breaking the law.
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House Republican Leaders Drop Effort To Ban Some Abortions
House Republican leaders had planned to pass a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and coinciding with the annual protest march by abortion opponents. But with Republican women balking at that measure, they instead passed a bill prohibiting the use of taxpayer money for abortions, something that's been in spending bills for years.
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Hospitals' Medicare Quality Bonuses Get Wiped Out By Penalties
Medicare is giving hospitals financial incentives to provide better care. But so far about half of the hospitals that got incentive payments found them canceled out by other quality programs.

War Over Obamacare Heats Up In States
State legislatures are the new battlegrounds for the Affordable Care Act. Lawmakers across the country are at odds over hundreds of bills that would either cripple or prop up the sweeping health law.

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