DES MOINES, Iowa — Jason Sanford has heard so many rumors about the changing health care landscape that every few weeks he dials a local information desk, seeking just a rough estimate of what his diabetes medication will soon cost him. The answer is the same every time: It's too early to say, even with the next open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act beginning in two weeks. "It's just hearsay," said the 55-year-old sales representative from Davenport. "There's no channel for information that I'm getting anywhere." After several failed attempts in Congress to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, Americans across the country are grappling with unanswered questions about how "Obamacare" will function during the six-week sign-up period beginning Nov. 1. The confusion is especially pronounced in Iowa, which is seeking last-minute federal approval to revamp its individual insurance market. Uncertainty has mounted in recent days amid a push by President Trump to … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Uncertainty reigns ahead of new health care sign-up period
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Senate Republicans' second attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act died Monday with the opposition of two additional GOP members, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposal to simply repeal Obamacare with no replacement appeared to be dead on arrival -- with three Republican opponents by lunch the next day. The Kentucky Republican made it clear on the House floor Tuesday night that he intends to proceed with his plan to repeal the law "early next week," even though the effort already has enough GOP no votes to defeat it. Thus far, Republicans have depended on votes only from within their own party, attracting no Democratic support in the House or the Senate. Democrats for weeks have cried foul over Republicans' decision to keep them out of the health care bill negotiations. But, with two failed attempts under their belts, if Senate Republicans want anything more productive than President Trump's "let Obamacare fail" strategy, they are likely to need … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Is there any common ground for GOP, Dems on health care?
Last Updated Dec 4, 2017 11:39 AM EST CVS Health (CVS) has plans that reach far beyond filling your prescription. The second-largest U.S. drugstore chain is buying Aetna (AET), the third-largest health insurer, in a $69 billion deal in order to push much deeper into customer care. The evolution won't happen overnight, but in time, shoppers may find more clinics in CVS stores and more services they can receive through the network of nearly 10,000 locations that the company has built."They'll be pretty much a soup-to-nuts health company ... except for the hospital part of it," said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a retail consulting and research firm.Patients also may find the CVS-Aetna combination much more involved in managing their care, especially for those with expensive chronic conditions like diabetes. The bulked-up company also may gain more negotiating leverage over prescription drug prices, but it's far too early to say how much or whether that … [Read more...] about Is the CVS Health-Aetna deal an Rx for health care costs?
Last Updated Mar 8, 2017 1:05 PM EST Now that health care experts and consumer advocates have had a chance to review a plan by Republican lawmakers to replace Obamacare, answers to burning questions -- especially from health care exchange members -- are starting to take shape. The bill, called the American Health Care Act, is bound to change, perhaps dramatically. For one thing, it is already being strongly criticized by some Republicans in Congress for being too similar to Obamacare. The plan also must run the usual legislative gauntlet. The House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees are expected to take up the legislation this week and move the bill to the full house perhaps as early as next week. Then it must head to the Senate, where more changes are likely to occur.In short, the current proposal is unlikely to be the last word on replacing Obamacare. Republicans and the Trump administration are looking at a three-part strategy to repeal and replace the Affordable … [Read more...] about The American Health Care Act: What’s in it for you
One of the most bizarre re-election ploys in political history has to be Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s fraudulent attempt to portray himself as a hero battling to lower the cost of Obamacare premiums in Wisconsin that are expected to soar as a result of the damage done by Walker and his fellow Republicans’ relentless campaign to destroy President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.Walker got legislative Republicans to allocate $200 million in state subsidies to help lower the cost of premiums for policies sold through the federal marketplace. If that sounds odd coming from Walker, it is. It’s like one of those anonymous pleas serial killers send to police: “Stop us before we try to kill Obamacare again!”Walker’s actual explanation sounded as if it came from some alternative reality. “Our Health Care Stability Plan is our solution to Washington’s failure,” Walker said. “We want to provide health care stability and lower … [Read more...] about Joel McNally: Scott Walker’s fake fight against ‘catastrophic’ GOP damage to health care