The share of Americans without health insurance dropped to its lowest level in seven years in 2014 as President Barack Obama’s overhaul took full effect, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is putting such a small dent in the profits of U.S. companies that many refer to its effect as “not material” or “not significant,” according to a Bloomberg review of conference call transcripts and interviews with major U.S. employers. The collective shrug from the nation’s biggest employers undermines arguments from Republicans, who call the law a job killer as they seek its repeal.
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The makers of a twice-rejected pill designed to boost sexual desire in women are hoping a yearlong lobbying push by politicians, women's groups and consumer advocates will move their much-debated drug onto the market.
Area school districts fight for grants and other support to put mental health professionals on the front lines in their schools. “And it’s not just two or three kids who need help,” said Mary Kettlewell, program officer for the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. “Some 80 percent of students could benefit from services. … The need is tremendous.”
The for-profit hospital chain based in California also acquired some other unspecified assets of Carondelet Health from Ascension Health, the St. Louis-based not-for-profit company that has owned and operated the hospitals. Prime Healthcare now owns four hospitals in the Kansas City area.
The World Health Organization and other medical groups, pushing caution and vigilance, are far from declaring the epidemic over, but they note positive trends. Lenexa-based medical humanitarian group Heart to Heart International is under contract to operate an Ebola treatment unit in the Tappita area of Liberia until the end of April.
Near the hillside shelter where dozens of men and women died of Ebola, a row of green U.S. military tents sit atop a vast expanse of imported gravel. The generators hum; chlorinated water churns in brand-new containers; surveillance cameras send a live feed to a large-screen television.
The Missouri Health Connection will channel funds to Swope Health Services, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center and KC Care Clinic, which serve low-income and uninsured residents to enable the exchange of electronic medical records.
Federal officials expect fewer than 10 million people to enroll in coverage on the state and federal marketplaces this year. That’s far below the 13 million the Congressional Budget Office had projected.
In a counterclaim filed in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., Sunflower State Health Plan and its parent company, Centene Corp., alleges the plaintiff, a former executive, demanded $3 million from the company in return for not reporting it to the Kansas attorney general’s Medicaid fraud unit. Jacqueline Leary’s attorney calls the extortion allegation “the most ludicrous thing ever.”
The flu is filling hospital beds and packing emergency rooms throughout the area. “I’ve been here eight years and I’ve never it seen it at this level,” said Lee A. Norman, the University of Kansas Hospital’s chief medical officer. “Clinics and urgent care centers are glutted.” And hospitals are bracing for more patients.
About nine in 10 Missourians and eight in 10 Kansans who have signed up so far for the second year of coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace are getting financial assistance to pay for their premiums.
December is the final month for many people with employer-sponsored health coverage to spend the remaining balance in their health care flexible spending account. These accounts come with a big catch: Often you have to use the balance before the plan year ends or you lose it.
Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama’s health care law, the insurance industry said Tuesday it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January.
A new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau suggests that many Americans are being trapped by debt because they are puzzled by the notices they get from hospitals and insurance companies about the cost of treatment.
Officials with local health departments and area school districts have detected a sharp upturn in illnesses from flu viruses in the last week, particularly affecting younger children and older adults. Although federal officials say this year’s vaccine is not a good match for a mutated form of the virus that is circulating widely, doctors still recommend getting vaccinated.