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Summary of New Health Reform Law – Kaiser Family Foundation

The Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act is now the law and every state is rushing to deal with its consequences.  Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation website on health issues to get the facts.  The following link below (Summary (pdf)) is a good place to start.

“On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the comprehensive health reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The summary reflects provisions of the new law, and changes made by subsequent legislation, including provisions to expand coverage, control health care costs, and improve the health care delivery system.

Summary (.pdf)

Implementation Timeline for New Health Reform Law”

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

What to Watch for: Health Insurance Coverage

On Wednesday, Census will release estimates of the number of Americans without health insurance coverage in 2011. Other data and historical trends provide clues as to what the Census data are likely to show.

Preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that in 2011, the number of uninsured Americans fell for the first time in four years.

The largest increase in coverage, according to the CDC, occurred among young adults, a group benefiting from an Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision allowing adult children up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ private insurance plans. Read more

What to Watch for: Poverty and Income

On September 12, the Census Bureau will release official poverty figures for 2011, as well as additional data related to the impact of various safety net programs in keeping people out of poverty last year. Read more

via Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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Three Days Of Hearings Yield Five Take-Aways – WSJ.com

It is notoriously hard to predict how the Supreme Court will rule on a case based on justices’ questioning of attorneys. But with this week’s health-care arguments having …

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Health Care Is Inexorably Changing, Despite Legal Uncertainty – NYTimes.com

This article is by Reed Abelson, Gardiner Harris and Robert Pear.

For the nation’s health care system, there may be no going …

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Appeals Court Rules Health Law Is Constitutional – WSJ.com

A federal appeals court in Washington ruled Tuesday that last year’s federal health-care overhaul is constitutional, handing the Obama administration another legal victory ahead of the Supreme Court’s likely consideration of the …

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Joe Frazier – A Champion Who Won Inside the Ring and Out – NYTimes.com

Some people mean more together than they do apart, whatever the stage. Churchill and Hitler. Bogart and Bacall. Ali and Frazier. And for all the deserved accolades for Muhammad Ali, I’ve always believed that each at his best, Joe Frazier, who died Monday night at age …

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White House kills insurance program for long-term care – The Washington Post

The Obama administration cut a major planned benefit from the 2010 health-care law on Friday, announcing that a program to offer Americans insurance for long-term care was …

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With More Doctorates in Health Care, a Fight Over a Title – NYTimes.com

With pain in her right ear, Sue Cassidy went to a clinic. The doctor, wearing a white lab coat with a stethoscope in one pocket, introduced herself.

“Hi. I’m Dr. Patti McCarver, and I’m your nurse,” she said. And with that, Dr. McCarver stuck a …

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Justice Department Seeks High-Court Review of Health Law – WSJ.com

The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to decide the fate of its health-care overhaul, setting the stage for arguments at the high court and a probable ruling in the thick of the 2012 …

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Health Insurers Seek Higher Premiums – NYTimes.com

Major health insurance companies have been charging sharply higher premiums this year, outstripping any growth in workers’ wages and creating more uncertainty for the …

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