When it comes to coverage for recommended child and adolescent vaccinations, privately insured children are surprisingly often at a greater disadvantage than those children who are publicly insured.
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About 40 percent of Americans are inadequately insured.
Louisiana will apply for federal approval to allow low-income parents in the New Orleans and Lake Charles areas to be eligible for basic Medicaid coverage.
Health care initiatives include increasing coverage through expansions of public and private programs and restructuring the private insurance marketplace.
Web exclusive examines how medicaid policy changes could influence State Children's Health Insurance Program debate.
The House has quietly funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to specific hospitals and health care providers under the SCHIP reauthorization bill.
Many scenarios might occur in efforts to pass legislation that would reauthorize and expand State Children's Health Insurance Program.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced legislation (HR 2851 and S 400) that would allow college students to take as long as one year of medical leave for severe illnesses and continue to receive health insurance through the policies of their parents, USA Today reports. Under federal law, college students ages 19 to 24 can continue to receive health insurance through the policies of their parents, provided that they attend school full time.
President Bush estated his intention to veto legislation that would reauthorize and expand State Children's Health Insurance Program.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents to a Consumer Reports survey said they were completely or very satisfied with their health insurance plans.
Bill Richardson announced a proposal that would extend health insurance coverage to the 45 million U.S. residents.
Wall Street Journal examined health insurance options available for young adults.
Federal legislation proposes Medicare coverage for the safe needle disposal for approximately 1.3 million insulin-dependent diabetic beneficiaries.
About 24% of US population living with skeletal health insurance that barely covers their medical needs.
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Robert Maruca, director of the Washington, D.C., Medicaid program, has asked the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia to investigate more than $15 million in excessive costs charged to the program by two health plans, Amerigroup Maryland and D.C. Chartered Health Plan, the Washington Times reports. Maruca made the request after a recent audit by the city Office of the Inspector General found that the Medicaid program had overpaid three health plans by tens of millions of dollars (McElhatton, Washington Times, 8/3).
The House and Senate this week approved separate versions of legislation that would reauthorize SCHIP, the Helena Independent Record reports (Straub, Helena Independent Record, 8/3). SCHIP is set to expire on Sept. 30 (Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, 8/2).
Sen. Benjamin Cardin and Rep. Chris Van Hollen introduced two of many bills that are circulating in advance of health care hearings Congress is expected to hold this year.
American Hospital Association will seek to have Congress block a rule that will reduce Medicare payments for inpatient hospital care.
More than 2,500 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation supporters asked Congress to expand health coverage for children with cystic fibrosis.
Three million seniors could lose their Medicare Advantage coverage, while millions more would face benefit cuts and higher out-of-pocket health care costs.
Legislation makes deep cuts in health care programs for our nation's seniors, and shifting thousands of children from private insurance plans to programs run by the federal government.
New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced a proposal that would provide U.S. residents with tax deductions to purchase individual health insurance.