Healthcare law's defenders and foes rally before high-stakes arguments

Healthcare law's defenders and foes rally before high-stakes arguments

By Paul Demko and Virgil Dickson  |  March 04, 2015

Politicians, providers and activists gathered Wednesday morning on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to voice their hopes for how the justices will vote after hearing oral arguments in a case that could unravel the Affordable Care Act.

Health insurers bank on fix if subsidies thrown out

By Bob Herman  |  March 04, 2015

Health insurers are hopeful policymakers would craft a workaround to keep federal subsidies flowing to low- and moderate-income Americans if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the federal government.

King v. Burwell outcome gets the fantasy football treatment

By Bob Herman  |  March 03, 2015

Oral arguments begin Wednesday for King v. Burwell, the case before the U.S. Supreme Court that will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act's subsidies in many states. And according to a popular analytics tool, the law's challengers are favored to win.

'Cadillac' tax likely to diminish union health plans, study finds

By Bob Herman  |  March 02, 2015

Health plans obtained through union collective bargaining agreements often include much more generous benefits than other employer-sponsored plans. But such benefits are likely to be pared down as the Affordable Care Act's excise tax nears, a new study in Health Affairs contends.

Florida hospitals, businesses push Medicaid expansion as cuts loom

By Associated Press  |  February 28, 2015

Florida is scheduled to lose $1 billion in federal health funds at the end of June, a hole in the state budget the Legislature must fill in its upcoming session if a settlement isn't reached between the administrations of Gov. Rick Scott and President Barack Obama.

Cyber security firm claims China behind Anthem attack

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

The same malware originating from China that recently targeted a small U.S. defense contractor matches the software used in the massive attack on health insurer Anthem, a leading cyber security firm told the Washington Post on Friday.

Affordable Care Act's benefits for hospitals aren't yet clear

By Beth Kutscher  |  February 27, 2015

Hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid are seeing a sharp drop in charity care and an increase in admissions. But hospitals in general are seeing higher-acuity patients and losing out to lower-cost providers for less-complex care.

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