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    President BidenJoe Biden White House: US has donated 200 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world Police recommend charges against four over Sinema bathroom protest K Street revenues boom MORE on Thursday said his Build Back Better plan is "a bigger darn deal" than Obamacare, paying homage to the headlines he made in 2010 after being caught on a hot-mic telling then-President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaEbay founder funding Facebook whistleblower: report Emanuel defends handling of Chicago police shooting amid opposition to nomination McAuliffe rolls out ad featuring Obama ahead of campaign stop MORE that the signing of the Affordable Care Act was a “big f****** deal.” During a CNN town hall Thursday night Anderson Cooper recalled Biden’s comment in 2010 during the signing of Obamacare, before asking if his Build Back Better plan is “a bigger f’ing deal.” Biden, after crossing his heart and grinning at the question, said his current legislative agenda, which includes a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and a multi-trillion dollar reconciliation package, is “bigger” than Obamacare. “You famously at the signing ceremony, I think it was for Obamacare, you...
    Fox News contributor Karl Rove warned Democrats on "America's Newsroom" Tuesday their bid to pass a $3.5 trillion spending plan could backfire with voters at the polls like in the 2010 midterm elections that followed the passage of the 2009 stimulus bill and Affordable Care Act. BIDEN SAYS INFRASTRUCTURE VOTE 'MAY NOT' HAPPEN THIS WEEK KARL ROVE: Roll back the tape. It's 2009 and 2010 and they passed the stimulus bill and they passed the Affordable Care Act. And part of the theory among Democrats was that by passing these big achievements, they would gain the support of the voters in the 2010 midterms and instead they get wiped out. And history is repeating itself as the problems with ObamaCare and the problems with the stimulus bill were, first of all, process questions. The way that they sold it, they ran it – they ran the stimulus bill through quickly. They made promises about shovel-ready projects. We then had the Affordable Care Act. "We got to pass the bill to know what's in the bill, you can keep your plan,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that 2.8 million consumers took advantage of a special six-month period to sign up for private health insurance coverage made more affordable by his COVID-19 relief law. He called the number encouraging and urged Congress to help lower health care costs. “That’s 2.8 million families who will have more security, more breathing room, and more money in their pocket if an illness or accident hits home,” Biden said. “Altogether, 12.2 million Americans are actively enrolled in coverage under the Affordable Care Act — an all-time high.” Biden ordered the HealthCare.gov marketplace to reopen Feb. 15 for six months, through Aug. 15, to give people who lost their jobs and health care benefits due to the pandemic the opportunity to sign up for coverage for themselves and their families. That coverage then became more affordable in April due to enhanced subsidies in the COVID-19 relief law, which attracted even more enrollment. Biden said an all-time high of 12.2 million people are now covered by under Affordable Care Act. The Obama-era law, enacted...
    (CNN)More than 2 million Americans have signed up for 2021 coverage during a special enrollment period on the Obamacare federal and state exchanges, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Wednesday. The report includes plan selections from February 15, when President Joe Biden reopened enrollment to the uninsured, through June. Some 1.5 million people have signed up on the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, while more than 600,000 have selected policies in the 14 states and the District of Columbia that run their own exchangesThe special enrollment period for the federal exchange is set to end August 15, though administration officials said they are looking at extending it. States that run their own marketplaces have set their own deadlines.RELATED: Special Affordable Care Act subsidies available for unemployed Americans starting July 1The additional sign ups have pushed Obamacare enrollment to a record level, though officials said they were not providing the figure now due to data lags. Total enrollment will be released soon. Read More"When you make coverage affordable, when you make it easy for people to enroll, they will do so,"...
    U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), joined by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA), introduced new legislation to provide critical health care coverage to more than 4 million Americans who had previously been denied access to affordable health insurance because of where they live. The Medicaid Saves Lives Act would provide health care insurance to Americans with low incomes in the twelve states that have refused to expand their state Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act. By closing the coverage gap in these states and providing free and affordable health insurance to millions of Americans, the Medicaid Saves Lives Act would also provide access to preventative health care services; improve health outcomes and prevent premature deaths; lower costs for uncompensated care, which would in turn reduce hospital and provider closures; and improve economic mobility for Americans with low-incomes by enabling them to work. “I was fighting to expand Medicaid and strengthen access to affordable health care before I was elected to the Senate, and since day one I’ve been focused...
    (CNN)Unemployed Americans will be able to sign up for hefty subsidies for 2021 coverage on the federal Affordable Care Act exchange starting July 1, the Biden administration announced Tuesday.The benefit, part of the Democrats' $1.9 trillion rescue package enacted in March, allows anyone who receives or is approved to receive unemployment compensation during the year to select policies for as little as $0 a month in premiums and with little cost-sharing requirements, after federal assistance. The subsidies are tied to the benchmark silver plan, so those who pick higher-level policies might have to pay a premium. The same goes for those who live in states that require plans to cover additional benefits, such as abortion, that are beyond the law's essential health benefits.An average of three out of five eligible uninsured Americans can access $0 plans after subsidies are factored in, and an average of four out of five current consumers will be able to select a policy for $10 or less per month, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.It took longer for the agency to enact...
                        Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to discuss Mo Brooks’s wife being served by a trespassing investigator, the severability of the Affordable Care Act, Hunter Biden’s straw art scheme, and the instability of Texas’s grid. Leahy: Crom, what’s going on today? What’s on your agenda to cover? Carmichael: Michael, there are three little stories here, because hopefully, we have Jim Roberts coming up at 7:15 to talk about where that referendum stands. But some people in the audience may already be aware that Eric Swalwell hired an investigator to try to serve some kind of a lawsuit on a fellow congressman named Mo Brooks. And this investigator finally ran down Mo Brooks’s wife in her home. And that’s all on videotape. Leahy: I saw the video. Carmichael: He chased her into...
    OBAMACARE just survived yet another Republican-led challenge after the Supreme Court ruled against a Texas and 17 other states seeking to overturn the program. After the ruling on Thursday, President Biden praised the decision, calling it a "major victory" for the millions of Americans who would have lost their healthcare, had the appeal gone through. 6Obamacare survived the latest attack, winning a 7-2 majority in the Supreme CourtCredit: AFP Which justices voted to uphold Obamacare? Seven Supreme Court justices voted to overturn the Republican states' attack on Obamacare, while two voted in favor of it. In a surprise move, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett voted against the Republican states' effort in the ruling on Thursday. Other justices who voted against the ruling included conservatives John Roberts and Clarence Thomas, as well as Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. Justice Breyer wrote in his opinion that Texas and the other states failed to link Obamacare to the "'allegedly unlawful conduct' of which they complain." 6Biden said the Affordable Care Act is 'here to stay'Credit: AFP What did Biden say...
    (CNN)The planet is trapping roughly double the amount of heat in the atmosphere than it did nearly 15 years ago, according to new analysis from NASA and NOAA.Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.(You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. Affordable Care Act The Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to the Affordable Care Act brought on by Republican-led states. The justices decided that the opponents in this case, who urged justices to dismiss the entire 2010 law, weren't actually harmed by ACA provisions because Congress has reduced the penalty for failing to buy health insurance to zero. This was the third major challenge to the landmark healthcare reform law, and while the decision has preserved the ACA for now, there will undoubtedly be more Republican challenges. One such lawsuit is currently brewing in Texas, in which a group of individuals and businesses are arguing that an ACA provision requiring insurers to offer certain free preventative services is unlawful....
    (CNN)Another lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act is brewing in Texas.The effort to tear down a section of the landmark health reform law shows that although the Supreme Court preserved the act for the third time on Thursday, it remains at risk.The case centers only on the no-cost preventive services available under the Affordable Care Act and does not seek to overturn the entire law. It is before Texas District Court Judge Reed O'Connor, who in 2018 struck down the whole law in a separate legal battle that the Supreme Court decided on Thursday.More on Affordable Care Act Biden signs executive order to reopen Affordable Care Act enrollment Obamacare sign-ups hit 1.2 million in special enrollment period, but pace starts to slow Lawsuit aims to force Missouri governor to enact voter-approved Medicaid expansion New stimulus Obamacare subsidies now available Under the law, insurers must offer certain preventive services -- such as many immunizations, cholesterol and lung cancer screenings, mammograms, birth control and HIV prevention medications -- at no charge to patients. This applies to most health plans, including...
    Democratic Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is taking credit for the Supreme Court’s rejection of an Affordable Care Act lawsuit. Whitehouse was one of the loudest Senate Democrats to claim that Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court would mean the end of Obamacare. He admitted at the time of her confirmation that there was nothing that Democrats could do to stop her appointment, but that there would be “consequences” for Republicans doing so. “This Supreme Court nominee has signaled in the judicial equivalent of all caps, that she believes the Affordable Care Act must go, and that the precedent protecting the ACA [Affordable Care Act] doesn’t matter,” he said at one point during the confirmation hearings. (RELATED: The Affordable Care Act Is Likely Here To Stay Even If Amy Coney Barrett Fills Supreme Court Vacancy, Experts Say) Whitehouse also described Barrett as a “judicial torpedo” driven by “big donors” and “aimed at [his constituents’] essential protections. At one point, he even brandished a marker and poster to demonstrate the way that conservative groups like the Federalist Society...
    Senate Democrats repeatedly claimed that Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett would strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — also known as Obamacare —  if she was confirmed, but those predictions were proven false on Thursday.  Barrett voted with the majority in a 7-2 decision to uphold Obamacare on Thursday. SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS OBAMACARE LAW, DISMISSING CHALLENGE FROM RED STATES Thursday's ruling proved wrong several prominent Democratic senators who insisted that Barrett would kill Obamacare.  Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., claimed in a press release that "a vote by any Senator for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act and eliminate protections for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions." When asked for comment on his previous statements Thursday, Schumer's office pointed to a press release that praised the court's decision but didn't mention Barrett or his previous claims about the justice.  DEM SENATOR CALLS BARRETT A ‘JUDICIAL TORPEDO’ AIMED AT OBAMACARE DURING CONFIRMATION HEARING Schumer wasn't the only member of Democratic leadership to take a shot at Barrett — Senate Democratic...
    Former President Obama said on Thursday that “The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”  In a series of tweets, Obama applauded the Supreme Court's Thursday ruling upholding the act, saying it would ensure health insurance for millions. “The principle of universal coverage has been established, and 31 million people now have access to care through the law we passed—with millions more who can no longer be denied coverage or charged more because of a preexisting condition,” Obama said in an initial tweet. The principle of universal coverage has been established, and 31 million people now have access to care through the law we passed—with millions more who can no longer be denied coverage or charged more because of a preexisting condition.— Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAppeals court affirms North Carolina's 20-week abortion ban is unconstitutional GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' Obama: Fox News viewers 'perceive a different reality' than other Americans MORE (@BarackObama) June 17, 2021 Obama also said that he hopes President BidenJoe BidenJapan to possibly ease COVID-19 restrictions before Olympics 14 Republicans vote...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida Democrats are happy with the Supreme Court decision that saved the Affordable Care Act from another Republican challenge. In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that the Republican-led states and two individuals who brought this latest case did not have legal standing to challenge the law’s individual mandate. READ MORE: Grab The Bug Spray: Rainy Season Is Mosquito Season And The Blood Suckers Are Back South Florida Rep. Ted Deutch tweeted on Thursday, “For the third time, the Supreme Court affirmed that the Affordable Care Act is in fact Constitutional. 31 million Americans can keep their insurance. Every American – including people w/ preexisting conditions & mental health needs – will keep their essential benefits.” For the third time, the Supreme Court affirmed that the Affordable Care Act is in fact Constitutional. 31 million Americans can keep their insurance. Every American – including people w/ preexisting conditions & mental health needs – will keep their essential benefits. — Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) June 17, 2021 South Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz tweeted, “The #ACA is...
    The White House cheered the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold ObamaCare, with a nod at President Biden’s 2010 "big f***ing deal" reaction to then-President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law.  The Supreme Court on Thursday kept the ACA alive, ruling in a 7-2 decision that Texas and 17 other states – plus two individuals – lacked standing to challenge its constitutionality. The states had argued that the law’s individual mandate was unconstitutional once it no longer carried a penalty because it had been justified as falling under the congressional power of taxation. They also claimed that the rest of the law could not survive without the mandate. White House chief of staff Ron Klain, reacting to the high court's decision, tweeted: "It's still a BFD." Klain's tweet was a nod back to March 23, 2010 – when Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, and then-Vice President Biden turned to him and whispered, "this is a big f**king deal!" CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP But Biden’s whisper was loud enough to be picked...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Bay Area lawmakers weighed in Thursday morning following the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss a challenge by Republican-led states to the Affordable Care Act. The court ruled 7-2 that the states and two individuals who brought the dispute do not have the legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of the law’s individual mandate to buy health insurance. The court did not address the constitutionality of Obamacare’s individual mandate or whether it can be separated from the remainder of the law, the other two issues raised by the states. READ MORE: U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses Republican-Led Challenge To Affordable Care Act The ruling from the Supreme Court is a major victory for President Biden and Democrats, who have fought to shield the Affordable Care Act from numerous attempts by Republicans to kill it both through legislation and in the courts. “Once again, the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and the transformational protections it provides every American, no matter where they get their coverage,” read a statement from...
    (CNN)The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land.The Supreme Court's dismissal Thursday of the latest Republican-led challenge to the landmark health reform law, widely known as Obamacare, leaves in place the existing system. The act, which has survived multiple Republican attempts to tear it down in the 11 years since it was signed, has had a sweeping impact on the nation's health care system and on the lives of tens of millions of Americans. Roughly 31 million people have coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, including through the Obamacare exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults. The law also allows parents to keep their children on their health insurance plans until age 26 and enables patients to obtain free mammograms, cholesterol checks and birth control.One of the law's most popular provisions is its strong protections for those with pre-existing conditions, including barring insurers from denying coverage or charging higher premiums based on people's health histories. Read MoreMore on Affordable Care Act Here are 5 ways Biden plans to reset health care Biden signs executive...
    Again, the ACA is here to stay. The Affordable Care Act lives to fight on to the next ridiculous challenge supported by Trumpist lower court judges. The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Thursday that the plaintiffs in the case—the state of Texas and the individuals challenging—do not have standing to challenge the unenforceable mandate. The decision was written by Justice Stephen Breyer, with just Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch in dissent. "A plaintiff has standing only if he can 'allege personal injury fairly traceable to the defendant’s allegedly unlawful conduct and likely to be redressed by the requested relief,'" the Court writes. "Neither the individual nor the state plaintiffs have shown that the injury they will suffer or have suffered is 'fairly traceable' to the 'allegedly unlawful conduct' of which they complain." The Court did not rule on the issue of the constitutionality of the law, which Alito and Gorsuch wanted to get into. The best-case decision for protecting the law would have been the Court deciding that the individual mandate—the part Texas was challenging—could be carved out of the...
    WASHINGTON (CBS News) — The Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out a closely watched legal battle targeting the Affordable Care Act, rescuing the landmark health care law from the latest efforts by Republican-led states to dismantle it. The court ruled 7-2 that the red states and two individuals who brought the dispute do not have the legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of the law’s individual mandate to buy health insurance and ordered the case to be dismissed. Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented. Justice Stephen Breyer delivered the majority opinion for the court. The Supreme Court did not address the constitutionality of Obamacare’s individual mandate or whether it can be separated from the remainder of the law, the other two issues raised by the states. READ MORE ON CBSNEWS.COM
    (CNN)The Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the Affordable Care Act on Thursday in a decision that will leave the law intact and save health care for millions of Americans. The justices turned away a challenge from Republican-led states and the former Trump administration, which urged the justices to block the entire law.Read the ruling:
    (CNN)The Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the Affordable Care Act on Thursday in a decision that will leave the law intact and save health care for millions of Americans. The justices turned away a challenge from Republican-led states and the former Trump administration who urged the justices to block the entire law. The justices said that the challengers of the 2010 law did not have the legal right to bring the case. This story is breaking and will be updated.
    During a sit-down interview that aired Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) revealed that her greatest accomplishment in the political realm is the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Pelosi touted the legislation signed into law during President Barack Obama’s time in the White House, saying it “enabled millions of people to have access to quality, affordable care.” According to Pelosi, the Affordable Care Act is a “pillar” along with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski said to Pelosi, “I know that your greatest accomplishment is your five incredible kids.” “Yes,” Pelosi agreed. “So, putting them aside just for a moment, what would you consider your greatest accomplishment over the age of 50?” Brzezinski asked. “Well, I don’t think anything compares with the Affordable Care Act,” the California Democratic lawmaker replied. “That was because it enabled millions of people to have access to quality, affordable care, and again, for families and for the children. And not only 20 million more, but also families to have better benefits at lower costs, more...
    (CNN)One million people have signed up for Affordable Care Act coverage on the federal exchange during the special enrollment period that President Joe Biden launched in mid-February, the administration announced Tuesday."Since it became law more than a decade ago, the Affordable Care Act has been a lifeline for millions of Americans. The pandemic has demonstrated how badly it is needed, and how critical it is that we continue to improve upon it," Biden said. "Through this opportunity for special enrollment, we have made enormous progress in expanding access to health insurance."Sign-ups are open through August 15.Typically, enrollment during the year is limited to those losing job-based policies and experiencing other major life events, such as divorce. Former President Donald Trump refused to relax access last spring in the face of the Covid pandemic.The 14 states -- and the District of Columbia -- that run their own exchanges have also reopened enrollment, though the duration varies.Read MoreHeres whats in Bidens $1.8 trillion American Families PlanNew and existing consumers who visit the exchanges can take advantage of enhanced premium subsidies that were...
                      by J.D. Davidson  As President Joe Biden made his first visit to Ohio since taking office Tuesday, he was criticized for what one policy group called unnecessary spending. Biden, in Columbus to tout his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the recently passed American Rescue Plan, visited the James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University late Tuesday afternoon. “There are three key parts in the ARP. First, we are going to more rapidly acquire enough vaccinations to vaccinate every American more quickly than anticipated. There is a second important piece of that plan. It brings relief to a population that is badly hurting,” said Biden, who also said it’s Americans’ patriotic duty to be vaccinated for COVID-19. “Third, and foremost, it’s going to give every American $1,400. We also expanded the child care tax credit. This is going to be life changing. It’s going to do more to end childhood poverty than anything we’ve ever done.” Columbus-based education and research group The Buckeye Institute, however, challenged the...
    Loading the player... The President Joe Biden administration has announced an extended deadline to enroll in Obamacare made available through the Affordable Care Act. Read More: Much at stake as Supreme Court weighs future of ‘Obamacare’  Biden announced the extension Tuesday evening on the anniversary of the health care law while in Columbus, Ohio. “Eleven years ago today, President [Barack] Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act — historic achievement that would not have been possible but for the vision and determination of one of the most successful Presidents in recent American history: Barack Obama,” Biden remarked. He continued, “But, look, on this anniversary, we should remember just how close we have come to losing that act we so fought so hard for. And we have a duty not just to protect it, but to make it better and keep becoming a nation where healthcare is a right for all and not a privilege for a few.” U.S. President Joe Biden makes brief remarks before signing several executive orders directing immigration actions for his administration in the Oval Office...
    As President Joe Biden made his first visit to Ohio since taking office Tuesday, he was criticized for what one policy group called unnecessary spending. Biden, in Columbus to tout his administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the recently passed American Rescue Plan, visited the James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University late Tuesday afternoon. “There are three key parts in the ARP. First, we are going to more rapidly acquire enough vaccinations to vaccinate every American more quickly than anticipated. There is a second important piece of that plan. It brings relief to a population that is badly hurting,” said Biden, who also said it’s Americans' patriotic duty to be vaccinated for COVID-19. “Third, and foremost, it’s going to give every American $1,400. We also expanded the child care tax credit. This is going to be life changing. It’s going to do more to end childhood poverty than anything we’ve ever done.” Columbus-based education and research group The Buckeye Institute, however, challenged the recent recovery bill, along with the returned emphasis to federal health care...
    President Biden arrived to speak in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday where a "small" crowd of supporters and protesters awaited his arrival, according to a local report. Several supporters gathered to greet the president’s motorcade, ABC Television affiliate WSYX reported, noting that the crowd had roughly doubled in size by the time Biden was leaving. "It’s something I've never experienced before, so it’s cool to see something new and to see the president in person for the first time," one attendee told the local news outfit. In addition to supporters, the report noted that there were about 20 protesters present, some of whom were waving Trump 2020 flags, and there was at least one sign that read "Biden is not my president."  AS BIDEN CALLS FOR GUN BAN, MANCHIN SAYS HE DOESN'T SUPPORT BACKGROUND CHECK LEGISLATION During the event at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at Ohio State, Biden discussed the American Rescue Plan and taking on the COVID-19 pandemic. He touted the improvements he has made to the Affordable Care Act, including efforts to make care more...
    (CNN)The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is extending the Affordable Care Act special enrollment period by three months to August 15, the Biden administration announced Tuesday.The change will allow Americans more time to take advantage of benefits granted through the Covid relief law -- including increased federal subsidies to reduce premiums.Bidens moves on Obamacare attract new signups -- and a second look from red states"As a result of the American Rescue Plan, additional savings will be available for consumers through HealthCare.gov starting April 1," a statement from the US Department of Health and Human Services read."These savings will decrease premiums for many, on average, by $50 per person per month and $85 per policy per month. On average, one out of four enrollees on HeathCare.gov will be able to upgrade to a higher plan category that offers better out of pocket costs at the same or lower premium compared to what they're paying today," HHS added.The announcement came on the 11th anniversary of the signing of the ACA and as President Joe Biden was visiting Ohio to promote the...
    (CNN)Affordable Care Act enrollees and those looking for Obamacare coverage can start accessing the stimulus-enhanced premium subsidies on the federal exchange on April 1, the Biden administration announced Friday. But the jobless will have to wait longer to enroll in the zero-premium plans provided by the $1.9 trillion relief package that President Joe Biden signed Thursday, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.More on Covid-19 relief How much will your stimulus check be? Stimulus payments will start going out this weekend Checks could come quickly but jobless may have to wait for benefits A guide to what you can expect to get from the $1.9 trillion stimulus package The announcement comes as multiple federal agencies are racing to implement the wide range of provisions in the massive legislation. The $1,400 stimulus checks will start going out this weekend, but it will take weeks or months to get other relief to the people who need it.The American Rescue Plan provides heftier federal premium subsidies for Affordable Care Act policies for two years. Nine million people currently in subsidized...
    Photo by engin akyurt on UnsplashThe levels of tragedy and loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are almost unimaginable to comprehend. Amidst the loss of 500,000 American lives, we’ve faced economic devastation, school closures, and socially isolating health measures― all leading to associated increases of stress, anxiety and depression. In less than a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare many harsh realities about our vulnerabilities as a society. That includes the unavoidable conclusion that our country requires sweeping transformations to ensure all Americans can have access to affordable health care. Fortunately, the rate of people with strong, baseline health insurance has remained very stable over the past year. As an industry, insurers rallied to make sure that access to COVID-related treatment and testing was widely available at no cost. And yet, we cannot be complacent. The good news is that updates to the Affordable Care Act in the COVID relief package signed Thursday by President Joe Biden will help millions more Americans achieve coverage. Trends over the last year show how public and private insurance can work together to...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill passed by Congress is likely “the most consequential legislation” for which most members will ever vote, likening it to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in terms of significance during her weekly press conference on Thursday. “We also today are celebrating legislation that will make a tremendous difference. President Biden’s American Rescue Plan is a plan to crush the virus and to save lives and livelihoods of the American people. It is historic. It is monumental. It is consequential,” she told reporters, describing it as “probably the most consequential legislation most of us will ever, many of us will ever vote for in the Congress.” “I put it on the par with the Affordable Care Act as having serious consequences for the well-being of the American people,” she said: The bill, she claimed, will make an “immediate difference” in people’s lives by injecting vaccines in their arms, placing money in their pockets, putting children back into school “safely,” and allowing people to go back to work “safely.” “It’s just...
    President Biden’s nominee to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra declined to assure lawmakers on Wednesday that there would be no federal "takeover" of health care if he is confirmed to the post. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, said during the hearing that he strongly supports private insurance and allowing consumers to choose coverage that best meets their needs, but he noted Becerra has a "longstanding support for single-payer government-run health care." "What assurances can you give to Americans who currently have private insurance, including through Medicare Advantage, and are satisfied with their insurance provider, that they will not lose their coverage in the future to some sort of Medicare for All approach or other federal takeover … of health care?" Crapo asked. In response, Becerra steered clear of a specific assurance of private insurance and said that his main prerogative will be following through on Biden’s promises, including expanding the Affordable Care Act. "We will both agree that the most important thing is to give everyone in this country coverage, good coverage, and...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden is expected to nominate Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, two sources familiar with the decision told CNN.Brooks-LaSure, whose nomination to be CMS administrator would need Senate confirmation, was a top official at the agency during the Obama administration and worked to implement the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining the Obama administration, she was part of the Democratic staff for the House Ways and Means Committee, where she also worked on the landmark health reform law.Currently the managing director at Manatt Health, a professional services firm, Brooks-LaSure also served as a co-lead of the Department of Health and Human Services agency review team during the Biden-Harris transition period. Brooks-LaSure would be a key player in executing Biden's promises to rebuild the Affordable Care Act and strengthen Medicaid. The agency oversees Obamacare and the federal exchange, Healthcare.gov. In total, more than 145 million Americans receive their health coverage through programs the agency administers, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act.The Washington Post was first to...
    Getty Inmates hold a meeting on addiction while at the York Community Reintegration Center on May 24, 2016 in Niantic, Connecticut. Many former inmates struggle with mental health and substance use disorders. Appropriate treatment for these illnesses can be what stands between successfully reintegrating into society and returning to a life of crime – and ultimately back to prison. We are scholars who study the implications of health insurance reform for criminal recidivism. In our recent paper, we found that increasing access to Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act increases criminal justice referrals to addiction treatment and reduces violent crime recidivism. By the Numbers More than half – 58% – of state prisoners and at least 40% of federal inmates abuse drugs. Among these prisoners, only 40% of women and 50% of men participate in drug treatment programs when admitted. Eight to 10 months after release, the percentage of former inmates receiving treatment for substance use disorder is even lower – dropping to 25%. Many are not eligible for Medicaid, the federal program that...
    (CNN)The latest House coronavirus relief legislation would make more people eligible for Affordable Care Act subsidies for two years, temporarily fulfilling one of President Joe Biden's campaign promises.The bill, introduced this week by House Ways and Means Committee chair Rep. Richard Neal, would make the federal premium subsidy more generous and would eliminate the maximum income cap. Bidens First 100 Days Biden hopes Trump's impeachment won't derail agenda DOJ to ask Trump-appointed US attorneys to resign Democrats unveil $3,000 child benefit as part of Biden relief package Part of Biden's $1.9 trillion relief package, the two moves would make buying policies on Obamacare exchanges more affordable for many middle class Americans, who have long been shut out of federal premium assistance because they earn too much. Enrollees would pay no more than 8.5% of their income towards coverage, down from nearly 10% now. Also, those earning more than the current cap of 400% of the federal poverty level -- about $51,000 for an individual and $104,800 for a family of four in 2021 -- would become eligible for help....
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered government health insurance markets to reopen for a special sign-up window, offering uninsured Americans a haven as the spread of COVID-19 remains dangerously high and vaccines aren't yet widely available.Biden signed an executive order directing the HealthCare.gov insurance markets to take new applications for subsidized benefits, something Donald Trump's administration had refused to do. He also instructed his administration to consider reversing other Trump health care policies, including curbs on abortion counseling and the imposition of work requirements for low-income people getting Medicaid."There's nothing new that we're doing here other than restoring the Affordable Care Act and restoring Medicaid to the way it was before Trump became president," Biden said as he signed the directives in the Oval Office. He declared he was reversing "my predecessor's attack on women's health."The actions were only the first steps by Biden, who has promised to build out former President Barack Obama's health care law to achieve a goal of coverage for all. While Biden rejects the idea of a government-run system that Sen. Bernie Sanders...
    President Biden on Thursday signed a pair of executive orders expanding access to the Affordable Care Act during the coronavirus pandemic and rolling back some of the anti-abortion measures implemented by the Trump administration.  The actions add to the spate of executive moves taken by Biden during his first week in office as he seeks to reverse his Republican predecessor's policies. So far, Biden has signed more than three dozen presidential orders and memos, a record.   BIDEN SIGNS CLIMATE CHANGE ORDERS AMID CONCERNS OVER JOBS: 'IT IS TIME TO ACT' The latest order will create a special enrollment period on HealthCare.gov, making it easier for the uninsured to obtain health coverage through ObamaCare during the pandemic, which has killed close to 430,000 Americans. Close to 22 million Americans lost their jobs as a result of the virus-induced recession, and there remain 9.8 million individuals out of work compared to February, before the crisis began.    The Department of Health and Human Services will open a three-month enrollment period from Feb. 15 to May 15. Biden will also direct federal agencies to reconsider rules and other policies that may undermine the Affordable Care...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden will act Thursday to get more people health insurance in the middle of the raging coronavirus pandemic, a down payment on his pledge to push the U.S. toward coverage for all.The White House said he would sign an executive order reopening the HealthCare.gov insurance markets, something the Trump administration refused to do. He'll also move to start reversing other Trump administration policies, including curbs on abortion counseling and work requirements for low-income people getting Medicaid.Biden has promised to build on former President Barack Obama's health law to achieve his goal of health insurance coverage for all Americans, while rejecting the single government-run system that Sen. Bernie Sanders pushed for in his "Medicare for All" proposal. But Biden will need congressional approval for his more centrist approach, and opposition to "Obamacare" still runs deep among Republicans.The most concrete short-term impact of Biden's orders will come from reopening HealthCare.gov insurance markets as coverage has shrunk in the economic turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic. That new "special enrollment period" will begin Feb. 15 and run through May 15,...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden will act Thursday to get more people health insurance in the middle of the raging coronavirus pandemic, a down payment on his pledge to push the U.S. toward coverage for all.The White House said he would sign an executive order reopening the HealthCare.gov insurance markets, something the Trump administration refused to do. He'll also move to start reversing other Trump administration policies, including curbs on abortion counseling and work requirements for low-income people getting Medicaid.Biden has promised to build on former President Barack Obama's health law to achieve his goal of health insurance coverage for all Americans, while rejecting the single government-run system that Sen. Bernie Sanders pushed for in his "Medicare for All" proposal. But Biden will need congressional approval for his more centrist approach, and opposition to "Obamacare" still runs deep among Republicans.The most concrete short-term impact of Biden's orders will come from reopening HealthCare.gov insurance markets as coverage has shrunk in the economic turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic. That new "special enrollment period" will begin Feb. 15 and run through May 15,...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden has promised to make health care more affordable and available. His executive order Thursday takes one immediate step in that direction.As a result of his action, the Department of Health and Human Services is set to reopen enrollment on the federal Affordable Care Act exchange between February 15 and May 15.5 ways Biden plans to reset health care This would give Americans who missed the most recent sign-up period, which ended December 15, access to Obamacare policies -- and to federal assistance to pay for them. Roughly 15 million uninsured people could benefit, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.Nearly 9 million of them could qualify for free or subsidized coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Individuals making up to about $51,000 and families of four earning up to about $104,800 are eligible for subsidies.Some 36 states use the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, for enrollment. But most, if not all, of the states that run their own marketplaces are also expected to launch special sign-up periods, according to a White House official.Read MoreStill, it's unclear how many people...