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What does the Hobby Lobby decision mean for employers? A legal analyst breaks it down

What does the Hobby Lobby decision mean for employers? A legal analyst breaks it down

June 30, 2014 6:56 pm by | 0 Comments

KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey and legal analyst Stuart Taylor discuss Monday’s ruling on the health law’s contraception mandate, examining what the decision could mean for future challenges to the law….


175 hospitals most likely to be penalized by Medicare for patient injuries

175 hospitals most likely to be penalized by Medicare for patient injuries

June 23, 2014 6:13 am by | 1 Comments

Medicare has identified 761 hospitals that are in line to be penalized for high rates of infections and complications this fall. Some of these hospitals may avoid the penalties in the fall after federal officials factor into their analysis an additiona…



Should Medicare payments be the same no matter where patients get care?

Should Medicare payments be the same no matter where patients get care?

May 22, 2014 5:00 pm by | 0 Comments

That question was the focus of a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday, and it’s an important issue in the context of the debate over ending the Medicare SGR. Mary Agnes Carey…


Even with Obamacare, many immigrants in California still seek healthcare in Mexico

Even with Obamacare, many immigrants in California still seek healthcare in Mexico

May 5, 2014 10:01 am by | 0 Comments

TIJUANA, Mexico – Irma Montalvo signed up for a health plan through California’s new insurance exchange last month, getting coverage for the first time in eight years. But when she…


Obama: Sebelius’ service was extraordinary

Obama: Sebelius’ service was extraordinary

April 11, 2014 1:24 pm by | 0 Comments

President Obama said in remarks at the White House that Kathleen Sebelius told him in March that she was going to step down as the secretary of the Department of…


State health insurance exchange executives face tough questions from house subcommittee (AUDIO)

State health insurance exchange executives face tough questions from house subcommittee (AUDIO)

April 3, 2014 4:07 pm by | 0 Comments

For some states, like California, things have gone well. But the rollout in states like Maryland and Oregon has been rocky. Mary Agnes Carey and CQ Roll Call’s Emily Ethridge…


Sebelius: Healthcare.gov Should Have Been Rolled Out Differently (Audio)

Sebelius: Healthcare.gov Should Have Been Rolled Out Differently (Audio)

December 11, 2013 3:05 pm by | 0 Comments

KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey and CQ Roll Call’s Emily Ethridge discuss HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s latest testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday, which also included updates on steps officials are taking…



You might be surprised on how much your state spends on Medicare (Table)

You might be surprised on how much your state spends on Medicare (Table)

November 27, 2013 2:21 pm by | 0 Comments

One out of every five dollars Medicare spends goes to nursing homes, home health services or other post-acute facilities and services. The spending varies greatly between states: Louisiana spends 31…


Interactive Chart: Bonuses and penalties For U.S. hospitals

Interactive Chart: Bonuses and penalties For U.S. hospitals

November 14, 2013 4:59 pm by | 0 Comments

Medicare has two payment incentive programs for hospitals that are part of an effort to make them accountable on quality. One gives bonuses and penalties to hospitals based on how well they performed on 24 quality measures. That program is called Value…


Sebelius says she’s responsible for Healthcare.gov problems

Sebelius says she’s responsible for Healthcare.gov problems

October 30, 2013 3:42 pm by | 0 Comments

The Health and Human Services secretary also said she couldn’t give firm numbers on how many people have enrolled for health insurance using the website because the data are not…


Medicare administrator apologizes for Healthcare.gov problems (Podcast)

Medicare administrator apologizes for Healthcare.gov problems (Podcast)

October 29, 2013 3:44 pm by | 0 Comments

But while Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said in her Capitol Hill testimony Tuesday that some website subcontractors hadn’t met expectations, she offered few other details…


Health on the Hill: The latest on defunding the health law

Health on the Hill: The latest on defunding the health law

October 10, 2013 12:32 pm by | 0 Comments

Fights over defunding the health law remain at the center of legislative battles eight days into a federal government shutdown and just a week before the nation hits its debt ceiling. KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey and CQ Roll Call’s Emily Ethridge discuss the…


Health on the Hill: How will government shutdown battle be resolved?

Health on the Hill: How will government shutdown battle be resolved?

September 26, 2013 11:49 am by | 0 Comments

The Affordable Care Act lies at the center of a last minute push to fund the government past Sept. 30. Mary Agnes Carey and Politico Pro’s Jennifer Haberkorn discuss how the standoff is likely to be resolved.

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Health on the Hill: ACA and the budget showdown

Health on the Hill: ACA and the budget showdown

September 19, 2013 2:38 pm by | 0 Comments

With implementation of major provisions of the law looming, Republicans see this fall’s budget showdown as their last chance to slow or stop the president’s signature legislation from taking effect. Mary Agnes Carey and Politico Pro’s Jennifer Haberkor…


How did key Obamacare insurance turn into ‘skinny’ health insurance?

How did key Obamacare insurance turn into ‘skinny’ health insurance?

August 25, 2013 4:50 pm by | 1 Comments

It came as a surprise to some that the Affordable Care Act seems to allow large employers to offer health insurance that pays for preventive care and not much else. Check…