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How The Republicans Might Reshape Medicaid If They Win The White House And Congress

July 31st, 2012 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
The Los Angeles Times reports on how the GOP is readying a push to scale back the health insurance program for the poor if it takes control of the White House and Congress next year. Meanwhile, the insurance industry is paying $1.1 billion in rebates to consumers under the health care law and eyeing congressional efforts to overhaul the tax code next year as its best chance to roll back a new health insurance tax.

Poll: 2 Out Of 3 Voters Favor Medicaid Expansion ‘In General’; 1 In 5 Expect To Pay Penalty

July 31st, 2012 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds views generally reflect partisan affiliations, and, overall, the public remains split in its view of the 2010 health law. A slim majority (54 percent) says they are tired of hearing lawmakers fight over the law and would like the debate to move on to other topics.

Cost Of Future Post Office Retirees’ Health Benefits Driving Possible Default

July 31st, 2012 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
The U.S. Postal Service may default on a $5.5 billion payment due to the Treasury on Wednesday. Another $5.6 billion is due in September, according to the Associated Press.

In Response To Increasing Medicare Costs, Humana Reduces 2012 Forecast

July 31st, 2012 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
Humana, which ranks number two in providing Medicare benefits, cuts its 2012 profit expectations.

State Roundup: High-Ranking Iowa Gov’t Employees To Pay More In Health Costs

July 31st, 2012 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
A selection of health policy stories from New Jersey, Iowa, Florida, Texas, Kansas, Wisconsin, Oregon, California and Pennsylvania.