Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

After Falling Under Obama, America’s Uninsured Rate Looks to Be Rising

The number of Americans without health insurance plunged after Obamacare started. Now, early evidence suggests, it’s beginning to climb again. New polling from Gallup shows that the percentage of uninsured Americans inched up throughout last year.

Shutdown Poses Risk to Health Care

State employees can access this Wall Street Journal story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access.  library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. Some consumers may face higher ACA premiums and insurers delay plans for 2020 because of staff shortages. The longest-ever U.S. government shutdown is posing new risks to the Affordable Care Act and some health services, prompting alarm from insurers, […]
Read More »

The Health 202: Here’s how the shutdown could jeopardize Obamacare benefits

The IRS plays the role of accountant for the health-care law’s marketplaces. The Department of Health and Human Services isn’t part of the seemingly endless government shutdown. But that doesn’t mean Obamacare will escape unscathed. The Internal Revenue Service — which has sent 90 percent of its staff home without pay — plays the role of […]
Read More »

California gets it right with its new health-care initiative

The new governor unveils a reform plan that other states should follow. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) wasted no time making a splash, announcing on Monday, his inauguration day, a major new health-care initiative that would make his state a leader in resisting Republican efforts to unravel the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Newsom’s plan is a promising […]
Read More »

Federal judge blocks Trump rollback of birth control mandate

State Library Ed. Note:  Oregon was not one of the 13 states mentioned in the article. A federal judge has blocked, at least in 13 states, a Trump Administration rule that would green light expanded use of religious and moral objections by employers seeking to deny contraceptive coverage to their women employees. Source: Federal judge blocks […]
Read More »

ACA health insurance enrollment down 5 percent

Local nonprofit Northeast Oregon Network continues to assist individuals in obtaining health insurance. The period for enrolling in Affordable Care Act health insurance plans for 2019 concluded Dec. 15, 2018, and 148,180 Oregonians enrolled in plans using HealthCare.gov. While this is the first year the number of enrollees decreased from the year prior, officials with […]
Read More »

Oregon Health Insurance Enrollment Shrinks 5 Percent

Insurance enrollment at Healthcare.gov has dropped more than five percent in Oregon. It’s the first time health insurance enrollment has dropped in the state since the Affordable Care Act passed. Source: Oregon Health Insurance Enrollment Shrinks 5 Percent . News | OPB

Democratic attorneys general appeal ruling that invalidated Affordable Care Act 

State Library Ed. Note: Story contains quote from Oregon Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum. The move begins the legal process that could land the law before the Supreme Court for a third time. A coalition of Democratic attorneys general appealed a ruling by a conservative Texas federal judge that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional — launching […]
Read More »

States Ask Judge to Declare Health Law Still in Effect While Ruling Is Appealed

California and 15 other states asked a federal judge on Monday to protect current health care coverage for millions of Americans while courts sort out the implications of his ruling that the Affordable Care Act was invalid in its entirety.

Audit: Oregon is wasting millions thanks to outdated purchasing system

If Oregon had used a web-based procurement program in the last biennium, it could have saved more than $1 billion, a state audit has found. If Oregon had used a web-based procurement program in the last biennium, it could have saved more than $1 billion, a state audit has found. The state’s purchasing system for […]
Read More »