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Good News For Obamacare: 2016 Enrollment Numbers Exceed Hopes

The Department of Health and Human Services just released the 2016 enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act, and the results are good news for supporters of the President’s signature health care law: the third enrollment season brought in nearly 13 million sign-ups for Obamacare, exceeding the government’s goals for enrollment and beating last year’s … Continue reading

A Serious Birth Defect Is On The Rise Among Children Of Young Black Mothers

A serious birth defect that causes the intestines to hang out of a newborn’s body near the belly button area is on the rise among babies born to young black mothers in the U.S., and health officials have no idea why. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sounded the alarm about the birth defect, … Continue reading

Birth Control Returns To The High Court: SCOTUS To Hear New Challenge To Obamacare’s Contraceptive Coverage

For the fourth time in three years, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a series of challenges to the Affordable Care Act. And for the second time, the target is birth control coverage. The Justices announced Friday that they would review a group of seven cases, brought by religiously affiliated nonprofits, all of … Continue reading

With GOP Gubernatorial Victory In Kentucky, Health Insurance For 400,000 Is Now At Risk

With Tuesday’s election of Republican Matt Bevin as the new governor of Kentucky, the future of the state’s thriving health insurance market — established under the Affordable Care Act — is suddenly at risk, leaving half a million newly-insured residents hanging in the balance. Outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is retiring because of term limits, … Continue reading

Shocking Number Of Americans Have Diabetes Or Pre-Diabetes

About half of American adults have either diabetes or prediabetes, a new study finds, highlighting the growing burden of chronic disease in the U.S. population. The research, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that up to 14 percent of adults had type 2 diabetes in 2011-2012, and about 38 percent … Continue reading

New Obamacare Regulations Protect Transgender People From Discrimination In Health Care

In a major push for transgender rights, the Obama administration on Thursday announced that it will extend the current healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals and require health insurers and medical providers to treat all patients equally, regardless of sex or gender identity. Under a proposed regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, … Continue reading

Obamacare Is Increasing Access To Health Care, Reducing ‘Long-Standing Racial Disparities’

    The Affordable Care Act has improved key health care indicators for millions of Americans, reversing what had been a downward spiral in which health care was becoming more costly and less available to many Americans, a new study finds. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, show marked gains … Continue reading

Uninsured Rate Continues To Fall Under Obamacare

A year and half after the Affordable Care Act went into effect, the percentage of Americans who lack health insurance continues to plunge, according to a new Gallup survey released Monday. The poll found that the uninsured rate in the U.S. fell from 17.3% in 2013 to 11.7% in the first half of 2015. But … Continue reading

This One Chart Shows The Remarkable Success Of Obamacare

The uninsured rate in the United States is at its lowest level ever recorded by Gallup, continuing a trend that first appeared amid the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (aka, “Obamacare”). In the second quarter of this year, the uninsured rate plunged to 11.4 percent, down from, 11.9 percent in the first quarter of … Continue reading

Thanks, Obamacare! Uninsured Rate Continues To Plunge

The sharp plunge in the number of Americans lacking health coverage has continued in the second quarter of 2015, pushing the uninsured rate down to a record low, a new Gallup survey shows. The decline is evidence of lasting improvement following a sharp first-quarter drop, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. In the second quarter … Continue reading

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