How the Affordable Care Act Is Supposed to Pay for Subsidies

The new health care law will provide around $1 trillion in subsidies to low- and middle-income Americans over the next decade to help them pay for health insurance. Johanna Humbert of Galien, Mich., was pleasantly surprised to discover that she qualifies for an insurance subsidy, since her current plan is being canceled. Humbert makes about $30,000 a year, so she'll get a subsidy of about $300 a month. The new plan is similar to her current one, but it will cost $250 — about half of what she pays now.

Why Some Are Seeing Premiums Go Up As Affordable Care Act Goes Into Effect

In late September, Peter Lee, the executive director of Covered California — the state’s health insurance marketplace — was a guest on KQED’s Forum. It was just days until the Oct. 1 opening of the exchange. Lee touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, saying that many people would pay less for health insurance, … Continue reading Why Some Are Seeing Premiums Go Up As Affordable Care Act Goes Into Effect →

UC Student Health Plan Slips Through Loophole in Affordable Care Act

If you are a student at any of the UC campuses -- or a family member of one -- you might want to pay close attention to the case of Kenya Wheeler at UC Berkeley. A year ago he was "healthy as a horse," the San Francisco Chronicle reports and biked to school every day. But everything changed when he was diagnosed with cancer. He had health insurance through the UC Student Health Plan. But as medical bills mounted, he closed in on the $400,000 lifetime cap of the policy -- caps that were made illegal under the Affordable Care Act.

Still Have Questions About The Affordable Care Act? Watch This Video.

The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was a big victory for the Obama Administration, but obstacles still lie ahead. How will states respond to the Medicaid expansion? Will Republicans try to repeal the health overhaul law if President Obama loses the November election? Mary Agnes Carey of of Kaiser Health News moderates a discussion between Kaiser Health News' Marilyn Werber Serafini, Politico's Jennifer Haberkorn and the Los Angeles Times' Noam Levey.

Quick Read / Opinion: Why The Supreme Court Should Uphold the Affordable Care Act

The Supreme Court will probably decide on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the end of June. The big question on the table is, can the federal government mandate people to buy health insurance? Law professor Eric Segall of Georgia State University and  Associate Professor of Pediatrics Aaron E. Carroll … Continue reading Quick Read / Opinion: Why The Supreme Court Should Uphold the Affordable Care Act →