Phil Galewitz

Phil Galewitz appears in the following:

IRS Could Help Find Many Uninsured People, But Doesn't

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Many low-income households that claim the earned income tax credit lack health insurance. That status on tax returns could provide a clue about people who would benefit from outreach.


Obamacare Insurers Sweeten Plans With Free Doctor Visits

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Health insurers in several big cities will take some pain out of doctor visits in 2016. The plans will offer free visits to primary care doctors in their networks.

You read that right. Doctor visits without copays. Or coinsurance. And no expensive deductible to pay off first either.

In Atlanta, ...


What Happens If Kentucky Dismantles Its Health Insurance Exchange?

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Kentucky Gov.-elect Matt Bevin, who takes office Dec. 8, plans to dismantle the state's successful health insurance exchange and shift consumers to the federal one. It's a campaign promise that has sparked controversy in the state.

Supporters of Kentucky's exchange, called Kynect, have asked Bevin to reconsider. They say the ...


Slow Going For Small Businesses And Health Exchanges

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Kentucky has run one of the most successful Obamacare individual health insurance exchanges, attracting enough people into private health plans and Medicaid to cut the state's uninsured rate by half in two years.

But Kentucky's online health insurance marketplace for small employers also created by the Affordable Care Act has ...


IRS: 7.5 Million Americans Paid Penalty For Lack Of Health Coverage

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

About 7.5 million Americans paid an average penalty of $200 for not having health insurance in 2014 — the first year most Americans were required to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday.

By contrast, taxpayers filing three-quarters of the 102 million ...


Free Contraceptives Must Be Free, Obama Administration Tells Insurers

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Free means free.

The Obama administration said Monday that health plans must offer at least one option for every type of prescription birth control free of charge to consumers. The instructions clarify the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate.

"Today's guidance seeks to eliminate any ambiguity," the Health and ...


Fla. Governor Leaves Meeting With U.S. Health Secretary Empty-Handed

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Florida Gov. Rick Scott paid a high-stakes visit to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, in hopes of persuading the Obama administration to continue a program that sends more than $1 billion in federal funds to Florida each year to help reimburse hospitals for the costs of caring for the state's poor. ...


GOP Faults Shift Of Funds To HealthCare.Gov From NIH And CDC

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

House Republicans are questioning why the Obama administration transferred money last year from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to pay for the operation of the federal health insurance marketplace.

"Now it appears that we are robbing Peter to pay Paul in order ...


Administration Grants Tax Time Reprieve For Obamacare Procrastinators

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Obama administration said Friday it will allow a special enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 for consumers who realize while filling out their taxes that they owe a fee for not signing up for coverage last year.

The special enrollment period applies to people in the ...


Pregnant And Uninsured? Don't Count On Obamacare Coverage

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Obama administration often touts the health benefits women have gained under the Affordable Care Act, including the option to sign up for coverage outside of open enrollment periods if they're "having a baby."

But advocates complain that the special insurance enrollment period begins only after a birth. As ...


Florida Leads Insurance Sign-Ups, Despite Political Opposition To Overhaul

Monday, February 02, 2015

When Florida workers promoting President Obama's health law marketplace want instant feedback on how they're doing, they go to an online "heat map." The map turns darker green where they've seen the most people and shows bright red dots for areas where enrollment is high.

"The map shows us where ...


Despite Decline, Elective Early Births Remain A Medicaid Problem

Monday, December 08, 2014

Nearly 9 percent of the births covered by Medicaid — or about 160,000 each year — were elective deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation. Early deliveries like those can lead to worse health outcomes for mothers and children and higher costs, according to a study published Monday.

The research, ...


Health Centers Hurt In States That Skipped Medicaid Expansion

Friday, May 09, 2014

More than 1 million patients who use federally funded community health centers will remain uninsured because they live in 24 states that chose not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to a study released Friday by researchers at George Washington University.

Most of those patients ...


5 Things That Could Alter The Perception Of Obamacare

Friday, January 03, 2014

Nearly four years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, most of its major provisions are now in effect. And they appear to be as controversial as ever.

To help make sense of the partisan arguments, here are five things that are likely to be important measuring sticks of ...


Canvassers For Health Coverage Find Few Takers In Boca Raton

Monday, July 29, 2013

Tammy Spencer did a double take when she read the address on her paper and looked at the house in front of her.

Spencer, a volunteer with the nonprofit Enroll America, was spending a hot and humid Saturday morning knocking on doors in Boca Raton, a mostly posh South Florida ...