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1:44pm

Tue March 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Medicaid And A Tale Of Two Miami Hospitals

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 11:32 am

Jackson Memorial Hospital is preparing for more Medicaid patients by renovating rooms. Jackson is the area's safety net hospital, which means it doesn't receive reimbursement for quite a bit of the care it gives.
Courtesy of Jackson Health System

The federal health law's expansion of Medicaid will cover some 16 million more Americans in the government program for the poor, if that part of the law survives the legal challenge it faces in the Supreme Court beginning next week.

Florida is leading 25 other states in that challenge, but that hasn't stopped two of Miami's most prominent hospitals from preparing for the Medicaid expansion.

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8:07am

Tue March 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

States Struggle To Cover Uninsured With Pre-Existing Conditions

Newly covered Iowans with pre-existing conditions run up monthly costs of about $4,800.
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An actuary named Cecil Bykerk spends his days walking a fine line.

As the head of the board that runs Iowa's health plan for uninsured residents who can't qualify for private coverage, he wants to make sure that folks who need insurance can get it.

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2:27am

Tue March 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How Do Racial Attitudes Affect Opinions About The Health Care Overhaul?

Originally published on Tue March 20, 2012 6:31 am

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010. Data suggest that racial attitudes of ordinary Americans shape both how they feel about the health care overhaul and how intense those feelings are.
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As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear a case involving the constitutionality of President Obama's health care overhaul, social scientists are asking a disturbing — and controversial — question: Do the intense feelings about the health care overhaul among ordinary Americans stem from their philosophical views about the appropriate role of government, or from their racial attitudes about the signature policy of the country's first black president?

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9:39am

Mon March 19, 2012
Health

Hospitals May Stop Charging Their Highest Prices To The Poor

Linda Conlin, 49, of Longmont, left, gets help from Ailsa Wonnacott, right, in dealing with hospital bills she can't pay because she is disabled. Wonnacott is head of the Association for Community Living in Boulder County.
Robert D. Tonsing Colorado Public News

Colorado hospitals charge their highest prices to the poorest, uninsured patients. That practice is now likely to end by late summer.

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12:51pm

Fri March 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Supreme Court Will Release Same-Day Audio Of Health Care Arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will make available same-day audio of upcoming oral arguments later this month, arguments that could determine the fate of the Obama health care overhaul.

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