To Insure More Poor Children, It Helps If Parents Are On Medicaid

By Shefali Luthra Efforts by Republican lawmakers to scale back Medicaid enrollment could undercut an aspect of the program that has widespread bipartisan appeal — covering more children, research published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs suggests. The study focuses on the impact of Medicaid’s “welcome-mat” effect — a term used to describe the spillover …

California, Other States To Extend Obamacare Sign-Up Beyond Federal Limit

By Pauline Bartolone and Carmen Heredia Rodriguez California and several other states will exempt themselves this year from a new Trump administration rule that cuts in half the amount of time consumers have to buy individual health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. In California, lawmakers are contemplating legislation that would circumvent the rule in …

Another Way For Anti-Vaxxers To Skip Shots For Schoolkids: A Doctor’s Note

By Ana B. Ibarra and Barbara Feder Ostrov Dr. Tara Zandvliet was inundated with calls and emails from parents last year, after California passed a law nixing personal beliefs as an exemption from school vaccinations. Suddenly, many parents sought exemptions for medical reasons. Someone even faked two medical exemption forms purportedly written by the San …