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  • Police Cleared To Use ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense
    Siding with a Broward County sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot a man, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled that law-enforcement officers can use the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law to be shielded from prosecution.

  • Proposal Targets Cost Of Emergency Transportation For Patients
    Insured patients in Florida shouldn’t have to pay large bills if they require emergency medical transportation services. They also should have access to copies of their medical records free of charge, a state advisory board agreed Thursday.

  • Health Costs Bear Down On Families Who Don't Qualify For ACA Subsidies
    Like millions of Americans in this final week of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, Diane McCabe is shopping for health insurance. "At my age, I can't go without it, even though I'm healthy now," says McCabe. She's 62 and a self-employed real estate agent in Luzerne County, Pa. "But the process is frustrating, and the expense significant." That's because McCabe is one of the 5 million people who buy their own coverage (either on of off the ACA marketplace) and pay the full cost. Her income is too high to qualify for a government subsidy that would help defray the cost of the premium. McCabe this week settled on a $773-a-month policy that has a $4,000 deductible — the amount she'll have to pay out of pocket before insurance kicks in. She estimates that will account for at least 15 percent of her income in 2019. Under the ACA, people who earn up to 400 percent of the poverty level (about $48,500 for an individual and $100,400 for a family of four in 2019) are

  • ACA Sign-Ups Have Lagged For 2019. But What Does That Mean?
    Former President Barack Obama released a video earlier this week urging people to hurry up and shop for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchange. "This year I'm giving it to you straight," Obama says in the video. "It's important to have health insurance in case, God forbid, you get really sick, or hurt yourself next year." Open enrollment ends in most states on Saturday and Obama makes the case that people can find a good deal on coverage if they shop around. "Most folks can find coverage for $50 to $100 per month. That's probably less than your cell phone bill," he says. After the video was released, there was a bump in sign-ups. But overall this year, enrollment in the individual market is moving more slowly than in previous years. At the end of last week, just over 4.1 million people had chosen a health plan on, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs the website. That's about half a million fewer than at this time last

  • Take Care: The Affordable Care Act In 2018
    The deadline to enroll in health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2019 is December 15. But enrollment for the program is down in many parts of the country. Last week, Politico reported “that just 3.2 million people enrolled through versus 3.6 million at this point last year.” However, interest in the ACA remains high — health care was the most Googled issue ahead of the midterm election. And Fortune reports that the ACA remains popular in many states. Voters in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah overwhelmingly endorsed ballot initiatives to approve Medicaid expansion. What’s more, Kansas, Maine, and Wisconsin all elected Democratic governors who are gung-ho expansion proponents, possibly setting up a significant rise in coverage for poor, working residents. (Of note—Utah also elected former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who enacted the earliest form of Obamacare in MA, as its next U.S. Senator.) However, Democrats’

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