Healthcare News February 27, 2013

  • Poll: Four in 10 think illegals are covered by ‘ObamaCare’

    Four in 10 people incorrectly believe that President Obama’s healthcare law provides benefits to undocumented immigrants, a new poll revealed Wednesday.

    This figure comprises about one in three Democrats and more than half of Republicans, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, which conducted the survey.

    In all, 42 percent believe that the Affordable Care Act extends insurance subsidies or Medicaid eligibility to illegal aliens, which it does not. About one in four say they are not sure. 

  • Study: Substance-abuse treatment still costs patients more

    Patients with substance-abuse issues are still paying more for in-patient treatment than others who seek hospital care, according to a new study.

    The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), a research group, found the average hospital admission for substance-abuse treatment cost patients $889 in 2011, or 12 percent of the treatment’s total cost.

    This out-of-pocket figure was 8 percent higher than what patients paid for an average medical or surgical hospital admission and 2 percent higher than the cost of a mental-health admission. 

  • Poll finds 15-point drop in Dem support for health law

    Democratic support for President Obama’s healthcare law has dropped 15 points since November, contributing to a rise in negative attitudes toward the reform, according to a new poll.

    Opponents of the Affordable Care Act currently outnumber supporters (42 percent to 36), according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s (KFF) latest tracking survey. Public opinion has switched back and forth since the law passed in 2010, and in November, support for the law was 4 percent higher than opposition (43 percent to 39). 

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Governor Christie will expand Medicaid

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie became the eighth Republican governor to sign up for the healthcare law’s Medicaid expansion.

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