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On the Money: Confronting Fresh Health Insurance Deductibles

On the Money: Confronting Fresh Health Insurance Deductibles

By Tom Murphy | Jan 16
Many deductibles reset Jan. 1, forcing patients to pay thousands of dollars for care or prescriptions before most insurance coverage starts.

Universal Coverage, Single-Payer, Medicare-for-All: What Does it Mean?

Universal Coverage, Single-Payer, Medicare-for-All: What Does it Mean?

Jan 11
Collectively, health care is our biggest industry. Most Americans are befuddled by it, and the political debate surrounding it only makes it more confusing.

Insurance Nightmare: A Head Cold That Cost $25,865

Insurance Nightmare: A Head Cold That Cost $25,865

By Richard Harris | Dec 24
A 40-year-old public policy consultant from Brooklyn, N.Y., didn't want her upcoming vacation trip ruined by strep throat. So, after it had lingered for more than a week, she decided to get it checked out.

As Rural Americans Struggle for Health Care Access, Insurers May Be Making Things Worse

As Rural Americans Struggle for Health Care Access, Insurers May Be Making Things Worse

Dec 19
Rural areas are experiencing tremendous health care provider shortages with access particularly limited for specialty care.

In Medical Billing, Fraudulent Charges Weirdly Pass As Legal

In Medical Billing, Fraudulent Charges Weirdly Pass As Legal

By Elisabeth Rosenthal | Dec 19
Much of what we accept as legal in medical billing would be regarded as fraud in any other sector.

What Would Happen if the ACA Went Away?

What Would Happen if the ACA Went Away?

By Julie Rovner | Dec 18
There's no doubt that invalidating the ACA in whole or in large part would have a dramatic effect on the nation's health system ? and not just for those 20 million or so Americans whose coverage directly flows from the law.

Picking Health Insurance Can be Hard. Here's How to be Smart About It

Picking Health Insurance Can be Hard. Here's How to be Smart About It

By Dan Weissmann | Dec 11
It's open enrollment — time to pick next year's insurance — for folks who buy it on their own and for many of us in our jobs. Lots of us aren't sure we know how to pick, and research shows: We're not wrong.

Pelosi Sets Medicare Showdown on Drug Costs and New Benefits

Pelosi Sets Medicare Showdown on Drug Costs and New Benefits

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Dec 10
The House will hold a showdown vote next week on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bill empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices, expanded Thursday to provide seniors with dental, vision and hearing benefits not currently covered.

Biden Steps Up Hits on Buttigieg, Warren Over Health Care

Biden Steps Up Hits on Buttigieg, Warren Over Health Care

By Bill Barrow | Dec 4
Biden argued Tuesday that Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is riding his coattails in pushing for a "public option" government-insurance plan to be sold alongside private insurance.

It's Obamacare Season — Here's What You Need to Know

It's Obamacare Season — Here's What You Need to Know

By Shefali Luthra | Nov 26
Despite repeated efforts by Republicans in Congress to undo the Affordable Care Act, the controversial law's seventh open-enrollment period launched this month to relatively little fanfare. It ends Dec. 15.

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