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ACA open enrollment is here: 5 tips for consumers shopping for marketplace health plans

ACA open enrollment is here: 5 tips for consumers shopping for marketplace health plans

By Sara R. Collins Originally published by the Commonwealth Fund Open enrollment for health insurance sold through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces begins today. People have until January 31 to enroll in a health plan, but will need to sign up by December 15 for coverage that begins on January 1. Here are five things […]

November 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Washington exchange plans to rise 8% on average for 2017

Washington exchange plans to rise 8% on average for 2017

Premiums for the benchmark plans offered on Washington state’s health insurance exchange for next year will rise 8% on average, officials at the Washington Healthplanfinder said Wednesday. The increase is far less than the 25% average increase seen across the exchanges seen in the 38 states offering plans through Healthcare.gov, Enrollment through the exchanges, which were […]

October 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Link between health spending and life expectancy: US is an outlier – Our World In Data

Link between health spending and life expectancy: US is an outlier – Our World In Data

The US stands out as an outlier: the US spends far more on health than any other country, yet the life expectancy of the American population is not longer but actually shorter than in other countries that spend far less. Source: Link between health spending and life expectancy: US is an outlier – Our World […]

October 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
President Trump wouldn’t have to wait for Congress to undo much of the health law

President Trump wouldn’t have to wait for Congress to undo much of the health law

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Republicans have been vowing for six years now to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They have voted to do so dozens of times, despite knowing any measures would be vetoed by President Barack Obama. But if elected, a President Donald Trump wouldn’t have to wait for lawmakers to once […]

October 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why insurance companies control your medical care – analysis

Why insurance companies control your medical care – analysis

By Christy Ford Chapin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Originally published on The Conversation It’s that time of year again. Insurance companies that participate in the Affordable Care Act’s state health exchanges are signaling that prices will rise dramatically this fall. And if insurance costs aren’t enough of a crisis, researchers are highlighting deficiencies in health care […]

October 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
The real reason the EpiPens and other off-patents are so expensive – viewpoint

The real reason the EpiPens and other off-patents are so expensive – viewpoint

By Timothy Holbrook Professor of Law, Emory University From TheConversation.com The rising price for EpiPens, a drug delivery system that is crucial for persons experiencing potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, has resulted in outrage. The price increase, from about US$94 for a two-pack of injectable epinephrine to more than $600 in just nine years, has members of Congress calling for investigations in […]

August 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Big Companies Expect Moderate Increases In 2017 Employee Health Care Costs

Big Companies Expect Moderate Increases In 2017 Employee Health Care Costs

By Jay Hancock Kaiser Health News Big employers expect health costs to continue rising by about 6 percent in 2017, a moderate increase compared with historical trends that nevertheless far outpaces growth in the economy, two new surveys show. “These cost increases, while stable, are both unsustainable and unacceptable,” said Brian Marcotte, CEO of the National […]

August 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Newly swamp deluge rural health clinics

Newly swamp deluge rural health clinics

A patient visits the Shasta Community Health Center for an exam. (Delcie Strahan for Shasta Community Health Center) Obamacare expansion: a bumpy ride for rural health clinics By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News A network of clinics that serves low-income patients in rural Northern California is finally finding balance after being deluged with newly insured […]

August 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Obama renews call for a public option

Obama renews call for a public option

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News President Barack Obama Monday called on Congress to revisit the controversial idea of providing a government-run insurance plan as part of the offerings under the Affordable Care Act. The so-called “public option” was jettisoned from the health law by a handful of conservative Democrats in the Senate in 2009. […]

July 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Inaccurate provider lists a major barrier to care, study

Inaccurate provider lists a major barrier to care, study

By Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News Provider directories for some health plans sold through Covered California and in the private market are so inaccurate that they create an “awful” situation for consumers trying to find doctors, according to the lead author of a new study published in the journal Health Affairs. In the study, “secret shoppers” […]

July 10, 2016 | By | Reply More