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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
Consider your options when you lose your employer-sponsored insurance

Consider your options when you lose your employer-sponsored insurance

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner Finding out you are being laid off is stressful, and in addition to that, you have to make important decisions about health insurance that can save you—or cost you—thousands of dollars at a critical time. It’s important, therefore, to consider all your options when deciding between COBRA or […]

July 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
House panel extends funding for Medicare program to help consumers

House panel extends funding for Medicare program to help consumers

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to continue $52 million in funding for a program that helps seniors understand the complexities of their Medicare coverage. Two weeks ago, a Senate committee voted to eliminate it.

July 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
High copays for brand-name drugs soak Medicare D patients, study

High copays for brand-name drugs soak Medicare D patients, study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News A new study takes a fresh measure of generic drugs’ price advantages, revealing how much more Medicare Part D patients shelled out in copayments for two popular brand-name drugs in 2013. The result: 10.5 times more. Copayments averaged $42 for both Crestor, a cholesterol medication, and Nexium, taken for […]

July 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
If you want to spend a bundle on your bundle of joy, go to Northern California

If you want to spend a bundle on your bundle of joy, go to Northern California

By Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News Everyone knows that real estate is no bargain in Northern California. It turns out that giving birth ain’t cheap either. New research on the cost of childbirth in the nation’s 30 largest metropolitan areas ranks Sacramento and San Francisco as the two most expensive for both vaginal delivery and […]

July 6, 2016 | By | Reply More