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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
Learn more about Medicare at free event July 9 in Seattle

Learn more about Medicare at free event July 9 in Seattle

Are you new to Medicare? The Office of the Insurance Commissioner’s Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) will be at the Seattle Central Library from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. You will learn about: Medicare parts A, B, C and D Your Medicare benefits and options How to get help paying […]

July 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Young adults can face challenges to health enrollment

Young adults can face challenges to health enrollment

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News The Obama administration is making a push to get young adults covered on the health insurance marketplaces, both for their own good and that of the marketplaces, which need healthy people to balance sicker ones in the risk pool. While experts applaud the beefed up outreach planned for the coming months, they […]

July 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lawsuit targets insurer, benefits manager over drug prices

Lawsuit targets insurer, benefits manager over drug prices

Anthem, Express Scripts Face Legal Challenge Over Prescription Drug Prices By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Anthem and its pharmacy manager Express Scripts overcharged patients with job-based insurance for prescription drugs, alleges a lawsuit that seeks class action status for what could be tens of thousands of Americans. It’s the latest wrinkle in a battle that has […]

July 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Are copay coupons making drugs more expensive?

Are copay coupons making drugs more expensive?

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica, June 30, 2016 A few months back, after returning from a family vacation that involved lots of pool time, my 9-year-old son complained that his ear hurt. A Sunday morning trip to urgent care brought a diagnosis of swimmer’s ear 2014 an infection of the outer ear canal 2014 and a […]

June 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
States offer privacy protections to young adults on their parents health plan

States offer privacy protections to young adults on their parents health plan

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News The health law opened the door for millions of young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26. But there’s a downside to remaining on the family plan. Chances are that mom or dad, as policyholder, will get a notice from the insurer every time […]

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
End-of-life are better for patients with cancer and dementia, study

End-of-life are better for patients with cancer and dementia, study

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News A new study offers surprising findings about end-of-life care — specifically, physicians tend to be more likely to accommodate the advanced-care wishes of patients with cancer or dementia than renal disease, congestive heart failure, pulmonary disease or frailty.

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More