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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
Filling a prescription? You might be better off paying cash

Filling a prescription? You might be better off paying cash

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Some consumers who use health insurance copays to buy prescription drugs are paying far more than they should be and would be better off paying with cash, especially for generics. The added cost runs as high as $30 or more per prescription, say pharmacists, and the money is largely […]

June 24, 2016 | By | Reply More