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Do incentives lead people to make healthy choices?

Do incentives lead people to make healthy choices?

Health plans, medical practices and some Medicaid programs are increasingly offering financial incentives to motivate Medicaid patients to engage in more preventive care and make healthier lifestyle choices. Does it work?

December 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Only 20 percent of Americans support health law repeal without replacement plan

Only 20 percent of Americans support health law repeal without replacement plan

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News The Republican strategy of repealing the Affordable Health Care Act before devising a replacement plan has the support of only one in five Americans, a poll released Friday finds. The Kaiser Family Foundation survey also disclosed that shrinking the federal government’s involvement and spending in health care — the […]

January 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicare pays for a kidney transplant, but not the drugs to keep it viable

Medicare pays for a kidney transplant, but not the drugs to keep it viable

By Richard Harris, NPR News Kaiser Health News The federal government will pay more than $100,000 to give someone a kidney transplant, but after three years, the government will often stop paying for the drugs needed to keep that transplanted kidney alive. Constance Creasey is one of the thousands of people who find themselves caught […]

December 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Deadline for obtaining Jan. 1 coverage through Exchange extended to Dec. 23

Deadline for obtaining Jan. 1 coverage through Exchange extended to Dec. 23

Washington consumers can sign up for health and medical plans through Washington Healthplanfinder until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 23 for coverage that starts Jan. 1. Online: 24/7 at wahealthplanfinder.org. By phone: 1-855-WAFINDER (1-855-923-4633). Normal hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every weekday. Extended hours: Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. […]

December 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Back to the future: Insurance pools for high-risk patients could be revived

Back to the future: Insurance pools for high-risk patients could be revived

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News It wasn’t so long ago that health insurance horror stories fueled discussions around the family dinner table and the national debate over health care reform. “One company said I was too heavy,” said Scott Svonkin, of Los Angeles, of the time he was denied an individual health policy in […]

November 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Despite anger at individual mandate, GOP plan could also have penalties

Despite anger at individual mandate, GOP plan could also have penalties

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that people have health insurance or pay a fine is one of the least popular provisions of the law, and one that Republicans have pledged to eliminate when they repeal and replace Obamacare. But take a look at some of the conservative replacement proposals that […]

November 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Is a bronze health insurance plan best for you?

Is a bronze health insurance plan best for you?

Healthy consumers — and those with major medical needs — may want bronze plans By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News The open enrollment period for coverage through the health insurance marketplaces starts today, and readers have plenty of questions about what to buy. I addressed a few of them this week. I know that silver plans are […]

November 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Health exchange insurance enrollment starts today, November 1

Health exchange insurance enrollment starts today, November 1

  You can sign up for health and dental coverage through www.wahealthplanfinder.org starting November 1. New customers can check out tips for getting covered and returning customers have lots of resources for renewing their coverage. Through Washington Healthplanfinder, you can compare plans side by side and you can get financial help paying for your monthly premium. The importance of getting covered: […]

November 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
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
7 tips to help you avoid costly health plan enrollment mistakes

7 tips to help you avoid costly health plan enrollment mistakes

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News With the annual sign-up period for plans on the health law’s marketplaces starting Nov. 1, many consumers are worried about rising premiums, shrinking provider networks and the departure of major insurers such as UnitedHealthcare, Aetna and Humana from many exchanges. The impact on coverage will vary, but the shifting […]

November 1, 2016 | By | Reply More