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How did health insurance get so complicated?

How did health insurance get so complicated?

One of the biggest underlying problems is confusion over what we are buying here and what incentives are necessary to get everyone to behave.

May 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some GOP congressmen could pay politically for ACA repeal vote

Some GOP congressmen could pay politically for ACA repeal vote

GOP representatives seen as most at risk represent districts where a large number of people have coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, or districts that have trended blue recently.

May 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Squeaker in the House becomes headache for the Senate: 5 things to watch

Squeaker in the House becomes headache for the Senate: 5 things to watch

After weeks of will-they-or-won’t-they tensions, the House managed to pass its GOP replacement for the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, 217-213, by a razor-thin margin. Democrats who lost the battle are still convinced they may win the political war.

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
America’s other drug problem

America’s other drug problem

Across the country, nursing homes routinely toss large quantities of perfectly good prescription medication: tablets for diabetes, syringes of blood thinners, pricey pills for psychosis and seizures.

April 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
5 things to know about the health issue that could shut down the government

5 things to know about the health issue that could shut down the government

The question is whether Congress will pass — and President Donald Trump will sign — a bill that also funds subsidies for lower-income people who purchase health insurance under the law. These “cost-sharing reductions” have become a major bargaining point in the negotiations between Republicans and Democrats, because the spending bill will require at least some Democratic votes to pass.

April 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health and Human Services warns consumers about phone scam

Health and Human Services warns consumers about phone scam

The US Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General fraud hotline —1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477) — had been spoofed, a malicious practice of making a phone number appear on caller ID to be legitimate in order to obtain confidential information.

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rural doctors’ training may be in jeopardy

Rural doctors’ training may be in jeopardy

At the end of September, the US government will stop funding the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program, part of the Affordable Care Act , which supports nearly 750 primary care residents in 27 states and Washington, D.C. Without congressional action, it might be shut down.

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health care in America: An employment bonanza and a runaway-cost crisis

Health care in America: An employment bonanza and a runaway-cost crisis

The country has grown increasingly dependent on the health sector to power the economy — and it will be a tough habit to break. Thirty-five percent of the nation’s job growth has come from health care since the recession hit in late 2007, the single-biggest sector for job creation.

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Conservatives’ goal to relax mandatory benefits unlikely to tame premiums

Conservatives’ goal to relax mandatory benefits unlikely to tame premiums

At the heart of the GOP plans include eliminating mandatory benefits, including hospital care, doctor and outpatient visits and prescription drug coverage, along with things like maternity care, mental health and preventive care service.

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nonprofit linked to PhRMA rolls out campaign to block drug imports

Nonprofit linked to PhRMA rolls out campaign to block drug imports

A nonprofit organization that has orchestrated a wide-reaching campaign against foreign drug imports has deep ties to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, the powerhouse lobbying group.

April 19, 2017 | By | Reply More