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Why do people hate Obamacare, anyway?

Why do people hate Obamacare, anyway?

A big part of why people don’t like the health law is that they don’t understand what it does or how it works. Some of that is because health care is complicated.

December 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to save money on your prescription drugs

How to save money on your prescription drugs

If you’re willing to do a little extra work, it is possible to lower your prescription bills. A reporter for The New York Times and a reporter for ProPublica both found instances this year in which drugs prescribed for family members could be purchased for less money without using their insurance coverage.

December 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
When buying prescription drugs, some pay more with insurance than without it

When buying prescription drugs, some pay more with insurance than without it

Patrik Swanljung of Anacortes, Washingtonn handed his Medicare prescription card to the pharmacist at his local Walgreens and was told that he owed $83.94 for a three-month supply. Alarmed at that price, Swanljung went online and found Blink Health, a start-up, offering the same drug — generic Crestor — for $45.89.

December 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
For marketplace customers who delay, auto-enrollment could be nasty wake-up

For marketplace customers who delay, auto-enrollment could be nasty wake-up

On Dec. 16, if you haven’t picked a new plan, the marketplace will generally re-enroll you in the one you’re in this year or another one with similar coverage.

December 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
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
States — and 9M kids — ‘In a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

States — and 9M kids — ‘In a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

If Congress reauthorizes CHIP funding, states are in the clear. But they can’t bank on it yet, and states have to prepare to shut down if the funding doesn’t come through.

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Are short-term plans better than nothing at all?

Are short-term plans better than nothing at all?

As premiums rise and some middle-class families feel they can’t bear the costs of a more secure Obamacare plan with its coverage guarantees, brokers and agencies have unveiled a slew of alternatives. But advocates warn shoppers to carefully read the fine print and understand what they’re buying. The plans might not cover what you think.

December 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health insurance exchange signups brisk

Health insurance exchange signups brisk

Nearly 18,000 new customers have used Washington Healthplanfinder to select 2018 health coverage through the first four weeks of open enrollment. The number of new customers who have signed up since Nov. 1 represents a 43 percent increase over the same period last year.

November 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seven ways you can protect yourself from outrageous medical bills

Seven ways you can protect yourself from outrageous medical bills

ProPublica has been documenting the myriad ways the health system wastes money on unnecessary services, often shifting the costs to consumers. But there are ways patients can protect themselves.

November 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
A hospital charged $1,877 to pierce a 5-year-old’s ears

A hospital charged $1,877 to pierce a 5-year-old’s ears

Experts estimate the U.S. health care system wastes $765 billion annually — about a quarter of all the money that’s spent. Of that, an estimated $210 billion goes to unnecessary or needlessly expensive care.

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More