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Washington Healthplanfinder Enrolls Record Number of Residents

Washington Healthplanfinder Enrolls Record Number of Residents

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that 209,802 customers used Washington Healthplanfinder to purchase a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) for 2018 coverage during the most recent open enrollment period. This total is a nearly three percent increase over last year and is 50 percent higher than the number of enrollees recorded following the first open enrollment period in 2014.

March 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
New Medicare cards are coming starting in April

New Medicare cards are coming starting in April

The new card contains a unique, randomly assigned number that replaces consumers’ Social Security numbers. The purpose is to prevent fraud, combat identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars. All replacement cards should be delivered nationwide by April 2019.

March 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Paying Cash For Prescriptions Could Save You Money 23% Of Time, Analysis Shows

Paying Cash For Prescriptions Could Save You Money 23% Of Time, Analysis Shows

One Texas patient was charged a $42.60 copay by his insurance company for a generic version of simvastatin, a statin drug. The patient could have paid $18.59 out-of-pocket.

March 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
Need a medical procedure? Pick the right provider and get cash back

Need a medical procedure? Pick the right provider and get cash back

Health plans are paying patients to use lower-cost services. It’s part of a strategy to rein in health care spending by steering patients to the most cost-effective providers for non-emergency care.

March 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly

Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly

Surgery like this has become all too common among those near the end of life, experts say. Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare patients undergo an operation in the year before they die, even though the evidence shows that many are more likely to be harmed than to benefit from it.

February 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Trump administration proposes rule to loosen curbs on short-term health plans

Trump administration proposes rule to loosen curbs on short-term health plans

Short-term plans can reject applicants with preexisting medical problems, which Obamacare plans cannot do. As a result some people who switch to them from Obamacare coverage may see “reduced access to some services,” and “increased out of pocket costs, possibly leading to financial hardship.”

February 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Trump’s historic Medicaid shift goes beyond work requirements

Trump’s historic Medicaid shift goes beyond work requirements

Requiring able-bodied adults to work for their Medicaid is just part of the Trump administration’s drive to remake the decades-old health insurance program for the poor.

February 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
‘Bill of the month’: A college student’s $17,850 drug test

‘Bill of the month’: A college student’s $17,850 drug test

Elizabeth Moreno, then 28, a student at Texas State University in San Marcos had surgery for back pain. Her surgeon ordered a urine test. She thought it was routine. Bill for the test? $17,850

February 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Trump Administration: Let states decide if health plans have enough doctors

Trump Administration: Let states decide if health plans have enough doctors

The Trump administration has weakened rules that require health plans to have numbers of in-network providers, including specialists, potentially forcing patients to turn to more expensive providers, travel long distances for cheaper care or, critics worry, forgo care altogether.

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Upsurge of suburban poor discover health care’s nowhere land

Upsurge of suburban poor discover health care’s nowhere land

Suburbs in the United States, often perceived as enclaves of the affluent, are home to nearly 17 million Americans who live in poverty — more than in cities or rural areas — and growing demand for care strains the capacity of suburban health services to provide for them.

February 9, 2018 | By | Reply More