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Frustrated you can’t find a therapists? They’re frustrated, too.

Frustrated you can’t find a therapists? They’re frustrated, too.

By April Dembosky, KQED Kaiser Health News There are a lot of people suffering from a mental health condition who need therapy. And there are a lot of therapists who want to help them. But both sides believe the insurance companies that are supposed to bring them together are actually keeping them apart. Insurance companies, […]

July 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Confused about the SHOP Marketplace works for small businesses?

Confused about the SHOP Marketplace works for small businesses?

Do you have questions about how the SHOP Marketplace works? Well, Healthcare.gov has answers. Learn more about how to browse, select, and enroll in a health and/or dental plans that makes sense for your business. Ready to learn more about the SHOP Marketplace? Need Assistance?: Call the SHOP Call Center at 1-800-706-7893 (TTY:711) Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm ET or […]

July 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
You will soon be able to get dental coverage through the health exchange

You will soon be able to get dental coverage through the health exchange

Starting this open enrollment, Washington Healthplanfinder will offer family dental plans. Customers can shop for 2017 dental plans starting Nov. 1, 2016. Who Can Enroll in Family Dental? Family dental plans can cover just adults, adults and children, or children only. Anyone who is eligible and enrolls in a Qualified Health Plan is eligible to enroll in […]

July 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Money, personal preferences push states on long-term care

Money, personal preferences push states on long-term care

By Jenni Bengal Stateline Facing a wave of aging baby boomers, many states are trying to make it easier for frail seniors to stay in their homes — as many prefer — instead of moving into more costly long-term care nursing homes. States have a huge stake in where aging seniors and disabled people end […]

July 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Fraud concerns emerge as compounding drug sales skyrocket

Fraud concerns emerge as compounding drug sales skyrocket

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Government spending on “compounded” drugs that are handmade by retail pharmacists has skyrocketed, drawing the attention of federal investigators who are raising fraud and overbilling concerns. Spending on these medications in Medicare’s Part D program, for example, rose 56 percent last year, with some of the costliest products, including […]

July 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Despite concerns, seniors often leave hospitals with opioid prescriptions, study finds

Despite concerns, seniors often leave hospitals with opioid prescriptions, study finds

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News It’s a common scenario: Someone checks into a hospital for surgery or an illness and leaves with a prescription for an opioid painkiller, opening the door to long-term use and dependence. A recent study examined this pattern and found the prescriptions are used and renewed more often than you might imagine. Researchers […]

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Few young doctors training to care for the elderly

Few young doctors training to care for the elderly

By Kara Lofton, West Virginia Public Broadcasting Kaiser Health News At Edgewood Summit retirement community in Charleston, W.Va., 93-year-old Mary Mullens is waxing eloquent about her geriatrician, Dr. Todd Goldberg. “He’s sure got a lot to do,” she said, “and does it so well.” West Virginia has the third oldest population in the nation, right […]

July 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Consider your options when you lose your employer-sponsored insurance

Consider your options when you lose your employer-sponsored insurance

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner Finding out you are being laid off is stressful, and in addition to that, you have to make important decisions about health insurance that can save you—or cost you—thousands of dollars at a critical time. It’s important, therefore, to consider all your options when deciding between COBRA or […]

July 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
House panel extends funding for Medicare program to help consumers

House panel extends funding for Medicare program to help consumers

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to continue $52 million in funding for a program that helps seniors understand the complexities of their Medicare coverage. Two weeks ago, a Senate committee voted to eliminate it.

July 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
High copays for brand-name drugs soak Medicare D patients, study

High copays for brand-name drugs soak Medicare D patients, study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News A new study takes a fresh measure of generic drugs’ price advantages, revealing how much more Medicare Part D patients shelled out in copayments for two popular brand-name drugs in 2013. The result: 10.5 times more. Copayments averaged $42 for both Crestor, a cholesterol medication, and Nexium, taken for […]

July 7, 2016 | By | Reply More