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Parents not liable for medical debts of adult children on shared insurance

Parents not liable for medical debts of adult children on shared insurance

Are parents responsible for adult children’s medical debts? Should people squeeze in appointments and expensive procedures before year’s end because of changes that might come with the GOP tax bill? Should consumers pay a broker to help them enroll in a plan?

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
How Obamacare changed the love lives of young adults

How Obamacare changed the love lives of young adults

The ACA provision that allows children to stay on their parents’ health plan until age 26 has led young adults to delay decisions to start a family. Health insurance eligibility also seems to have influenced choices women made about contraception, leading to a decrease in abortions as well as birth rates.

November 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Taken for a ride? Ambulances stick patients with surprise bills

Taken for a ride? Ambulances stick patients with surprise bills

One patient got a $3,600 bill for a 4-mile ride. Another was charged $8,460 for a trip from one California hospital that could not handle his case to a facility that could. Still another found herself marooned at an out-of-network hospital, where she’d been taken by ambulance without her consent.

November 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Despite ACA cost protections, most adolescents skip regular checkups

Despite ACA cost protections, most adolescents skip regular checkups

Regular checkups could help families address such problems, and the Affordable Care Act paved the way by requiring insurers to fully cover well-child visits, at no charge to patients. But fewer than half of kids ages 10 to 17 were getting routine annual physical exams.

November 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid expansion takes a bite out of medical debt

Medicaid expansion takes a bite out of medical debt

A study from the Urban Institute finds that personal debt due to medical expenses remain far higher in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid.

November 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

The US health care system serves the elderly poorly. A new book provides guidance to help seniors receive the best care possible.

November 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some states roll back ‘retroactive Medicaid,’ a buffer for the poor — and for hospitals

Some states roll back ‘retroactive Medicaid,’ a buffer for the poor — and for hospitals

If you’re poor, uninsured and fall seriously ill, in most states if you qualify for Medicaid — but weren’t enrolled at the time — the program will pay your medical bills going back three months. It protects hospitals, too, from having to absorb the costs of caring for these patients.

November 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Obamacare shopping is trickier than ever. Here’s a cheat sheet.

Obamacare shopping is trickier than ever. Here’s a cheat sheet.

Experts’ advice, in brief, is: SHOP AROUND. Play with different options on healthcare.gov or state marketplaces. Don’t just renew this year’s plan. More than ever, for 2018 that might not be the best deal.

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
How other countries achieve universal coverage

How other countries achieve universal coverage

While the term single-payer is often used to describe the way a number of other nations with universal coverage organize their health systems, it glosses over significant differences across those systems.

November 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health companies race to catch UnitedHealth as Amazon laces up

Health companies race to catch UnitedHealth as Amazon laces up

As soon as news surfaced last week about the potential merger of CVS Health and Aetna, all eyes turned to the looming threat from Amazon. The online retailer’s flirtation with the pharmacy business is a factor, no doubt. But many industry experts say CVS and Aetna have another huge competitor on their minds: UnitedHealth Group.

November 6, 2017 | By | Reply More