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Doctors warm to single-payer health care

Doctors warm to single-payer health care

Fifty-six percent of doctors registered either strong support or were somewhat supportive of a single-payer health system. In a 2008 survey, opinions ran the opposite way — 58 percent opposed single-payer. What’s changed?

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
CBO: Killing cost-sharing subsidies would hike premiums and raise deficit

CBO: Killing cost-sharing subsidies would hike premiums and raise deficit

If President Donald Trump cuts federal cost-sharing subsidies, health insurance premiums for silver plans would soar by an average of 20 percent next year and the federal deficit would rise by $194 billion over the next decade

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Where to get free help picking an insurance plan

Where to get free help picking an insurance plan

The free services navigators provide includes guiding you through the enrollment process, determining how well their current health plans worked, and exploring new coverage options available.

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why Medicaid matters to you

Why Medicaid matters to you

While many people may think of Medicaid as a government program that helps only the nation’s poor, that is not accurate. Medicaid helps pay for – and is indeed part of estate planning strategies for – nursing home care and other forms of long-term care.

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Insurers can bend out-of-network rules for patients who need specific doctors

Insurers can bend out-of-network rules for patients who need specific doctors

If you have a rare condition you can ask your plan to allow you to see an out-of-network specialist and treat her as if she were in network for cost-sharing purposes.

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
More than 500,000 participate in end-of-life care discussions covered by Medicare

More than 500,000 participate in end-of-life care discussions covered by Medicare

Nationwide, slightly more than 1 percent of the more than 56 million Medicare beneficiaries have received advance-care planning talks, which focus on understanding and documenting treatment preferences for people nearing the end of their lives.

August 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Scam alert from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Scam alert from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner

The scammers place cold-calls to consumers and falsely claim they are with SHIBA, the Insurance Commissioner’s Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors.

August 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drug puts a $750,000 ‘price tag on life’

Drug puts a $750,000 ‘price tag on life’

In April, Gundy’s child, who is on private insurance, began getting the drug Spinraza, which costs $750,000 for the initial year of treatment. Chaffin’s child — a Medicaid enrollee — was not receiving the drug, as his state regulators debated whether to offer it to children like him who use ventilators to breathe.

August 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

States can choose whether to offer Medicaid services at home, but nursing home coverage, which is more expensive, is a required benefit. Optional benefits like home services would likely be first to go if states face budget troubles.

July 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Even without Congress, Trump can still cut Medicaid enrollment

Even without Congress, Trump can still cut Medicaid enrollment

President Donald Trump’s top health officials could engineer lower enrollment in the state-federal health insurance program by approving applications from several GOP-controlled states eager to control fast-rising Medicaid budgets.

July 30, 2017 | By | Reply More