Category: Health Insurance
More States Adding Medicaid Benefit for Doula Services
Doulas are trained professionals who provide emotional, physical and educational support to women before, during and after childbirth.
Compare nursing homes with this online tool from Medicare
Whether you’re planning ahead or need to make an unexpected decision, there’s a lot to think about when choosing the right nursing home for you or your loved one. Medicare.gov makes it easy to find and compare nursing homes in your area.
Record number sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage through Washington exchange.
A record 240,000 Washingtonians signed up for 2022 coverage. This represents an increase of more than 6% over 2021.
West Virginia Sen. Manchin Takes the Teeth Out of Democrats’ Plan for Seniors’ Dental Care
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia opposes adding dental and other benefits for Medicare beneficiaries. He says it cost the federal government too much.
Jaw Surgery at Swedish takes a $27,119 bite out of Seattle man’s budget
He thought his new insurance was like his older plan but Swedish Medical Center billed him $27,119 for a second, follow-up surgery.
At Urgent Care, He Got 5 Stitches and a Big Surprise: A Plastic Surgeon’s Bill for $1,040
Insurers often try to steer patients to urgent care and away from costly emergency rooms, but individuals could still get hit with large bills in the process.
Olympic Dream Dashed After Bike Crash and Nightmare Medical Bill Over $200K
The cyclist collided with three health system threats: an out-of-state emergency, out-of-network care and gold-plated prices from both hospitals that treated him.
Finding Medicare services near you
Check out Medicare.gov to get information about doctors, hospitals, and other health care services in your area.
Supreme Court Declines to Overturn ACA — Again
Justices ruled that the suing states and the individual plaintiffs lacked “standing” to bring the case to court.
Mental Health Services Wane as Insurers Appear to Skirt Parity Rules During Pandemic
As the need grew during the pandemic, the already spotty access to treatment has dwindled.
Her Doctor’s Office Moved One Floor Up. Her Bill Was 10 Times Higher.
Her cost for each round of injections has been roughly $30. Then it jumped to $354.68.
New change to Medicare.gov
Medicare.gov has a new URL.
COVID-19 Relief Package Includes Expansion of Health Care Coverage
Expanding Medicaid, more generous subsidies and other changes related to private insurance could increase the number of Americans enrolled in health insurance by at least 5.3 million,
Special enrollment period offers another chance to get health insurance
The special enrollment through Washington Healthplanfinder is open from Feb. 15, 2021 through May 15.
Lower-income Americans Are the Sickest, Most Likely to Struggle to Afford Care Compared to Lower-Income People in Other Wealthy Countries
Eleven-Country Survey Shows Income Inequality in the U.S. and Lack of Access to Primary Care Could Threaten COVID-19 Recovery