Health insurance plans that require consumers to pay more in out-of-pocket medical expenses may have hidden costs.
November 13, 2012 People hoping to save a few dollars by choosing insurance with low upfront costs may be losing out. Hospitals and other health care providers sometimes fail to apply discounts when individuals, rather than insurers, are paying the bills.
Child-only policies can be critical to some families, including those where an employer doesn't offer dependent coverage.
October 23, 2012 Since the health law was enacted, 22 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws or regulations that encouraged insurers to begin selling child-only policies again, a study found. But in many states there are no restrictions on how much insurers can charge for them.
Not many elderly people get long-term care insurance. It's expensive and many hope their kids will look after them instead.
October 17, 2012 Oregon is one of several states making it easier for consumers to appeal long-term care insurance denials, and expedite payment of claims.
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September 20, 2012 Nearly 13 million Americans are getting rebate checks from their health insurance companies. But as is sometimes the case, what is popular with the people is not so popular with economists.
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September 11, 2012 On today's show, we have four short Planet Money stories.
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A astronaut cover signed by Neil Armstrong.
August 30, 2012 Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, he had to solve a more prosaic problem.
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July 3, 2012 The question is more contentious than it sounds. A new study may finally provide an answer.
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A bulletin board in New York's Jamaica Hospital offers advice for uninsured patients.
June 28, 2012 Now that the Supreme Court has decided that the Affordable Care Act can stand, it's time to think about what the law actually means for your medical coverage. So let's review the changes the law has already wrought and those that still lie ahead.
June 25, 2012 Kaiser Permanente is often cited as an example of a health maintenance organization that keeps costs reined in. In fact, portions of the Affordable Care Act were crafted with the Kaiser model in mind. But critics say the price gap between Kaiser and other insurance companies has narrowed, and the reasons are unclear.
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Here goes nothing. A big jump over the Zambezi River in Africa.
April 24, 2012 Chances are your domestic health plan won't pick up the tab for medical care overseas, and it almost certainly won't cover you if you're seriously hurt and need to be evacuated by air to a medical facility. Even special polices to help overseas may not be enough if you engage in risky adventures.
Illinois farmers harvest corn crops near Monticello, Ill. An unseasonably hot summer likely damaged much of this year's corn crop, which means farmers may seek support through their crop insurance.
October 27, 2011 Crop insurance has become a critical safety net for farmers subject to fickle weather that can ruin crops. And though politicians are looking to make some big cuts to farm programs in the upcoming 2012 farm bill, farmers are clinging fiercely to crop insurance.
August 17, 2011 A widowed Florida rabbi saw the cost of his insurance coverage rise by 38 percent this year. So he decided to look for a new, younger spouse to help him bring costs back down.
Ocean City, N.J. has among the high medical spending from people with private insurance.
August 10, 2011 A Thomson Reuters analysis of what the privately insured spend on health care shows that it's wrong to presume that a region with high Medicare spending also has a cost problem from private insurance.
July 5, 2011 Managed care companies are getting into the business of running physician groups to keep costs down. And hospitals, physician groups and Wall Street investors are eying doctors who practice cheaper health care.
May 31, 2011 To boost enrollment in high-risk plans, the federal government will pay insurance agents a commission to sell the policies. Premiums will be cut up to 40 percent, too
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