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
Under federal law, health insurers must spend at least 80 percent of premium revenues on medical services or quality improvement.
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May 10, 2011 Consumers in nine states expect to receive millions in rebates from their health insurers on this year's premiums because insurers did not hit a spending target for medical care. But consumer advocates say most insurers should be able to meet the spending rule.
May 3, 2011 College students have 30 days from the end of their student health plan to get on their parents' insurance plan. Under the new federal health law, young adults can stay on their parents' plan until age 26.
April 27, 2011 Public opinion on Medicare seems to depend on how much people are told about the various proposals on the table, according to a study by the polling team at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Donating a kidney can carry insurance side effects.
April 19, 2011 Living donors of kidneys and other organs face can face difficulties with health costs, if they're uninsured. Recipients' coverage can take care of most acute problems. But some medicines and tests may not be part of the deal.
At a House Budget Committee hearing in February, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds up a Congressional Budget Office report on the federal budget.
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April 4, 2011 In a plan to trim federal spending, Republicans would shift Medicare coverage to private companies. The proposal, which would apply to people under 55, would also transfer financial risks from the government to individuals.
Can a law blow out a candle?
March 22, 2011 As the federal law overhauling health care turns one year old, opponents and supporters are finding some creative ways to mark the occasion. Doughnut hole bake sale, anyone?
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