January 31, 2012 Despite the federal overhaul of health care, people in the pools are left out because of a wrinkle in legal language. The high-risk pools aren't licensed as insurers in most states, so they're not subject to the federal law.
January 27, 2012 Mitt Romney offered a vigorous defense Thursday night of Massachusetts' decision to mandate that nearly every resident either have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. In fact, some say it was the best defense of the individual mandate made by any candidate — including the president — so far this election cycle.
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January 20, 2012 Final rules requiring insurance plans to cover prescription contraceptives will give religious-based hospitals and other organizations whose primary purpose is not religious an extra year to come into compliance. But the requirement remains, despite vigorous objections from some groups.
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January 12, 2012 Just 1 percent of the population accounted for 21.8 percent of all U.S. health spending in 2009. And just 5 percent accounted for half the total spending.
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January 10, 2012 Under the Affordable Care Act, health plans that spend too much on administrative costs instead of medical care are required to offer rebates to customers. Some states, such as Texas, aren't ready for this change just yet.
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January 9, 2012 Health costs rose 3.9 percent last year, the second-slowest rate since the government started keeping track. The previous record low was 3.8 percent in 2009.
January 5, 2012 A proposed federal rule would set uniform standards for how health insurance companies are to pay electronic claims for health care services. It would encourage the use of electronic, rather than paper, claims.
December 16, 2011 The Obama administration's plan would let states match benefits with existing plans. That idea is drawing criticism from both sides of the health care debate.
December 16, 2011 A federal fund that has given employers a financial incentive to keep providing health insurance coverage for early retirees is winding down at year's end. Did it work?
December 14, 2011 As many as 2.5 million young adults gained health coverage between Sept. 30, 2010, when a key provision of the federal health overhaul took effect, and June 2011, says a study from the National Center for Health Statistics.
At most companies, the little guy pays the same for health insurance as the head honcho.
December 6, 2011 Most companies don't factor in differences in pay when it comes to health premiums. Yet it's common for there to be different rates for single, couple and family coverage and for different types of plans.
December 2, 2011 That decision, in one of the regulations for implementing the health overhaul, is sure to disappoint insurance agents, as you might have guessed. But it's more important than you might have imagined. The ruling makes it more likely that insurers will have to pay rebates to customers.
A woman smokes outside an office building in New York City.
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November 3, 2011 A solid majority — 59 percent — say that smokers should pay more for health insurance than nonsmokers in the latest NPR-Thomson Reuters Health Poll.
November 2, 2011 Wal-Mart may be setting a new trend by slashing health care for part-time workers. ATC host Robert Siegel chatted with John Rother, president of the National Coalition on Health Care, about the issue.
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October 25, 2011 Except for businesses that employ almost exclusively low-paid workers, it won't make economic sense to stop offering health coverage, an independent analysis of the financials factors finds.
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