April 27, 2012 If you're wondering how to deal with a health problem, ask your doctor what she'd do for her mom. And if you're puzzling over which insurance plan to pick, take a look at how some health economists size them up.
Come summer, mailboxes of 1 in 3 buyers of individual health insurance buyers could get rebate checks.
April 26, 2012 Health insurers that haven't spent the required share of premiums on health care will be sending rebate checks to employers and consumers. All told, an estimated $1.3 billion is expected to be returned to customers this summer.
A database of fees charged by out-of-network dentists could help lower your bill.
April 17, 2012 Dental coverage often maxes out at a just few thousand dollars a year or less and typically covers only half of the cost of major procedures like crowns and root canals. So knowing what out-of-network dentists charge for their services may help save you a bundle.
April 2, 2012 With all the attention focused on the Supreme Court hearings on the fate of the Affordable Care Act, it might seem that the future of all reforms to the health care system is in the balance. But some in the insurance industry say many changes are already in motion.
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March 29, 2012 Health lawyers aren't sure, but their opinions range from "God only knows" to "bedlam" to "chaos."
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Activists gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the court hears a third day of arguments on President Obama's health care law.
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March 28, 2012 If the justices find the insurance mandate unconstitutional, will they strike down the entire health care law? The top five moments from Justice Antonin Scalia could offer clues about the thinking of the court's conservative majority.
People wait for tickets to attend the last day of arguments over the Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court.
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March 28, 2012 Questioning earlier this week suggested the health care law's mandate might be in peril. Today, the Supreme Court considered whether other parts of the law could still stand if the mandate falls. "It looked today that if there are five votes to strike down the mandate, there might be five votes to strike down the whole law," said NPR's Nina Totenberg.
If the Supreme Court rules that the health insurance mandate is unconstitutional, does that invalidate the rest of the law?
March 28, 2012 If the Supreme Court decides that Congress exceeded its constitutional authority in enacting the part of the law that requires most Americans to either have health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty, does that invalidate the rest of the law? And if not, how much, if any, of the rest of the law should it strike down?
The final argument the Supreme Court will hear about the new health care law is whether its Medicaid expansion unfairly forces states to participate.
March 28, 2012 The justices will hear arguments Wednesday over whether the health law's expansion of Medicaid for the poor unfairly forces the states to participate. And their decision could greatly affect the relationship between the federal government and the states.
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Opponents and supporters of President Obama's health care overhaul rallied outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Bob Mason shows support for the Tea Party by dressing in costume as one of the Founding Fathers.
March 27, 2012 Who offered the most intense questioning? The grimmest hypothetical example? The best food metaphor? Tuesday's session was filled with sharp rhetorical volleys and clever analogies. Here are the highlights.
Supporters and opponents of the health care law rallied in front of the Supreme Court Tuesday, as the court considered the constitutionality of the insurance mandate.
March 27, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court appeared split Tuesday on whether the federal government can force people to buy health insurance. "Three of the conservatives are clearly going to vote to strike it down — that would be justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas," NPR's Nina Totenberg reports from outside the court.
Would you shop around for a CT scan if you could pocket some of the savings?
March 27, 2012 Some insurers and employers are trying cash to reward employees who choose less expensive health care services. Under one program, nearly 40 services are covered, including mammograms and colonoscopies, knee replacements and cataract surgery.
A bulletin board in New York's Jamaica Hospital offers advice for uninsured patients.
March 27, 2012 While the Supreme Court considers the legality of requiring individuals to purchase health insurance, others are questioning the economics of the mandate. Some worry that, even with government subsidies, it may be difficult to find the funds to pay for health insurance.
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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether Congress can require people to buy health insurance.
March 27, 2012 The health care overhaul law requires everybody to buy insurance. Critics see that as the ultimate threat to individual liberty. On day two of the health care hearings, the most conservative Supreme Court in decades takes up the question: Did Congress go too far?
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Demonstrators in support of President Obama's health care overhaul march outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.
March 26, 2012 Even though Monday's arguments were at times dominated by in-the-weeds references to tax codes, the morning provided moments of illumination and humor, as well as fodder for how the justices view their role in the case and how lawyers for both sides will be packaging their arguments in coming days.
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