May 24, 2011 Some employers have concluded that employees enrolled in high-deductible health plans that are linked to a health savings account can't be given the same price break on workplace clinic services that their coworkers in regular PPOs and HMOs receive.
May 20, 2011 Under new rules just issued by the federal government, insurers seeking rate increases of 10 percent or more will face more scrutiny starting in September. The change comes as insurers have reported solid profits.
Big Sky and relatively big enrollment in high-risk pools.
May 6, 2011 Montana leads the country in the proportion of people who have signed up for the health law's insurance program for those with pre-existing conditions. But that amounts to only 198 people.
May 4, 2011 Republicans in the House of Representatives won easy approval of a bill that would eliminate tax subsidies for some health insurance plans that cover abortion. But the bill faces more significant opposition in the Democrat-led senate.
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Faith-based groups that share health-care expenses struggle with the question of how much of the burden to share.
April 26, 2011 Members of health care sharing ministries pay monthly shares and pool their money to cover each others' expenses. Under the new health law, ministry members are exempt from the mandate to buy individual coverage. But they may not be covered for expensive pre-existing conditions.
March 15, 2011 A bill introduced by House Democrats would require members of Congress to declare whether they are taking health benefits subsidized by taxpayers. The bill has next to no chance of passing because Republicans control the House. But its introduction puts some heat on the GOP.
March 8, 2011 Some primary care doctors have decided to bypass the health insurance system entirely and charge patients a monthly fee. By doing so, the physicians say, they can afford to spend more time seeing fewer patients.
November 4, 2010 While it will prove difficult to kill because President Obama and the Democratic controlled will block that, Senate GOP critics can throw sand in the gears with hearings and other tactics. They can argue the only way to end it is to defeat Obama.
November 2, 2010 The time has come for seniors to pick Medicare drug plans and to consider Medicare Advantage, offered by private insurers. For Medicare Advantage, seniors need to choose carefully because a second annual enrollment period is being discontinued.
If you're interested in health care prices, you might make a few calls.
September 28, 2010 Most people don't check prices for health care before getting a diagnosis or treatment. Those who do prefer calling doctors' offices, a survey conducted for NPR finds. Overall, the prices quoted in advance were accurate.
July 6, 2010 Meet Jonathan Bush: former ambulance driver, cousin of George W. Bush, and the CEO of athenahealth, a public company that doctors pay to manage their billing.
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March 23, 2010 Millions of uninsured people will get health insurance. Millions will pay higher taxes. But the broader issue of rising health costs will remain a problem.
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February 24, 2010 The brouhaha over rate increases in California has not changed the insurer's plans to hike premiums. A House subcommittee will grill WellPoint's chief executive Angela Braly Wednesday, a day after other company executives testified before the Cali...
January 20, 2010 On today's Planet Money, we put the champion of the Senate bill's "Cadillac tax" in the hot seat.
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October 16, 2009 On today's Planet Money, the owners of a pet hedgehog talks about why they spent nearly $2,000 on its cancer treatments, and an economists reveals his trouble with insurance for pets or people.
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