Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius talks about insurance with Nick Kaplanis, manager at Frager's Hardware Store, Washington, D.C.
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July 11, 2011 Exchanges must be up and running by at the start of 2014, although states must prove a year earlier that they will be ready to go. The federal government will establish exchanges for states that can't or won't do so themselves.
July 5, 2011 This month, the Obama administration reduced premiums by up to 40 percent in 17 states and the District of Columbia where it runs the high-risk insurance programs. It also encouraged other states to follow suit.
July 1, 2011 A task force of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners voted Thursday to endorse legislation that would effectively spare their commissions from being counted as administrative costs.
June 27, 2011 Results from a national survey of doctors found they were less likely to take new patients with private insurance than those covered by Medicare. The unexpected finding surprised researchers.
In times like this, who can check which doctors are in the insurer's network?
June 21, 2011 Even if a hospital is in your health plan's network, some doctors who work there may not be. That discrepancy can lead to surprising out-of-network charges. But appealing those charges can often get health plans to reduce the bills.
"We stand by the integrity and methodology of the survey," McKinsey says.
June 20, 2011 McKinsey and Company released its methodology for a controversial survey that found as many as 30 percent of employers might drop health insurance after the new health law takes effect in 2014. But critics are anything but assuaged.
June 17, 2011 The influential firm caused quite a ruckus with results from an employer survey. The consultants predicted nearly a third of employers won't offer health coverage after 2014.
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Life Flight helicopters sit at the ready on the roof of Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
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June 14, 2011 A half-million people a year are transported by air ambulances because of medical emergencies. Health insurance may cover only a small portion — or none — of the bill, which can easily reach tens of thousands of dollars.
Does your health insurance cover birth control pills?
June 9, 2011 Three-quarters of Americans favor insurance coverage of birth control pills, including under those policies bought with government assistance, an NPR-Thomson Reuters poll finds. Support is strongest among the young and those with at least a college degree.
June 7, 2011 Insurance brokers are waging a campaign to exclude the sales commissions insurers pay them from the companies' administrative expenses. Though that battle may sound arcane, there's big money at stake for consumers.
June 6, 2011 A poll conducted in Massachusetts finds nearly three-quarters of people support the state's law making health care coverage virtually universal. But about half of those polled would like some changes made.
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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