September 27, 2011 Premiums jumped by 9 percent this year, with the average price for employer-provided family coverage topping the $15,000 mark for the first time.
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September 21, 2011 A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the number of people getting coverage is running ahead of the administration's estimate of how many young adults would become insured this year under the law.
September 20, 2011 Watch your pennies. Gaps in coverage for short-term disabilities mean that if you break your arm and can't do your job for a couple of weeks, you may be on the hook financially for more than you expect.
September 13, 2011 A provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on their parents' health plans offset some of the increase in the number of people without insurance coverage.
"Jeopardy!" contestants Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter compete against Watson at a press conference in January. Soon Watson could be giving answers to your doctor's questions.
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September 12, 2011 Health insurer WellPoint is signing up IBM's Watson, the mainframe computer outfitted with some nifty software to make human-like decisions in seconds. The computer will sift through medical data and patient information to make recommendations to doctors. IBM says it is Watson's first paying job.
September 8, 2011 A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed cases brought by Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
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September 1, 2011 The nation's largest insurer by revenue is buying the operations of a big doctor group practice in Calif. The deal is the latest in a string of similar purchases for UnitedHealth and is part of growing trend among insurers seeking to control medical costs.
August 29, 2011 A new poll finds that only half of uninsured people are aware that help is on the way from the federal health overhaul. Fewer than a third say they think the law will help them obtain health insurance.
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Before long, almost all insurers will have to cover birth control pills at no charge to women.
August 1, 2011 Starting a year from now, most new health insurance policies will have to include a comprehensive list of women's preventive health services with no copay or deductible. Under the rule, insurers would have to cover all prescription contraceptives approved by the FDA.
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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.
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