Tuesday, May 21, 2013
May 21, 2013 KHNRewards to policyholders for claims that don't meet the annual deductible can be a boon for healthy people. But the approach might not pass the smell test in 2014 when the federal health law bans discriminating against people based on their health status.
May 21, 2013 KHNMost health plans accept a credit card for the first month's premium and then require customers to pay monthly with a check or an electronic transfer from a bank account. For people without a banking relationship, these transactions can be tricky.
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Friday, May 17, 2013
May 17, 2013 Even cancer patients with health insurance can face steep copayments for drugs, a sizable share of hospital bills and significant incidental expenses. So wouldn't it make sense for doctors and patients to talk about financial issues up front?
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
April 30, 2013 SCPRThe federal health law allows states to charge smokers up to 50 percent more for a health plan sold through the new exchanges. But a bill moving forward in the California Legislature would prevent that from happening.
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Monday, April 22, 2013
April 22, 2013 KHNLaw enforcement agencies are reporting an increase in health insurance scams across the country. Many of the scammers seem to be preying on the public's confusion over the massive changes taking place in the nation's health care system.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
April 16, 2013 KHNSave yourself some hassles by checking with your doctor before the test to make sure the office will bill the insurer for the procedure as preventive screening rather than a diagnostic test.
Friday, April 12, 2013
April 12, 2013 KHNIn many states the deadlines for companies to file their insurance for sale on new exchanges aren't until late May. Some states with early deadlines have no plans to disclose the rates anytime soon.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
April 9, 2013 KHNEven if the Supreme Court strikes down a law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, the tangle over health benefits could remain a problem for couples in some states.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
April 3, 2013 Workers in small businesses will have to wait a year longer than expected to be able to choose from more than one insurance plan in the marketplaces created by the federal health overhaul.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
March 26, 2013 KHNSurveys show that an increasing number of employers are providing employees with financial incentives to stay healthy. Many employers now contribute to employee health savings accounts, but only if employees make sure to take care of their health.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
March 19, 2013 Rebates on healthy foods purchases can influence what put in their grocery carts, a study found. People spent 9 percent more on fruits, vegetables, non-fat dairy and other healthful foods when they got a 25 percent rebate on them.
Monday, March 18, 2013
March 18, 2013 KHNNearly three-quarters of states get poor grades when it comes to laws about the making available prices for health care. Most consumers are unaware of the tremendous variation in price for health care services.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
March 12, 2013 KHNPatients feel little personal responsibility for keeping health costs lower, a study found. They were also unlikely to accept a less expensive treatment option, even if it was nearly as effective as a more expensive choice.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
March 5, 2013 In states that don't go along with an expansion of Medicaid under the health overhaul law, many low-income adults will be caught in the gap between federal and state standards for eligibility.
Friday, March 01, 2013
March 1, 2013 KHNSeveral states are scrambling to decide what information about quality would be useful to the millions of people and small businesses expected to shop for insurance coverage in new marketplaces beginning in October.