March 19, 2012 With the Supreme Court poised to hear arguments about President Obama's health law next week, the time seemed ripe for looking at the economic stakes. The public sector is a big part of the American health care industry, which now accounts for 18 percent of the GDP.
March 19, 2012 When it comes to health care in the U.S., no two states are more different than Texas and Massachusetts, which boast the highest and lowest rates of uninsured people, respectively. Those differences come into stark relief in the lives of Texan Melinda Maarouf and Massachusetts resident Peter Brook.
February 28, 2012 Some health insurers are angling to appeal to millions of new insurance shoppers by opening retail stores where people can buy a policy, check on an existing claim, maybe even take a class in healthy cooking or yoga.
February 15, 2012 The Obama administration claims health insurance companies won't have a problem providing free contraceptive coverage for women who work at religious groups because it is much cheaper for the industry when pregnancies are planned.
February 13, 2012 It's a question that Catholic-sponsored employers have objected to the administration's requirement that health plans cover contraceptives at no charge to the insured. What about coverage for medicines to help men with erectile dysfunction?
January 27, 2012 Mitt Romney offered a vigorous defense Thursday night of Massachusetts' decision to mandate that nearly every resident either have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. In fact, some say it was the best defense of the individual mandate made by any candidate — including the president — so far this election cycle.
January 20, 2012 Final rules requiring insurance plans to cover prescription contraceptives will give religious-based hospitals and other organizations whose primary purpose is not religious an extra year to come into compliance. But the requirement remains, despite vigorous objections from some groups.
January 9, 2012 Health costs rose 3.9 percent last year, the second-slowest rate since the government started keeping track. The previous record low was 3.8 percent in 2009.
January 5, 2012 A proposed federal rule would set uniform standards for how health insurance companies are to pay electronic claims for health care services. It would encourage the use of electronic, rather than paper, claims.
December 16, 2011 The Obama administration's plan would let states match benefits with existing plans. That idea is drawing criticism from both sides of the health care debate.