Thursday, September 20, 2012
September 20, 2012 Oklahoma's attorney general claims that an IRS rule to implement the federal health overhaul law's subsidies for some insurance exchanges exceeds the agency's authority. The Congressional Budget Office says more people than previously estimated may have to pay a penalty for not having health coverage.
September 20, 2012 Nearly 13 million Americans are getting rebate checks from their health insurance companies. But as is sometimes the case, what is popular with the people is not so popular with economists.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
September 12, 2012 The Census Bureau reported a decline in the number of Americans without coverage in 2011. But the ranks of the uninsured remain pretty high.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
September 11, 2012 Annual family health insurance premiums rose about 4 percent to an average of $15,745 this year, a new survey finds. While the increase is less than the one seen last year, it exceeds both inflation and wage gains.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
September 5, 2012 KHNSome of the cost variations from a UnitedHealthcare database are startling. For treating a basic asthma episode, cases in the 10th percentile of distribution cost $98 each while those in the 90th percentile the cost was $1,535 per case.
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
September 4, 2012 KHNMedical groups, such as the American Medical Association recommend coverage of services for transgender people. Some companies have moved ahead with benefits, but others have held back. One of their big worries is cost.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
August 21, 2012 KHNWellPoint ranked last in overall favorability and in the "dealing with hospitals" category. Cigna was No. 1 in overall favorability while Aetna scored best in the dealing with hospitals category.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
August 16, 2012 KHNWould you get tested for your potential risk for Alzheimer's disease, even though the prediction is imperfect and there is no cure for the condition? Studies suggest people can handle the results just find.
Monday, July 30, 2012
July 30, 2012 Arjit Guha, a graduate student at Arizona State, felt sick after coming back from a trip to India in early 2011. His severe stomach pain was caused by advanced colon cancer. He maxed out his health insurance and harnessed the Web to raise money to cover his care. A Twitter conversation with Aetna's CEO opened a new chapter in the story.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
July 26, 2012 The idea behind the partnership is to share the best ideas of law enforcement, government and industry on things like identifying patterns of suspicious claims, data mining and even catching simultaneous claims for the same patient in different cities.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
July 25, 2012 When Oregon couldn't pay for everyone eligible for Medicaid to be covered, the state resorted to a lottery. Researchers then compared the health of people who won coverage with those who didn't. The results show that Medicaid improves people's health.
Friday, July 20, 2012
July 20, 2012 To make insurance more affordable, the federal health law requires every state to conduct a special review whenever a health insurer wants to raise premiums more than 10 percent. The Texas insurance department hasn't completed a reviews of any of the nine qualifying rate increases. So the companies' rate increases have taken effect.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
July 17, 2012 KHNWomen spend $1 billion more annually on their health premiums than they would if they were men. But under the recently upheld health law, insurers won't be allowed to charge higher rates based on gender starting in 2014.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
July 11, 2012 CPRPresident Obama has told federal agencies to start offering seasonal firefighters the same health benefits year-round federal employees get. The order came as legislation to make the change was introduced in Congress.
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Tuesday, July 03, 2012
July 3, 2012 Though elected officials have strong opinions on both sides of the healthcare law, it seems that some are hazy on the details. Test your own knowledge of what the health care ruling means for Americans.