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Here are the online gaps in Obamacare health insurance exchanges

Here are the online gaps in Obamacare health insurance exchanges

September 28, 2013 11:50 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Just days before the launch of the new U.S. state health insurance exchanges that are the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act, a nationwide push is…


State insurance exchange officials: Government shutdown? No problem

State insurance exchange officials: Government shutdown? No problem

September 21, 2013 3:12 pm by | 1 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. State officials behind the launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform on October 1 say they could weather a federal government shutdown, though the scenario would add new pressure to the political attacks and techni…



Millions of Americans with employer-provided health insurance may be better off with subsidized ACA plans

Millions of Americans with employer-provided health insurance may be better off with subsidized ACA plans

September 11, 2013 6:27 pm by | 2 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As many as 37 million Americans who receive health coverage through employers may be better off with the government-subsidized insurance plans that will be offered under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law for next year…


IOM report finds many doctors can’t keep up with complexities of cancer treatment, delivery system ‘in crisis’

IOM report finds many doctors can’t keep up with complexities of cancer treatment, delivery system ‘in crisis’

September 11, 2013 11:43 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cancer treatment has grown so complex, many U.S. doctors can’t keep up with new information and are offering incorrect treatment, failing to explain options and leaving patients to coordinate their own care, according to a report …


For the young and uninsured, poll shows many want insurance

For the young and uninsured, poll shows many want insurance

September 10, 2013 1:01 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Korey Kormick, 29, has not had health insurance for at least a decade. His job, as a contract employee directing chess tournaments and coaching kids in the fundamentals of the game, doesn’t offer it, and he hasn’t been able to aff…


CMS is working on technical issues surrounding health insurance exchanges, no change to timeline

CMS is working on technical issues surrounding health insurance exchanges, no change to timeline

September 5, 2013 1:05 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Technical glitches still plague the display of new healthcare plans to be offered to millions of uninsured Americans starting in 26 days, including how medical charges and deductibles are listed, industry officials say.
Health ins…


Scientists find age-related memory loss tied to missing protein

Scientists find age-related memory loss tied to missing protein

August 28, 2013 2:24 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Scientists have good news for all the older adults who occasionally forget why they walked into a room – and panic that they are getting Alzheimer’s disease.
Not only is age-related memory loss a syndrome in its own right and comp…



Study shows it’s cost, not other factors, that will keep young Americans from signing up for health insurance

Study shows it’s cost, not other factors, that will keep young Americans from signing up for health insurance

August 21, 2013 12:03 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – If uninsured young Americans shun the new health plans offered under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, it will be because the insurance costs too much and not because they don’t expect to need much medical care, acco…


For Henrietta Lacks’ famous cells, historic agreement helps protect family but allows for research

For Henrietta Lacks’ famous cells, historic agreement helps protect family but allows for research

August 7, 2013 4:23 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Information about the most famous and valuable human cells in the history of science is about to become a little harder for researchers to get.
The National Institutes of Health announced on Wednesday that it had reached an agreem…


New hospital ratings for surgical care released: Big names didn’t always get top scores

New hospital ratings for surgical care released: Big names didn’t always get top scores

July 31, 2013 6:02 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Patients going to a hospital for surgery care about many things, from how kind the nurses are to how good the food is, but Consumers Union (CU) figures what they care about most is whether they stay in the hospital longer than the…


One consequence of Obamacare delay? Relying on the ‘honor system’ to know who is eligible for subsidies

One consequence of Obamacare delay? Relying on the ‘honor system’ to know who is eligible for subsidies

July 5, 2013 1:34 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s move to delay a key element of healthcare reform has another, unintended, consequence: A crucial part of that reform will depend on consumers observing the honor system, with millions of dollars at stake…


Initial IT snafus could undermine launch of state health insurance exchanges

Initial IT snafus could undermine launch of state health insurance exchanges

June 30, 2013 1:42 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – About 550,000 people in Oregon do not have health insurance, and Aaron Karjala is confident the state’s new online insurance exchange will be able to accommodate…


Staffing up to for Obamacare: Tens of thousands of workers

Staffing up to for Obamacare: Tens of thousands of workers

June 21, 2013 1:07 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Call them Obamacare’s army. From the chief actuary at the California health insurance exchange that President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law established to the legions of…


What Supreme Court ruling? Most biotech work now focused on patentable cDNA

What Supreme Court ruling? Most biotech work now focused on patentable cDNA

June 13, 2013 6:59 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court decision on Thursday to uphold patent protections for genetic material that has been changed in the laboratory but invalidate patents for purely natural DNA may seem like a partial setback for the biotech in…


ACO reports improved quality of care, more costs savings in second year

ACO reports improved quality of care, more costs savings in second year

June 6, 2013 8:10 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The nation’s largest experiment in delivering medical care in an innovative way has reduced costs and improved the quality of care even more in its second year than in its first, according to the insurance company behind it.
The n…