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Advocates accuse insurers of discriminating with high cost-sharing for chronic disease drugs

Advocates accuse insurers of discriminating with high cost-sharing for chronic disease drugs

July 8, 2014 4:59 pm by | 0 Comments

Four Florida insurers allegedly discriminate against people with HIV/AIDS by structuring their prescription drug benefits so that patients are discouraged from enrolling, according to a recent complaint filed with federal officials. The complaint,…


Proposed ‘copper plans’ for penny-pinchers aren’t popular with health policy experts

Proposed ‘copper plans’ for penny-pinchers aren’t popular with health policy experts

July 1, 2014 11:11 am by | 1 Comments

If you offer it, will they come? Insurers and some U.S. senators have proposed offering cheaper, skimpier “copper” plans on the health insurance marketplaces to encourage uninsured stragglers to buy….



Advocates worry Connecticut decision may chip away at hard-won gains for autism coverage

Advocates worry Connecticut decision may chip away at hard-won gains for autism coverage

June 24, 2014 10:58 am by | 0 Comments

Today, many families with autistic children count on their insurance coverage to help pay for the often expensive, long-term treatment their kids need. But advocates and public policy experts say a…


Pilot programs give school nurses access to EHRs to help kids manage chronic diseases

Pilot programs give school nurses access to EHRs to help kids manage chronic diseases

June 10, 2014 8:51 am by | 0 Comments

Although the school nurse is a familiar figure, school-based health care is unfamiliar territory to many medical professionals, operating in a largely separate health care universe from other community-based medical services. Now,…


In some states, sexual assault victims bear the burden of certain medical bills

In some states, sexual assault victims bear the burden of certain medical bills

June 3, 2014 1:01 pm by | 0 Comments

The effects of a sexual assault can be long-lasting, but the medical bills shouldn’t be. Yet a new study finds that despite federal efforts to lift that burden from rape…


Medicaid expansion: One way to help college students pay for health insurance?

Medicaid expansion: One way to help college students pay for health insurance?

May 27, 2014 12:01 pm by | 0 Comments

Some students headed for college this fall will get top-drawer health coverage at little or no cost, because Medicaid will pay the premium for the college’s student health plan. The…


Will smoking e-cigarettes affect health insurance premiums? The rules aren’t yet clear

Will smoking e-cigarettes affect health insurance premiums? The rules aren’t yet clear

May 16, 2014 8:41 am by | 0 Comments

A. The rules aren’t clear, but some insurers may try to do so. Under the health law, insurers who sell plans on the individual market can take into account only…



Will ‘defined contributions’ become the post- ACA incarnation of employer-sponsored health plans?

Will ‘defined contributions’ become the post- ACA incarnation of employer-sponsored health plans?

May 13, 2014 11:01 am by | 0 Comments

What if employers started giving workers a chunk of cash to buy health insurance on their own instead of offering them a chance to buy into the company plan? Are…


Yes, there is some life for health insurance exchanges between open enrollment periods

Yes, there is some life for health insurance exchanges between open enrollment periods

May 9, 2014 11:01 am by | 0 Comments

Q. If someone will be seeking insurance options on a health care exchange before the next open enrollment period because her COBRA plan is expiring, where does she find information…


Medicare now covers screening for dementia — but which seniors should get it?

Medicare now covers screening for dementia — but which seniors should get it?

May 6, 2014 1:01 pm by | 0 Comments

For the millions of seniors who worry that losing their keys may mean they’re losing their minds, the health law now requires Medicare to cover a screening for cognitive impairment…


How do we prove we have insurance?

How do we prove we have insurance?

April 18, 2014 5:09 am by | 0 Comments

Q. How will we prove to the government that we have health insurance? A. Until the income tax forms for next year are available, exactly what people will be required…


Abortion coverage details hard to find on marketplace plans

Abortion coverage details hard to find on marketplace plans

April 15, 2014 5:08 am by | 0 Comments

When it comes to coverage of abortion services in plans sold on the health insurance marketplaces, opponents and supporters of abortion rights are in complete agreement on one thing: Coverage…


Community health centers may provide medical services for the uninsured

Community health centers may provide medical services for the uninsured

April 1, 2014 6:15 am by | 0 Comments

If you’re uninsured, you may have run out of time. Yesterday was the formal deadline to sign up for health insurance on the marketplaces or face a penalty, unless you were already “in-line” for…


Obamacare news: Here are the penalties for not being insured

Obamacare news: Here are the penalties for not being insured

March 24, 2014 5:01 am by | 2 Comments

If you’re uninsured, now’s the time to buy a plan. March 31 is the end of the annual open enrollment period when people who don’t have coverage through their employers…


WARNING: Opting out of insurance plan’s provider network is risky

WARNING: Opting out of insurance plan’s provider network is risky

March 18, 2014 5:00 am by | 0 Comments

Many plans sold on the health insurance marketplaces offer a tradeoff: lower premiums in exchange for limited networks of providers. But consumers who opt for a narrow network plan with…