Low-cost health plans make some members feel ‘like a second-class citizen’

Low-cost health plans make some members feel ‘like a second-class citizen’

July 17, 2014 9:22 am by | 0 Comments

Primary care doctors have reported problems making referrals for patients who have purchased some of the cheaper plans from the federal insurance marketplace. Complaints about narrow networks with too few…


California thinks it can halve its backlog of Medi-Cal sign ups by August

California thinks it can halve its backlog of Medi-Cal sign ups by August

July 16, 2014 9:09 am by | 0 Comments

Responding to inquiries from federal officials, the California health department has released a plan it says will dramatically slash its backlog of Medi-Cal applications within six weeks. For months, the…



Even without expanding Medicaid, Texas sees 80K new enrollees

Even without expanding Medicaid, Texas sees 80K new enrollees

July 15, 2014 4:47 pm by | 0 Comments

More than 80,000 additional Texans have enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program since the rollout of the Affordable Care Act last fall despite Republican state leaders’ decision not to expand…


Millennials give healthcare.gov some advice: Add a glossary & emphasize free preventive care

Millennials give healthcare.gov some advice: Add a glossary & emphasize free preventive care

July 15, 2014 9:31 am by | 0 Comments

His plugged-in friends said he was a fool not to buy health insurance on the federal marketplace. Mark Gaines knew they were right. He was, after all, a 26-year-old law…


Contracting with other medical providers: A not-so-simple fix for VA’s wait time problems?

Contracting with other medical providers: A not-so-simple fix for VA’s wait time problems?

July 14, 2014 12:18 pm by | 0 Comments

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers resume work this week to resolve differences over legislation aimed at alleviating long wait times for medical care at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and…


After 5 years of debate, Kentucky gives nurse practitioners more power to prescribe

After 5 years of debate, Kentucky gives nurse practitioners more power to prescribe

July 14, 2014 11:37 am by | 0 Comments

Starting July 15, nurse practitioners in Kentucky who have completed a four-year collaboration with a physician will be allowed to prescribe routine medications without a doctor’s involvement, a major shift…


To get millennials’ attention, HealthCare.gov needs to be more consumer focused

To get millennials’ attention, HealthCare.gov needs to be more consumer focused

July 14, 2014 5:30 am by | 1 Comments

Snoop Dog parodies, kegstands, Hollywood celebrities sharing personal stories. Where did it all go wrong? Despite working very hard to appeal to the all-important healthy and young millennial demographic, state and…



The U.S. Medicaid cup runneth over with 6.7 million new enrollees from Obamacare

The U.S. Medicaid cup runneth over with 6.7 million new enrollees from Obamacare

July 11, 2014 6:18 pm by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New enrollments in Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and other healthcare programs for the poor have reached 6.7 million people since the launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms…


FDA comes under fire for tobacco research grants awarded to advisory committee members

FDA comes under fire for tobacco research grants awarded to advisory committee members

July 11, 2014 4:10 pm by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Last year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended that millions of dollars in research grants be awarded to scientists serving on its tobacco advisory committee, even…


California’s uninsured population has reportedly halved under Obamacare

California’s uninsured population has reportedly halved under Obamacare

July 11, 2014 8:51 am by | 0 Comments

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – The number of Californians without health insurance has been cut in half since the implementation of Obamacare, according to a survey published Thursday. The study by…


Massachusetts gives state boards more power over compounding pharmacies

Massachusetts gives state boards more power over compounding pharmacies

July 10, 2014 2:35 pm by | 0 Comments

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a law Thursday to rein in compounding pharmacies, after tainted drugs produced by a local company sparked a meningitis outbreak in 2012…


Will healthcare reform finally bring primary care doctors the respect they deserve?

Will healthcare reform finally bring primary care doctors the respect they deserve?

July 10, 2014 12:20 pm by | 0 Comments

BALTIMORE — A few years ago it struck the D.C. region’s biggest medical insurer that the doctors who saw its members most often and knew them best got the smallest…


Pot for the poor: Berkeley law requires charity medical marijuana for low-income patients

Pot for the poor: Berkeley law requires charity medical marijuana for low-income patients

July 9, 2014 8:10 pm by | 0 Comments

BERKELEY California (Reuters) – A California college town known for its liberal activism has voted to make medicinal marijuana dispensaries give away free a small amount of their pot to…


Memphis cops catch ‘Blue Flu.’ Symptoms? Anger over health benefit cuts, higher premiums

Memphis cops catch ‘Blue Flu.’ Symptoms? Anger over health benefit cuts, higher premiums

July 9, 2014 11:29 am by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – More than 550 police officers from Memphis, Tennessee, called in sick on Tuesday, a quarter of the department, in an escalating protest over cuts in health benefits that…