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    Defeat By Deductible: Millennials Aren’t Hip To Health Insurance Lingo

    Posted on July 1, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: NPR Coinsurance? Premium tax credit? HMO and PPO? Swimming through the health insurance word soup can be frustrating for anyone. Even though I cover health, I couldn’t define “cost-sharing reduction plan” until I Googled it just now. And it seems I’m not the only clueless 20-something here. Young adults, who generally have little experience […]

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    US won’t reveal records on health website security

    Posted on June 30, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Associated Press by Jack Gillum – After promising not to withhold government information over “speculative or abstract fears,” the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government’s health care website because doing so could “potentially” allow hackers to break in. The Centers […]

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    The Secret Committee Behind Our Soaring Health Care Costs

    Posted on June 26, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Politico by Katie Jennings – August 20, 2014: It was late in the afternoon on a warm Friday in early fall and Doug Sumrell was mowing the lawn outside his suburban home in Evans, Georgia. As he pushed the mower across the yard, Sumrell began to feel faint — his chest tightened and the back […]

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    Beware of Shifting Options Within Medicare Plans

    Posted on June 25, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: New York Times For millions of older Americans, it is time to sift through the mind-boggling array of Medicare plans. There is an average of 29 drug plans to digest, and about 18 options for Medicare Advantage, the plans delivered through private insurers. Then there are the 10 supplemental plans that cover what traditional […]

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    California Gives No-Bid Health Pacts

    Posted on June 24, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: The Washington Post California’s health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency’s executive director. Covered California’s no-bid contracts were for a variety […]

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  • More Plans Setting Spending Limits For Some Medical Services

    Posted on June 23, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: Kaiser Health News Aiming to contain health care costs, a growing number of employers and insurers are adopting a strategy that limits how much they’ll pay for certain medical services such as knee replacements, lab tests and complex imaging. A recent study found that savings from such moves may be modest, however, and some […]

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    Medical Costs Up To 20% Higher At Hospital-Owned Physician Groups, Study Finds

    Posted on June 22, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: Los Angeles Times Raising fresh questions about healthcare consolidation, a new study shows hospital ownership of physician groups in California led to 10% to 20% higher costs overall for patient care. The UC Berkeley research, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., illustrates the financial risks for employers, consumers and taxpayers […]

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  • Here to Stay: Why the New Republican Congress Can’t Gut Obamacare

    Posted on June 19, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: NBC News Republicans may have promised to repeal or at least do a big makeover of Obamacare now that they control both the House and the Senate, but most experts believe it’s lip service only. The 2010 Affordable Care Act is in full force across the country, with internet-based health insurance exchanges up and […]

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    Lawmakers Take Shot at Prime

    Posted on June 18, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: Victorville Daily Press, Gilroy Dispatch A contingency of 18 Democratic California lawmakers urged Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday to block the sale of six hospitals to Ontario-based Prime Healthcare, citing concerns that “under Prime, patient care and healthcare worker rights will suffer at these hospitals.” The letter from lawmakers to Harris refers to […]

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    Medicare Doles Out $45B in Improper Payments

    Posted on June 17, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: MSN Money It’s not news that the federal government has a serious issue with improper payments. During each of the last five years, agencies have doled out more than $100 billion in erroneous payments from various major benefit programs. Even knowing this, the problem only seems to be getting worse. The latest program to […]

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