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Surprising Answers: Who Really Pays For Health Insurance

Surprising Answers: Who Really Pays For Health Insurance

By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News staff writer– More than eight million people have signed up for private, often subsidized health insurance under Affordable Care Act, President Obama said in April. Millions more obtained new coverage through the Medicaid program for the poor. Full implementation of the health law, care and its wider coverage, new taxes and shifting subsidies, […]

ACA Emboldens Some Quit Jobs, Start Businesses

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ACA Emboldens Some Quit Jobs, Start Businesses

By Stephanie O’Neill, KPCC/KHN, LONG BEACH, Calif. — Until recently, Mike Smith, 64, worked 11 hours a day, Monday through Friday and then half a day on Saturday, as a district manager for a national auto parts chain — a schedule he’s kept for nearly 40 years. Early retirement, while certainly appealing, wasn’t a viable option for […]

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Don’t Eat Gravy While Working Graveyard – Night Shift Nutrition Tips

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Don’t Eat Gravy While Working Graveyard – Night Shift Nutrition Tips

By Monica Reinagel, M.S., L.D./N.– According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more Americans are working nights than ever before. Although some people seem to be able to adapt more easily to night shift work, humans are clearly diurnal animals, designed to be active when it’s light and to sleep when it’s dark. Inverting this […]

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With High Deductible Health Insurance, It Pays To Shop Around For Care

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With High Deductible Health Insurance, It Pays To Shop Around For Care

By MICHELLE ANDREWS, KHN— When Maria and Vadim Brodsky’s then 7-year-old daughter needed an MRI two years ago to examine a tumor in her head, they took her to a hospital in their health insurance plan’s network and were dismayed to receive a $4,500 bill. The couple had a $6,000 deductible on their family health insurance […]

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For U.S. Workers, Lack Of Exercise Most Linked To Obesity

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For U.S. Workers, Lack Of Exercise Most Linked To Obesity

By ALYSSA BROWN and KYLEY MCGEENEY, Gallup— For U.S. workers, exercising fewer than three days a week is more closely linked to obesity – defined as having a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher – than any of 26 other behavioral and emotional factors, including healthy eating and having health insurance. This Gallup analysis […]

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Four States That Snubbed Health Care Law Gaining Jobs From It

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Four States That Snubbed Health Care Law Gaining Jobs From It

By PHIL GALEWITZ, KHN— Four states that snubbed the federal health care law by defaulting to the federal government to build new online insurance marketplaces and not agreeing to expand Medicaid will get new jobs at call centers that will help consumers understand their new coverage options this fall. Up to 9,000 jobs are expected to be created at […]

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Mixed Messages On Direction Of Health Care Spending

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Mixed Messages On Direction Of Health Care Spending

By JORDAN RAU, KHN— Two new studies assert that the country’s unusual slowdown in health care spending growth rates may be due more to structural changes in the health care system than to the lagging economy, and could continue even after business picks up. National health care spending grew by 3.9% a year between 2009 […]

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Health Care Insurance Marketplace Call Centers Creating 9K Jobs

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Health Care Insurance Marketplace Call Centers Creating 9K Jobs

By PHIL GALEWITZ, KHN— The federal health care law derided as a “job-killer” by critics will create an estimated 9,000 jobs in 14 states this summer to handle consumer inquiries about new online insurance marketplaces. The jobs are through Vangent, a General Dynamics subsidiary, which was awarded a $530 million one-year contract by the federal government to […]

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Vangent Gets $28 Million Call Center Contract For Health Insurance Marketplace

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Vangent Gets $28 Million Call Center Contract For Health Insurance Marketplace

By PHIL GALEWITZ, KHN—The federal government has awarded a $28.2 million contract to a General Dynamics subsidiary to run a call center to handle consumer questions about the new online health insurance marketplaces that are slated to begin selling insurance policies Oct. 1, 2013. The call center will be responsible for all inquiries related to the insurance marketplaces […]

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Consumer Groups: Patients May Face Big Out-Of-Pocket Health Care Costs

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Consumer Groups: Patients May Face Big Out-Of-Pocket Health Care Costs

 By JULIE APPLEBY, KHN Staff Writer— Some consumers may continue to face out-of-pocket health care expenses of $12,500 or more next year – double the amount allowed by the health law – because the Obama administration won’t enforce that provision for some plans for another year. “This is a very important consumer protection that is being […]

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