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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, […]

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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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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HHS Seeks $1.5B For Federal Health Insurance Exchanges

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HHS Seeks $1.5B For Federal Health Insurance Exchanges

By MARY AGNES CAREY, KHN Staff Writer— The Obama administration, rebuffed earlier this year by Republicans, is trying once again to convince Congress to provide more funding for the health law’s health insurance exchanges, which are set to begin enrollment this fall. According to figures released in the fiscal 2014 budget request Wednesday, the administration estimates that the federal […]

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Insurers Battle For Federal Employees Health Care Coverage

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Insurers Battle For Federal Employees Health Care Coverage

By PHIL GALEWITZ, KHN Staff Writer— Two of the nation’s leading forces in health insurance — UnitedHealthcare and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association – faced off Thursday before Congress in a battle for control of the $47 billion program that covers 8 million federal employees, retirees and their families. UnitedHealthcare wants to change a […]

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Same-Sex Spouses Face Barriers Under Federal Health Care Law

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Same-Sex Spouses Face Barriers Under Federal Health Care Law

By MICHELLE ANDREWS— Mike Bosia and Steven Obranovich, of Hardwick, Vt., were married three years ago after Vermont legalized same-sex marriage. As Bosia’s spouse, Obranovich is entitled to health insurance through Bosia’s employer, Saint Michael’s College in Colchester. But that coverage comes at a cost. The couple estimates that they have had to pay $4,500 in additional federal […]

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Insurers Efforts To Delay Health Law Affects Benefits For Millions

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Insurers Efforts To Delay Health Law Affects Benefits For Millions

By JULIE APPLEBY KHN Staff Writer– Regulators in some states are trying to prevent insurers from getting around the health law by extending potentially cheaper, but more limited policies for another year, but other states are giving the firms leeway. At issue are rules that take effect Jan. 1, which require insurers to cover a set package […]

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Misclassifying Employees To Avoid Health Care Reform In 2014 Can Backfire

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Misclassifying Employees To Avoid Health Care Reform In 2014 Can Backfire

While the Affordable Healthcare Act doesn’t go into full effect until 2014, the employee count to determine which employers meet the threshold of 50 full-time employees will be based on 2013 numbers. That has some employers scrambling now to find ways to stay below the 50 person mark, a number which actually includes employees working […]

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Recessions Are Killer, Cutting Short Older Workers’ Lives, Study Finds

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Recessions Are Killer, Cutting Short Older Workers’ Lives, Study Finds

Recessions can be fatal for older workers. A new study shows recession’s toll on health and reveals unexpected advantages of Social Security and Medicare for older workers, those in their 50s and 60s. The study conducted by Wellesley College economists found that over time, a recession can have significant, adverse effects on the health of […]

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Few Public Family Planning Centers Accept Insurance

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Few Public Family Planning Centers Accept Insurance

By Michelle Andrews, KHN– Most women can expect to get contraceptives without paying out of pocket for them thanks to the federal Affordable Care Act. Women who are young or those who are poor and rely on publicly funded family planning centers for reproductive health services are covered, too. But there’s a catch. Many of the state and […]

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