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Jay Hancock

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Early Test Of An Obamacare Experiment Posts Little Progress

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Community groups getting federal funds to reduce hospital readmissions made improvements, an early evaluation finds. The experiment will run for five years.


Small Businesses Drop Coverage As Health Law Offers Alternatives

Monday, December 15, 2014

Subsidies created by the health law to help workers buy their own coverage and steady increases in companies' insurance costs have made it easier for them to decide to discontinue health insurance.


Administration Warns Employers: Don't Dump Sick Workers From Plans

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Brokers and consultants have told large employers they could save money by shifting workers with expensive health conditions into insurance marketplace exchanges. Now that has been deemed illegal.


6 Pitfalls To Avoid When Picking Insurance On The Job

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Even if your health insurance is provided by an employer, your plan may be changing quite a bit in 2015. Here's a guide to the questions you should keep in mind when looking over your options.


Employers Can't Skip Insurance Coverage For Hospitalization

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Many companies planned to offer health insurance without hospital coverage because it met requirements of a "minimum value" formula. But the Treasury Department says those plans aren't legal.


Debate Grows Over Employer Health Plans Without Hospital Benefits

Friday, September 26, 2014

A federal calculator that companies use to certify whether their health insurance complies with the Affordable Care Act appears to bless plans without hospital coverage.


Health Costs Inch Up As Obamacare Kicks In

Friday, September 12, 2014

While there were increases in the second quarter of this year, they don't appear to be pushing the growth in health spending toward the painful levels of a decade ago.


Many Big Employers Plan To Offer Skimpy Health Options Despite Law

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

These low-benefit plans are part of a strategy that lets workers and employers avoid health law penalties but may not provide substantial coverage.


Hospitals And Health Plans See The Future Very Differently

Monday, August 04, 2014

Are we going back to the bad old days of big increases in health care spending or is the modest boost of recent years here to stay? It really depends on who you ask — insurers or hospitals.


Employer Health Costs Are Expected To Rise In 2015

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Although medical costs will increase as the economy improves, the shift of expenses to workers by employers will help restrain the overall cost of care a little.


More Young Adults Get Inpatient Psychiatric Care After Health Law

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Greater hospital use by the newly insured might be caused by inadequate outpatient resources to treat mental health patients earlier and less expensively.


Can Employers Dump Workers On Health Exchanges? Yes, For A Price

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A recent IRS rule bars employers from offering workers tax-free subsidies to buy policies. But a company could still cancel its plan and leave workers to buy individual policies on the marketplaces.


Employers Eye Moving Sickest Workers To Insurance Exchanges

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Since most big corporations are self-insured, shifting even one high-cost employee out of the company plan could save the employer hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.


Who Really Pays For Health Care Might Surprise You

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Government has been part of the business of medicine at least since the 1940s, when Washington began appropriating billions of dollars to build private and government hospitals.


Actuaries In Denver Will Get First Peek At Obamacare's Full Cost

Friday, March 07, 2014

Health insurers across the country have agreed to share information about how much new customers are costing their health plans. The figures will be used to calculate future rates.


Maryland's Bold Plan To Curb Hospital Costs Gets Federal Blessing

Friday, January 10, 2014

Hospitals in Maryland would be financially rewarded for keeping people healthy and out of the hospital. The arrangement, once unimaginable, could serve as a model for containing hospital costs elsewhere in the country.


How Medigap Coverage Turns Medicare Into A Health Care Buffet

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Supplemental insurance plans shield millions of people from Medicare's deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs. Some health economists have criticized these so-called Medigap plans for inflating health care spending by encouraging people to seek care they don't really need.


Alabama Blue Cross Shares Obamacare Tax Woes With Customers

Monday, December 23, 2013

Taxes have been part of health plan costs for decades, but they're not usually itemized on customers' bills. But a leading insurer in Alabama has calculated its customers' shares of taxes being paid by the company under the Affordable Care Act.


Administration Looks To Give Labor Unions Health Tax Relief

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

A likely change in obscure rules governing the Affordable Care Act could save unions a bundle. A fee that starts at $63 for each person covered by union insurance in 2014 would be waived if the administration proceeds as expected.


Test-Driving The Obamacare Software

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Proponents of the health law liken the sign-up software to Expedia or Travelocity, where travelers can book flights and hotels. It may be more like TurboTax, escorting you through requirements and choices much more complex than whether you want a flight in the afternoon or the morning.