Jay Hancock

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Health Insurers Face 'Massive Confusion' As GOP Wavers On Obamacare

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Uncertainty about the fate of the Affordable Care Act has created a "nightmare scenario" for health insurers as they try to determine what to charge for coverage in 2018.


Employers Fear GOP Health Overhaul Could Damage Job-Based Insurance

Friday, February 03, 2017

Large companies in particular — those that have always offered job-based medical coverage — say a poorly thought-out replacement might turn out to be worse for them and their workers.


Skip The Math: Researchers Paint A Picture Of Health Benefits And Risks

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Maryland physician teamed up with an environmental scientist to develop a visual approach for helping patients better understand the risks and benefits of medical tests and treatments.


In Battle Of Health Care Titans, Should Insurers Act Like Wal-Mart?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Evidence shows dominant insurers hold down hospital prices. Big insurers seeking to get bigger want to take that idea to the extreme. Hospitals and doctors object.


Hikes In Employees' Health Premiums To Outpace Raises Again

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Most employees at large companies should expect a 5 percent increase in their health insurance premiums in 2017 and few changes to the coverage and features.


Feds Act To Help More Ex-Inmates Get Medicaid

Friday, April 29, 2016

To reduce recidivism and promote health, the Department of Health and Human Services is taking steps to make it easier for ex-prisoners to sign up for or restart Medicaid coverage.


Ex-Convicts Face Hurdles in Health Care

Monday, April 25, 2016

Thousands of people are leaving the prison system in Maryland without adequate health care, according to a new report from Kaiser Health News. 

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Thousands Leave Maryland Prisons With Health Problems And No Coverage

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Maryland's prisons and jails release thousands of inmates each year without helping them enroll in Medicaid, jeopardizing their health and putting communities at greater risk.


In Baltimore, A Healthcare Crisis for the Poor

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

In the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore—once home to Freddie Gray—life expectancy is similar to that of impoverished North Korea.

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In Freddie Gray's Baltimore, The Best Medical Care Is Nearby But Elusive

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Baltimore health system put Robert Peace back together after a car crash shattered his pelvis. Then it nearly killed him, he says.

A painful bone infection that developed after surgery and a lack of follow-up care landed him in the operating room five more times, kept him homebound for ...


7 Questions To Ask Your Boss About Wellness Privacy

Sunday, October 04, 2015

If your company hasn't launched a wellness program, this might be the year.

As benefits enrollment for 2016 approaches, more employers than ever are expected to nudge workers toward plans that screen them for risks, monitor their activity and encourage them to take the right pills, food and exercise.

This ...


When The Hospital Is Boss, That's Where Doctors' Patients Go

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Why did hospitals binge-buy doctor practices in recent years?

To improve the coordination of care, lower costs and upgrade patient experiences, say hospitals. To raise costs, gain pricing power and steer patient referrals, say skeptics.

Researchers at Stanford University tested those opposing arguments by comparing referral patterns between independent doctors ...


Experiment In Coordinated Care For Medicare Failed To Show Savings

Monday, July 27, 2015

A $57 million experiment to provide better, more efficient care at federally funded health centers struggled to meet its goals and is unlikely to save money, says a government report on the project.

The test to coordinate treatment for high-risk Medicare patients in hundreds of communities was one of many ...


Supreme Court's Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage

Monday, June 29, 2015

The right to marry in any state won't be the only gain for gay couples from last week's Supreme Court ruling. The decision will likely boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans.

The logic is simple. Fewer than half of employers ...


Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Affordable Care Act survived its second Supreme Court test in three years, raising odds for its survival but by no means ending the legal and political assaults on it five years after it became law.

The 6-3 ruling stopped a challenge that would have eliminated subsidies in at ...


Surprise! Some Job-Based Health Plans Don't Cover Hospitalization

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Marlene Allen thought she had decent medical coverage after she fell in December and broke her wrist. She had come in from walking the dogs. It was wet. The fracture needed surgery and screws and a plate.

Weeks later, she learned her job-based health plan would cover nothing. Not the ...


Here's A Radical Approach To Big Hospital Bills: Set Your Own Price

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

In the late 1990s you could have taken what hospitals charged to administer inpatient chemotherapy and bought a Ford Escort econobox. Today, average charges for chemo, not even counting the price of the anti-cancer drugs, are enough to pay for a Lexus GX sport-utility vehicle.

Hospital prices have risen nearly ...


Health System Took Control To Make Joint Replacement More Profitable

Thursday, April 30, 2015

To understand how the health law is supposed to fix the mediocre, overpriced, absurd medical system, you could read wonky research papers on bundled payments and accountable care organizations.

Or you could look at what's going on at Baptist Health System in San Antonio.

Under the potent lure of ...


High-Deductible Health Plans Cut Costs, At Least For Now

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Got a high-deductible health plan? The kind that doesn't pay most medical bills until they exceed several thousand dollars? You're a foot soldier who's been drafted in the war against high health costs.

Companies that switch workers into high-deductible plans can reap enormous savings, consultants will tell you — and ...


Attention, Shoppers: Prices For 70 Health Care Procedures Now Online!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Buying health care in America is like shopping blindfolded at Macy's and getting the bill months after you leave the store, Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt likes to say.

But an online tool that went live Wednesday is supposed to help change that, giving patients in most parts of the country ...