Julie Appleby

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Senate's Health Bill Would Make Life Easier For Some Small Businesses

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Some small businesses buy their health plans through trade associations. The GOP health bills would make those cheaper. But that could also make employer-based insurance more expensive for others.


Who Would Enjoy Tax Breaks Under The GOP Health Care Proposals?

Friday, July 07, 2017

The GOP health bills would eliminate many of the taxes that help pay for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Wealthy individuals stand to gain the most. And customers of tanning salons.


Get Set For Trump Revisions To Your Affordable Care Act Insurance

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Trump administration has finalized a rule that will make big changes in Obamacare health plans and eligibility as soon as this summer. Will it stabilize the insurance marketplace, too?


What If You Could Take It With You? Health Insurance, That Is

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A key part of GOP plans to reform health care may include making health care more portable. But it's not so easy to do.


Health Savings Accounts Are Back In The Policy Spotlight

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Republicans hope to expand the use of health savings accounts to encourage consumers to be more judicious in using their coverage. How do the accounts work?


Obesity-Linked Diagnoses On The Rise Among Kids And Teens

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A new analysis of U.S. health insurance claims is worrisome, pediatricians say: More and more young people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.


6 Lesser-Known Obamacare Provisions That Could Evaporate

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Private rooms for pumping breast milk and expanded therapy coverage for children with autism are two of the less publicized mandates of the Affordable Care Act. Also, being able to choose your OB-GYN.


Obamacare's Test Kitchen For Payment Experiments Faces An Uncertain Future

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation has explored payment changes that could cut health care costs and improve quality. But will the center survive in a new administration?


Yes, It Is Possible To Get Your Flu Shot Too Soon

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The vaccine is already showing up in drugstores, but maybe wait until Halloween to get the shot, doctors say, especially if you're over 65 and want to be protected against flu this winter.


Insurance Data Show A Surge In Spending On Opioid Treatment And Testing

Monday, September 12, 2016

An analysis of insurance company payments finds that emergency room visits and lab tests were responsible for much of the overall spending related to treatment and testing for opioid use.


Many More People Seek Medical Help For Opioid Abuse

Monday, August 01, 2016

Insurance claims for medical services related to opioid dependence rose more than 3,000 percent between 2007 and 2014, a study finds, suggesting that opioid problems have gone mainstream.


Cardiac Rehab Saves Lives. So Why Don't More Heart Patients Sign Up?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Research shows exercise-based cardiac rehab programs help heart patients heal faster and live longer. But fewer than a third take part. Time and cost are the main barriers, doctors and patients say.


How FluMist Slipped From Preferred To Passe

Monday, June 27, 2016

A CDC advisory panel concluded the nasal spray vaccine is so ineffective that it shouldn't be used by anyone during the 2016-2017 flu season. Until 2015, the spray was the top choice for kids.


Changes For Colon Cancer Screening: 5 Things To Know Now

Friday, June 24, 2016

A federal task force expanded the list of recommended colorectal cancer screening tests. Here's the lowdown on the tests and how they might be covered now and in the future by health insurance.


More Generics And Negotiating Leverage Could Slow Medicare Drug Spending

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission told Congress that rising drug costs helped push Medicare Part D spending up nearly 60 percent between 2007 and 2014. There are options to contain spending.


Medicare To Experiment With Tying Drug Costs to Effectiveness

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The goal is to rein in drug price increases while increasing the chance that patients will get the medication that works best for them. It's an idea that's getting increasing private-sector traction.


More Women Are Having Mastectomies And Going Home The Same Day

Monday, February 22, 2016

More women with breast cancer are choosing to have mastectomies over breast-sparing procedures. And nearly half of them don't spend a single night in the hospital but go home the same day, according to a federal analysis.

It's the latest study to show that treatment for breast cancer is shifting ...


Many Flexible Health Plans Come With A Costly Trap

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Citing flexibility, many consumers choose health plans that provide some coverage outside the insurer's network. Traditionally, the plans not only paid a portion of the bill for doctors and hospitals not in the core plan, but also set an annual cap on how much policyholders paid toward out-of-network care.

Not ...


Premiums Rise Faster For Flexible Health Plans Than For HMOs

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Consumers seeking health policies with the most freedom in choosing doctors and hospitals are finding far fewer of those plans on the insurance marketplaces. And the premiums are rising faster than for other types of coverage.

The plans, usually known as preferred provider organizations or PPOs, pay for a portion ...


Cancer Society Asks Regulators To Limit Insurers' Charges For Key Drugs

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cancer patients shopping on federal and state insurance marketplaces often find it difficult to determine whether their drugs are covered and how much they will pay for them, the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society says in a report that also calls on regulators to restrict how ...