Julie Appleby appears in the following:
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Friday, October 16, 2015
Four companies running urgent care centers in New York have agreed to disclose more fully which insurance plans they accept, following an inquiry by the state's attorney general that found unclear or incomplete information on their websites that could result in larger-than-expected bills for consumers.
The agreements mark the first ...
Monday, October 05, 2015
As health insurance open season heats up for businesses, many employees will discover that participating in their company's wellness program includes rolling up their sleeves for blood tests.
Across the country, half of large employers offering health benefits have wellness programs that ask workers to submit to medical tests, ...