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Obamacare Enrollment Extended To Accommodate Last-Minute Demand

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The deadline to buy health insurance under Obamacare has been extended for two days after high demand clogged the federal government's exchange.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday night, just hours before the original deadline of midnight Dec. 15, that consumers would have 48 hours more to ...


Hepatitis Drug Among The Most Costly For Medicaid

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A drug that can cure hepatitis C was one of the top pharmaceutical costs in most states' Medicaid budgets in 2014.

All told, 33 states spent more than $1 billion to treat the disease with Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi, according to data released Tuesday by Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and ...


Obamacare Sign-Ups Could Get A Bump As Higher Penalties Kick In

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The deadline for buying health insurance that starts Jan. 1 has arrived. Many people who lack coverage in 2016 will face fines that could reach thousands of dollars.


Despite Emphasis On Big Hacks, Small Breaches Of Medical Privacy Do More Harm

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Millions of private medical records have been hacked at large insurance companies like Anthem. What appears to be causing more damage are smaller violations of medical privacy.


Senate Questions 'Egregious' Price Hikes For Specialty Medicines

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The Senate Special Committee on Aging is holding the first of a series of hearings Wednesday into why the prices of medicines that have been on the market for decades are suddenly climbing.

The investigation by the Senate committee, led by Maine Republican Susan Collins and Missouri Democrat ...


Senate Hearings Investigate Rising Price Of Medications

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Drug prices are a hot topic in politics. One company raised the price of a $1.50 drug to $750. Drugs to cure hepatitis C routinely cost more than $10,000 — and more for a full course of treatment.


Congress Still Limits Health Research On Gun Violence

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The wave of mass shootings in the U.S. is renewing a debate over treating gun violence as a public health issue. Congress has stood in the way of federal funding for studying injuries and deaths.


Specialty Drugs Can Prove Expensive Even With Medicare Coverage

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Medicare recipients who have arthritis, cancer or other complex conditions may find they have to pay thousands of dollars a year for their medications, even if their insurance plan covers most prescriptions.

For 2016 the out-of-pocket costs can reach as high as $11,538 for a single drug ...


Treating Prisoners With Hepatitis C May Be Worth The Hefty Price

Monday, November 23, 2015

Doctors, patients and insurers have been struggling with how to determine who should be treated for hepatitis C now that effective but wildly expensive drugs can all but cure the disease. Treating prison inmates is a good investment that would save money in the long run, a study finds.


Prescription Drug Use Increased Over The Last Decade, Study Says

Monday, November 09, 2015

Americans are taking more prescription drugs than ever before. And many are taking five drugs or more a day. We examine a new report that has some surprising information about prescription drugs.


Americans Are Using More Prescription Drugs; Is Obesity To Blame?

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Prescription drug use is rising across the United States. More people are taking medications and they're taking more of them.

A study published Tuesday by researchers at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows that 59 percent of adults used a prescription drug in a 30-day period. ...


Obamacare Deploys New Apps, Allies To Persuade The Uninsured

Friday, October 30, 2015

Open enrollment for Obamacare opens Sunday. Millions of people still lack health insurance, including some who signed up last year but later dropped their health coverage, calling it "unaffordable."


Some Health Plans Have No In-Network Doctors In Key Specialties

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Say you bought health insurance through the federal health exchange, paid the premiums and followed the rules.

And then say you start having pain in your hands. Your doctor refers you to a rheumatologist to test for arthritis.

But when you search for the specialist, there isn't one there.

That ...


A Hospital Reduces Repeat ER Visits By Providing Social Workers

Friday, October 23, 2015

A Milwaukee hospital is trying a new approach to get newly insured residents to stop using emergency rooms as their main source of medical care and develop relationships with doctors instead.

The pilot project at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, the only hospital left in a mostly poor, black area ...


How Generic Drugs Can Cost Small Pharmacies Big Bucks

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Independent pharmacies are getting pinched by reimbursements for generic drugs that aren't keeping up with rising prices. Drugstores blame the middlemen who manage companies' drug benefits.


States That Declined To Expand Medicaid Face Higher Costs

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The 22 states that didn't expand Medicaid eligibility as part of Obamacare last year saw their costs to provide health care to the poor rise twice as fast as states that extended benefits to more low-income residents.

It's a counterintuitive twist for those states whose governors, most Republicans who opposed ...


Seniors Tend To Quit Medicare Advantage When Health Declines

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Senior citizens are switching from privately run insurance plans to traditional Medicare when they face serious, long-term health conditions, a study shows.

Researchers at Brown University found that 17 percent of Medicare Advantage patients who entered nursing homes for long-term care chose to switch to traditional Medicare the following year. ...


Rising Health Deductibles Take Bigger Bite Out Of Family Budgets

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Health care costs continue to rise, and workers are shouldering more of the burden.

The big reason? Skyrocketing deductibles.

More companies are adding deductibles to the insurance plans they offer their employees. And for those who already had to pay deductibles, the out-of-pocket outlays are growing.

Together that means that ...