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Insurers Sank Connecticut's 'Public Option.' Would A National Version Survive?

Insurers Sank Connecticut's 'Public Option.' Would A National Version Survive?

By Shefali Luthra | Mar 10
The stunning 2019 defeat of a plan to implement such a policy in Connecticut — a solidly blue, or liberal-leaning, state — shows how difficult it may be to enact even "moderate" solutions.

Democrats Sharpen Health Care Attacks As Primaries Heat Up

Democrats Sharpen Health Care Attacks As Primaries Heat Up

By Emmarie Huetteman, Shefali Luthra, Victoria Knight | Feb 26
The ideal began to get real on Tuesday, as seven of the top contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination sparred over the price tag on health care reform and even revealed similarities on issues like marijuana legalization.

Domestic Spring Break Travel Jumps by 24 Percent

Domestic Spring Break Travel Jumps by 24 Percent

Feb 26
The number of Americans packing their bags for stateside Spring Break trips increased 24% over the past year, with an 18% increase in international getaways, according to Allianz Global Assistance's Top 10 Spring Break Destinations survey.

Patients Stuck With Bills After Insurers Don't Pay As Promised

Patients Stuck With Bills After Insurers Don't Pay As Promised

By Lauren Weber | Feb 10
When insurers revoke their decision to pay after the service is completed, patients are legally on the hook for the bill.

On the Money: Confronting Fresh Health Insurance Deductibles

On the Money: Confronting Fresh Health Insurance Deductibles

By Tom Murphy | Jan 16
Many deductibles reset Jan. 1, forcing patients to pay thousands of dollars for care or prescriptions before most insurance coverage starts.

Universal Coverage, Single-Payer, Medicare-for-All: What Does it Mean?

Universal Coverage, Single-Payer, Medicare-for-All: What Does it Mean?

Jan 11
Collectively, health care is our biggest industry. Most Americans are befuddled by it, and the political debate surrounding it only makes it more confusing.

Insurance Nightmare: A Head Cold That Cost $25,865

Insurance Nightmare: A Head Cold That Cost $25,865

By Richard Harris | Dec 24
A 40-year-old public policy consultant from Brooklyn, N.Y., didn't want her upcoming vacation trip ruined by strep throat. So, after it had lingered for more than a week, she decided to get it checked out.

As Rural Americans Struggle for Health Care Access, Insurers May Be Making Things Worse

As Rural Americans Struggle for Health Care Access, Insurers May Be Making Things Worse

Dec 19
Rural areas are experiencing tremendous health care provider shortages with access particularly limited for specialty care.

In Medical Billing, Fraudulent Charges Weirdly Pass As Legal

In Medical Billing, Fraudulent Charges Weirdly Pass As Legal

By Elisabeth Rosenthal | Dec 19
Much of what we accept as legal in medical billing would be regarded as fraud in any other sector.

What Would Happen if the ACA Went Away?

What Would Happen if the ACA Went Away?

By Julie Rovner | Dec 18
There's no doubt that invalidating the ACA in whole or in large part would have a dramatic effect on the nation's health system ? and not just for those 20 million or so Americans whose coverage directly flows from the law.

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