Healthcare Reform

Nearly half of consumers wary of healthcare costs, insurer finds

Nearly half of consumers wary of healthcare costs, insurer finds

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Cigna said found paying for medications and hospitalizations were top healthcare concerns.

White House proposes Hobby Lobby alternative

A proposal by the Obama administration Friday seeks to keep contraception accessible and coverage approval at arm's length for employees of religious non-profits.

Employers like "skinny" health plans

These healthcare plans allow employees and employers to avoid ACA penalties but provide little coverage.

Healthcare.gov price rises

The cost of fixing healthcare.gov is hovering at around $1 billion, up from the $677-million figure quoted in December

Court invalidates some healthcare subsidies

The lawsuit has been wending its way through the courts for a while, and, although it is being deliberated in several other venues, the decision is part of a legal dispute that puts patients in the 36 states offering federal exchanges in limbo.

CMS site guides patients through insurance coverage

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched a new site Monday to help patients understand how to use their health coverage.

Youthful insured not triggering cost spike

Youthful insured not triggering cost spike

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An early look at healthcare reforms impact indicates that allowing children to stay on a parent's healthcare plan until they turned 26 did not translate into higher use of medical care, but did lower out-of-pocket healthcare costs for the 19-25 age group.

Healthcare.gov round 2 suggestions

Healthcare.gov round 2 suggestions

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The Urban Institute Health Policy Center says putting money behind call centers and person-to-person contact will increase insurance enrollments among Hispanics.

Healthcare.gov takes on Heartbleed

Officials are asking users to change passwords, as an added precaution.

Healthcare reform lawsuits continue

With just days before the enrollment deadline, courts are pulsing with legal opposition to heatlhcare reform insurance subsidies.

HHS extends insurance deadline

The March 31 deadline for health insurance is not the be-all-and-end-all, while a survey found that 50% of the uninsured intend to stay that way.

Young adult ACA enrollment holds steady

Around 25% of 18-34 year-olds have signed up for coverage. Obama's FunnyorDie appearance drives HHS traffic.

Healthcare reform transforms hospital policies

Hospitals are contemplating financial incentives—as in fines or less support—for patients who could have signed up for health insurance but opted not to.

Must biosimilar names be distinct? No, experts argue

Must biosimilar names be distinct? No, experts argue

Innovator companies want the FDA to adopt separate names for biosimilars. Manufacturing changes aren't drastic enough to make it necessary, experts argued at an FTC workshop.

HHS releases exchange enrollment data

The program has yet to reach magnet status among cheaper, youthful patients.

Olympics will feature healthcare reform ads

HHS has bought airtime in markets with high numbers of uninsured patients.

Birth control football remains in play

The White House has until Friday to issue a response to a Supreme Court injunction that temporarily eased birth-control coverage requirements.

Healthcare Reform impact TBD

Coverage is required, but the new year kicks off with new patients and a lot of loose ends.

Rx spending to grow 5.2% next year: CMS

A recent government forecast shows the Affordable Care Act is expected to give drugmakers a boost that will grow over time.

Sebelius to be grilled by Congressional committee

The HHS Secretary has some positive enrollment stats to share, but sentiment shows she and Obama need some reputation rehab.

E-prescribing systems not so pharma friendly

E-prescribing systems not so pharma friendly

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A study points out barriers to e-prescribing pharma products and shows how doctors rate various EHRs.

White House proposes insurance fix

The president says current subscribers will be able to keep their plans.

Healthcare.gov to invite applicants in stages

Site fixes are reported to lag, but CMS plans on inviting consumers to give Healthcare.gov another go.

ACA enrollment misses target

Official numbers are pending, but Reuters notes enrollment appears to be just 3% of the government's goal.

CMS tech guru is out

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services won't say if the change is connected to Healthcare.gov's bumpy launch.

Healthcare reform fanbase rises

General support for the legislation is up, despite Healthcare.gov woes.

Doctors sound off on healthcare reform

They're not hiding their love or disdain for reform, including one who says the law brings bias into the exam room.

Co-pay cards OK for exchanges

Subscribers will be able to use co-pay cards on Obamacare exchanges.

Report zeroes in on costliest patients

Five percent of the patient population accounts for 50% of US healthcare costs, one deep dive shows. A major problem: access to medical care.

Can we handle cost of a healthy, aging population?

Can we handle cost of a healthy, aging population?

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The short answer: we're not financially prepared for a slowly aging, healthy population, according to a recently published analysis.

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