Don’t make a health coverage decision with long-term consequences based on short-term conditions and costs, advises Making Sen$e Medicare Maven Phil Moeller. Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to strike down the Affordable Care Act — a first for the new Congress but the 56th time that House Republicans that tried to repeal the law. Also, advocacy groups reported that a growing gap between bachelor degrees received by students from wealthier families and those from the lowest income bracket more than doubled since 1970. Continue reading
A new poll finds that most people think Congress or states should act to restore health insurance subsidies if the Supreme Court decides later this year they are not permitted in states where the federal government is running the marketplace.
Privacy advocates say the Obama administration needs to make more changes to protect consumer privacy on the government’s health insurance website. Continue reading
Medicare is giving bonuses to a majority of hospitals that it graded on quality, but many of those rewards will be wiped out by penalties the government has issued for other shortcomings, federal data show.
Why does it seem like health insurance providers are attuned to your physical and emotional health — tracking your medications, urging you to get certain tests, even sending you holiday cards — until something goes wrong and you really need them? Unfortunately, says Making Sen$e Medicare Maven Phil Moeller, more transparent oversight isn’t likely to help reduce those excesses — or insurers’ hunger for profit. Continue reading
Whereas last year, President Barack Obama used nine full paragraphs of his State of the Union speech to sell his health care plan, the subject got less attention this year. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama’s health care law. Continue reading
Health care in America will never improve if we don’t change the conversation about what’s wrong, argues Mercatus Center’s Robert Graboyes. Politicians on both sides of the aisle, he says, fight about coverage instead of opening up the channels of innovation that have allowed other sectors, like information technology, to make significant progress in the last 20 years. Continue reading
Workers who lose their jobs may have the option of continuing their employer group health insurance for a limited time under what’s known as COBRA. But how does that coverage interact with Medicare and the Affordable Care Act? Making Sen$e Medicare Maven Phil Moeller provides some answers. Continue reading