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Nation Aug 12Consumers with immigration discrepancies at risk to lose federal health insurance
WASHINGTON — The administration is warning hundreds of thousands of consumers they risk losing taxpayer-subsidized health insurance unless they act quickly to resolve issues about their citizenship and immigration status.
Health Jul 29$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice
The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million.
Politics Jul 27Why automatic renewal of 2015 health coverage may backfire
Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to receive dated and inaccurate financial aid amounts from the government, say industry officials, advocates and other experts.
Health Jul 04More than half of privately insured women get free birth control
Recent data from the IMS Institute document a sharp change during 2013. The share of privately insured women who got their birth control pills without a copayment jumped to 56 percent, from 14 percent in 2012. The law's requirement that…
Politics Jun 27Food service giant to restore health insurance for thousands of workers
Many employees who already have health insurance worry they'll pay a price for President Barack Obama's overhaul. But for workers at one major company those fears appear to be easing. Food service giant Sodexo unexpectedly reversed course Thursday after bumping…
Health Jun 17Insurers choke on price of new hepatitis C-curing pill
WASHINGTON — Your money or your life? Sovaldi, a new pill for hepatitis C, cures the liver-wasting disease in 9 of 10 patients, but treatment can cost more than $90,000. Leading medical societies recommend the drug as a first-line treatment,…
Health May 15Feds approve cost-control strategy for expensive health procedures
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for insurers and employers to use a new cost-control strategy that puts a hard dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures, such as knee and hip…
Health May 10Mothers-to-be gain new options under health care law
The health care law has opened up an unusual opportunity for some mothers-to-be to save on medical bills for childbirth.
Health Apr 09Documents reveal Medicare’s top-paid doctors earned millions
Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million. Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of…
Nation Apr 07Survey: Roughly 3.5 million gained coverage under the new health law
Released Monday, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index measured the share of adults without health insurance. That shrank from 17.1 percent at the end of last year to 15.6 percent for the first three months of 2014.