Health Insurance


Benchmarking to end surprise billing would hurt senior healthcare

Keeping up with the rising costs of medical care can be hard enough as it is for seniors living on limited incomes. One thing that certainly doesn’t help the situation is getting hit with a surprise medical bill weeks after receiving care because of ridiculously high out-of-network fees that weren’t explained to a patient from […]

This Is Why Millennials Are Struggling to Get Health Insurance

In this May 18, 2017 file photo, the website is seen on a laptop computer, in Washington. Former Obama administration officials say they’re launching a private campaign to encourage people to sign up for coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act. With the start of open enrollment just weeks away on Nov. 1, […]

8 million kids could lose health insurance if the CHIP program isn’t renewed. Here’s what that looks like in one state

BY LAURA SANTHANAM  October 12, 2017 at 2:44 PM EDT CORAL GABLES, FL – JANUARY 07: Pediatrician Dr. Amanda Porro M.D. delivers a flu vaccination to an infant’s leg during his visit to the Miami Children’s Hospital on January 7, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that in the United […]

Halt In Subsidies For Health Insurers Expected To Drive Up Costs For Middle Class

October 13, 20179:52 AM ET ALISON KODJAK Alex Wong/Getty Images Updated at 11:29 a.m. ET President Trump talks Thursday about an executive order to ease the way for groups of employers to offer health insurance. Later, the administration said it would halt subsidy payments to insurers. President Trump’s decision Thursday to end subsidy payments to […]

4 tips for making the most of Medicare’s open enrollment

PHILIP MOELLER BY PHILIP MOELLER  October 11, 2017 at 3:09 PM EDT Journalist Philip Moeller urges current Medicare enrollees to take advantage of this opportunity to evaluate their Medicare coverage and decide if they wish to make any changes next year. Photo by Troels Graugaard/Getty Images Editor’s Note: Journalist Philip Moeller is here to provide the answers you […]

Steep Premiums Challenge People Who Buy Health Insurance Without Subsidies

October 7, 20177:00 AM ET JULIE ROVNER FROM Paul Melquist says he is frustrated that his insurance costs are so high because he would like to be able to do more for his grandchildren — Adalyn, Mason and Carys — in his retirement. Courtesy of the Melquist family/KHN Paul Melquist of St. Paul, Minn., has […]

Anthem eases up on 2018 health insurance premium hikes after pressure from California

Chad Terhune Insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross agreed to reduce two planned premium increases for 2018 after California regulators questioned the company’s rationale for raising rates by as much as it had initially proposed. The scaled-back rate hikes, in the individual and small-employer markets, will reduce premiums by $114 million, state officials said. The California […]

How Trump’s Executive Order Could Affect The Health Insurance System

October 12, 20175:08 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered NPR’S Robert Siegel talks with Sabrina Corlette, a professor at Georgetown University and expert on the health insurance market, about President Trump’s executive order on health associations and the impact they will have on the health care system. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: Now we turn to Sabrina […]

Coalition woos young people in private health insurance overhaul

Katharine Murphy Political editor @murpharoo Thursday 12 October 2017 03.42 EDT Under-29s to be offered discounted private hospital cover and natural therapies including kinesiology and naturopathy to be removed from policies  The government’s overhaul of private health insurance is an attempt to respond to a slide in membership. Photograph: Stefan Postles/AAP Private health insurers will be able to […]

Despite Boost In Social Security, Rising Medicare Part B Costs Leave Seniors In Bind

By Judith Graham October 5, 2017 ABOUT INSIGHT Insight provides an in-depth look at health care issues in and affecting California. Have a story suggestion? Let us know. Millions of seniors will soon be notified that Medicare premiums for physicians’ services are rising and likely to consume most of the cost-of-living adjustment they’ll receive next year from Social […]