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Administration Touts Lower-Than-Expected Obamacare Premiums

Premiums in the health insurance exchanges set to open next week will be lower than anticipated, the Obama administration announced Wednesday.<p>According to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services, "premiums nationwide will ... be around 16 percent lower than originally …

'How Much Will Obamacare Cost Me?' Try Our Calculator

On Tuesday, if all goes according to plan, the federal health law's marketplaces for individual health insurance are scheduled to open for business.<p>Nearly all Americans will be required to have health insurance starting Jan. 1, 2014, or else they'll be liable for a tax penalty.<p>Even now, there is …

Tech Problems Plague First Day Of Health Exchange Rollout

Many Americans got "please wait" messages Tuesday when they tried to start shopping for health coverage on the federal government's new health insurance website, healthcare.gov. A series of technological glitches, delays and crashes kept people from getting to several of the 16 state exchanges, too.<p>…

Notices Canceling Health Insurance Leave Many On Edge

President Obama repeated this line or a variation of it many times during the campaign to pass his landmark health care bill: "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period."<p>But while that might be true for people who get health insurance through their …

For The Young And Healthy, Health Insurance Is A Hard Sell

Getting young, healthy people to sign up for health insurance is seen as critical to the success of the Affordable Care Act. It's precisely those people who will help offset the cost of the older, sicker ones.<p>But while cheap health insurance and subsidies based on income are intended to make the …

How The Affordable Care Act Pays For Insurance Subsidies

The new health care law will provide around $1 trillion in subsidies to low- and middle-income Americans over the next decade to help them pay for health insurance.<p>Johanna Humbert of Galien, Mich., was pleasantly surprised to discover that she qualifies for an insurance subsidy, since her current …

Breaking Up With HealthCare.gov Is Hard To Do

Enrolling in HealthCare.gov is not easy, and it's been particularly difficult in Alaska. Just 53 people enrolled in the first month.<p>Anchorage hair stylist Lara Imler is one of the few who got through, as we previously reported. But Imler discovered problems with her application, and now she wants …

Part-Time Workers With Minimal Health Coverage Get New Options

In January, part-time workers who have so-called mini-med health insurance plans with very limited benefits and annual caps on payments will begin to lose that coverage.<p>Under the health care overhaul, they can't be renewed after the beginning of the year. For some, that may be just as well. …

A New Worry Looms Online For The Affordable Care Act

Saturday is the day the Obama administration promised it would have HealthCare.gov working smoothly for the majority of people who need to sign up for health insurance.<p>As the Obama administration scrambles to fix the glitch-plagued site, experts are beginning to worry about another problem that may …

Iowa Opens The Doors To Medicaid Coverage, On Its Own Terms

<b>Listen · 4:18</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>At the Central Iowa Shelter and Services in Des Moines, Iowa, health insurance navigator Andrea Pearce stood in a crowded dining hall on a recent day, shouting instructions on how residents can sign up for Medicaid.<p>"If you do not have insurance and …

Congress Poised To Permanently Fix Its Medicare Payment Glitch

The two-year budget deal approved by the Senate on Wednesday is aimed at preventing another government shutdown.<p>It also includes a familiar annual rider — language to avert a steep pay cut to doctors who treat Medicare patients. But this time might be different, with a fix that lasts. After more …

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Stephen Gandel and Brian Chappatta<p>GDP Isn’t Growing Fast Enough for Markets<p>Stock and bond investors have been expecting more.<p>Timothy L. O'Brien<p>Trump …

Despite Law, Health Plans Refuse Medical Claims Related To Suicide

Dealing with the aftermath of a suicide or attempted suicide is stressful enough. But some health plans make a harrowing experience worse by refusing to cover medical costs for injuries that are related to suicide, even though the federal health law doesn't allow such exclusions, legal and …

Final Call For Questions On Health Insurance As Deadline Looms

There's just one week left for most people to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. And as people race to meet the deadline, they still have questions about the law, and the sign-up process.<p><b>"Is there a deadline to enroll in a health plan?" asks Josephine Ilog of Manteca, Calif. "And</b> …

Most Uninsured Don't Know Health Coverage Deadline Looms

Next week is the last chance for most people without insurance to sign up for individual health coverage for the remainder of 2014.<p>Yet according to the latest monthly tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 60 percent of those without coverage still don't know that.<p>The survey, …

Patients Often Win If They Appeal A Denied Health Claim

Federal rules ensure that none of the millions of people who signed up for Obamacare can be denied insurance — but there is no guarantee that all health services will be covered.<p>To help make sure a patient's claims aren't improperly denied, the Affordable Care Act creates national standards that …

With Medical Debt Rising, Some Doctors Push For Payment Upfront

Mid State Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center is hard to miss. The practice's new 30,000-square-foot building is marked with an enormous sign along one of the main roads in Alexandria, a central Louisiana city of about 48,000 people.<p>In the elegant, high-ceilinged interior, the medical practice's …

Doctors' Billing System Stays Stuck In The 1970s For Now

For doctors, hospitals and insurance companies, all the complexities of medicine get boiled down into a system of codes.<p>These codes are used to track and pay for every procedure you can think of. There's 813.02 for mending a broken forearm, and 800.09 for treating a concussion. There's even 960.0 …

NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President

A new bipartisan NPR poll shows approval numbers rising for Obamacare — which is now slightly more popular than its namesake.<p>Our survey of likely voters, conducted for <i>Morning Edition</i> by Democrat Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps and Republican Whit Ayres of Resurgent Republic, shows the president's …

Health care spending growth hits 10-year high

Health care spending rose at the fastest pace in 10 years last quarter, a development that could foreshadow higher costs for consumers this year.<p>Expenses for health care rose at a 5.6% annual rate in the fourth quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said last week. The jump triggered a sharp …

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Employers Eye Moving Sickest Workers To Insurance Exchanges

Can corporations shift workers with high medical costs from the company health plan into online insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act? Some employers are considering it, say benefits consultants.<p>"It's all over the marketplace," said Todd Yates, a managing partner at Hill, Chesson & …

Forecast Predicts A Shift Away From Employer-Sponsored Insurance

A Senate committee is grilling Sylvia Matthews Burwell, the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. If confirmed, she would oversee the next phase of the Affordable Care Act. A new forecast says the health care law will drive some employers to stop offering coverage to their employees, …

Medicare Pays For Alzheimer's Screening, But Do You Want To Know?

Medicare will pay for screening for cognitive impairment, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily a good idea.<p>The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said in March that there isn't enough scientific evidence to make the call.<p>That's the same conclusion that the task force, an independent panel of …

Don't Count On Travel Insurance To Cover Mental Health

It's bad enough to be sick at home in your own bed, but so much worse when on vacation.<p>People often buy travel insurance so they don't lose the money they spent on airfare and hotels if they can't travel due to illness. But if that illness happens to be a mental health issue, don't expect travel …

Are Pre-Existing Condition Bans For Health Insurance Still With Us?

"Welcome to Cigna," said the letter, dated May 16, on behalf of my new employer, the Kaiser Family Foundation. The letter also said the insurer was placing me on a one-year waiting period for any pre-existing conditions.<p>Seriously? Wasn't the health law supposed to end that?<p>"We have reviewed the …

Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists

The Hope Clinic in southwest Houston is in the very heart of Asia Town, a part of the city where bland strip malls hide culinary treasures — Vietnamese pho, Malaysian noodles, Sichuan rabbit and bubble tea.<p>Inside the clinic, internist Charu Sawhney sees patients from many countries and …

What Looks Like Overcharging By Your Hospital Might Not Be

Despite concerns first raised a few years ago, hospitals do not seem to be abusing their electronic data systems to generate bigger bills and boost their income — at least according to authors of a large study released Tuesday. Other leaders in the field say the jury's still out.<p>The concern over …

Skimpier Health Plans Could Impose Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs

People are worried about being able to pay for health insurance. So the insurance industry and a group of Democratic senators have proposed offering cheaper, skimpier "copper plans" on the health law's marketplaces that could draw in people who were unhappy with the cost of available plans.<p>But …