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Almost 70% of US managers are scared to talk to their employees

Being a manager inevitably entails an uncomfortable talk with employees, be it a bad performance review, a delicate personal situation, or unpleasant news from higher-ups.<p>But an astounding number of managers report that the hardest part about talking to employees is talking to them at all.<p>In 2016, …

Employee Engagement

Parents Don't Have To Pay Debts Of Adult Children On Their Health Plans

Are parents responsible for adult children's medical debts? Should people squeeze in appointments and expensive procedures before year's end because of changes that might come with the GOP tax bill? Should consumers pay a broker to help them enroll in a plan? Here are the answers to some recent …

Health Care

Employers don't think bans on asking about salary history will achieve goal, survey says

California recently became one of eight states, cities or localities to pass legislation banning all employers from asking one particularly awkward question of prospective workers: How much did you make in your last job?<p>Yet companies apparently aren't convinced the laws will work as intended.<p>The …

Insurers, providers warn of 'serious consequences' if Congress repeals the individual mandate

Lobbyists representing medical providers and health insurance companies are urging congressional leaders not to repeal Obamacare's individual mandate …

More than 600k people signed up for the ACA in week one

05684a03-cc16-41b5-a083-b9d44c7a1ca1<p>More than 600k people signed up for the ACA in week …

Health Care

There Was Another Winner Tuesday — Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama may not be running for anything these days, but his signature health care law was a big winner in Tuesday’s elections, as voters rebelled against Republican lawmakers who have blocked Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.<p>Democrats are hopeful their victories are a harbinger of …

Republicans

4 reasons why US health care is so expensive

<b>(CNN) —</b> Health care spending in the United States increased by about $933.5 billion between 1996 and 2013, according to an analysis published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. More than half of this surge was a result of generally higher prices for health care services.<p>Joseph L. Dieleman, lead …

Health Care

Dogs Help Prevent Childhood Diseases, Study Finds

Ask not if you should get a dog. Ask if your baby should be itchy.<p>By<p>Nov 06 2017, 9:03 AM<p>Having a dog before a baby doesn’t just teach prospective …

Pets

Anthem becomes second-largest company with woman as CEO

Anthem, the nation's second-largest health insurer, is now the second-largest company in America with a woman as CEO.<p>Anthem named Gail Boudreaux to the job on Monday, replacing Joseph Swedish.<p>The only American company with more revenue and a woman as CEO is General Motors (GM), which has been led …

General Motors

Insurer Tries A Soft Touch — Puppies! — For This Year’s Hard Sell Of Obamacare Plans

This story is part of a partnership that includes NPR, local member stations and Kaiser Health News. It can be republished for free. (details)<p>Can a …

Health Care

GOP tax plan would eliminate medical deduction

House Republicans' tax bill would eliminate a deduction that helps people cover particularly high health care bills, including the cost of long-term …

Health Care

Viewers Don't Trust TV Ads For Health, Medical Products

With trust issues top of mind in the media these days, a new study says only 14% of consumers trust the health/medical information they are getting …

Digital Health

Budget office: Bipartisan ACA bill would save taxpayers $3.8 billion

The Congressional Budget Office delivered some good news to Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray: Their bill to stabilize the Affordable Care Act …

Health Care

Centene warns on Obamacare subsidy cuts, shares dive

(Reuters) - Centene Corp said on Tuesday that White House moves to cut Obamacare subsidies would knock 7-12 cents per share off the health insurer's fourth-quarter earnings, sending its shares as much as 8 percent lower.<p>Many larger insurers have already left the markets created by former President …

Health Care

24 Senators Back Latest Health Care Proposal, Offering Hope It Could Pass

Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Thursday formally introduced their proposal to shore up the Affordable Care Act’s private insurance markets. And in a show of the proposal’s bipartisan strength, they announced the bill now has 24 sponsors, with precisely 12 from each …

Health Care

ReasonTV: More And More Primary Care Doctors Are Skipping Insurance, Going Direct-Pay

ReasonTV just released a new video on YouTube about a grassroots movement known as Direct Primary Care.<p>As a growing number of physicians are becoming …

Health Care

President Trump admits he’s trying to kill Obamacare. That’s illegal.

Modern American history has never seen as full-scale an effort to sabotage a valid law as we have with President Trump and the Affordable Care Act — a law whose legality has been upheld twice by the US Supreme Court.<p>The president has a legal obligation, under Article II of the US Constitution, to …

Health Care

Association health plans: Trump’s attack on Obamacare, explained

How association health plans and short-term insurance could damage the health care law.<p>With the failure by Republicans in Congress to repeal Obamacare this year, President Trump took matters into his own hands this fall, signing an executive order in October that targets the health care law.<p>Trump …

Trump administration deals major blow to Obamacare birth control mandate

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a blow to Obamacare's controversial contraceptive mandate, employers may now have more leeway to withhold birth control coverage on religious grounds, according to new rules issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services on Friday.<p>The new rules continue the undermining of the …

Health Care

4 Things The Trump Administration Has Done To Ensure Obamacare Enrollment Is More Difficult This Year

Tom Price failed to get the Affordable Care Act repealed and replaced during his brief tenure as Health and Human Services Secretary, but the …

Health Care

An open letter to Jeff Bezos–you are needed to disrupt the health care sector

Dear Mr. Bezos,<p>Leave rationalizing the market for organic foods to one of your sidekicks, and tinkering with driverless cars to a crowded field of tech companies. You are needed to disrupt the health care sector. Only you have the vision, ambition, capital, and computing power this mission …

The Trump Administration Just Confirmed That It Is Sabotaging Obamacare

The Trump administration has spent much of its first year in office trying to sabotage America’s health-care system. In interviews with major …

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Senate Republicans are teeing up what appears to be one final vote on Obamacare repeal next week.<p>Notably, health care groups — from the American Medical Association to health insurance companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield — are beginning to release statements about the bill sponsored by Sens. …

Health Care

Poll: Plurality supports single-payer health care

While Republicans inch toward their latest attempt to roll back the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are having a different debate: whether the party should support a single-payer health care plan.<p>Some Democratic leaders think single-payer goes further than voters might want, but a new …

Health Care

I’ve covered the GOP repeal plans since day one. Graham-Cassidy is the most radical.

Other Republican plans create a poorly funded version of Obamacare. This one blows up the law entirely.<p>I have spent the bulk of 2017 writing about the different Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.<p>Graham-Cassidy, in my view, is the most radical of them all.<p>While other Republican …

Health Care

Latest GOP Effort To Replace Obamacare Could End Health Care For Millions

It wasn't that long ago that the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act died once and for all in the Senate.<p>Or so many thought.<p>But like the killer robot in <i>The</i> <i>Terminator</i> or the undead fighters in <i>Game of Thrones,</i> the repeal effort has risen once again from the ashes in the form of a …

Health Care

Healthcare: Uninsured rate in US falls to record low of 8.8%

Three years after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect, the number of Americans without health insurance fell to 28.1 million in …

Health Care

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers

<i>This article was written through collaboration between The New York Times and ProPublica, the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization.</i><p>At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower …

Prosthetics

Disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on waitlist

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1 million Americans are awaiting a hearing to see whether they qualify for disability benefits from Social Security, with the average wait of nearly two years — longer than some of them will live.<p>All have been denied benefits at least once, as most applications are …

Social Security

87% of Americans Believe Insurers Should Cover Pre-Existing Conditions, but There's a Catch

Life comes with two certainties according to Benjamin Franklin: death and taxes. Perhaps it's time to add a third: healthcare uncertainty.<p>When Donald Trump won the presidency, it was practically a foregone conclusion that the Affordable Care Act would be repealed and that the numerous ideas …