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It's often cheaper to pay cash for your prescriptions rather than the co-pay, but the pharmacy is legally prohibited from suggesting it

America's health care is totally screwed up, Part Ten Gazillion: in many cases, the medicines your doctor prescribes are cheaper than the co-pay your …

Health Care

Why Your Health Insurer Doesn’t Care About Your Big Bills

Michael Frank ran his finger down his medical bill, studying the charges and pausing in disbelief. The numbers didn’t make sense.His recovery from a …

Health Care

UnitedHealth tightens reins on emergency department reimbursement

Hospitals fear UnitedHealth's new emergency department payment policy, which comes on the heel's of rival insurer Anthem's controversial ED policy, …

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Drug maker hikes price of 2-in-1 painkiller >2,000%—$36 drugs now $3,000

The combination is naproxen (in Aleve) and stomach drug esomeprazole (in Nexium).<p>Irish drug company Horizon Pharma has hiked the price of a …

Mystic who ‘predicted’ ISIS, 9/11 had two prophecies for 2018

A blind mystic who many claim predicted 9/11, the rise of ISIS, the Boxing Day tsumani and Brexit also foresaw two major events in 2018.<p>Bulgarian …

This Extreme Diet Reversed Type 2 Diabetes in Up to 86% of Patients

Incredible.<p>Type 2 diabetes isn't necessarily for life, with a 2017 clinical trial providing some of the clearest evidence yet that the condition can …

This frostbitten black metal album was created by an artificial intelligence

And it shreds.<p>“Coditany of Timeness” is a convincing lo-fi black metal album, complete with atmospheric interludes, tremolo guitar, frantic blast …

Medicare X: the Democrats’ supercharged public option plan, explained

“I like giving people more choices, not less.”<p>Senate Democrats are increasingly divided over how far the government ought to go to expand health coverage.<p>At one end of the spectrum is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who has offered an idea to end employer-sponsored coverage and move all Americans to a …

Trump kills key Obamacare subsidy payments: What it means

President Trump finally made good on his promise to yank funding from a key set of Obamacare subsidies.<p>The administration announced late Thursday night that it would immediately stop supporting the cost-sharing subsidies that reimburse insurers for reducing the deductibles and co-pays of …

Health Care

Trump to halt subsidies to health insurers

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump will "immediately" halt payments to insurers under the …

Elon Musk presents his vision for colonizing Mars by 2024

Elon Musk unveiled exciting changes to his vision of establishing a colony on Mars, and surprised us with a plan to use rockets to transport people …

Trump intends to sign executive order on health care next week

President Trump is taking the future of health insurance into his own hands.<p>A day after Congress' last-ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare failed, Trump said he may soon sign an executive order on health care that would affect millions of people.<p>"I'll probably be signing a very major executive order …

Who Will Build the Health-Care Blockchain? - MIT Technology Review

There are 26 different electronic medical records systems used in the city of Boston, each with its own language for representing and sharing data. …

Trump Threatens Congressional Health Insurance Benefits

Tweet may be prelude to rescinding employer contribution for members<p>President Donald Trump is considering stripping the employer contribution for …

Single Payer, Meet All Payer: The Surprising State That Is Quietly Revolutionizing Health Care

One unheralded reason for Trumpcare’s many difficulties was a sea change in public opinion. A new Associated Press poll finds that 62 percent now …

Some of the most powerful people in the US are talking about a massive change to healthcare

Single-payer healthcare is a system used in Canada, France, the UK, Australia, and other countries that in theory provides nearly universal coverage through the government rather than private insurance companies. (Some countries use a hybrid public/private structure.)<p>While progressive groups have …

The Potential for Blockchain to Transform Electronic Health Records

A vexing problem facing health care systems throughout the world is how to share more medical data with more stakeholders for more purposes, all while ensuring data integrity and protecting patient privacy.<p>Traditionally, the interoperability of medical data among institutions has followed three …

Price sensitive? Health plans with no out-of-network benefits heat up in employer market

Local employers frustrated with the cost of health insurance will have a new option for coverage in 2018. Here’s the catch: Pay less, but in exchange …

Blockchain Could Make the Insurance Industry Much More Transparent

While Edward Lloyd is largely credited with commercializing the insurance industry, with the creation of his namesake firm, Lloyd’s, over 330 years ago, the original concept of spreading risk (or “mutualizing”) goes back even further. Hundreds of years before Lloyd’s was formed, Chinese merchants …

How Two Common Medications Became One $455 Million Specialty Pill

After I was prescribed a brand-name drug I didn’t need and given a coupon to cover the out-of-pocket costs, I discovered yet another reason why Americans pay too much for health care.<p>Everything happened so fast as I walked out of the doctor’s exam room. I was tucking in my shirt and wondering if …

Pharma

Senate health care bill already under fire from GOP members

WASHINGTON — After weeks of closed-door meetings, Senate Republican leaders Thursday unveiled a health care bill that would largely scrap Obamacare by making deep cuts in Medicaid, ending the mandate that everyone buy insurance, repealing taxes on wealthy Americans and insurance companies, and …

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Nevada, with little fanfare or notice, is inching toward a massive health insurance expansion — one that would give the state’s 2.8 million residents access to a public health insurance option.<p>The Nevada legislature passed a bill Friday that would allow anyone to buy into Medicaid, the public …

Health Care

Walgreens gets sued for generic-drug overcharges

Giant drugstore chain Walgreens is under fire for allegedly overcharging consumers with health insurance for generic-drug prescriptions. Customers …

Pharma

Do we want healthcare or health insurance?

The nonpartisan analysts at the Congressional Budget Office have concluded that the House "repeal and replace" bill would strip healthcare coverage …

Profits are booming at health insurance companies

The largest health insurance companies in the United States reaped historically large profits in the first quarter of this year, despite all the …

Health Care

House Republicans to Vote on Health Care Thursday — NBC News

House Republican leaders announced Wednesday that there will be a vote on their health care bill as early as Thursday, sending the strongest signal …

Trump's next big idea on health care

He wants to sell insurance across state lines. We already know that won't make a difference.<p>With health care reform back on the table—and possibly up for a House vote next week—the nation’s attention is turning back to just what President Donald Trump’s long-term plan for fixing health care is. The …

Health Care

Oscar Health rolls out its small business product Oscar for Business

Oscar Health, a startup rethinking health insurance for the digital age, is rolling out a new product for small businesses called Oscar for Business.<p>The rollout comes as Oscar struggles with its original bet on individual insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a move which vaulted the company, …