Medicare

Avoid these 3 mistakes when picking a Medicare plan during open enrollment

For people who want to tweak their Medicare coverage, the time to do it began Sunday, Oct. 15.<p>The program's fall open enrollment period runs through Dec. 7. You should evaluate your current coverage even if you've been happy with it.<p>"Insurance companies make changes every year," said Elizabeth …

News (U.S.)

Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major "Obamacare" health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and making upper-tier plans more affordable.<p>The unexpected assessment comes from …

Health Care

Why this Social Security boost is no boon for lower earners

Photo by Karen Roach/via Adobe<b>Editor’s Note:</b> Journalist Philip Moeller is here to provide the answers you need on aging and retirement. His weekly …

Social Security

Are insurers 'enriched' by Obama health law, as Trump says?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says health insurers have been "enriched" by President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. So why are companies pulling back from the law's insurance marketplaces?<p>TRUMP: "I won't do anything to enrich the insurance companies because right now the insurance …

Politics

It’s open enrollment season: 5 ways to make better choices - MarketWatch

Picking a health insurance plan requires more than choosing between two or three options.<p>For many people, the process feels like visiting a new …

Business

Medicare Vs. Medicare Advantage: How To Choose

As health insurers struggle with shifting government policies and considerable uncertainty, one market remains remarkably stable: Medicare Advantage …

Health Care

Doctor admits $3M fraud in Medicare, insurance billing

The 60-year-old faces up to 10 years in prisonNEWARK -- A North Jersey doctor faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting Tuesday he defrauded …

Trump Cuts Cost-Sharing Subsidies, but It Won't Matter to Insurers

A plan to squeeze insurers by eliminating federal payments that reduce copays could backfire.<p>Donald Trump campaigned for president on a platform that …

Investing

Analysis: Here’s how single-payer would work

<b>By Kim Soffen | Washington Post</b><p>As Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act continue in the background, some Democrats are …

Health Care

The ACA helped my family, but Trump’s sabotage may end it

Is it dead; is it alive; is it on life support? It seems the status of the Affordable Care Act, which provides millions of Americans with health care …

Health Care

Using Medicare Prices — Toward Equity and Affordability in the ACA Marketplace — NEJM

As the U.S. Congress debates the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the public has increasingly called for bipartisan solutions on health care …

Health Care

What Is a Health Insurance Waiver and How Does It Work?

The cost of medical insurance waivers is now hurting employers more than being a benefit to an employee.<p>When Is a Health Insurance Waiver an …

Insurance

Strengthening the ACA for the Long Term — NEJM

Most complaints about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (e.g., high and rising insurance premiums, large deductibles, and insurer exits) relate to …

Health Care

Trump’s Attack on Insurer ‘Gravy Train’ Could Actually Help a Lot of Consumers

All year, President Trump had threatened to release a metaphorical bomb into the Obamacare markets — canceling a certain type of payment to health insurers. Everyone was convinced it would destroy the marketplace.<p>Late last Thursday, he carried out his threat, later saying that “the gravy train …

Health Care

A Guide To Open Enrollment That Won't Make Your Head Spin

A little homework now can save you money on employer-based coverage.<p>Open enrollment for employer-based health insurance starts Nov. 1 amid a swirl of changes and possible changes to the Affordable Care Act. If your head is spinning, you aren’t alone. We spoke to several experts, hoping to boil down …

Healthy Living

Deductibles hold the key to the best health plan picks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As you pick health insurance during open enrollment at work this fall, you will probably be spared the painful premium increases …

Stock Markets

The Latest: GOP blocks Dems on cuts in budget plan

The Latest on the Republican budget plan in the Senate (all times local):<p>4:25 p.m.<p>Senate Republicans have blocked Democrats from striking proposed …

Business

Social Security giveth, medical costs taketh away

Retirees spent on average more than a third of their Social Security benefits on out-of-pocket medical costs in 2014, according to a recent study. Even after factoring in other sources of income, medical spending still took a substantial 18 percent bite out of seniors' total retirement income, the …

Social Security

Why Are India’s Poor Still Paying for Healthcare Despite the National Health Insurance Scheme

While the cost of hospitalisation has gone up more than 10% between 2004 and 2014, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana’s insurance coverage has …

Health Care

What Orthodontic Coverage is Available in a Dental Plan?

Orthodontic Insurance for Adults and Kids<p>Orthodontic insurance used to be something that people only thought about for their kids, but these days if …

Personal Finance

Freedom Mobile to completely overhaul rate plans on October 19th, 2017

Freedom Mobile is revising their rate plan offerings.<p>According to documents obtained by <i>MobileSyrup</i>, as of October 19th, 2017, the Shaw-owned carrier …

Telecoms

This Unelected Board Would Have Put Seniors’ Health Care at Risk. Now, It’s On the Chopping Block.

Finding bipartisan agreement on any issue today is rare, and on health reform, essentially non-existent. So what’s getting both Democrats and …

Health Care

US alleges suburban Chicago company defrauded Medicare

The U.S. Justice Department is suing the owners of a suburban Chicago health care company alleging they defrauded Medicare for millions of dollars …

Business

UnitedHealth Group concerned about health insurance tax

UnitedHealth Group (UNH) is concerned about the potential impacts from the possible implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Tax in 2018, and the company will continue to lobby against the tax.<p>The ACA’s Health Insurance Tax could come into effect in 2018. Insurers have long …

Business

Salvaging MACRA Implementation Through Medicare Advantage

On June 20, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule. The …

Health Care

The Country's Biggest Insurer Got Even Bigger in Q3

Obamacare enrollment may have dropped, but rising enrollment in Medicare and Medicaid fueled revenue and profit growth.<p><b>UnitedHealth Group</b> (NYSE:UNH) …

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Once upon a time, when single-payer was considered a pipe dream and it was far from certain that Obamacare would become law, the idea of a “public …

Health Care

A Framework For Understanding ‘Savings’ From Accountable Care Organizations

Medicare’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) flagship population-based payment …

Health Care

Trump proves Canadians got it right on health care: Steward

I can hardly imagine how painful it must be for many people in the United States who know they need treatment but simply can’t afford what it will …

Health Care

Review pins blame for Medicare ID breach on you. All of you

<b>Comment</b> Gov wants us to protect Medicare numbers. In return it will protect somethingThe Australian government's review of an incident that saw …

Identity Theft