Why Medical Debt Is Soaring Out of Control
Though provisions in the president’s health reform law were intended to help address the nation’s growing medical debt crisis, Americans are still sinking in health care related debt -- and it’s only going to get worse. Medical debt has steadily climbed in the last five years and it is now the leading cause of bankruptcy in the country. Today, one in five Americans has some level of medical debt ...
How low-wage Walmart workers may benefit from company no longer offering insurance to part-timers
Just a quick addendum to Leslie's post on Walmart ending health insurance benefits to part-time workers. In many cases, low-wage workers may actually be better off because of Walmart dropping health insurance coverage. That's because they can only get subsidies to buy Obamacare plans if they don't get offered employer-sponsored insurance. Lower-income people get more generous subsidies, so in ...
State highlights: Calif. ballot measure updates; Va. prison health care budget shortfall
A selection of health policy stories from California, Arizona, Maine, South Dakota, Virginia, Maryland, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, Washington state and Missouri.
Revamping doctor’s orders: quality care at lower cost
With a focus of improving health care while keeping costs in control, more providers and insurers are turning to accountable care organizations as a preferred way of providing health coverage. But, though ACOs can look promising, they face difficult challenges.
Panel probes disparity in Mass. behavioral-health spending
By Andy Metzger State House News Service BOSTON -- Public health insurance under the state Medicaid program in Massachusetts spends more per person on behavioral health care than commercial plans, according to an analysis recently presented
Flu season here; health officials urge vaccine
Flu season has officially begun, and though the risk of catching the disease is low this early in the season, health officials emphasize that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot as soon as possible.