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Medicare expands mental health coverage

Dec 25, 2023
Loosened restrictions on who can bill the program for mental health services mean more options for Americans, especially in rural areas.
The Jan 1. change to Medicare will make some 400,000 providers, or 40% of the mental health workforce, eligible to bill the program.  
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Health care costs were a main driver of inflation in September

Oct 27, 2023
Rising costs for prescriptions and hospital services were felt in latest PCE report, though health inflation has been mild in the past year.
By the end of the decade, health care is expected to account for about a fifth of the U.S. economy.
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The extreme heat takes a physical toll — and an economic one

Aug 18, 2023
Low-income workers who aren't able to choose their work schedules are especially hard hit. And that has a cost of its own.
Construction workers rebuild an interstate highway during a heat wave in Houston on July 14.
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How to make health care better through dollars and sense

A new book puts forth ambitious solutions to redesigning and funding the American health care system.
Amy Finkelstein, the author of "We've Got You Covered," compares universal health care coverage to public school — it's an option for all if you want or need it.
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Food-insecure households spend more on health care

Jan 10, 2023
People who struggle to afford food have 20% higher health care costs than those who don't, partly the result of a cheaper, less healthy diet, a study finds.
Some doctors prescribe fruits and vegetables to boost patient health.
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Tampons, pads on expanded list of items OK'd for FSA spending

Dec 23, 2020
The CARES Act expanded the list of items that FSA money can be used to buy, which includes feminine hygiene products.
People can use the money that they put aside for menstrual products if they buy them at the FSA store or with reimbursable expenses.
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There's a big racial divide over COVID-19 cost concerns, new study finds

Jul 29, 2020
People of color are almost twice as likely as white people to be worried about how to pay for care if they get COVID-19.
The study also says nonwhite workers are about twice as likely as whites to stay in a job they don’t like because they’re afraid of losing health insurance during the pandemic.
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Health care costs are driving up inflation

Feb 19, 2020
The latest producer price index was up 0.5% in January, mostly because of higher service costs, not more expensive goods.
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Health care costs expected to rise for employers

Jun 20, 2019
A PwC survey found American companies will spend 6% more in 2020.
A doctor takes a patient's blood pressure in Dorchester, Maryland.
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