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More Americans are going without health insurance, census report says

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 10, 2019
Despite a strong a economy, the uninsured rate rose last year for the first time since Obamacare.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans going without health insurance rose last year for the first time this decade.
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Legislation on surprise medical bills would hit physician staffing industry

by Blake Farmer Jul 1, 2019
Congress is debating multiple proposals that would protect patients from surprise medical bills. But the physician staffing industry is pushing back.
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After falling for years, the number of uninsured children is rising

by Kimberly Adams May 2, 2019
The study estimates that some 4 million U.S. kids are now uninsured.
Members of the uninsured Morales family, with five children, wait to enter to be treated at a free dental clinic put on by volunteers with the California Dental Association Foundation on Oc. 27, 2018, in Modesto, California.
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The rise in "interactive insurance" could make you healthier — and more scrutinized

by Jed Kim Sep 20, 2018
John Hancock is the latest insurer to offer policies with discounted premiums if policyholders agree to be monitored.
Participants who wear monitoring devices like the ones above can get cheaper premiums or rewards from John Hancock.
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Where are Affordable Care Act premiums headed?

by Dan Gorenstein May 4, 2018
Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the Republican-controlled House voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said the vote would increase the number of uninsured Americans by more than 20 million. Well, Obamacare is…

Walmart in early talks to buy the health insurer Humana

by , and Mar 30, 2018
"Everybody in health care is in a battle with everybody else in health care ..."
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When it comes to insurance money, mental health is not treated equal

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Jan 5, 2018
For every $1 insurance companies reimburse primary care doctors, they reimburse mental health professionals only 83 cents. Even when treating the exact same thing, like depression.
Ten years after Congress passed a mental health parity law, people seeking care still have trouble finding treatments covered by insurance.
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Why are most health plans tied to the calendar year?

by Jana Kasperkevic Dec 26, 2017
Blame your employer.
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Shaky CHIP funding puts kids' well-being on the line in Alabama

by Lizzie O'Leary Dec 22, 2017
Temporary stopgap funding for CHIP was passed, but children's access to health care is still at risk.
“If we don't take care of our children then we're going to have sicker adults," says pediatrician Marsha Raulerson.
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Nearly 2 million children could lose health insurance if the CHIP program is not approved

by Dan Gorenstein Dec 21, 2017
If the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, doesn’t get reauthorized by Congress, almost 2 million children across 24 states are at risk of losing their health insurance, according to a new study from Georgetown University. With just days…