Daily Health Care News
The Daily News Archive lists articles that have been posted within the past seven calendar days. You can filter the articles by category by using the navigation at the left.
Obamacare Tops October Sign-Ups in First 2 December Days
Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 6:04 pm ET; Source: Bloomberg
More people signed up for Obamacare health plans in the first two days of December than in all of October after the U.S. government rehabilitated its error-prone insurance-exchange website.
UnitedHealth Outlook Grim, Shares Down
Wednesday, December 04, 2013; Source: Zacks
Shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc. continued to trend downward over the past two days, after the U.S. health insurance major provided an initial constrained 2014 earnings outlook on Dec 2.
Drug-Cost Surprises Lurk Inside New Health Plans
Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 10:30 pm ET; Source: The Wall Street Journal
Americans with chronic illnesses—who are expected to be among the biggest beneficiaries of the health law—face widely varying out-of-pocket drug costs that could be obscured on the new insurance exchanges.
Bronze Plans Often Pricier than Silver on HealthCare.gov
Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 5:39 pm ET; Source: USA Today
The bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels that plans are grouped into on the federal health insurance exchange are often meaningless when it comes to price, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
Poll: 66% of Uninsured Plan to Get Health Coverage
Wednesday, December 04, 2013; Source: SF Gate
Most Californians have at least heard about the state's new health insurance marketplace, and the majority of the uninsured who participated in a survey released Wednesday said they plan to get covered next year as required by the federal health law.
Bugs Remain for Some at HealthCare.gov
Thursday, December 05, 2013, 7:00 am ET; Source: The Wall Street Journal
The “dramatic progress” at HealthCare.gov cited by the Obama administration has yet to help Charles Mostoller, a 27-year-old photographer in Philadelphia.
ObamaCare Raises Health Insurance Costs, Especially For The Young
Thursday, December 05, 2013, 11:44 am ET; Source: Forbes
The Affordable Care Act has dramatically increased the cost of buying a health insurance plan in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Georgia, and North Carolina that account for more than half of America’s uninsured adults, according to a study by Sector & Sovereign, a sell-side firm that focuses on advising investors what sectors to put their money in.
MNsure Users Number 10,200, with Median Age of 50
Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 1:01 am ET; Source: TwinCities.com
Leaders of MNsure expressed confidence Wednesday that the state's new health insurance exchange is on track to meet its goal of enrolling 135,000 Minnesotans in health insurance by the end of March.
Humana Forms ACO
Wednesday, December 04, 2013; Source: Zacks
Kentucky based health care company, Humana Inc. has inked a collaborative Accountable Care deal with St. Luke’s University Health Network.
No More Wasteful Year-End Healthcare Spending!
Thursday, December 05, 2013, 10:43 am ET: Source: Forbes
There’s always a year-end rush for employees to spend down the balance in their healthcare flexible spending accounts, but this year for many, it’s a different story.
Does Pharma Only Develop Drugs For Those Who Can Pay?
Thursday, December 05, 2013, 8:18 am ET; Source: Forbes
At the Financial Times Global Pharmaceutical & Biotech Conference this week, Bayer AG CEO, Marijn Dekkers, is reported to have said that Bayer didn’t develop its cancer drug, Nexavar (sorafenib) for India but for Western patients that can afford it.
Rule Spells Out How Insurers Must Cover Mental Health Care
Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 10:43 am ET; Source: NPR
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires health plans that offer benefits for mental health and substance use to cover them to the same extent that they cover medical and surgical care.
IRS Issues Final Rule On Health Insurance Provider Fee Medicaid Managed Long Term Care Premium Impact
Wednesday, December 04, 2013; Source: HMA
As an update to our November 13, 2013 In Focus, in which we reviewed the potential impact of the Health Insurance Provider Fee (HIPF) on Medicaid managed care plans, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a final rule on November 26, 2013, which clarified the impact on the HIPF of Medicaid managed long term care programs.
CVS Drives Retail Clinic Growth As Obamacare Launches
Thursday, December 05, 2013, 10:40 am ET; Source: Forbes
A new report on the retail health clinic market shows CVS/Caremark Corp. clearly driving the growth of retail health clinics across the country as pharmacy and grocery store chains prepare to offer newly insured patients medical care in 2014.
Obama Declares Health Care Law is Working
Tuesday, December 03, 2013; Source: Associated Press
Seeking to regroup from his health care law's disastrous rollout, President Barack Obama on Tuesday insisted that the sweeping overhaul is working and warned Republican critics that he would fight any efforts to strip away its protections.
Health Exchange Insurer Bug Fixed as 1 Million Try Site
Tuesday, December 03, 2013, 4:07 pm ET; Source: Bloomberg
More than 1 million visitors gave the Obamacare website another chance yesterday as the government continued to work on software repairs, including a fix to the system that sends customer data to insurers.
Excellus Gets State OK to Raise Rates on Health Insurance Plan by 9.3 Percent
Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 11:16 am ET; Source: Syracuse.com
The state has given Excellus BlueCross BlueShield permission to increase rates next year on its large group HMO plans by an average of 9.3 percent, the same amount the insurer requested.
95% of Coloradans Given Option to Renew Health Plan
Tuesday, December 03, 2013; Source: Northern Colorado Business Report
Beginning in October, notices went out to 95 percent of Colorado consumers giving them the option to renew their health care policy for 2014, rather than have the policy canceled, according to the Division of Insurance.
BCBS Won't Extend Policies in '14: Official Says Customers Need Peace of Mind
Tuesday, December 03, 2013; Source: Great Falls Tribune
Despite the announcement by the Obama administration that existing individual and small group health insurance policies that are not compliant with the Affordable Care Act can be continued through 2014, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana will not offer an extension of those policies.
Aetna Forms Another ACO
Tuesday, December 03, 2013; Source: Zacks
U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc. has agreed to form an Accountable Care Organization with PinnacleHealth System.
Healthways Extends Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Online Wellness Contract for Two Years
Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 7:45 am ET; Source: Market Watch
Healthways has signed an agreement with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) to continue administering the HealthyRewards online incentive program to its HealthyBlue plan members through 2015.
IRS Vulnerable to Fraud with Obamacare Health Subsidies, Audit Says
Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 7:00 am ET; Source: The Washington Post
The Internal Revenue Service has not proven it can prevent improper payments of subsidies promised to consumers who cannot afford health coverage on their own under the Affordable Care Act, according to federal auditors.
1.46 Million Determined To Be Eligible for Medicaid And CHIP In October
Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 9:04 am ET; Source: Kaiser Health News
After two months of media shellacking, healthcare.gov website woes and a series of skeptical congressional grillings, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) was accentuating the positive, noting the jump in the number of people eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Medicaid Expansion Becomes Weapon Against GOP Governors
Tuesday, December 03, 2013, 3:28 pm ET; Source: The Washington Post
It’s widely accepted as an article of faith that Obamacare will be uniformly bad politics for Dems in 2014.
Debunking the Anti-Obamacare Camp's Attack on Medicaid
Tuesday, December 03, 2013; Source: Los Angeles Times
As the federal insurance website healthcare.gov puts its birth pangs behind it, critics of the Affordable Care Act may well need another attack point.
October Medicaid Applications Far Outpace Enrollment Through Exchanges
Tuesday, December 03, 2013, 12:48 pm ET; Source: The New York Times
The Obama administration said Tuesday that 1.46 million people had applied and been found eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program in October, far more than had selected a private health plan in the new insurance marketplaces.
South Dakota Gov. Daugaard Won’t Rule Out Future Medicaid Expansion
Tuesday, December 03, 2013, 10:50 am ET; Source: The Washington Post
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) doesn’t favor expanding Medicaid coverage to include more low-income residents, but it appears he won’t rule out the possibility of expanding the program in the future.
GOP Bill Would Expand Medicaid Oversight
Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 7:45 am ET; Source: The Columbus Dispatch
Less than two months after Gov. John Kasich bypassed the General Assembly to expand Medicaid eligibility, legislators are poised to enact a bill to give themselves more oversight and input on the tax-funded health-care program for Ohio’s poor and disabled.
SC Medicaid Program Growing Despite Rejection of Obamacare
Tuesday, December 03, 2013; Source: The State
S.C. lawmakers – led by Republican Gov. Nikki Haley – refused to expand the state’s Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act, saying the state could not afford it.
Medicaid an Obamacare Success Story
Tuesday, December 03, 2013; Source: National Journal
A new report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Tuesday shows that more than 1.46 million people were determined in October to be eligible to enroll in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program.
Can You Opt Out of Medicare?
Wednesday, December 04, 2013; Source: Money Talks News
With all the talk about forcing people to have health insurance, and the number of people who apparently don’t want any part of it, maybe you’ve wondered: Do you have to sign up for Medicare?
UnitedHealth's 2014 Earnings Forecast Disappoints
Monday, December 02, 2013, 11:28 am ET; Source: Associated Press
UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s projections for earnings and revenue growth next year fall well short of Wall Street's expectations for the nation's largest health insurer.
Cost of Health Care Law Is Seen as Decreasing
Monday, December 02, 2013; Source: The New York Times
The rollout of President Obama’s health care law may have deeply disappointed its supporters, but on at least one front, the Affordable Care Act is beating expectations: its cost.
One Million New Visits to Obamacare Website Monday: White House
Tuesday, December 03, 2013, 11:09 am ET; Source: Reuters
President Barack Obama's chief of staff said on Tuesday that more than 1 million new visitors had checked out the HealthCare.gov website on Monday, the first day after a major overhaul of the troubled site used to shop for health insurance required under new reforms.
Calif. Opens Insurance Exchange for Small Business
Tuesday, December 03, 2013; Source: Associated Press
California formally launched its insurance exchange for small businesses Monday as questions loom about potentially higher rates and just days after the federal government said it was shelving its version of the online portal for a year.
HealthCare.gov: One Fix Down, One (Huge) Fix to Go
Monday, December 02, 2013; Source: The Week
The Obama administration announced Sunday that it had met its self-imposed deadline to have Healthcare.gov running smoothly for the "vast majority" of users.
Obama to Launch New Health Care Law Campaign
Tuesday, December 03, 2013, 10:25 am ET; Source: USA Today
President Obama and his aides will seek to rally public support for his embattled health care plan in the coming weeks, starting with a White House event Tuesday.
Online Obamacare Enrollment Surges in November, but Still Lagging
Monday, December 02, 2013; Source: ABC News
Around 100,000 Americans successfully signed up for health insurance in November through the troubled federal online marketplace, HealthCare.gov, a person familiar with the preliminary data confirmed to ABC News.
Now That the Obamacare Website Is Largely Fixed, It Will Be Spin From Here On In
Monday, December 02, 2013, 9:23 am ET; Source: The Huffington Post
Now that November is history, will the Obamacare website work flawlessly from now on?
Health Insurance for Alabama Educators has Big Gap
Tuesday, December 03, 2013, 9:42 am ET; Source: Associated Press
Alabama's health insurance program for education employees is looking at a $220 million shortfall in funding for the next fiscal year, which may have to be made up by requiring many participants to pay more.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois will Renew Existing Health Plans
Tuesday, December 03, 2013, 8:18 am ET; Source: Chicago Tribune
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois will allow existing individual health insurance policies to be renewed for another year, even if they don't meet new standards set by the Affordable Care Act, the insurer said late Monday.
Health Plan Sign-Ups Grow In Mich., Online And Off
Monday, December 02, 2013, 3:26 pm ET; Source: MonroeNews.com
A suburban Detroit nonprofit organization says it's helped 2,600 people enroll in plans under the new federal health care law.
HealthCare.gov Getting Better, Unless You Speak Spanish
Monday, December 02, 2013, 6:55 pm ET; Source: Huffington Post
For Spanish-speaking New Yorkers enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is an uphill battle.
How Much More Will Smokers Pay for Obamacare?
Tuesday, December 03, 2013; Source: Bloomberg Businessweek
Lighting up may cost you under the Affordable Care Act.
Why Did the F.D.A. Approve a New Pain Drug?
Tuesday, December 03, 2013; Source: The New Yorker
In late October, the Food and Drug Administration made the front page of the Times by announcing that it would recommend moving drugs like Vicodin, which combine hydrocodone with over-the-counter painkillers, to the restrictive Schedule II class of drugs.
Johnson & Johnson Vs. Pfizer, Bristol In The Race Of Anticoagulants
Tuesday, December 03, 2013, 7:08 am ET; Source: Seeking Alpha
Among the three leading new anticoagulants, Xarelto and Pradaxa are charging ahead in sales, while Eliquis is merely crawling.
One Put, One Call Option To Know About for UnitedHealth Group
Monday, December 02, 2013, 12:36 pm ET; Source: Forbes
Consistently, one of the more popular stocks people enter into their stock options watchlist at Stock Options Channel is UnitedHealth Group Inc.
Arkansas to Share in Settlement with Caremark
Tuesday, December 03, 2013, 9:28 am ET; Source: Associated Press
Arkansas is among five states that will share nearly $2 million under terms of a settlement agreement between Caremark and the federal government.
FDA Hopes Hospitals will Switch to Newly Regulated Pharmacies
Tuesday, December 03, 2013; Source: NBC News
The Food and Drug Administration hopes hospitals and clinics will vote with their pocketbooks, buying supplies from pharmacies regulated under new powers just given to the agency.
ProHealth Care to Join Dean Health Plan's Network
Monday, December 02, 2013; Source: Journal Sentinel
ProHealth Care will become part of Dean Health Plan's network of hospitals, physicians and other health care providers under an agreement announced on Monday.
Obama Administration Says Achieves Key Goal of Fixing HealthCare.gov
Sunday, December 01, 2013; Source: Reuters
Two months after the disastrous launch of a key component of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, administration officials on Sunday said they had achieved their goal of getting HealthCare.gov operating smoothly but warned the website will need more fixes.
After Upgrades, Official Says 50,000 Can Now Use Obamacare Website Concurrently, 800,000 A Day
Sunday, December 01, 2013, 9:10 am ET; Source: Forbes
While acknowledging “more work to be done to continue to improve and enhance” the troubled healthcare.gov website, the Obama administration said upgrades and fixes to the online marketplace have allowed for “50,000 concurrent users” and 800,000 users a day.
Insurers Claim Health Website Is Still Flawed
Sunday, December 01, 2013; Source: The New York Times
Weeks of frantic technical work appear to have made the government’s health care website easier for consumers to use.
230,000 Have Selected Health Plans Nationally
Monday, December 02, 2013, 10:42 am ET; Source: CNBC
CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports state exchanges have confirmed their enrollment numbers at about 230,000.
Obamacare Payment System to Insurers Changed in Setback
Saturday, November 30, 2013, 12:01 am ET; Source: Bloomberg
Parts of the Obamacare enrollment system used to pay insurers are being pushed back from January in the latest technology delay for the president’s U.S. health-care overhaul.
ObamaCare's Next Legal Challenge
Sunday, December 01, 2013, 6:38 pm ET; Source: The Wall Street Journal
As millions of Americans see their health-insurance premiums increase, have their coverage dropped as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and are unable to use the federal exchange, Oklahoma has sued the Obama administration.
White House: On Track for Health Care Website Goal
Saturday, November 30, 2013, 5:56 pm ET; Source: Associated Press
The Obama administration says it will meet its self-imposed deadline of fixing the troubled health care website so that 50,000 people can log in at the same time starting late Saturday.
For Congress, Healthcare Plans Remain a Notch Above
Sunday, December 01, 2013; Source: Los Angeles Times
Trying to align lawmakers with the people they represent, Congress three years ago decided that when the new healthcare plan took effect, members would give up their platinum health benefits and enroll in the online marketplaces created for millions of other Americans.
CoverTN Excluded from Obama Health Plan Reprieve
Saturday, November 30, 2013, 3:42 pm ET; Source: WBIR.com
President Barack Obama's one-year reprieve for health insurance plans that don't meet the mandates of the Affordable Care Act won't include CoverTN¬.
How I Found a Surprisingly Good Health Plan
Monday, December 02, 2013, 7:00 am ET; Source: The New York Times
I’ve written four posts on health insurance recently, and there are more to come.
What the Latest Quiet Delay in Obamacare Really Means for Your Business
Monday, December 02, 2013; Source: Inc.com
As all the President's horses try to put Healthcare.gov together again for individuals, the small business site has quietly been put on hold.
Obamacare Loves Brokers Now, But Didn't When Medical-Loss Rules Created
Thursday, November 28, 2013, 12:00 am ET; Source: Forbes
With the Obama administration announcing a one-year delay in a part of the Affordable Care Act that would allow small businesses to buy insurance online, the White House is calling on insurance brokers and agents to help.
As Obamacare Rolls Out, UnitedHealth Rolls Over The Competition
Saturday, November 30, 2013, 3:59 pm ET; Source: Seeking Alpha
UnitedHealth Group just got a Christmas gift from Obamacare.
Calif. Health Insurers Restrict Doctor Choice To Lower Costs
Sunday, December 01, 2013; Source: Capital Public Radio
Diane Shore of Mill Valley is one of a small group of Americans who received a letter that their health policy will be canceled.
Cover Oregon: State Says It Won't Pursue Oregon Health Plan Recipients' Assets
Monday, December 02, 2013; Source: The Oregonian
The fine print on Oregon's insurance exchange applications alarmed Sherryl and Randall Klingelhofer, along with others who might be covered under the state's Medicaid plan.
Many WA Health-Exchange Plans Exclude Top Hospitals from Coverage
Monday, December 02, 2013; Source: The Seattle Times
Many insurers offering plans through the Washington Healthplanfinder, the exchange marketplace where shoppers can apply for subsidies, are using narrow provider networks.
Are Medicare Advantage Plans Ending?
Saturday, November 30, 2013; Source: RGJ.com
Medicare beneficiaries have until Dec. 7 to change their health plan as part of their annual enrollment opportunities.
Obamacare Confusion: What Medicare Recipients Must Do Now
Thursday, November 28, 2013; Source: The Motley Fool
For millions, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has been extremely difficult to understand.
CVS Reaches Deeper into Patient Care
Saturday, November 30, 2013; Source: The Motley Fool
CVS Caremark isn't shy when it comes to spending big money on acquisitions.