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.

Apr 16, 2014 - Apr 23, 2014

Anthem Blue Cross Signs Up the Most Californians Under Health Law
Monday, April 21, 2014; Source: Los Angeles Times
Cross stayed ahead of the pack in California sign-ups and widened its lead over rival Blue Shield of California.

Affordable Care Act Only Chips Away at a Core Goal
Monday, April 21, 2014; Source: Associated Press
Swan Lockett had high hopes that President Barack Obama's health overhaul would lead her family to an affordable insurance plan, but that hasn't happened.

Love It or Hate It, Obamacare is Accomplishing Its Mission
Monday, April 21, 2014; Source: The Exchange
After six months of partisan drama over the Affordable Care Act, there’s finally enough reliable information to assess whether the law is doing what it was supposed to do.

Avoiding Healthcare Cost With Pricing Transparency Hype
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12:05 am ET; Source: Forbes
No less than two reports were published last week which fall loosely under the banner of healthcare pricing transparency.

Health Insurance Complaints Skyrocket in CA
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9:41 am ET; Source: NBC Bay Area
Even if you aren’t one of the 1.2 million people signing up for Covered California, chances are you’re feeling the pinch when calling your insurance company.

Reform Update: Patients Often Seek Care Outside of Their ACOs, Research Shows
Monday, April 21, 2014, 3:45 pm ET; Source: ModernHealthcare.com
Medicare accountable care organizations may find the incentive to manage healthcare quality and cost very weak.

Millions Slip into Obamacare 'Coverage Gap'
Monday, April 21, 2014; Source: CNN Money
They earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, yet don't make enough to get federal subsidies to buy private insurance on an Affordable Care Act exchange.

Change Your Income, Change Your Health Insurance Plan
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 11:03 am ET; Source: NPR
People who qualified for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act aren't necessarily locked into the plan they chose.

Looking at Costs and Risks, Some Skip Health Insurance
Tuesday, April 22, 2014; Source: Telegram
Steve Huber, an affable salesman who is still paying off an unexpected medical bill, was not among the millions of Americans who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during the enrollment period that ended March 31.

Healthcare.Gov Users Told To Change Passwords After Heartbleed Review
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 2:14 pm ET; Source: Huffington Post
People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

CMS Searching for Small Biz Vendors for Next HealthCare.gov Contract
Monday, April 21, 2014; Source: ModernHealthcare.com
The CMS is in the early stages of determining if a smaller vendor could take over HealthCare.gov when Accenture’s one-year contract expires.

Dems Want Government Health Care For All — No Matter the Cost
Saturday, April 19, 2014; Source: New York Post
With little fanfare, Vermont is preparing to become the first state to implement a single-payer, government-run health-care system.

The Most Misused Word in Health Care
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 5:00 am ET; Source: CNN Money
Let's ban the word "rationing" from the health care debate.

Obama's Approval Rating Improves as Healthcare Drag Eases
Monday, April 21, 2014; Source: Los Angeles Times
President Obama’s job approval ratings have improved, if only slightly, from a low point during the winter, a trend that potentially could help embattled Democrats in key Senate races this fall.

Let Me Know When to Start Panicking About Health Care Spending Again
Monday, April 21, 2014, 8:49 am ET; Source: The Incidental Economist
For some time, we’ve seen a slowdown in health care spending.

Medicaid Gets Affordable Care Act Bump in Pennsylvania
Monday, April 21, 2014; Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pennsylvania’s Medicaid enrollment is up by more than 18,000 people since the Oct. 1 launch of the Affordable Care Act’s online health plan marketplaces.

Medicare vs. Private Insurance: Which Costs Less
Monday, April 21, 2014; Source: Money CNN
Medicare has the bad rap of being a big, bloated government program, but it's not because it's overpaying doctors.

Privatization or Bust: The Big Reveal in Ryan's Latest Medicare Plan
Monday, April 21, 2014; Source: New Republic
Earlier this month, Loren Adler—a policy analyst at the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget—noticed a highly technical, but pivotal change to Paul Ryan's plan to overhaul Medicare.

Medicare Wants to Better Coordinate Care. Here’s Why That Could be Difficult.
Monday, April 21, 2014, 4:19 pm ET; Source: The Washington Post
Aside from expanding coverage, one of Obamacare's main goals is to better coordinate care, with the idea of lowering costs and producing better health outcomes.

UnitedHealth's 1Q Profit Tumbles 8 Percent
Thursday, April 17, 2014; Source: Associated Press
UnitedHealth Group's first-quarter net income slid 8 percent as funding cuts to a key product and costs imposed by the health care overhaul dented the health insurer's performance.

Despite Early ACA Costs, UnitedHealth Will Expand Obamacare Business In 2015
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 9:59 am ET; Source: Forbes
The nation’s largest health insurance company, UnitedHealth Group, said its first-quarter earnings dipped slightly due to costs and fees related to the Affordable Care Act, but the company sees growth from the law and is looking to expand its offerings on government-run exchanges next year.

The Nation’s Largest Insurer Thinks Obamacare Exchanges are Doing Just Fine
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10:13 am ET; Source: The Washington Post
After taking a pretty cautious approach to the launch of the health insurance marketplaces in 2014, the nation’s largest insurer said it’s looking to expand its Obamacare footprint in 2015.

The Census Bureau Picked a Bad Time to Change How It Counts the Uninsured
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 1:35 pm ET; Source: The Wire
This is the kind of announcement every Obamacare enrollment truther has been waiting for — the Census Bureau is changing the questions it asks about health insurance, to the point that the data won't be comparable to past years, according to the New York Times.

There's A Big Difference Between States Embracing Obamacare And Those Who Aren't
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 9:03 am ET; Source: Business Insider
The rate of uninsured is dropping significantly more in states that have set up their own insurance exchanges and have expanded the federal Medicaid program, according to a new survey from Gallup released Wednesday morning.

Price Transparency Stinks in Health Care. Here’s How the Industry Wants to Change That.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 10:00 am ET; Source: The Washington Post
There's been much written in the past year about just how hard it is to get a simple price for a basic health-care procedure.

Will Slowdown in Health-Care Spending Growth Persist?
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 8:50 am ET; Source: The Wall Street Journal
One of the biggest questions hovering over the federal budget – and, indeed, over the U.S. economy – is whether the recent slowdown in the pace of health-care spending growth will persist.

Duals Demonstrations Get Started as Health Plans Plot How to Capture Market
Thursday, April 17, 2014; Source: AIS Health
The “final frontier” of untapped membership is how one industry insider describes the dual-eligibles market.

Obamacare Effects are Bigger than Expected, Poll Finds
Wednesday, April 16, 2014; Source: Los Angeles Times
President Obama's health law has led to an even greater increase in health coverage than previously estimated, according to new Gallup survey data, which suggests that about 12 million previously uninsured Americans have gained coverage since last fall.

More Encouraging Numbers About Obamacare, Usual Caveats Apply
Wednesday, April 16, 2014; Source: New Republic
We have some new information about Obamacare’s impact.

More Proof That American Health Care Prices Are Sky-High
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 9:59 am ET; Source: Huffington Post
As anyone who's ever paid a health insurance premium or a hospital bill knows, medical care is expensive. What Americans may not know is that residents of other countries don't pay nearly as much for the same things.

Obamacare Regular Enrollment Closes for 2014 Health Plans
Wednesday, April 16, 2014; Source: Bloomberg Businessweek
Yesterday was the last day of a two-week health-law extension for hundreds of thousands of people who couldn’t finish their enrollment by March 31, the official deadline to sign up for a federally subsidized insurance plan in 2014.

Defend 'Obamacare' Unabashedly, Some Democrats Say
Wednesday, April 16, 2014; Source: Associated Press
With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.

D.C. Again Extends Deadline to Enroll in Health Plans
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 4:25 pm ET; Source: CBS DC
More than 2,000 District of Columbia residents either enrolled in a health insurance plan or were found to be eligible for Medicaid after the official end of open enrollment on March 31, but a spike in call volume this week led to another extension of the deadline, officials said Wednesday.

Who Should Control ACOs, Primary Care Doctors or Hospitals?
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 11:42 am ET; Source: The Incidental Economist
The ACA is reducing the number of uninsured.

Americans Increasingly Prefer Democrats on Healthcare: Reuters/Ipsos Poll
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6:08 pm ET; Source: Reuters
Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the "Obamacare" health plan.

Employers are Shifting the Burden of Health Care to Retirees
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 12:11 pm ET; Source: Yahoo Finance
If you expect your employer to help cover the cost of your healthcare in retirement, you may be unpleasantly surprised.

This Just In: Uninsured in Red States Getting Shaft From Lawmakers
Wednesday, April 16, 2014; Source: New Republic
Gallup polling is offering yet another snapshot of Obamacare’s progress.

Medicare Kept Paying Indicted, Sanctioned Doctors
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:00 pm ET; Source: NPR
In August 2011, federal agents swept across the Detroit area, arresting doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals accused of running a massive scheme to defraud Medicare.

GOP Governors Hit Obama Administration on Medicare Advantage Rates
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 7:03 pm ET; Source: The Foundry
Three Republican governors yesterday blasted President Barack Obama over changes to next year’s Medicare Advantage rates, writing in a letter that the Obama administration’s recent rate announcement was “little more than political theater.”

Uninsured Rate Drops More In States That Expanded Medicaid, Run Own Exchanges
Wednesday, April 16, 2014; Source: Sioux City Journal
States that have expanded Medicaid and opened their own exchanges have seen a higher rate of decline in the number of uninsured, compared with other states, a new poll show.

Medicaid Expansion Stalled — But Not Dead — In Missouri Legislature
Thursday, April 17, 2014; Source: KSMU
Supporters of Medicaid expansion in Missouri continue to work on swaying opponents in the General Assembly over to their side.