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.

Jun 4, 2014 - Jun 11, 2014

Insurers Fill Gaps in Health-Law Plans
Monday, June 09, 2014, 7:41 pm ET; Source: The Wall Street Journal
Health insurers in several states are adding to the choices of doctors and hospitals in their health-law plans amid concerns among some consumers and state officials about access to care.

CareFirst Seeks Price Hikes for Individual Health Plans
Friday, June 06, 2014; Source: The Washington Post
Maryland’s dominant insurance company, CareFirst, is proposing hefty premium increases of 23 to 30 percent for consumers buying individual plans next year under the federal health-care law, according to filings released Friday.

Are Obamacare Premiums Really Plunging 21% in This State?
Saturday, June 07, 2014; Source: The Motley Fool
If you thought the Affordable Care Act, which is affably known as Obamacare, was a polarizing law prior to its implementation, then witnessing the topsy-turvy nature of enrollment between October 1 and March 31 probably had your jaw hitting the floor.

FL State Seeks to Dissolve Local Health Insurance Company
Monday, June 09, 2014, 6:21 pm ET; Source: Bizjournals.com
The state of Florida is trying to dissolve a local Medicare Advantage health insurance plan, Health News Florida is reporting.

States Can Shed Light On Health Care Prices
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 5:35 am ET: Source: Forbes
As Obamacare was being debated in Congress in 2009, Peter Orzag, the Obama administration’s first Office of Management and Budget director, famously claimed that the new entitlement would “bend the cost curve.”

Why the Obamacare Profit Surge Isn't Over Yet
Saturday, June 07, 2014; Source: The Motley Fool
One of the crucial areas where the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has driven profitability for insurers has been through the expansion of Medicaid, which the majority of states have implemented.

Trader Joe's Proves That Obamacare Can Free Us From The Wrong Jobs
Monday, June 09, 2014, 10:59 am ET; Source: The Huffington Post
Late last year, Melissa O'Rourke found out that her employer, Trader Joe's, would no longer be offering health care coverage to part-time workers like herself.

Employers Push Highmark, UPMC for Details of Transition Plan
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 12:01 am ET; Source: Trib Total Media
A group representing many of Pittsburgh's largest employers wants Highmark Inc. and UPMC to quickly release a detailed report on which UPMC facilities and services will be available to Highmark members when a contract between the two feuding companies expires at the end of the year.

The Nation's Most Vicious Obamacare Fight Just Took A Wild Turn
Monday, June 09, 2014; 12:03 pm ET; Source: Business Insider
Last year, the widening partisan split over the Affordable Care Act produced the first federal government shutdown in 17 years.

Morning Plum: GOP’s Guerrilla Resistance to Obamacare Alive and Well
Monday, June 09, 2014, 8:47 am ET; Source: The Washington Post
Last summer, Senator Ted Cruz justified his drive to defund Obamacare by arguing that the law must be blocked before people began receiving its benefits, because then it would be too late — the ACA would never get repealed.

Obamacare’s Employer Mandate is Under Attack from Both Sides. Will It Survive?
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 7:15 am ET; Source: The Washington Post
Critics of the health care law, including many business owners, have long bemoaned a provision that requires employers to provide health coverage to their workers.

In Texarkana, Uninsured and on the Wrong Side of a State Line
Sunday, June 08, 2014; Source: The New York Times
On a hazy, hot evening here, Janice Marks ate a dinner of turkey and stuffing at a homeless shelter filled with plastic cots before crossing a few blocks to the Arkansas side of town to start her night shift restocking the dairy cases at Walmart.

More Than 1.7 Million Consumers Still Wait For Medicaid Decisions
Monday, June 09, 2014; Source: Kaiser Health News
While an unprecedented 6 million people have gained Medicaid coverage since September, mostly as a result of the Affordable Care Act, more than 1.7 million more are still waiting for their applications to be processed—with some stuck in limbo for as long as eight months, according to officials in 15 large states.

Senator's Resignation Complicates Medicaid Expansion Plan in Virginia
Monday, June 09, 2014, 9:13 pm ET; Source: The Wall Street Journal
The unusual resignation of a Virginia state lawmaker is complicating the governor's plan to expand Medicaid and casting a spotlight on the large number of states sitting out a key element of the Affordable Care Act.

The Real Travesty of Virginia's Medicaid Fight
Monday, June 09, 2014; Source: New Republic
The fight over expanding Medicaid in Virginia has taken a turn for the bizarre and perhaps the corrupt.

Home Is Where The Money Is for Medicare Advantage Plans
Tuesday, June 10, 2014; Source: CNBC
Some of the senior citizens who called Arizona insurance agent Denise Early wondered why their Medicare Advantage health plans were eager to send a doctor to visit them at home.

Taxpayers Face Big Medicare Tab for Unusual Doctor Billings
Monday, June 09, 2014, 10:00 pm ET: Source: The Wall Street Journal
Ronald S. Weaver isn't a cardiologist. Yet 98% of the $2.3 million that the Los Angeles doctor's practice received from Medicare in 2012 was for a cardiac procedure, according to recently released government data.

More Patients Flocking to ERs Under Obamacare
Monday, June 09, 2014; Source: The Courier-Journal
It wasn't supposed to work this way, but since the Affordable Care Act took effect in January, Norton Hospital has seen its packed emergency room become even more crowded, with about 100 more patients a month.

State Health Benefit Plan Can't Seem to Escape Controversy
Monday, June 09, 2014; Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Despite recent changes to ease employees’ concerns, the State Health Benefit Plan can’t seem to escape controversy.

Are 2 Million "Takers" Cheating Obamacare?
Sunday, June 08, 2014; Source: The Motley Fool
The revelation that some individuals' data conflicts with Federal records may have investors wondering whether it will mean fewer members enrolled in insurers offering plans on Federal and state exchanges, including WellPoint and Aetna.

Big Data's Big Future in Health Care
Sunday, June 08, 2014; Source: The Motley Fool
Big data is a major potential area of opportunity in health care.

3 Insurers Jumping on the Smartphone Health Care Revolution
Friday, June 06, 2014; Source: The Motley Fool
Insurers such as Aetna, Cigna, and UnitedHealth Group usually aren't mentioned in the same breath as tech titans like Apple and Samsung.

Health Plans Had Big Premium Hikes before Obamacare
Thursday, June 05, 2014; Source: CNBC
Individual health insurance premiums in the years before President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law had large average increases and a high variability in rate hikes across different states and insurers, a study released Thursday found.

Data Discrepancies in Health Sign-Ups
Wednesday, June 04, 2014; Source: Associated Press
More than 2 million people who got health insurance under President Barack Obama's law have data discrepancies that could jeopardize coverage for some, a government document shows.

The Latest Obamacare Glitch and Why It's (Probably) No Big Deal
Tuesday, June 03, 2014; Source: New Republic
A new Affordable Care Act controversy may be on the way.

Study: Cheapest Off-Exchange Plans 40% More Expensive than Cheapest Exchange Plans
Thursday, June 05, 2014; Source: Insurancenewsnet.com
HealthPocket has released a major study comparing the lowest priced health plans on versus off exchange.

Obamacare In New Hampshire Is Going To Change Drastically — Here's Why It's A Big Deal
Wednesday, June 04, 2014; 9:57 am ET; Source: Business Insider
New Hampshire's health insurance exchange will have a drastically different look during the Affordable Care Act's next open-enrollment session.

Moda Health Mulls Raising Premiums for Individual Market as Competitors Drop Rates
Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 12:38 am ET; Source: The Oregonian
After a tumultuous first-ever open enrollment period under federal health reforms, Oregon health insurers are bracing for round two.

Double Digit Premium Increases Coming in Some States
Wednesday, June 04, 2014; Source: The Fiscal Times
Insurance companies are beginning to submit their proposed premium rates for next year – and so far, it looks like a mixed bag, with gradual and expected increases in some states, but dramatic hikes in others.

Aetna Readies Plan to Offer ACO Products via Private Exchanges
Thursday, June 05, 2014; Source: AIS Health
When Aetna Inc. CEO Mark Bertolini recently spoke about a new delivery and care management model that links private exchanges to accountable care organizations (ACOs), he brought up a subject that industry insiders say could become a way for carriers to offer ACO-based products on private exchanges to contain costs and build membership.

Unsubsidized Young Pick ObamaCare Catastrophic Plans
Thursday, June 05, 2014, 8:02 am ET; Source: Investor’s Business Daily
All the attention has been on who's signing up for ObamaCare exchange plans, but what happens in the off-exchange market also matters.

Risking a Health Insurance Strategy the I.R.S. May Not Approve
Wednesday, June 04, 2014; Source: The New York Times
When it came time to renew his company’s health plan last fall, Jerry Eledge found himself in a bind that many small-business owners know all too well.

House GOP Conflicted on Health Law Alternative
Wednesday, June 04, 2014; Source: The Washington Post
House Republicans are united as ever in their election-year opposition to “Obamacare,” but they’re increasingly divided over their promise to vote this year on an alternative to it.

Whistleblower: Health Plan Cheated Gov't Out of More than $1 B
Wednesday, June 04, 2014; Source: Tucson Sentinel
Josh Valdez took an executive level job in April 2010 expecting to improve medical services at two Puerto Rican Medicare Advantage health plans owned by a subsidiary of New Jersey company: Aveta Inc.

Medicaid Enrollment Up 15 Percent In States That Expanded Obamacare
Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 1:18 pm ET; Source: Forbes
An additional 6 million Americans enrolled in Medicaid and related health programs for the poor compared to before the six-month signup period began last October for the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration said today in a new report.

How Many People Got Medicaid from Obamacare? It’s Complicated
Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 6:28 pm ET; Source: The Wall Street Journal
The success of the Affordable Care Act in growing Medicaid – a key aim of the 2010 law – is a main point of political debate.

Medicare Advantage Billing Errors Cost Taxpayers Billions
Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 6:07 am ET; Source: CNBC
In South Florida, one of the nation's top privately-run Medicare insurance plans faces a federal investigation into allegations that it overbilled the government by exaggerating how sick some of its patients were.

70 Billion Reasons Why Medicare Advantage Just Got Harder to Defend
Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 1:24 pm ET; Source: The Washington Post
For the past two years, the Obama administration has backed down from making steeper cuts to the Medicare Advantage program after intense lobbying efforts from the insurance industry and lawmakers across the political spectrum.

Medicare and the Profit Motive
Thursday, June 05, 2014, 7:00 am ET; Source: The Incidental Economist
Meticulously researched and a genuine pleasure to read, Nicholas Parrillo’s book, Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1948, offers the definitive account of a forgotten—but critically important—“revolution” in American governance.

GlaxoSmithKline Agrees to $105 Million Settlement
Wednesday, June 04, 2014; Source: Associated Press
GlaxoSmithKline PLC will pay $105 million to dozens of states to settle allegations that it unlawfully marketed its asthma drug Advair and the antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin.