Blog Archives for category Health Insurance

California’s Message To Hospitals: Shape Up Or Lose ‘In-Network’ Status

California is starting to push hospitals throughout the state to lower their rates of medically unnecessary C-sections. Thanasis Zovoilis/Getty Images… Continue reading »

Why Can’t Medicare Patients Use Drugmakers’ Discount Coupons?

Patients with private insurance like the drug coupons because they can help make specialty medicines more affordable. But health care… Continue reading »

Farm Bill Could Undo Part Of The Affordable Care Act

The House bill calls for $65 million in loans and grants, administered by the USDA, to establish “association-style” health plans… Continue reading »

4 New Exemptions To The Tax Penalty For Lacking Health Insurance

The new exemptions will mostly apply to penalty payments tied to 2018 taxes and to the previous two years. PeopleImages/Getty… Continue reading »

Health Savings Account Change In 2018 Could Trip Up Some Consumers

Money deposited in a health savings account is tax-deductible, grows tax-free and can be used to pay for medical expenses…. Continue reading »

Medical Research, Drug Treatment And Mental Health Are Winners In New Budget Bill

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine (center), is joined on Wednesday by Sen. Lindsey Graham (from left), R-S.C., Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska,… Continue reading »

No Go For Idaho: State Will Have To Rethink Its ‘Freedom’ Health Policies

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says Thursday’s letter from the Trump administration “was not a rejection of our approach,” but… Continue reading »

Your 2018 Health Plan Must Comply With ACA Rules Or You Risk Tax Penalties

Confused about whether your health plan is ACA-compliant? To be sure you’re using your state’s official marketplace, start with HealthCare.gov,… Continue reading »

Trump Administration Wants To Let Insurers Offer Plans With Fewer Benefits

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks to the House Ways and Means Committee last week in Washington about… Continue reading »

Idaho Insurer Moves Ahead With Health Plans That Flout Federal Rules

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar faced questions Wednesday from the House Ways and Means Committee about Idaho’s move…. Continue reading »