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Archive for September, 2014

A look at Vermont’s single-payer system

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

BY NATHAN SOLHEIM September 15, 2014 It’s true the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act expanded health care choices and extended coverage to people across the United States. The mandate, the subsidies, the federal and state exchanges and various other aspects ofthe law have opened up a number of pathways to health care. But PPACA didn’t […]

Children’s Health Insurance Program’s Future Is Unclear Under The Health Law

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

By Mary Agnes Carey KHN Staff Writer SEP 16, 2014 This KHN story can be republished for free. (details) The Children’s Health Insurance Program, a joint federal-state program known as CHIP, has helped cut in half the number of uninsured children since being enacted less than two decades ago, but its future is in doubt due […]

U.S. health premiums creep up, but out-of-pocket costs jump: study

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

By Beth Pinsker of Thomson Reuters NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. health insurance premiums are going up only 3 percent this year, to an average of $16,834 for a family. Workers will pay about 20 percent of that cost, or $4,823, according to a study released on Wednesday. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2014 Employer Health […]

Bureaucracy consumes one-quarter of US hospitals’ budgets, twice as much as in other nations: Health Affairs study

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Authors say single-payer reform could save $150 billion annually on hospital overhead A study of hospital administrative costs in eight nations published today in the September issue of Health Affairs finds that hospital bureaucracy consumed 25.3 percent of hospital budgets in the U.S. in 2011, far more than in other nations. Administrative costs were lowest […]

A Perilous Gap in Health Insurance Literacy

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

It’s not a news flash that health insurance can be complex and confusing. But the health insurance maze can be a problem, especially if you have never had health insurance before or have not had it for a long time. That’s the case for about half of the uninsured and for many people enrolling in […]

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