Employer spending up, due to growth in service prices: HCCI

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Employer spending up, due to growth in service prices: HCCI

HCCI’s annual reports examine year-over-year and 5-year cumulative trends in health care spending for individuals with employer-sponsored insurance, segmented by health care service category. Downloadable tables and interactive tools allow for further exploration of the data that power these reports. This year’s report found that average annual health care spending for people with employer-sponsored insurance […]

Who’s profiting from your outrageous medical bills? — The New York Times

Who’s profiting from your outrageous medical bills? — The New York Times

“Every politician condemns the phenomenon of ‘surprise’ medical bills. This week, two committees in the House are marking up new surprise billing legislation,” Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in The New York Times. “One of the few policy proposals President Trump brought up in this year’s State of the Union address was his 2019 executive order targeting […]

Patients stuck with bills after insurers don’t pay as promised: Kaiser Health News

Patients stuck with bills after insurers don’t pay as promised:  Kaiser Health News

“The more than $34,000 in medical bills that contributed to Darla and Andy Markley’s bankruptcy and loss of their home in Beloit, Wisconsin, grew out of what felt like a broken promise,” Lauren Weber writes at Kaiser Health News. “Darla Markley, 53, said her insurer had sent her a letter preapproving her to have a […]

Visits to primary care providers drop sharply as costs rise: NPR

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Visits to primary care providers drop sharply as costs rise: NPR

“Efforts across the U.S. in recent years to encourage medical students, nurse practitioners and others to go into primary care, especially in underserved areas, are built on a consensus in research: Primary care is good for patients,” Etelena Renken writes for NPR. “‘It’s the foundation of the health care system,’ says Dr. Ishani Ganguli, Harvard […]

The public health legacy of slavery: The Baltimore Sun

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The public health legacy of slavery: The Baltimore Sun

“It has been 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in the British colonies, yet the bodies of many Americans today are still marked by the effects of that horrible institution,” Lisa A. Cooper and Jeremy Greene write in The Baltimore Sun. “Across the nation, African American adults have death rates from heart disease […]

Hospital mergers across US have raised health care prices. Now, another is pending in Maine: Bangor Daily News

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Hospital mergers across US have raised health care prices. Now, another is pending in Maine: Bangor Daily News

“Size matters when it comes to health care. Just ask the leaders of Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, who have been forging ahead with a deal that they say is critical for the long-term survival of their 25-bed facility,” Charles Eichacker writes in the Bangor Daily News. “They are close to becoming the 10th hospital […]

Eli Lilly promised to lower Insulin prices, but its cheaper drug is hard to find: The Washington Post

Eli Lilly promised to lower Insulin prices, but its cheaper drug is hard to find: The Washington Post

“Each year brings a fresh episode of popular and political outrage over high drug prices,” Christopher Rowland writes for The Washington Post. “In 2019, it was insulin’s turn in the spotlight. The lifesaving drug for diabetics surged in list price more than 250 percent over a recent 10-year span — despite being a century-old invention. The […]

The debate over America’s drug-pricing system is built on myths: STAT

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The debate over America’s drug-pricing system is built on myths: STAT

“America’s drug-pricing system is broken,” writes Matthew Herper on Stat. “Any system in which the list price of insulin triples in a decade, leading patients to ration it and sometimes die, is not working. Cancer patients should not worry that their disease will bankrupt them. The U.S. insurance system, which has instead gone decades without […]

Not everyone has eye-popping deductibles, or how one union kept medical bills in check: Los Angeles Times

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Not everyone has eye-popping deductibles, or how one union kept medical bills in check: Los Angeles Times

“Even as soaring insurance deductibles wreak financial havoc on millions of American families, some workers have managed to dodge the affordability crisis,” Noam N. Levey writes in The Los Angeles Times. “In Boston, a labor union representing the city’s hotel workers offers its members health coverage with no deductible and family premiums just a tenth […]