Insurer price transparency rule goes into effect

Insurer price transparency rule goes into effect

Insurer price transparency has arrived: The law mandating that health insurers must publicly post prices they have negotiated for almost all procedures and items with hospitals, doctors and other suppliers went into effect July 1, 2022. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wrote on the web that the move was “empowering consumers with the […]

Medication abortion (abortion pills): Common and accessible

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Medication abortion (abortion pills): Common and accessible

Medication abortion (abortion pills) have been around for a while, but they are about to get a lot more common  with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, mandating legal abortion for all Americans. Also more than half of the states have made it clear they are certain or likely to ban abortion […]

Covid vaccine for children under 5: The rollout is rocky

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Covid vaccine for children under 5: The rollout is rocky

The rollout of the Covid vaccine for children under 5 has started, but it’s still rocky in many places. A week after the White House announced the rollout, and five days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved both the Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna vaccines for very young children, the New York State vaccine-finder […]

Vaccine choice for children nearing 5 years old: The New York Times

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Vaccine choice for children nearing 5 years old: The New York Times

“Understandably, many parents of young children have questions about the new coronavirus vaccines for babies and toddlers and the expected rollout next week of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna shots. We talked with infectious disease pediatricians to get answers to the most common ones,” Melinda Wenner Moyer writes over at The New York Times. “One specific […]

100 million people in America are saddled with medical debt: Kaiser Health News

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100 million people in America are saddled with medical debt: Kaiser Health News

“Elizabeth Woodruff drained her retirement account and took on three jobs after she and her husband were sued for nearly $10,000 by the New York hospital where his infected leg was amputated,” Noam N. Levey writes about rising medical debt for Kaiser Health News. “Ariane Buck, a young father in Arizona who sells health insurance, […]

Covid vaccines recommended for kids under 5; questions remain

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Covid vaccines recommended for kids under 5; questions remain

(Updated) Covid vaccines for under-5 kids have been recommended for approval by the Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee, but there are still a lot of questions about the rollout. The White House said last week that it has a plan for vaccinating kids under 5 years old against Covid, with the first shots for […]

C.M.S. issues first price transparency fines to 2 Georgia hospitals

C.M.S. issues first price transparency fines to 2 Georgia hospitals

“The Biden administration has fined two hospitals for noncompliance with federal price transparency rules that took effect last January, in regulators’ first enforcement salvo meant to encourage a more competitive and efficient market for medical services,” Rebecca Pifer writes over at Healthcare Dive. “Two Georgia facilities -— both in the same system -— have been fined […]

Why not everybody tests positive for Covid: The New York Times

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Why not everybody tests positive for Covid: The New York Times

“As a science journalist, I’ve read dozens of research papers about Covid-19, and I’ve interviewed so many virologists, infectious disease physicians and immunologists over the past two years that I’ve lost count,” Melinda Wenner Moyer writes over at The New York Times. “But nothing prepared me for what happened after my 7-year-old daughter tested positive […]

What experts wish they knew about Long Covid: Vox

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What experts wish they knew about Long Covid: Vox

“David Putrino, a rehabilitation and long Covid researcher at the Mount Sinai medical school in New York City, has watched mounting evidence that suggests between 4 and 36 percent of Americans infected with Covid have symptoms lasting at least six months,” Keren Landman wrote about Long Covid experts over at Vox. “It makes him nervous, […]