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Millennials are embracing Medicaid

Medicaid, the combined federal-state health insurance program for disabled and low-income people, was long considered low-quality, and was associated with a cultural stigma as a government handout benefiting poor, broke or lazy people. But thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act, the program is shedding that association. Medicaid now covers more people than ever […]

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Medicare Advantage — and Medicaid — feed insurers’ bottom lines

Medicare Advantage has become a huge cash cow for commercial insurance companies, and the insurers’ business from a combination of Medicare Advantage and Medicaid managed care dwarfs the commercial individual and group insurance business, according to figures compiled for a new Kaiser Family Foundation brief on insurance companies’ performance. In the brief, K.F.F. examined the […]

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Health contract gag clauses outlawed

In a little-noticed ruling, the traditional gag clauses in healthcare contracts that prohibit disclosure of pricing agreements have been outlawed by regulation by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury. While at first glance this might look like an arcane footnote important only to a very few healthcare entities, it’s actually […]

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How the algorithms make you pay too much

It breaks my heart to know that people are paying too much for healthcare because they cannot find our good service journalism. This is true largely because our Google search performance plummeted suddenly. We noticed it, and we were concerned — but we thought it was a quirk, or something that would quickly resolve. But […]

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Medicare plan commissions may steer beneficiaries to wrong coverage

“Agents and brokers who sell Medicare plan coverage often steer their clients to a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan because it earns them a higher commission compared with a Medigap supplemental plan with traditional Medicare that might better serve the beneficiary’s needs,” Cheryl Clark writes at MedPage Today. “That’s the finding from a new Commonwealth Fund report […]

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Workforce supporting people with disabilities near collapse, report says

“The pandemic set in motion some positive shifts in the landscape of services availableto people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” says the 2023 Case for Inclusion report documenting the situation for people with disabilities. “New and new uses of technology made possible the expansion of remote supports, for example, while temporary funding increases enabled direct […]