Our CEO’s panel at the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference

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Our CEO’s panel at the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference

Our CEO, Jeanne Pinder, presented at the Investigative Reporters and Editors/National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (IRE and NICAR) conference June 15 on “Involving your community in your investigation” with Adriana Gallardo of ProPublica, Jesse Hardman of The Listening Post and Josh Hinkle of KXAN-TV in Austin, Tex. Here’s what the program said: Tapping your community to […]

Balance billing by providers — state consumer protections: The Commonwealth Fund

Balance billing by providers — state consumer protections: The Commonwealth Fund

“Privately insured consumers expect that if they pay premiums and use in-network providers, their insurer will cover the cost of medically necessary care beyond their cost-sharing,” Kevin Lucia, Jack Hoadley and Ashley Williams wrote in a balance billing paper for the Commonwealth Fund in June 2017, analyzing the fragmented state-by-state situation for consumer protections. “However, […]

How much does my medication cost? We saved her $275, or how people use our data

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

How much does my medication cost? We saved her $275, or how people use our data

A friend writes: “I know that general health insurance isn’t what you specialize in at CHC.com, but I’m taking advantage of the fact that I know you to ask what I hope is an easy question for you to answer: “Can I change my crappy health insurance at this time of year — without a […]

Medical mystery, or what happened to U.S. health spending after 1980? The New York Times

Medical mystery, or what happened to U.S. health spending after 1980? The New York Times

“The United States devotes a lot more of its economic resources to health care than any other nation, and yet its health care outcomes aren’t better for it,” Austin Frakt writes over at The New York Times. “That hasn’t always been the case. America was in the realm of other countries in per-capita health spending […]

The new Massachusetts state health care website: The Boston Globe

The new Massachusetts state health care website: The Boston Globe

“State officials are launching a website that attempts to make health care costs a little easier for consumers to understand,” Priyanka Dayal McCluskey writes over at The Boston Globe. “The long-planned website, MassCompareCare.gov, is scheduled to go live Wednesday. It contains information about health care costs and quality, and includes guides to help patients ask […]

Women with breast cancer delay care when faced with high deductibles: The New York Times

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Procedures

Women with breast cancer delay care when faced with high deductibles: The New York Times

“When Pam Leonard felt a lump in her breast last November, she hesitated, debating whether to get testing to see if she had cancer,” Reed Abelson writes over at The New York Times. “She thought of her insurance policy, which carries a deductible of $2,600. She knew she would also have to spend as much […]

The risky game one doctor plays to find affordable insulin: WBUR

The  risky game one doctor plays to find affordable insulin: WBUR

“When Larry Rose filled his prescription for Lantus last year, and his copay came in at $400, he knew something had to change,” Martha Bebinger writes over at WBUR public radio in Boston. “Just three months earlier, a 90-day supply of the popular insulin brand had only cost him $15. Rose hurried in to see his […]

Nine rights every patient should demand: The New York Times

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Nine rights every patient should demand: The New York Times

“Ever since the American Hospital Association created its first Patient Bill of Rights in the early 1970s, medical centers, professional associations and states have been adapting it or creating their own. They are featured on websites and included in admissions packets, and adorn hospital walls,” Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in an opinion piece over at The […]

Drug copay assistance keeps patients alive and prices, premiums high: USA Today

Drug copay assistance keeps patients alive and prices, premiums high: USA Today

“Leonard Rodgers, 80, Tempe, Arizona, gets help with the cost of his expensive prescriptions from non-profit Good Days,” Jayne O’Donnell, David Robinson, Ken Alltucker and Liz Freeman write over at the USA TODAY Network. “He talks about how he would be bankrupt in a few months if it wasn’t for the financial assistance. Copayment assistance […]