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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

We won four more journalism prizes!

Filed Under: Health plans, Patients

We won four more journalism prizes!

More great news! We won first place for public service nationally in the 2017 SIgma Delta Chi awards in small-market television reporting from the Society for Professional Journalists, for our “Cracking the Code” health cost work with NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 Live. “Cracking the Code” also won three first places, for Continuing Coverage, News […]

For this family, the flu’s final gut punch was an $887 testing charge: Philly.com

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

For this family, the flu’s final gut punch was an $887 testing charge: Philly.com

“Vince Amalfitano isn’t one to rush to the doctor’s office every time his kid sniffles,” Sarah Gantz writes over at our partner philly.com. “But when 12-year-old Christopher’s fever climbed past 102 and with nightly news horror stories of flu deaths swirling in his mind, the Montgomery County father decided it was time for a trip […]

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8, ClearHealthCosts named Peabody Award finalists

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8, ClearHealthCosts named Peabody Award finalists

“‘Cracking the Code: The Real Cost of Health Care,’ a joint project of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8 and ClearHealthCosts, was nominated Tuesday (April 10) for a 2018 Peabody Award, handed out annually to honor the best in TV, radio and digital media,” Mike Scott writes over at NOLA.com. “The series was one of […]