A past pre-existing condition shouldn’t mean my son is denied insurance: Stat News

A past pre-existing condition shouldn’t mean my son is denied insurance: Stat News

“When our second child, Zade, arrived in 2004, my wife and I thought we knew most of the hazards facing babies,” Doug Hirsch writes over at Stat News. “Until the night in the fast food restaurant when Zade died. At least that’s what it seemed like. I had taken him to the bathroom to change […]

Sky-high deductibles broke the U.S. health insurance system: Bloomberg

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Sky-high deductibles broke the U.S. health insurance system: Bloomberg

“When Carla Jordan and her husband were hit with a cascade of serious medical issues, she knew that at least her family had health insurance through her job,” John Tozzi and Zachary Tracer write over at Bloomberg. “What she didn’t realize was that even with that coverage, a constant stream of medical bills would soon […]

Lobbying money from health and related industries dwarfs all others

Lobbying money from health and related industries dwarfs all others

To no one’s surprise, lobbying money from health and related industries dwarfs  all other sectors. Here’s a quick chart from OpenSecrets.org, which tracks such things. Notice that even defense/aerospace trails pharmaceuticals and health products, insurance, hospitals and nursing homes, health professionals and health services/HMO’s. Strange breakdown, but there you have it.

‘Cracking the Code’ wins a national Edward R. Murrow Award

Filed Under: Costs

‘Cracking the Code’ wins a national Edward R. Murrow Award

More great news! Our “Cracking the Code” health cost investigation with NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 Live in New Orleans won a national Edward R. Murrow award for continuing coverage. “Winning an RTDNA National Edward R. Murrow Award means that a news organization has provided exemplary public service to its viewers, listeners […]

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

Filed Under: Costs

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 […]