Health Spending Grew Modestly, New Analysis Finds: The New York Times

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Health Spending Grew Modestly, New Analysis Finds: The New York Times

“The burdensome costs of medical care, prescription drugs and health insurance have become dominant issues in the 2020 presidential campaign,” Abby Goodnough and Margot Sanger-Katz write in The New York Times. “But a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services shows the nation remains in a period of relatively slow growth in health […]

Experts Warn of Rising Health Costs in Missouri Despite Lower ACA Premiums: St. Louis Public Radio

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Experts Warn of Rising Health Costs in Missouri Despite Lower ACA Premiums: St. Louis Public Radio

“Missourians shopping for health insurance on the federal government’s online marketplace are likely to see slightly lower premium prices, but health economists warn residents could still pay more for their health care next year, Sara Fentem reports, on St. Louis Public Radio. Deductibles, the prices customers pay out-of-pocket before insurance starts to cover bills, are […]

Indiana lawmakers to tackle health costs: The Journal Gazette

Indiana lawmakers to tackle health costs: The Journal Gazette

“High health care costs in Indiana have caught the eye of Republican legislative leaders, who plan to tackle the issue during the 2020 session,” Niki Kelly writes in The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind.  “Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray called the issue an economic development problem because employers are paying a large part […]

In Minnesota, rising health costs hitting home: Grand Forks Herald

In Minnesota, rising health costs hitting home: Grand Forks Herald

“What good is health care you can’t get?” Paul John Scott and Jeremy Fugleberg write in The Grand Forks Herald. “Ask Katie Larson. She’s 30, a resident of Lake George, Minn., and the office manager at Coldwell Banker Clack & Dennis Real Estate in Park Rapids. ‘I avoid using the doctor any time I can,’ […]

Texas prison health costs are rising. Experts cite an aging population: The Texas Tribune

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Texas prison health costs are rising. Experts cite an aging population: The Texas Tribune

“Even though Texas’ prison population shrank this decade, the publicly funded costs to treat inmates’ medical conditions continue to rise,” Davis Rich writes in The Texas Tribune. “The state spent over $750 million on prison health care during the 2019 fiscal year, a 53% increase from seven years earlier, when that cost was less than $500 million. […]

How much does mental health care cost? Telemental Health, Part 5 in our series

How much does mental health care cost? Telemental Health, Part 5 in our series

Cost and convenience have prevented millions of Americans from seeking access to mental health care. Yet new technologies can make services more accessible, whether consumers choose online therapy, seek to connect and share information with fellow patients through online support groups, or use a number of apps on the market that help patients fight anxiety […]

How much does mental health care cost? Part 4: Finding affordable psychiatric medications

How much does mental health care cost? Part 4: Finding affordable psychiatric medications

We are an increasingly medicated nation. Between 1996 and 2010, prescription mental health medication fills rose from 150.3 million to 396.7 million. More than half of these prescriptions (207.9 million) were for antidepressants. In fact, between 2008 and 2010, prescriptions for antidepressants rose by more than 20 million. For those who require drugs to treat depression, anxiety, […]

How much does mental health care cost? Part 1 of our series

How much does mental health care cost? Part 1 of our series

(Updated, 2019) One in five adults in the U.S. experience a mental health problem in any given year, yet limited or no mental health insurance prevents more than half of them from receiving treatment. The Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity Law sought to bridge the divide between physical and behavioral health coverage […]