Coronavirus may add billions to the nation’s health care bill: The New York Times

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Coronavirus may add billions to the nation’s health care bill: The New York Times

“With so much still uncertain about how widespread hospitalizations for coronavirus patients will be around the United States, a new analysis says premiums could increase as much as 40 percent next year if the pandemic results in millions of Americans needing hospital stays,” Reed Abelson writes in The New York Times. “Health plans went into […]

Some doctors stockpile trial coronavirus drugs for themselves, states say: The New York Times

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Some doctors stockpile trial coronavirus drugs for themselves, states say: The New York Times

“Doctors are hoarding medications touted as possible coronavirus treatments by writing prescriptions for themselves and family members, according to pharmacy boards in states across the country,” Ellen Gabler writes for The New York Times. “The stockpiling has become so worrisome in Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Nevada, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Texas that the boards in those […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests: Should I get one? How to know? Where to go?

Coronavirus  (Covid-19) tests: Should I get one? How to know? Where to go?

By TINA KELLEY and PHOEBE PINDER (Note: Coronavirus news is changing quickly. We’re trying to update as warranted.) As the coronavirus spreads, many Americans with symptoms wonder if they should get tested, and where. (We discuss how much it can cost to do so here.) Do you have something we need to know about this? […]

How to negotiate for lower medical bills if you are uninsured or underinsured: Reddit

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How to negotiate for lower medical bills if you are uninsured or underinsured: Reddit

I noticed this piece on Reddit, and found it intriguing. I wrote to the author, who gave us permission to reproduce it here. Hey everyone, I used to work in medical billing/finance and have a pretty good understanding of how the billing system works. I have successfully used this knowledge to negotiate my medical bills, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) test cost: Do you have to pay? And how do you get the test? The picture unfolds.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) test cost: Do you have to pay? And how do you get the test? The picture unfolds.

By TINA KELLEY and PHOEBE PINDER (Note: Coronavirus news is changing quickly. We’re updating as warranted.) Coronavirus (COVID 19) testing is making headlines nationwide. Amid a flood of reports of people being charged high prices for testing, or being unable to find testing, there’s a need for reliable information (for a database of test sites, […]

Chronic illness and health insurance after age 26 (no guarantees): Teen Vogue

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Chronic illness and health insurance after age 26 (no guarantees): Teen Vogue

“Gracie Van Brunt hasn’t left her house in seven months and won’t for five more,” Fortesa Latifi writes over at Teen Vogue. “In those five months, she will recover from a bone marrow transplant, turn 26, and be kicked off her parents’ health insurance plan. Ever since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in […]

Coronavirus test for Miami man leads to $3,275 bill: The Miami Herald

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Coronavirus test for Miami man leads to $3,275 bill: The Miami Herald

“After returning to Miami last month from a work trip in China, Osmel Martinez Azcue found himself in a frightening position: he was developing flu-like symptoms, just as coronavirus was ravaging the country he had visited,” Ben Conarck writes for The Miami Herald. “Under normal circumstances, Azcue said he would have gone to CVS for […]

Employer spending up, due to growth in service prices: HCCI

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Employer spending up, due to growth in service prices: HCCI

HCCI’s annual reports examine year-over-year and 5-year cumulative trends in health care spending for individuals with employer-sponsored insurance, segmented by health care service category. Downloadable tables and interactive tools allow for further exploration of the data that power these reports. This year’s report found that average annual health care spending for people with employer-sponsored insurance […]