Shopping for insurance, Part 4: Subsidized options

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Shopping for insurance, Part 4: Subsidized options

Welcome to Part 4 of our handbook for people who are shopping for insurance. We’re planning several articles in this series, much like  our “Ways to Save” series, and we’re  archiving them on the site. Here’s Part I of the series,  Part 2 and Part 3. (We started out calling it “If you’re uninsured,” but we have […]

Health-care stories: The search for contraception

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Health-care stories: The search for contraception

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s one, as told to Juliet Linderman. Here’s the first. Liz, 25, Medicaid then Family Health Plus When Liz neared the end of her graduate studies in early 2010, she didn’t have a job lined up right away and made sure to visit her […]

Checkup: Stealth poll shelved, insurance denials

Checkup: Stealth poll shelved, insurance denials

Rolling back: “The Obama administration said Tuesday that it had shelved plans for a survey in which ‘mystery shoppers’ posing as patients would call doctors’ offices to see how difficult it was to get appointments.” Robert Pear, The New York Times. Quality of care: Clearhealthcosts.com concerns itself primarily with prices of care, not with quality. […]

Ways to save, Part 3: Do you want to decide solely on price?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Ways to save, Part 3: Do you want to decide solely on price?

As part of our mission to help you save money by beating back your health-care costs, we’re running a series  giving practical consumer advice about the marketplace. Here’s the first post about saving money (we suggest that you always ask the price in advance); here’s the second (even in an emergency, ask!);  following is the third. […]

Checkup: Doctor shortages, lost insurance, etc.

Checkup: Doctor shortages, lost insurance, etc.

Stealthy: “Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of ‘mystery shoppers’ to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it. The administration says the survey will address a ‘critical public policy problem’: […]

Health-care stories: Uninsured, collapsed lung

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Health-care stories: Uninsured, collapsed lung

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s the first, as told to Juliet Linderman. Chris, photographer, 24, lives in New York City Chris is a 24-year-old freelance photographer living in New York City without health insurance. Two years ago, he was in Chelsea at a crowded networking event when he […]

Massachusetts: Cost-cutting strategies aren’t working

Massachusetts: Cost-cutting strategies aren’t working

Massachusetts has been in the forefront of health reform. So it was dispiriting to learn in a Massachusetts health reform report issued June 22 that the state’s test of one of the most-hoped-for reforms changes has failed to cut costs. In fact, most of the news in the report was relatively gloomy: it suggested that […]

Shopping for insurance, Part 3: A range of choices

Shopping for insurance, Part 3: A range of choices

Welcome to Part 3 of our handbook for people who are shopping for insurance. We’re planning several articles in this series, much as we have started publishing our “Ways to Save” series, and we’ll then  archive them on the site. Here’s Part I of the series, and Part 2. (We started out calling it “If you’re […]

The Day: Insurance errors, premiums dropping

The Day: Insurance errors, premiums dropping

“The overall rate of inaccurate [insurance] claims payments increased since last year among leading commercial health insurers, according to American Medical Association’s (AMA) fourth annual National Health Insurer Report Card. Claims-processing errors by health insurance companies waste billions of dollars and frustrate patients and physicians.” The AMA is not a big fan of insurers, but […]