Birth control spending drops after Affordable Care Act, study finds

Summary: “Out-of-pocket spending on most major birth control methods fell sharply in the months after the Affordable Care Act began requiring insurance plans to cover contraception at no cost to women, a new study has found,” Sabrina Tavernise writes in “After Health Care Act, Sharp Drop in Spending on Birth Control” in The New York […]

Obamacare subsidies continue, court rules. Now let’s get to work.

Summary: The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsidies to low-income people will continue, the Supreme Court ruled today. In a much-anticipated ruling on the challenge to the law, the government won. Federal tax subsidies will continue to individuals who qualify by income level and who bought insurance plans relying on subsidies in states that used […]

G.O.P. lawmaker asks for criticism of A.C.A., but doesn’t get it

Summary:  Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican from Spokane, Wash., decided to look for negative information about the Affordable Care Act. So she wrote on her Facebook page: “This week marks the 5th anniversary of #Obamacare being signed into law. Whether it’s turned your tax filing into a nightmare, you’re facing skyrocketing premiums, or your employer […]

Uninsured ranks drop to 16% from 20%: New Commonwealth survey

Summary: “New results from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2014, indicate that the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized insurance options and consumer protections reduced the number of uninsured working-age adults from an estimated 37 million people, or 20 percent of the population, in 2010 to 29 million, or 16 percent, by the second half […]

Medical debt causes 52% of debt collections: Federal and Kaiser Foundation figures

Summary: The Affordable Care Act has made health insurance available to many people who were uninsured, but the cost has been high for many. The most common insurance plans purchased under the A.C.A. tend to have lower premiums, which mean higher deductibles — leaving individuals on the hook for hefty payments, in some cases. Good […]

Buying health insurance: Our tools for open enrollment, Nov. 15-Feb. 15

Summary: We have a collection of tools and information about buying health insurance. While this is not our speciality — price transparency is what we do best! — we do present handy tools for this complicated task. Open enrollment for many employer-sponsored plans has been under way for a bit, and the federal and state insurance-shopping […]

After Obamacare, two-thirds of insured women get birth control pills free: Vox

Filed Under: Costs

Summary: “The number of privately insured women getting no-cost birth control pills has more than quadrupled under Obamacare, new data from the Guttmacher Institute shows. The new research, published in the journal Contraception, shows the percent of privately-insured women who paid nothing for the pill rose from 15 percent in the fall of 2012 up […]

How much does an IUD cost? $0 or $500 or $2,600? And hey, is it covered?

How much does an IUD cost? $0 or $500 or $2,600? And hey, is it covered?

SUMMARY: How much does an IUD cost? Well, either $0 or $500, or much more, one woman learned, after a 5-1/2 month research project –- much of it wrangling over the money. You knew that your IUD was covered under the Affordable Care Act, right? Well, in theory it is, but sometimes it’s not as […]