Cost and subsidies of insurance, and the long-lost public option

Government subsidies under the Affordable Care Act work in mysterious ways: A Vanderbilt University researcher told The Washington Post over the weekend that his analysis of subsidies in the states where the federal government is running the exchanges shows huge anomalies. “The feds will spend just about $10,000 subsidizing health insurance costs for a poor, […]

The health insurance exchanges: when, where, why? Obamacare and you, Part 4 of our series.

While Congress continues to create cliffhangers over whether the Affordable Care Act will be de-funded, we are continuing with our series on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. This is Part 4.  Part 1 is here; Part 2 is here and Part 3 is here. * * * * * When: The exchanges are scheduled […]

What will this insurance cost, and what will it cover? Obamacare and you. Part 3 of our series.

Here’s Part 3 of our mini-series on the Affordable Care Act and how the health insurance landscape is changing; Part 1 is here; Part 2 is here. * * * * * What can you tell me about buying health insurance under the new law? Not too much, please.  Stick with us. This is not […]

Do I really have to buy health insurance? What Obamacare means for you. Part 2 of our series.

Here’s Part 2 of our mini-series on the Affordable Care Act and how the health insurance landscape is changing; Part 1 is here. * * * * * Who has to buy health insurance? Can’t I just ignore the Affordable Care Act? So, who’s going to see their health insurance situation change? The Affordable Care […]

What it means to you: Oct. 1 and buying health insurance, an overview

You may have been hoping you could ignore the topic of health insurance, but Oct. 1 is almost here, and with it the new health insurance landscape brought by the Affordable Care Act. And we’re going to help you navigate through it. Here is an outline of what we’ll write about, basically a handbook on […]

New models of payment: Cutting out the insurer, or can I have a lower price for that?

This is the third part in our series of new models of payment in the health-care marketplace, touching employers and individuals. The first part is here, and the second part is here. * * * * * We’ve been writing about new models of payment for health care by employers. So individuals might ask: How does […]

O.K., health costs may not be going up so fast, but they’re still going up

  Costs continue to rise, even if the rise has moderated somewhat. Health insurance premium increases of 20 percent for next year are not unheard-of, and somehow everyone wants to blame the Affordable Care Act — except for Uwe Reinhardt, the health  economist, who reported this week on a new Kaiser Family Foundation study. Shockingly, […]

A comparison of monthly insurance premiums: Highest are MA, NY, NJ… and AK

How much does health insurance cost? Well, that depends. We picked up this chart online from healthinsurancesort. com, which got the info from ehealthinsurance.com. You might notice that both of the sources are selling insurance, and so … with anything else, you might want to consider the source. However, it’s too interesting to ignore: highest […]

When is a mammogram not a mammogram? Different tests, different names

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

SUMMARY: What are the different kinds of mammogram? The most common imaging test for breast cancer detection is the mammogram, but it’s not the only one. A mammogram is an X-ray photo of the breasts. Just as you can see the shadow of your hand on a sunny day, breast tissue creates a shadow on the […]