New Maine law rewards consumers who find better deals on health care: Bangor Daily News

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New Maine law rewards consumers who find better deals on health care: Bangor Daily News

“Under a new Maine law, health insurers must compensate customers who find a better deal on many common medical services,” Jackie Farwell wrote in July over at Bangor Daily News. “Customers will be rewarded for shopping around for less expensive CT scans, lab work and other care by keeping a share of any savings they […]

Wahoo! We’re semifinalists in the Knight News Challenge for health!

Filed Under: Costs

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We’re excited to announce that our  partnership with eight news organizations has been chosen as one of 40  semifinalists in the Knight Foundation Health News Challenge. Knight  speeds media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. In this challenge, they’re aided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, Clinton Foundation and the Health […]

Aid for over-65’s struggling with health care costs: Savvy Senior

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From the CapitalGazette.com in Maryland, help for over-65’s on Medicare premiums and co-pays, and also medications: “Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any programs that you know of that help seniors with their Medicare expenses? I’m 67 and live primarily on my Social Security, and am having a hard time paying my Medicare premiums, deductibles, co-pays […]

Write a health-cost essay; win part of $4,000 in prizes from Costs of Care

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

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By Neel Shah Founder and Executive Director Costsofcare.org The policymakers we have tasked with improving our healthcare system mean well but have limited optics. I don’t blame them. Capitol Hill is a long way from the hospital bedside. Patients and their caregivers are much better positioned to see routine opportunities for improving the value of […]

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

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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 […]

‘Looking through my eyes’ — a saga of lupus and health care

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This piece is reposted with permission from Costs of Care, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Boston, which has as its misison expanding the national discourse on the role of doctors, nurses, and other care providers in health care spending, while empowering providers with the information they need to deflate medical bills on a grassroots level. * * […]

How much will that cost? Finding out medical prices in advance

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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SUMMARY: How much will that cost? It’s a question consumers aren’t used to asking in the health care marketplace. Many of us grew up with the $10 co-pay, but that’s rapidly becoming a thing of the past. With rising deductibles, more out-of-network providers, more uninsured people and more out-of-pocket spending, it’s increasingly a question we […]

How much does a mammogram cost? Your tales of bills: $0 to $2,786.95.

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  SUMMARY: We asked what you paid and what your insurance company paid for a routine mammogram. Sometimes it was straightforward: “Provider cost, including technician was $175. My insurance company paid $56.95. My cost zero.” Or this: “So [insurer]  paid $112.46 and I paid $25, totaling $137.46.” But then it started to get complicated: “Cost […]