Kaiser health tracking poll: The election, pre-existing conditions and surprises on medical bills

Kaiser health tracking poll: The election, pre-existing conditions and surprises on medical bills

“The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds recent political events weighing heavy on the minds of voters when it comes to the 2018 midterm elections,” Bryan Wu, Cailey Muñana, and Mollyann Brodie write over at KFF.org. (The chart here shows who the respondents feel is to blame for high health costs.) “Three in ten voters […]

Millions have pre-existing conditions that would make them uninsurable: Kaiser Foundation


Summary: “A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds that 52 million adults under 65 – or 27 percent of that population — have pre-existing health conditions that would likely make them uninsurable if they applied for health coverage under medical underwriting practices that existed in most states before insurance regulation changes made by the Affordable […]

10 steps for appealing a claim or bill: Part 2 of our series on billing

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

10 steps for appealing a claim or bill: Part 2 of our series on billing

So you got a huge bill, and you’re sure there’s been a mistake, either in the bill or the insurer’s processing of a claim. You want to appeal, because it’s a lot of money. Here’s a step-by-step course of action. We cannot guarantee that you will win, but at least you will have tried. Read first, […]

Isn’t every colonoscopy free now? Well, not exactly.

Isn’t every colonoscopy free now? Well, not exactly.

Aren’t all colonoscopies free now? No. While the Affordable Care Act includes free preventive procedures like colonoscopies, we’re hearing more and more that people are being asked to pay, from community members in  our partnerships with public radio stations KPCC in Los Angeles, KQED in San Francisco and WHYY in Philadelphia. We don’t know anyone who keeps […]

1 in 4 employer health plans could be affected by ‘Cadillac Tax’

Filed Under: Costs, Health reform


Summary: “New projections from the Kaiser Family Foundation estimate that one in four employers (26%) offering health benefits could be subject to the Affordable Care Act’s tax on high-cost health plans, also known as the ‘Cadillac plan’ tax, in 2018 unless they make changes to their plans,” the Kaiser Family Foundation reported. “The analysis also […]

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 […]

How to buy insurance if you have AIDS

Filed Under: Costs, Health reform


A new website detailing insurance-buying tips for people with AIDS has been launched by the Kaiser Family Foundation. People with AIDS can no longer be denied insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition under the Affordable Care Act; one in four uninsured people have AIDS, the site says, so these people will benefit greatly from […]

The uninsured, state by state: Texas leads at 24 percent


In Texas, 24 percent of people are uninsured, according to figures collected by the Kaiser Family Foundation, in a  report and graphic based on 2011 figures. Next: Nevada 22 percent, New Mexico 21 percent. South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, California and Louisiana all have 21 percent of people lacking insurance. Mississipi: 19 percent. Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Arkansas, […]