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, […]

High deductibles, limited coverage and consensus for change

Health insurance deductibles are rising, leaving more and more people with out-of-pocket costs they didn’t expect. This is important partly because it explains why Americans have a hard time finding consensus on what should be done about rising health costs: people who are insulated from rising costs by a low deductible or other things, including […]

‘Bodega Clinicas’ Draw Interest of Health Officials – NYTimes.com

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

“The ‘bodega clinicas’ that line the bustling commercial streets of immigrant neighborhoods around Los Angeles are wedged between money order kiosks and pawnshops. These storefront offices, staffed with Spanish-speaking medical providers, treat ailments for cash: a doctor’s visit is $20 to $40; a cardiology exam is $120; and at one bustling clinic, a colonoscopy is […]

Open enrollment: Sears and Darden change insurance plan delivery

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Two big employers have announced that they will now change the way they help employees with health insurance: instead of finding and financing that insurance, they will give employees a fixed sum of money and let them shop for their own insurance, writes Anna Wilde Mathews in The Wall Street Journal. The two employers — […]