Obamacare is proving hard to kill: The New York Times

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Obamacare is proving hard to kill: The New York Times

“As health insurers across the country begin filing their proposed rates for 2019, one thing is clear: The market created by the Affordable Care Act shows no signs of imminent collapse in spite of the continuing threats by Republicans to destroy it,” Reed Abelson writes over at The New York Times. “In fact, while President […]

One company behind those surprise emergency room bills: The New York Times

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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One company behind those surprise emergency room bills: The New York Times

“Early last year, executives at a small hospital an hour north of Spokane, Wash., started using a company called EmCare to staff and run their emergency room. The hospital had been struggling to find doctors to work in its E.R., and turning to EmCare was something hundreds of other hospitals across the country had done,” […]

‘Sorry, We Don’t Take Obamacare’: The New York Times

Filed Under: Costs, Health reform

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Summary: “Amy Moses and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act,” Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in The New York Times, looking at the A.C.A. landscape. “They bought policies on the newly created New York State exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule […]

Health insurance subsidy levels and premiums, by state: A chart

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SUMMARY: As many as 7 million  people may qualify for insurance that is entirely or almost entirely paid for by U.S government subsidies.   In some states, as many as 40 percent of the currently uninsured will be able to get health insurance for a $0 monthly premium, because their income level brings a full subsidy […]

Greed, commerce, Underpaid Docs: N.Y. Times readers on medical tourism

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The poster child for medical tourism in Libby Rosenthal’s excellent New York Times piece on people traveling out of the U.S. for medical care is a man who needed a hip replacement that his insurance wouldn’t cover. He had a choice: pay $65,000 for surgery in the U.S, or $13,660 in Belgium, from soup to […]