September 11, 2012 |
This is good news? Premiums for employer-sponsored health coverage rose 4% on average this year, a new study shows. That hike is actually down from previous years. Healthcare reporter Chad Terhune, columnist David Lazarus and Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at UCLA's Center for Health Policy Research, discuss rising healthcare costs in this video chat. A survey released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust found that the annual healthcare tab for families has risen to $15,745.
October 31, 2013 |
The weirdest thing about the ongoing conniption about the cancellation of people's health insurance plans -- supposedly as a result of Obamacare -- is the notion that these are plans people liked, even loved. When did that happen? It wasn't so long ago -- months, even weeks -- when the health insurance companies were being roundly cursed for their ruthless mistreatment of individual health plan customers. Constant rate hikes. Cancellations after policyholders got sick. Endless hoops to jump through to file a claim or appeal a rejection.
October 1, 2010
The government on Friday added price information to its new website, www.HealthCare.gov , that allows consumers to shop more readily for health insurance on the Internet. The information isn’t precise: The premium costs quoted are estimates only. But it’s valuable nonetheless, highlighting variations between different insurance policies and their potential pocketbook impact. As with many of the government’s healthcare sites, it takes a bit of effort to access the information.
June 17, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Financial aid - The Better Business Bureau is warning college students and their families to use caution when dealing with companies that promise to help secure scholarships or financial assistance for college. Of particular concern, the BBB said in a recent bulletin, are firms that ask for an upfront fee for help in securing financial assistance for college. In one recent scam, students were notified that they were finalists for a scholarship but needed to pay a fee in order to be considered.
January 6, 2012 |
In town hall meetings across the southern portion of New Hampshire on Friday, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum continued to tangle with voters over the social issues that shaped his image on the national political stage long before he vaulted into prominence this week as a rival to GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney. At Dublin School, a private ninth- to 12th-grade boarding school whose headmaster said the audience included three children of gay parents, Santorum's voice dropped and became emotional as he argued that only a man and woman should have the “privilege” and “honor” of marrying.
February 15, 2010 |
Nelson Davis runs a video production company in Hollywood with six employees. He used to pay all of his workers' health insurance premiums. As rates continued rising -- they've doubled over the last few years -- Davis cut back to paying only half of healthcare costs and required workers to handle the rest. Now he's thinking about cutting back again and covering only 40% of the insurance premiums. And the way things are going, Davis said, he wouldn't be surprised if his share dropped to 25%. "You have to look at it with a cold, clear eye," he told me. "There's very little you can do -- either scale it back or stop offering it."
November 1, 2009 |
Among some libertarians and conservatives, the most troubling aspect of the pending healthcare reform bills is the prospect of a federal requirement that Americans buy insurance. "What next? Can Congress order you to buy spinach?" asked Roger Pilon, director of constitutional studies at the Cato Institute. He and other defenders of limited federal power foresee a constitutional challenge to the mandate to buy insurance based on the claim that Congress' power to regulate commerce does not extend to forcing citizens to buy a commercial product.