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September 9, 2010 | By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau
Pushed by a dramatic increase in the number of Americans who will get insurance under the new healthcare law, total U.S. medical spending will continue to gallop upward, consuming nearly 20% of the economy by 2019, according to a new government estimate. But because new savings in the law offset most of the cost of extending insurance to more people, the nation's total healthcare bill is not expected to be substantially larger than it would have been without the overhaul. "It appears that the Affordable Care Act will have a moderate effect on health spending growth," said Andrea M. Sisko, the lead author of the closely watched study by independent economists at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
July 2, 2010 | By Jennifer Martinez, Tribune Washington Bureau
The federal government has started a new website aimed at taking the guesswork out of finding a healthcare plan. The Department of Health and Human Services unveiled intending to help people navigate their health insurance options and understand the provisions in the recently passed healthcare law. The website, unveiled Wednesday night in time to meet a July 1 deadline, was a requirement in the healthcare law passed in March. In October, the website will launch a tool that will let people compare the pricing of various insurance policy plans they qualify for, a feature that's receiving backlash from some large insurance companies.
In a merger that provides a glimpse into the future, Aetna Life and Casualty Co. said Monday that it will acquire a large Pennsylvania-based HMO for $8.6 billion to create the nation's largest managed health care insurer. The vast new enterprise would provide health coverage for one in 12 Americans, serving as a prototype for what experts foresee as a new generation of giant, for-profit health care conglomerates that will oversee medical care for many millions of people.
May 31, 2000 | Bloomberg News
U.S. Healthcare, a unit of Aetna Inc., has been accused in a civil suit of breaching contracts with 24 suburban and upstate New York hospitals through routine late payment of claims, the plaintiffs' lawyer said. The suit is believed to be the first time that a large number of hospitals in a region have joined together to compel a managed- care company to make payments that are due them, according to the attorney, Fred Miller.
June 20, 2005 | Ronald Brownstein
Like a patient ignoring an ominous lump, Washington has spent years hiding from America's healthcare crisis. Now we'll soon learn whether President Bush and Congress will pay attention even if they are hit, so to speak, by a truck. General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers are barreling toward an explosive collision over the company's effort to shift more of its crushing healthcare burden to its unionized workers.
May 3, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Healthcare in the United States is the most expensive in the world, but it's not the best, according to new research. For each person, the U.S. spent $7,690 on medical care in 2009, according to data from the Commonwealth Fund research group. That was 17% of GDP at the time and the most of the 13 nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD. Healthcare spending in the U.S. was three times more than in Japan, the country with the lowest costs.
October 4, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Cogent, convincing, determinedly non-ideological, "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" tells us that everything we think we know about that incendiary topic might be wrong. And it offers us a way out of the morass. And a morass it certainly is. We spend huge amounts of money on healthcare - a staggering $2.7 trillion in 2011 with no reductions in sight - and do not have as much to show for it as we should. We spend $8,000 per capita on healthcare while the rest of the developed world spends $3,000, but our population is not nearly as healthy.
June 20, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Anna Gorman and Erin Loury, Los Angeles Times
If the Supreme Court scraps the Affordable Care Act in the coming days, California will lose out on as much as $15 billion annually in new federal money slated to come its way, dealing what state officials say would be a critical blow to efforts to expand coverage to the poor and uninsured. The state is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the federal healthcare law because of its large number of uninsured residents - about 7 million people, or nearly 20% of California's population.
June 19, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
At least 81 U.S. healthcare workers have contracted laboratory-confirmed cases of the novel H1N1 influenza virus and about half caught the bug on the job, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The finding is worrisome because it suggests that hospitals and workers are not taking sufficient preventive measures to limit the spread of the virus.
December 3, 2009 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
The state's largest doctors group is opposing healthcare legislation being debated in the U.S. Senate this week, saying it would increase local healthcare costs and restrict access to care for elderly and low-income patients. The California Medical Assn. represents more than 35,000 physicians, making it the second-largest state medical group in the country after Texas. Its executive committee met last week to discuss the Senate legislation proposed last month by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.
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