Health costs

With junk insurance, you get what you pay for

With junk insurance, you get what you pay for

How the Trump administration is undermining women’s health and what to do

INSPIRED BY MARCHES, movements (#MeToo, #TimesUp), and momentum (the unprecedented surge of females running for office), women are standing up for the issues that matter most to them. Let’s make sure that healthcare continues to be on that list. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), American women have made dramatic gains. The number of uninsured(...)

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BI-Lahey merger gets a break on cost growth

BI-Lahey merger gets a break on cost growth

State officials remove benchmark mandate they enforced with Partners

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS stripped language from a document that would have required the merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health to prove they’ll meet legislatively mandated cost growth benchmarks, a requirement officials made sure was adopted as part of the recent merger between Partners HealthCare and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The(...)

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Big Pharma hides costs with bait and switch

Big Pharma hides costs with bait and switch

Drug companies offer copay breaks to get big insurance payments

THE ADS FOR high-end prescription drugs seem ubiquitous. Invokana, Xarelto, Abilify, and Humira are just a few names familiar to anyone with a television. The drugs are some of the stars of the more than $5 billion in direct-to-consumer advertising the pharmaceutical industry does each year to convince patients to ask their doctors to prescribe(...)

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Out-of-network billing  surprises

Out-of-network billing surprises

Patients get charged for unexpected services not covered by their insurance

MARYLOU SUDDERS, the state’s secretary of health and human services, was going through some paperwork for her late sister when she came across a bill from a doctor for thousands of dollars that wasn’t covered by insurance. Sudders says the bill included charges for services that would have normally been paid by her sister’s insurer(...)

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Baker one of the experts consulted by Health Policy Commission

Baker one of the experts consulted by Health Policy Commission

Agency looks for solutions to rising health care costs

THE STATE’S HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION on Monday began taking testimony from a variety of experts on health care cost trends, and one of them was Gov. Charlie Baker. Baker, the former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and a secretary of health and human services under former governor Bill Weld, went through the commission’s two-day(...)

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