Gov. Edwards: Medicaid expansion will benefit people, state of Louisiana

By Natalie Hee BATON ROUGE, La. —At the 2016 Louisiana Health Summit Tuesday, Governor John Bel Edwards said that Medicaid expansion will not only help the state’s budget shortfall, but allow the 300,000 plus people in the state who don’t currently have health insurance get access to
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Obamacare patients sicker and pricier than expected

By Tami Luhby Patients in Obamacare are sicker and need significantly more medical care than those in employer-sponsored plans, according to a new Blue Cross Blue Shield Association report. Read more…
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Hawaii among top 10 states for health care accessibility

By Lorin Eleni Gill A new analysis places Hawaii among the top 10 “best states for health care access,” according to a report released Tuesday by New York-based personal finance company SmartAsset. Read more…
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Health care — A growing economic sector in Southern Nevada

By LINDA J. SIMPSON During the Great Recession, people still got sick, had surgeries, experienced accidents and had babies. But with record unemployment, many Las Vegans — without health insurance or other means to pay for services — ended up in emergency rooms. Read more…
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It’s Time to Get a Second Opinion Before Paying That Medical Bill

By Kelli B. Grant, CNBC The next time you get a medical bill, don’t pay it — at least not right away. It pays to check for errors first. Accounts of medical billing errors vary widely. While the American Medical Association estimated that 7.1 percent of paid claims in 2013 conta
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Hospital CEOs, Connecticut spar over finances

By Associated Press The latest financial reports for Connecticut’s healthcare systems show, even after paying the controversial hospital tax, most were well into the black at the end of the last fiscal year. Read more…
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Court: Providers must release all of patient data to patients, families

By Randy Ludlow In a consumer-friendly ruling, the Ohio Supreme Court found today that any patient data kept by a health care provider — regardless of purpose or location — is a medical record that must be released to patients and families. Read more…
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What Will Healthcare Cost After Retirement?

USInsure Quotes The cost of healthcare is one of the big unknowns that countless soon-to-be retirees have to wrestle with. After all, if you underestimate the cost, you could end up with a big shortfall, particularly if you face an unexpected illness, surgery or injury. Even if you re
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LIEBERMAN: Prices for medical flights can hit stratosphere

By TRUDY LIEBERMAN Not many of us think about needing air ambulances. We don’t dwell on that possibility, but for people hurt in car accidents or who live in smaller or rural communities without medical care at hand, being airlifted to a hospital can mean the difference between life a
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California insurance marketplace wants to kick out poor-performing hospitals

By Chad Terhune California’s insurance exchange is threatening to cut hospitals from its networks for poor performance or high costs, a novel proposal that is drawing heavy fire from medical providers and insurers. The goal is to boost the overall quality of patient care and make cove
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