Lawmakers to Address Medical Bill Sticker Shock

By Danielle Leigh, KING Washingtonians complain they’ve been caught off guard by exorbitant medical bills despite having health insurance. The sticker shock comes from a practice known as balance billing. Balance billing happens when medical providers such as doctors and insuran
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Hillary Clinton Takes a Step to the Left on Health Care

By Alan Rappeport & Margot Sanger-Katz For months during the Democratic presidential nominating contest, Hillary Clinton has resisted calls from Senator Bernie Sanders to back a single-payer health system, arguing that the fight for government-run health care was a wrenching legis
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NCAA ADs consider pooling athletes for cheaper, better health insurance

By Jon Solomon Many NCAA athletic directors are exploring the idea of pooling their school’s athletes together in order to purchase cheaper health insurance that could provide better and longer-term medical coverage for players. If the plan goes through, this would be the first
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Register Now for The Phia Group’s May 2016 Webinar!

The Tangled Web of Contracts Thursday, May 12th, 2016 1:00 PM (EST) to 2:00 PM Join Us – Register Now! The self-funded industry is made up of a complex system of contracts, and navigation across them is anything but simple. Network contracts supersede plan documents; Administrat
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Did the Affordable Care Act Lower Medicare Spending?

By Vera Gruessner The Affordable Care Act has brought a tremendous amount of benefits for the American people since it has reduced the number of uninsured citizens to below 10 percent. The Affordable Care Act and other regulatory changes were meant to reform the healthcare industry an
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Clues to Better Health Care From Old Malpractice Lawsuits

By Laura Landro Doctors are learning valuable new lessons from past malpractice cases about mistakes that could put their patients at risk and expose them to lawsuits. Malpractice insurers and medical specialty groups are mining thousands of closed claims from suits that have been tri
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Get Ready for Higher Obamacare Rates Next Year

Margot Sanger-Katz It already looks clear that many Obamacare insurance plans are going to raise their prices significantly. Over the last few years, average premium increases in the Obamacare markets have been lower than the increases for people who bought their own insurance in prem
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A good prognosis for the Affordable Care Act as UnitedHealth says goodbye

By Editorial Board The Affordable Care Act’s critics seemed to get a shocking piece of new evidence when UnitedHealth Group, the country’s largest health insurer, announced last month that it would pull out of many ACA markets next year. In fact, the news is not all that shocking, and
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The New Health Care Rationing

By Dan Maffei The Affordable Care Act recently passed its sixth birthday, and while voting for it contributed to my 2010 loss, I could not be prouder to see it increase access to care and patient choice while lowering overall costs. Read more…
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Register Now for The Phia Group’s May 2016 Webinar!

The Tangled Web of Contracts Thursday, May 12th, 2016 1:00 PM (EST) to 2:00 PM Join Us – Register Now! The self-funded industry is made up of a complex system of contracts, and navigation across them is anything but simple. Network contracts supersede plan documents; Administrat
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