Many hospitals are adopting self-insurance plans, hoping to offer competitive pricing to small business owners, reports Fox Business. By creating personal insurance products, hospitals can offset the costs of rising premiums.
The Affordable Care Act's temporary insurance program for high-risk patients is finally ending as planned--after three extensions.
Prescription drug insurance for seniors will reduce the use of and spending on nonpharmacy medical services, researchers at the University of Illinois and the Johns Hopkins University found when comparing national records from before and after Medicare Part D kicked in 2006.
Insurers are taking a page out of the Sunday paper, sending grocery coupons to consumers to encourage healthy eating, CNBC reported.
After several deadline delays, enrollment for the federal health insurance exchange officially closed as of midnight Tuesday.
States expanding Medicaid while also operating their own health insurance exchanges experienced a larger drop in the uninsured rate compared to states that ignored these Affordable Care Act measures, a new Gallup poll shows.
Insurers, providers and some of their lobbying groups have issued new recommendations that give payers a leading role in advancing price transparency in healthcare.
Almost all Medicare Advantage plans offer broader coverage than traditional Medicare, according to a new study from HealthPocket. The study found 97 percent of 2014 private Medicare Advantage plans provided at least one additional benefit, whether vision, dental or hearing, that isn't provided in Medicare plans.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' recent reversal of proposed payment cuts to Medicare Advantage plans has yet to gain a ton of supporters, reports The Washington Post.
The Census Bureau plans to change its annual survey so drastically that it may be difficult to determine the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, reports the New York Times.
The Affordable Care Act was a boon for health insurers, with a strong enrollment surge and more young, healthy consumers signing up. So insurers are preparing to expand their offerings on health insurance exchanges.
Consumers used more healthcare services last year, particularly for specialists, hospitals and prescription drugs--representing the first increamanse in three years--concludes a new report from research firm IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
Insurers provide vague information about abortion coverage, making it hard for consumers to discern whether plans they're interested in cover these services, according to a new analysis.
Despite multiple claims that insurers discriminate against consumers based on genetic tests, no study has ever proven that theory true, according to a New York Times opinion piece.
Colorado was one of the first states to launch an accountable care-like model in 2011 to rein in Medicaid costs while improving quality of care. But other states are now following the Centennial State's lead. States across the country are either joining Medicaid ACO demonstration projects, in the middle of a pilot program or looking to start one, MedPage Today reported.
More than nine months since the American Medical Association declared obesity a disease, federal law still forbids Medicare from covering obesity medications. But coverage of obesity under Medicare and other insurance plans could slow the rate of chronic diseases and reduce the long-term costs of obesity-related chronic conditions.
Health insurance premiums will be lower than expected for the next few years. Therefore, the Congressional Budget Office revised its estimated cost of the Affordable Care Act to $1.4 trillion over the next 10 years--a decrease of about $100 billion.
Now that insurers must cover preventive care, many consumers are seeking what they believe to be preventive care services from their doctors but find they're getting billed. So insurers and doctors are trying to educate and explain what constitutes preventive care, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Insurers looking to engage their members and boost their online experience, plus recruit consumers, should consider using social video marketing, according to MarketingProfs.