The Medicare enrollment process is daunting enough as it is. Now a pair of new reports highlight ways the government is making it even harder for seniors to get information about their benefits--and the consequences to beneficiaries.
Though historically on the opposite of most issues, insurers and federal officials have developed a mutually beneficial relationship that will likely grow stronger in the next few years.
Shoppers on Healthcare.gov will have more product choices in 2015, but premiums may rise for many customers unless they switch health plans, according to a New York Times analysis of data released Friday by the Obama Administration.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a challenge Friday by religious nonprofit groups, reports the Associated Press.
President Barack Obama denied charges that he mislead Americans about the healthcare reform law in order to get it passed.
Hudson Health Plan, a nonprofit Medicaid plan owned by MVP Health Care, is taking steps to ensure its members get important preventive health screenings like mammograms. Since 2012, the Hudson Valley-based insurer's customer service representatives have been calling members to encourage them to get their mammograms. And to incentivize their members, Hudson Health gives them a $25 gift card when they undergo a mammogram.
Health insurers have lots of competition vying for the same consumers, especially in the health insurance exchanges, but one non-traditional company could be looking to compete against traditional insurers in a whole new way.
The second open enrollment period for health insurance exchanges began Saturday with an overall smooth rollout, though some consumers reported challenges signing up and some states had to deal with unexpected glitches.
Colorado is a good example of how the Affordable Care Act is working despite obstacles.
Americans who bought their 2014 health insurance through the federal or state marketplaces tend to be happy with it, according to a Gallup poll.
All Medicare Advantage Part D prescription drug plans next year will be adding a new specialty tier, according to a new analysis from Avalere Health.
Blue Cross Blue Shield plans are investing more in health information technology startups to expand their business and gain an edge in the post Affordable Care Act market.
Last year, 63 percent of children on Medicaid received at least one medical screening, a number that falls way below the Department of Health and Human Services' goal of 80 percent, according to a federal report.
Marketing campaigns and public outreach efforts for the federal health insurance exchange are starting to heat up. The Obama administration will focus on targeted ads, while outreach workers will do their best to sign up uninsured Americans who are "confused, clueless or downright hostile."
The trend toward greater consumer cost-sharing, through higher deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance, is prompting many Americans to skip preventive tests and seek care, while also leaving them with burdensome bills, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund.
When patients receive hospice care, their hospitalization rate decreases and they incur fewer health costs, according to a new study from the Journal of American Medical Association.
WellCare is calling out the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for creating unfair Medicare Advantage ratings that put insurers with a high proportion of dual-eligible members at a disadvantage.
With the second open enrollment period starting Saturday for health plans sold pursuant to the Affordable Care Act, states are scrambling to improve performance of their exchanges and bolster customer support, The New York Times reported. The goal is to prevent a repeat of last year's enrollment bottlenecks.