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The Hidden Costs of Hunger We All Pay For

Asma Lateef | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Asma Lateef

Hunger and food insecurity in the United States cost us all a great deal more than we may realize. Maybe you think I'm talking about school lunches and other food-assistance programs, but those aren't the real costs.

One Critical Expense Most Financial Plans Don't Address | Posted 11.18.2015 | Fifty

With people living so long these days, why haven't financial planners been more focused on how to help clients who are planning for retirement specifically plan for longevity? The more sobering side of longevity, that is.

Old Drugs, New Prices: Why Drug Prices Spike and What Patients Can Do About It

Joshua Liao | Posted 11.13.2015 | Business
Joshua Liao

The public outcry and political scrutiny over the pricing policies of drug companies Valeant and Turing has amplified the national debate over high specialty drug costs.

Is It Junk Food And Soda That Are Making Us Fat?

Ayda Ersoy | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayda Ersoy

The solution is to educate ourselves and give real attention to what we are eating. Knowledge of nutrition can save you time, and money, and certainly your health.

Blow_hot_and_cold Brings Individuals and Political Views Together

Brad Hobbs | Posted 11.09.2015 | Arts
Brad Hobbs

Do Something Good, is an incubation collective based out of New York City focusing on interactive experiences for the public. Their blow_hot_and_col...

Yoga And Meditation Shown To Drastically Reduce Hospital Visits

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.28.2015 | Science

Yoga and meditation can be great ways to relax and quiet the mind, and a growing body of research has shown that these mindfulness practices may even...

Seeing Health Care Prices More Clearly

Dr. Stephen Ondra | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Stephen Ondra

Health care is not a commodity -- it is our lives. Giving consumers the full picture of quality and price information gives them "value transparency" and ultimately makes the health care industry more effective and efficient at serving patients. As Warren Buffett put it, "Price is what you pay, value is what you get." We believe that our members deserve the highest value care possible.

How Clinton Wants To Turn Obamacare Into Hillarycare 2.0

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics

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Huge Premium Increase Likely For Millions With Medicare

Diane Archer | Posted 09.16.2015 | Fifty
Diane Archer

Every year but two for the last 40 years, people have seen a cost-of-living increase in their Social Security checks, an inflation adjustment. But, they will see no increase at all in their Social Security benefit in 2016.

Accountable Health Care Incentives: The "Spoonful of Sugar" Approach Must Ensure "the Medicine Goes Down"

Christian Moritz | Posted 09.05.2015 | Business
Christian Moritz

There could be a problem with current incentives and funding for support structures for accountable care organizations (ACO). This "spoonful of sugar"...

Fewer Americans Go Without Medical Care Due To Cost, Survey Says

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 15 years have passed since this small a share of Americans didn't get medical care they needed because of the cost, a new fede...

7 Ways To Avoid 7 Common Chronic Diseases

Carol Marak | Posted 08.26.2015 | Fifty
Carol Marak

In the next few decades, people worldwide can expect to live longer. And if you make it to 65, data implies that you my live another 20 years. That's the good news. Those living another two decades will likely live with at least one chronic condition. But some health factors can help lessen that concern.

Americans Don't Like Pharma And Think They're Getting Ripped Off

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans use prescription drugs and they know these medicines help people, but they still don't care much for pharmaceutical companies ...

Why Hospital Prices Are So Out Of Control

Diane Archer | Posted 07.10.2015 | Fifty
Diane Archer

Hospital prices are rising way faster than inflation, particularly among the for-profit hospitals. The 50 hospitals with the highest markups have list prices for their services that are easily 10 times more than what Medicare pays.

A Hidden Solution to America's Health-Care Crisis

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

We all need to accept and build a future where prevention becomes a dominant force. Waiting to get sick before going to the doctor makes no economic sense.

Insurers' High-Deductible Plans Leave Growing Numbers of Americans Without Needed Care

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Some critics of high deductible plans have characterized them as "blunt instruments" because they typically are not adjusted to take an individual's or family's income into consideration. Someone making $50,000 a year has to pay the same amount out of his or her own pocket, before insurance kicks in, as someone making $250,000.

Jonathan Cohn

One More Reason To Feel (Pretty) Good About Obamacare | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics

Millions of additional people now have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the historic expansion of coverage it has made possible....

Jonathan Cohn

Obamacare Is Turning 5 Years Old, And The Debate Has Barely Changed | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

A big f***ing deal happened five years ago Monday. On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act -- a law designed to m...

Hospital Systems Should Be Insurers, Too

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Robert Whitcomb

Let's hope that state and federal regulators don't put too many roadblocks in the way of many more hospital systems becoming insurers. Extending Medicare to everyone might be the most cost-effective reform but Washington will prevent that, at least for the foreseeable future.

The Low Cost of Good Health

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

With a few bumps along the way, we're moving toward a better healthcare system for everyone. As we move toward universal health care, we've become increasingly conscious of the terrible financial cost of treating the ill and the unfit.

What Is Balance Billing?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Christina LaMontagne

When a medical provider is part of an insurance network, he agrees to offer discounted rates on services. Out-of-network providers are not bound by this agreement.

Using Health Care to Fuel Your Company's Growth

John Bowen | Posted 03.08.2015 | Small Business
John Bowen

As entrepreneurs, we have the power to fundamentally redesign health care within our companies -- and turn what's traditionally been an expensive burden into a tool to generate stronger growth and healthier, happier employees. But to get there, we have to rethink our approach.

Health Reform: Foolish, Courageous, or Both

David Blumenthal | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
David Blumenthal

Some supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are worried they're paying a political price for health care reform. The political fallout should come as no surprise.

Jeffrey Young

U.S. Experiences Unprecedented Slowdown In Health Care Spending | Jeffrey Young | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business

The amount the United States spent on health care went up last year by the smallest amount since federal scorekeepers started tracking these dollars h...

Child Care And Education Costs Are Off The Charts. Literally.

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business

The costs of educating and caring for children just keep soaring. Just check out this chart from a recent Brookings Institution analysis of consume...