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Jeffrey Young

Your Company May Be Charging You More for Worse Health Insurance | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.08.2012 | Money

Workers are picking up a bigger share of health insurance costs and face more restrictions on coverage this year, a survey of large companies reveals....

Interesting Health Care Initiative Picks Up Where Obama Left Off

AP | JONATHAN J. COOPER | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics

SALEM, Ore. — Pregnant with her seventh child and desperate to kick a meth addiction, Madeline Hutchinson turned to a program from the local Med...

The Democratization of Health Care: The Independent Payment Advisory Board

Gary Puckrein | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

The health care reform initiative undertaken by President Obama and Congress has taken a good first step in addressing the financial inequities that have kept some consumers out of the health care market. Much more needs to be done.

Huge Number Of America's Senior Citizens Can't Afford Basic Needs

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 03.02.2012 | Business

More than 9 million older Americans can't pay their bills. The costs of living -- basic expenses like food, housing, health care and transportation...

Jeffrey Young

Six Ways You're Overspending On Health Care | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.02.2012 | Money

There's no way around it: Health care costs a fortune. Insurance premiums, drug prices, the cost of doctor visits and hospital bills are getting b...

Can Strong Prayer Bend The Medical Cost Curve?

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Michael L. Millenson

Appealing to the Almighty offers awe-inspiring economic potential. In the Bible, both Moses and Jesus heal lepers. Think what they could do with diabetes or cancer! Still, the question remains whether prayers by ordinary people can produce an equivalent clinical impact.

The New One Percent May Cost Health Insurers Big Time

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.28.2012 | Business

Health insurance companies are testing ways to provide coverage to the people they have can no longer avoid: working-age people with the biggest medic...

Jeffrey Young

Your Hospital Bills Could Get Worse With Mergers | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.23.2012 | Business

An uptick in hospital mergers is grabbing the attention of federal regulators, who are sounding alarms about potential increases in health care costs....

Americans Wasting $850 Billion On...

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.23.2012 | Business

A proposition from a major physicians group is catching flak for evoking the specter of "rationing" medical care for those in need. But the group says...

Lila Shapiro

The Latest Front In The Battle Over Minimum Wage | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.17.2012 | Business

In the latest fight against minimum wage laws, home health care companies are lobbying to make sure new measures doesn't raise the wages of its workfo...

The Democratization of Health Care: Whose Money Is It?

Gary Puckrein | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

Perhaps we should leave it to the conscience of the worker to determine what legal, medical products and services they use without subordination to their employers' faith or personal predilections.

Jeffrey Young

U.S. Bans Health Insurance Company Fine Print, Allows Baffling Terms | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.09.2012 | Business

The Obama administration aims to demystify shopping for health insurance and has created a standard form that explains in plain language without the f...

Health Care Cost: Small Fixes Won't Cut It

James R. Knickman | Posted 04.10.2012 | New York
James R. Knickman

The CBO recently issued a disheartening report showing that 10 Medicare demonstration projects designed to reduce health care costs were largely ineffective. The results were discouraging, but perhaps not entirely surprising.

Health-Care Reform's Fate Won't Alter Health Care's Larger Problems

Steve Jacob | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Steve Jacob

The overarching goal of health care reform was to attempt to ensure affordable access to health insurance and medical care for most Americans. It barely touches skyrocketing health-care costs and accelerates primary-care physician shortages.

Health Care Reform in the United States

Reza Nabavian | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics
Reza Nabavian

The discourse on the responsibility for health care delivery centers on this question: is access to health care an individual "right" or is it a "privilege"?

Handful Of Americans Account For Half Of U.S. Health Care Costs

Posted 01.17.2012 | Business

The cost of health care may have gone up for almost all Americans in recent years, but a handful of consumers are getting hit especially hard. Jus...

Debt, Deficit Denial: Why We Must Fix U.S. Health Care

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

We spend far more than any other country on health care. Yet our citizens don't live as long as people in many other countries. The disparities in even basic care are too great between rich and poor.

Save Lives, Tax Soda

Wendy Gordon | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics
Wendy Gordon

Let's make 2012 the year we get smart about taxes, and tax less of those things we want more of, like jobs and income, and more of the things we want less of, like health damaging sugars. You can have your cake, just pay for it.

As the Economy Lags, Mental Health Must Be a Priority

Kimberly Williams | Posted 02.27.2012 | New York
Kimberly Williams

Given the state's unstable fiscal situation, advocates will once again need to be out in full force come January when the governor releases his budget proposal for 2012-13.

Obesity and Diabetes: Research Points to a Better Path

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

If losing weight and getting more exercise were easy, then chronic diseases, like diabetes, wouldn't be as much of a problem. Those lifestyle changes are notoriously difficult. But there's a glimmer of hope.

Cutting Health Care Costs Through Design

Thomas Fisher | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Thomas Fisher

We can no longer afford bad design. In fact, the real luxury in this country has been our tolerance of so much bad design -- sloppy procedures, careless processes, and wasteful products -- that costs us way more than we can possibly sustain.

A Determined Dog Goes After Insurers Again to Save Consumers Billions

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If there is one organization that insurers despise and fear more than any other, it surely must be Consumer Watchdog.

Why Does 51% Own Less Than 1%?

K. Sujata | Posted 12.14.2011 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Women make up half the population and 40 percent of the world's workforce but hold just one percent of the world's wealth. We need to assume responsibility, ensuring women have safe and healthy lives.

Health Care: A Casualty of Class Warfare

John Geyman | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

As the recession rolls on without signs of relief on the horizon, a growing army of millions of Americans is finding it impossible to gain access to necessary health care that is affordable.

Premiums Skyrocketing Where Health Insurers Have Their Way With State Legislators, As in Maine

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It would be hard to find a state where the investment in campaign contributions by the insurance industry has paid better dividends than in Maine.