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Workplace Health Insurance Premiums Finally Stopped Skyrocketing. Now For The Bad News.

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.14.2016 | Business

WASHINGTON ― Employers that provide health insurance, who cover nearly half of all Americans, saw modest premium increases this year, which is good ...

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How To Avoid Paying More For Obamacare Next Year | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business

So you signed up for an Obamacare health insurance plan, and you're figuring you'll just keep it next year and skip the hassle of shopping around agai...

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Obamacare Enrollment Goal For 2015 Is 9 Million, Lower Than Expected | Jeffrey Young | Posted 01.27.2015 | Business

Just days ahead of the next Obamacare sign-up period, the Department of Health and Human Services is scaling back projections of how many people will ...

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Obamacare Shoppers Get Sneak Peek At New Prices | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business

Health insurance consumers using will get their first look at the prices for 2015 coverage starting Sunday night, when window shopping ...

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It's Not Your Imagination, Your Health Insurance Has Gotten Worse | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business

A quiet revolution happened to your job-based health benefits and you may not have noticed. It's happened gradually, but insurance looks a lot differe...

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Employee Health Insurance Costs Barely Increased This Year | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.10.2014 | Business

For a change, the cost of the health insurance you get at work didn't go up much this year. The cost of job-based health benefits stayed nearly fla...

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Here's What's Going On With Obamacare Premium Increases | Jeffrey Young | Posted 08.21.2014 | Business

Health insurance premiums are going to skyrocket under Obamacare next year, maybe even double! No, wait -- they're only increasing a little, and less ...

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Companies Predict Small 2015 Health Cost Rise -- With A Catch | Jeffrey Young | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business

Large employers expect their health care expenses to rise a modest amount next year, but they plan to continue requiring workers to pay a growing shar...

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Millions Get Obamacare Plans For $100 Or Less | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business

Almost seven out of 10 people who bought health insurance on the federal Obamacare exchanges are paying $100 or less a month for coverage, according t...

Dependence Through Denial and Deception: How Health Insurance Companies Keep Your Premiums High

David Belk | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
David Belk

If these medications don't cost very much, if they don't cost the insurance companies anything, why the denials? And what does this tell us about the role of health insurance in our lives?

Jeffrey Young

Employee Health Benefit Costs Rose Slowly In 2013, Survey Says | Jeffrey Young | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business

The cost of job-based health insurance rose slowly in 2013 from the year before and the percentage of companies offering health benefits to workers re...

7 Reasons Why Every American Woman Should Love Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 07.17.2013 | Business

Before Obama's health care reform law, the private insurance market left many women at a disadvantage. Women across the country not only faced higher ...

Reining in New York City's Skyrocketing Health Insurance Costs

Carol Kellermann | Posted 06.17.2013 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not say it directly, but his preliminary budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1, makes clear that the growing cost of health insurance for city employees and retirees has to be brought under control.

Jeffrey Young

Major Health Insurance Company Pushes Brokers To Avoid Obamacare Rules | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.05.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- One of the largest health insurance companies in the United States is advising insurance brokers on how to evade new mandates and benefi...

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How Health Insurance Giants Can Avoid Obamacare Regulations For A Whole Year | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.03.2013 | Business

Health insurance companies are looking to put off complying with health care reform rules that guarantee basic benefits and consumer protections -- an...

Will Obamacare Increase Insurance Costs in New York State?

James R. Knickman | Posted 06.01.2013 | New York
James R. Knickman

Will the ACA dramatically increase the price the average American pays for health insurance coverage? Insurance companies are saying yes, big time!

Getting Sick and Getting Purged

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

On Friday I was one of three witnesses to testify before a House committee hearing on whether the cost of health insurance will be higher or lower for people who cannot obtain it through their employer when important provisions of the Affordable Care Act go into effect in a few months.

What No One Tells You: The Shame

Cathie Beck | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Cathie Beck

What I didn't see coming, what I did not expect, was how ashamed everyone is about their lack of health coverage. I've been caught off guard, these last weeks, when friends and acquaintances have cornered me and whispered of their own non-insured situations.

Our 5-Hour, $10,000 Visit to the ER

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

It's easy, when you have a degree of financial security, to have a real disconnect from the financial challenges that so many Americans face today. Yet our ER experience brought those challenges into sharp relief for me, and the impression wasn't pleasant.

INFOGRAPHIC: How Health Care Costs Are Pinching Your Pocketbook

Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

Increases in health insurance premiums have outpaced growth in worker earnings and inflation. Average health insurance premiums paid by employers and...

Like Health Insurance CEOs, Ryan Wants You to Have More 'Skin in the Game'

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If Paul Ryan's proposal to largely privatize Medicare becomes a reality, those not already 55 and older will be putting far more "skin in the game" than current beneficiaries do, and they'll be required to peel off increasing amounts of skin every year for the rest of their lives.

Less Equals More: Cures to Health Care Overspending

Dr. Veronica Anderson | Posted 10.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Veronica Anderson

There is only one way to begin chipping away at the exorbitant cost of health care in America. That is by each and every individual adopting a new and different mindset to control spending. This includes those of us who write daily about health issues.

Life, Interrupted: Medical Bills, Insurance And Uncertainty

The New York Times | Posted 10.09.2012 | Money

Like a lot of other young people, I never thought about health insurance until I got sick. I was 22, and my adult life was just beginning. But less th...

Correcting the Wall Street Journal on Health Insurance Reform

Mila Kofman | Posted 08.12.2012 | Media
Mila Kofman

A recent WSJ editorial claimed that because Maine deregulated its private health insurance market, premiums fell. That's simply not true.

Want Cheaper Medical Bills? Forget Insurance, Pay Cash

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.30.2012 | Money

It is the paradox of medical billing: Medical insurance means you might actually have to pay more in some cases. Take the story of one frustrated p...