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Jeffrey Young

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...

Insurers Using Familiar Playbook to Protect Profits in California

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

For the next two months, Californians will to be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums.

Second Semester Grades for Obamacare: How Is the ACA Doing?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

In March, I gave my first semester grades for the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known generally as Obamacare), and it received a C grade for a GPA of 2.0. Now, a semester of health care later, how is it doing?

Jeffrey Young

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 ...

Jeffrey Young

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...

Too Soon to Say on Insurance Rates for '15, But There Are Trends Worth Noting

Bob Semro | Posted 08.31.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

How much will health insurance premiums go up next year? The short answer: We won't know for several months.

Jeffrey Young

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...

A Small Firm's Response to Higher Health Care Costs

Karen Firestone | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Karen Firestone

I cower when I see the email from our health insurance broker, cheerfully writing to schedule our annual plan review and a discussion of the increase for the coming year. I say increase because we have never seen a decrease in 10 years.

Health Insurance Premiums Can Be (And Always Have Been) Volatile

Bob Semro | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Bob Semro

While the ACA may address some of the more extreme premium fluctuations, it does not fundamentally change the basic structure of a market that has always been highly volatile and uncertain. However, there are provisions in the ACA that do impact premiums.

What's the Point, WellPoint? Could It Be to Satisfy Wall Street?

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Executives at health insurance giant WellPoint are predicting they will have to implement "double-digit plus" rate increases next year, demonstrating once again just how politically tone deaf and profit-obsessed they apparently are.

Jeffrey Young

OF COURSE Health Insurance Will Cost More Next Year ... It Does Every Year | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.13.2014 | Business

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius let loose a bombshell during her appearance before a congressional committee Wednesday: Health i...

Republican Obamacare 'Fix' Is Junk, Just Like the Junk Insurance Plans It Protects

Ethan Rome | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ethan Rome

In an effort to cynically score political points, the Republicans have taken up the cause of people who have received health insurance "cancellation" notices. The problem is that the Republicans aren't helping these people, they are exploiting them.

Heritage Foundation's Health Care Report Is Another Big Lie

Ethan Rome | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

America's leading conservative think tank has issued a report on health care premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and it bears a strong resemblance to the immigration study -- it's garbage.

Jeffrey Young

How Much Will Obamacare Cost Where You Live? New Report Offers Preview | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.26.2013 | Business

The premiums for coverage available on the health insurance exchanges created by President Barack Obama's health care reform law will vary widely from...

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...

Here's How Insurers Are Trying to Trick You Out of Consumer Protections in Obamacare

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Bookmark this column and read it whenever an insurance company's feel-good TV commercial tries to convince you its bosses care as much about your health as they do about next quarter's profit margins.

Affording Obamacare: New York's New Health Plan Rates

James R. Knickman | Posted 09.18.2013 | New York
James R. Knickman

With open enrollment just two-and-a-half months away, plenty of work must still be done to educate New Yorkers about the Health Benefit Exchange and ensure that as many people as possible -- more than 1 million New Yorkers -- gain health care coverage.

Jeffrey Young

Obama Tries To Educate On Obamacare | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama will again seek to seize control of the debate over his health care reform law during remarks Thursday that will emphasize Obam...

New Premium Tax Credits: A Health Care Game Changer

Ron Pollack | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Ron Pollack

Come January 2014, comprehensive, affordable health coverage will finally become a reality for millions of Americans, and the tax-credit subsidies will be a health care game changer. States must work to inform their residents of this opportunity for assistance.

Is a High-Deductible Health Plan a Silver Bullet -- or Snake Oil?

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.01.2013 | Business
Wendell Potter

Not only will HDHPs reduce health care costs, according to the campaign propaganda, forcing people into them will cause them to lead healthier lifestyles. That's the hype. And the hype is necessary to obscure the real reason insurers are herding more and more of us into HDHPs.

Big Health Insurance Companies Promise Price Increases

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.23.2013 | Business

Big health insurance companies are predicting huge premium increases next year for small employers and people who buy coverage on their own, citing ri...

Medicare Means Tested -- Who Knew?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

There's no need to debate whether the rich should be asked to shoulder more of the burden of financing Medicare because they already do. The question of the moment is how much more.

An Open Letter to My Health Insurance Company

Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS

Dear CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, I just received your letter, announcing the 20 percent hike in my health insurance premiums, due no doubt to r...

Going Rogue: Kiss It, Kaiser

Cathie Beck | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Cathie Beck

I am naked: I cancelled my medical insurance. I did this on purpose after seething for weeks over yet another 20 percent premium increase. I took a deep breath and sent what felt like a fatal email to the carrier: Cancel.

Health Care Won't Get Any Cheaper

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.28.2012 | Money

Don't expect the cost of health care to get cheaper as a result of the Supreme Court's decision largely to uphold the Affordable Care Act and its indi...