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3 Health Insurance Red Flags That Could Raise Your Premiums

Miranda Marquit | Posted 12.02.2014 | Money
Miranda Marquit

While you can't always avoid the baseline premium increases that are part of the market, you can keep from red flagging your insurance plan so that you see even bigger premium increases.

Jeffrey Young

How To Avoid Paying More For Obamacare Next Year

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Drug Distributor Punishes Vets While Receiving Billions From VA

James P. Hoffa | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

McKesson Corp. is the nation's largest drug distributor and earns roughly $4 billion a year serving as the primary pharmaceutical vendor for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. But it doesn't pay employees like Claude Hickerson, a veteran himself, enough to afford health care.

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Enrollment Goal For 2015 Is 9 Million, Lower Than Expected

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.10.2014 | 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 ...

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Shoppers Get Sneak Peek At New Prices

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business

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

Jeffrey Young

These 5 Scary Obamacare Predictions Were Dead Wrong

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 10.23.2014 | Business

Predicting the ways in which Obamacare would fail and ruin America has been something of a cottage industry for conservative politicians and talking h...

Colorado's Health Exchange On Target to Meet Budget Goals

Bob Semro | Posted 12.07.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

Connect for Health Colorado's Finance Committee recently offered a revenue projection for the current year. Using a conservative approach, it projects that revenue for 2014 is about $600,000 above earlier estimates, and total revenue for the year is expected to top out at $5.4 million.

Narrowing Provider Networks Is All About Cutting Costs, But It Also Can Lead to Lower Premiums

Bob Semro | Posted 12.03.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

Many Americans are learning about health insurance for the first time, and others are adapting to changes. One area that seems to be ever-changing is "networks," as in doctors and hospitals "in network" and "out of network."

Jeffrey Young

It's Not Your Imagination, Your Health Insurance Has Gotten Worse

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Jeffrey Young

Employee Health Insurance Costs Barely Increased This Year

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 11.02.2014 | 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 10.21.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.