Month: February 2012

At-Risk Patients Gain Attention of Health Insurers

By Reed Abelson, New York Times

Who doesn’t want to be in the top 1 percent of wage earners, political discomfort aside?

No one, though, is especially envious of another group of 1 percenters: the heaviest users of health care.

One percent of patients account for more than 25 percent of health care spending among the privately insured, according to a new study. Their medical bills average nearly $100,000 a year for multiple hospital stays, doctors’ visits, trips to emergency rooms and prescription drugs.

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Catholic Hospitals Expand, Religious Strings Attached

By Reed Abelson, New York Times

As Roman Catholic leaders and government officials clash over the proper role of religion and reproductive health, shifts in health care economics are magnifying the tension. Financially stronger Catholic-sponsored medical centers are increasingly joining with smaller secular hospitals, in some cases limiting access to treatments like contraception, abortion and sterilization.

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Birth Control Is Covered, and G.O.P. Vows a Fight

By Jennifer Steinhauer, New York TImes

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans, seizing on the type of social issue that motivates and unifies their base, stepped forcefully Wednesday into the battle over an Obama administration rule requiring health insurance plans provided by Catholic universities and charities to offer free birth control to women, vowing to fight back with legislation to unravel the new policy.

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House and Senate at Impasse on Medicare Payments

by Robert Pear, NY Times

House and Senate negotiators are deadlocked over how to prevent a deep cut in Medicare payments to doctors who treat millions of Medicare beneficiaries, an impasse that could threaten broader legislation on a payroll tax cut.

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Breast Cancer Surgery Rules Are Called Unclear

By Denise Grady, NYT

Nearly half of women who had lumpectomies for breast cancer ad second operations they may not have needed because surgeons have been unable to agree on guidelines for the most common operation for breast cancer, a new study finds. It also hints that some women who might benefit from further surgery may be missing out on it.

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Pre-existing Conditions Exclusions

When HealthCare Reform goes into full effect starting January 1, 2014 no healthplan, either sold privately or through the …

Health Insurance Exchange Markets: What You Need To Know

By Susan E. Matthews, Everyday Health Staff Writer MONDAY, September 30, 2013 — Congress may still be debating particulars …

Important healthcare benefit information for federal employees

  Federal Employee Health Benefits and Healthcare Reform As it stands today only those federal employees who are members …