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Bad debt is rising again at nonprofit hospitals, Moody's finds

December 2, 2019


The amount of bad debt nonprofit hospitals experience increased in 2018 for the first time since 2014, in part because of changes to insurance benefit designs that are placing greater financial responsibility on patients, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service.

How millennials' health—and wealth—is faltering, in 3 charts

November 19, 2019


Millennials are experiencing chronic health issues at greater rates than previous generations, which could have a significant effect on their economic potential and health spending in the future, according to a report released this month by Moody's and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

She lost her husband, father, and mother. Then she got a $20K hospital bill.

November 7, 2019


After Arline Feilen's husband, father, and mother died within a few years of each other, Feilen found herself so grief-stricken that a friend sent her to the hospital out of concern for her safety—and because Feilen's association health plan did not cover mental health services, she was left with a $21,634.55 bill.

Research shows many Medicare beneficiaries face high out-of-pocket costs

November 6, 2019


Many seniors and disabled U.S. residents grapple with high health care costs despite being enrolled in Medicare, according to research published this week.

Rep. Greg Walden is retiring. Here's what he's done on health care.

October 30, 2019


Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), who since 2017 has served as the top Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, on Monday announced that he will retire at the end of the current Congress and will not seek re-election.

New York's solution for 'surprise' medical bills is increasing health care costs, analysis finds

October 30, 2019


New York's arbitration process for addressing so-called "surprise" medical bills has resulted in higher payments to health care providers, and higher health care costs for state residents, according to an analysis released Thursday by the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy.

House committee chair proposes new fix for 'surprise' medical bills

October 3, 2019


House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-Mass.) in a letter sent Friday to Democratic lawmakers proposed to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by allowing the Trump administration and stakeholder groups to form a committee to recommend regulations for out-of-network bills.

Premiums, deductibles, and more: How employer-sponsored coverage changed in 2019

September 27, 2019


Annual premiums and deductibles for employer-sponsored health coverage increased faster than both wages and inflation in 2019, according to Kaiser Family Foundation's annual Employer Health Benefits Survey.

In the states: Patrick Conway resigns as Blue Cross North Carolina CEO, Massachusetts bans sales of all vaping products, and more

September 27, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

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