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How Bloomberg, Yang want to reform the US health care system

December 20, 2019


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who are among the candidates competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, this week released their respective health reform plans.

Are these 5 types of medical billing 'fraud by any other name'?

December 13, 2019


Elisabeth Rosenthal, a physician and editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, in a New York Times opinion piece recalls her husband's recent experience navigating the U.S. health care system and argues that "[m]uch of what we accept as legal in medical billing would be regarded as fraud in any other sector."

The House has another new proposal to address 'surprise' medical bills

December 12, 2019


The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday announced new legislation, which is still being finalized, to address so-called "surprise" medical bills—just days after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced their own bipartisan plan to address surprise bills, likely setting up Congress to resolve the issue in 2020.

With opposition from industry, the future of surprise billing legislation remains uncertain

December 10, 2019


The White House on Monday expressed support for a new, bipartisan agreement to address so-called "surprise" medical bills, but the proposal's future is uncertain, as it faces opposition from the provider industry and has yet to receive an endorsement from congressional leadership.

Senate, House lawmakers announce a deal to fix 'surprise' medical bills

December 9, 2019


Three federal lawmakers on Sunday announced that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee have reached a bipartisan agreement in principle on legislation to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that could be attached to a year-end spending bill.

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.

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