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Tax filing problems could jeopardize health law aid for 1.8M

By Associated Press  |  August 04, 2015

About 1.8 million households that got financial help for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act now have issues with their tax returns that could jeopardize their subsidies next year. Administration officials say those taxpayers will have to act quickly.

Most hospitals face 30-day readmissions penalty in fiscal 2016

Most hospitals face 30-day readmissions penalty in fiscal 2016

By Sabriya Rice  |  August 03, 2015

Most hospitals will get less money from Medicare in fiscal 2016 because too many patients return within 30 days of discharge. Less than 25% of hospitals subject to the program targeting readmissions did well enough to escape the penalty.

New York health exchange plans get average 7.1% rate bump

By Bob Herman  |  August 03, 2015

Health insurance premiums on New York's state-run exchange will go up by an average of 7.1% next year. But rates differ greatly by payer, plan type and region, highlighting the difficulties of relying on crude averages.

Meet the sheriff who runs the nation's largest psych facility

Meet the sheriff who runs the nation's largest psych facility

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 01, 2015

Cook County (Ill.) Sheriff Tom Dart describes how he is providing behavioral healthcare services for the jail inmates who need them and how he is working to keep people with mental health issues from returning to the facility that some have called the nation's largest mental healthcare institution.

Editorial: The benefits of rate regulation

Editorial: The benefits of rate regulation

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 01, 2015

In what must have been a terrible disappointment for Obamacare bashers on the presidential campaign trail, the early returns from California suggest the rate increases next year in the individual and small-group health insurance market will be modest. The news comes with a caveat: Everything may...

Louisiana co-op health plan latest to announce shutdown

By Bob Herman  |  August 01, 2015

Louisiana Health Cooperative, the state's not-for-profit health plan created through the Affordable Care Act, will close by year-end. LAHC is the second co-op casualty in less than a year, and a sign that many other co-ops are on life support.

Wheaton College ends student health plans over birth control

By Associated Press  |  July 29, 2015

Wheaton College in suburban Chicago will stop offering health insurance plans to students beginning Friday in an effort to avoid providing birth control coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

Commentary: Expansion of Medicaid offers benefits far beyond improving access to care

Commentary: Expansion of Medicaid offers benefits far beyond improving access to care

By Dr. Georges Benjamin  |  July 25, 2015

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Social Security Act of 1965 establishing the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Much has been written about the future of Medicare; but Medicaid, now our largest public insurance program, has become a lightning rod for debate.

Delayed scrutiny: Problems with birth control device expose gaps in FDA oversight

Delayed scrutiny: Problems with birth control device expose gaps in FDA oversight

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 25, 2015

Thousands of women have experienced problems with the Essure birth control device. They claim these side effects were not disclosed to them by the manufacturer or their doctors, and that their complaints have been dismissed for years by the device manufacturer, physicians and the federal government.

Will hospital firms top last year's strong second-quarter earnings?

Will hospital firms top last year's strong second-quarter earnings?

By Beth Kutscher  |  July 25, 2015

Publicly traded hospital companies this week will face a high bar to beat last year's results when they report second-quarter earnings. It was in the second quarter of 2014 when chains began to see gains from the ACA's insurance expansion, an uplift that continued the rest of the year.

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