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Want Cheaper Prescriptions? Don't Always Use Insurance

Study finds drugs often cheaper than insurance co-pays

(Newser) - Having health insurance means saving money on prescriptions, right? Not necessarily. A study published Tuesday in JAMA found insurance co-pays for generic drugs were actually higher than the cost of the drug 28% of the time. For name-brand drugs, it was 6%. Say your insurance has a $10 co-pay for... More »

It Cost $648K to Save Her. Here's Why That Didn't Ruin Her

Molly Osberg on the illness that nearly killed her

(Newser) - It cost $648,221.53 to keep Molly Osberg alive. Well, it didn't personally cost her that much. The cut insurance had her pay was $2,654.42, and in a long piece for Splinter , she does two things: chart her extreme and sudden illness, and make the case... More »

Her Pain Drove Her to the ER. The Bill Hurt Much More

Vox looks at new policy Anthem is testing

(Newser) - Brittany Cloyd is like plenty of other 27-year-olds: married with a mortgage, student loan payments, and less than $1,000 in the bank. Which made a $12,596 hospital bill all the more distressing. Cloyd has insurance, but as Sarah Kliff explains in a larger look at the issue for... More »

I Gave Birth to Sick Twins, Lost My House, My Bed, My Dignity

Jen Sinconis describes her experience with medical debt for the 'Guardian'

(Newser) - In an essay for the Guardian , Jen Sinconis pens a sort of love letter to two ObamaCare tenets: a ban on lifetime limits on most benefits and on denying people insurance due to pre-existing conditions. Sinconis had access to neither when she had her twin boys 11 years ago. The... More »

Teen to Aetna After Brain Surgery Denied: 'Screw You'

Parents of girl wracked by seizures now trying to come up with $300K on their own

(Newser) - When Cara Pressman gets seizures, she describes it as "like having a nightmare but while you're awake," giving her the chills and the shakes and causing her to zone out for up to two minutes. So the 15-year-old, who a release says is from New York and... More »

Fearing Amazon, CVS Makes $66B Move

Pairing of an insurer with a pharmaceutical company 'makes a lot of sense' to some

(Newser) - It's more big news in the world of health insurance—and potentially for the wallets of consumers—though this time it doesn't revolve around the fate of ObamaCare. The Wall Street Journal reports that CVS has offered to buy giant insurer Aetna for $66 billion. Why? One big... More »

ObamaCare Premiums Rise Sharply for 2nd Year in a Row

Most popular plans up by an average of 34%

(Newser) - Premiums for the most popular ObamaCare plans are going up an average of 34%, according to a study released Wednesday that confirms dire predictions about the impact of political turmoil on consumers. Window-shopping on HealthCare.gov went live Wednesday, so across the country consumers going online can see the consequences... More »

18 States Sue to Stop Trump's ObamaCare Cut

Trump boasts about health stocks falling

(Newser) - President Trump's move to axe a major ObamaCare subsidy has been taken to court—and it's probably going to be there for years to come, analysts say. The Democratic attorneys general of 18 states and Washington, DC filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday, the day after... More »

Trump's 2nd Move Could Be Crippling to ObamaCare

He's ending crucial subsidies to insurers, but a potential deal to save them is in the works

(Newser) - In a move that analysts say could be a devastating blow to ObamaCare, President Trump is ending one of the health care bill's crucial subsidies. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Thursday night that the federal government will stop "cost-sharing reduction" payments to health insurers, which... More »

Trump: Americans Will Be 'Very Happy' on New Health-Care Move

Executive order would give individuals flexibility to choose cheaper plans, could roil markets

(Newser) - With his ObamaCare repeal repeatedly foiled in Congress, President Trump vowed to use the "power of the pen" to change things instead. On Thursday, he began the process by signing an executive order designed to loosen the rules on how individuals can buy insurance, reports the New York Times ... More »

Texas Cities Are Top in Uninsured Residents

Cities in California have lowest rates of uninsured

(Newser) - Seven of the 10 US cities with the lowest rates of uninsured Americans are in California. On the flip side, eight of the 10 cities with the highest rates of uninsured residents are in Texas. That's according to WalletHub , which reviewed the overall insurance rates in 547 US cities... More »

CBO: Trump's Health Strategy Would Hike Costs 20% in 2018

If president stops ObamaCare subsidies, premiums will rise dramatically for 'silver' plan

(Newser) - People buying individual health-care policies would face higher premiums, and some may be left with no insurance options, if President Trump makes good on his threat to stop ObamaCare payments to insurers. That's the conclusion of a new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the AP reports. More... More »

Woman Stuck in Alaska After Terminal Cancer Diagnosis

(Newser) - A couple who left on a two-week "trip of a lifetime" to see mountains and glaciers in Alaska in late April is now stuck in a hospital in Anchorage. Nancy and Paul Greathouse, who married later in life, had both recently retired after working for 40 years. This was... More »

More Democrats Sign On to 'Single-Payer' Idea

Sanders readies his own plan for insurance system reviled on the right

(Newser) - Senators are back at work Monday, and their No. 1 priority remains trying to craft an alternative to ObamaCare. The problem is that Mitch McConnell's task of getting the necessary 50 votes seems to have gotten only more difficult over the holiday break, and that's raising a slew... More »

Number of Uninsured Has Jumped by 2M in 2017

Uptick is 'statistically significant' as coverage gains start to erode, analysts say

(Newser) - The number of US adults without health insurance has grown by some 2 million this year, according to a major new survey that finds recent coverage gains beginning to erode. The new numbers highlight what's at stake as Congress returns to an unresolved debate over Republican proposals to roll... More »

Ted Cruz May Have Solved GOP Health Care Problem

Cruz amendment being considered by CBO

(Newser) - Ted Cruz could be the one to push an ObamaCare repeal and replacement through the House and Senate, the Hill reports. A GOP aide says the Congressional Budget Office is looking at two versions of the Better Care Reconciliation Act—one of which contains an amendment by Cruz that is... More »

CBO: 23M More Americans Uninsured Under GOP Bill

The AHCA would reduce the deficit by $119B

(Newser) - The American Health Care Act passed by House Republicans earlier this month will reduce the deficit by $119 billion over the next decade—while leaving 23 million more Americans without insurance than if ObamaCare remains in place, according to the Congressional Budget Office's score of the bill released Wednesday.... More »

Shady Treatment Centers Help Fuel Drug Addiction

Alison Flory was living in a so-called 'sober living' house until her fatal OD

(Newser) - The US is in the midst of a well-documented opioid epidemic, but less well-known is how some people are making money off it through shady treatment centers that bilk insurance companies and do little to help their actual clients. In a feature in the Christian Science Monitor , Jennifer Flory describes... More »

Jimmy Kimmel Responds to Reaction About His Baby

Host returns, thanks supporters, mocks his new title of 'elitist Hollywood creep'

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel returned to the air Monday night from paternity leave and responded to the backlash over his emotional monologue about his newborn son and the need for accessible health care. After thanking people for their support of his family and mockingly embracing his new title of "elitist Hollywood... More »

Did Jimmy Kimmel Just Doom the GOP's Health Bill?

Debate over pre-existing conditions threatens to torpedo ObamaCare repeal

(Newser) - The Republicans' new attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare is suddenly in serious trouble, reports CNN , with the White House engaging in a furious push to win over wavering lawmakers. One sticking point is coverage of pre-existing conditions, with one blogger arguing that Jimmy Kimmel's emotional plea on Monday... More »

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