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After Article, Teacher's Hospital Bill Goes From $108,951 to $332

Teacher has now paid it off in full

(Newser) - A teacher who found himself hit with a $108,951.31 hospital bill after suffering a heart attack went to the media—and it paid off. After NPR and Kaiser Health News reported Drew Calver's story as part of their "Bill of the Month" series, St. David's... More »

Teacher Has Heart Attack, Gets $108,951 Bill From Hospital

NPR explains the practices that lead to such billing surprises

(Newser) - Drew Calver, 44, survived a heart attack last year only to be hit with a bill that, he tells NPR , could practically "give me another heart attack": St. David's Medical Center in Austin, Texas, said the teacher owed $108,951.31—almost double his annual salary. St. David'... More »

She Was 'in Agony,' Still Tried to Call Off Ambulance

Woman injured on subway reportedly said 'I have terrible insurance'

(Newser) - A woman riding the subway in Boston got her leg stuck between the platform and a train Friday, prompting a pricey ambulance ride and setting off a healthcare debate. The 45-year-old woman, who has not been identified, stepped into a 5-inch gap as she got off the Orange Line at... More »

Doctors Plead for Pay Raises to Stop Before It's Too Late

Hard-working nurses deserve it more, they say

(Newser) - Many doctors in Quebec are upset about pay raises—that is, about having them at all. With nurses complaining about their workload, nearly 740 doctors, medical students, and residents in the Canadian province are petitioning to reject pay raises and have the money given to nurses, the New York Times... More »

Feds to Idaho: Your 'Freedom' Health Care Is Illegal

But officials may find a workaround

(Newser) - Idaho's move to let companies offer health insurance plans that don't meet Affordable Care Act standards is illegal, US officials say. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma issued a letter to Idaho officials saying the Affordable Care Act remains the law and that her agency... More »

Say Goodbye to the Hospital Butt-Hang

New hospital gown promises easy access for medical staff but coverage for patients

(Newser) - "Embarrassing backside exposure" may soon be a thing of the past—at least when it comes to hospital gowns. "The current patient gown, with the ties in the back, reinforces a power imbalance between patients and caregivers," Dr. Mark Smith, head of the MedStar Institute for Innovation,... More »

Surgeon Offered to Pierce a Girl's Ears. Then Came the Bill

It was for $1,877, and it's emblematic of our health care spending mess

(Newser) - "Overuse" may seem like a benign word, and that's kind of the problem. In its latest piece on health care waste, ProPublica defines overuse as an umbrella term for a type of waste that includes things like unnecessary tests or surgeries. And it kicks things off with an... 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 »

Strategy Emerges to Pass New ObamaCare Remedy

Bipartisan deal may get tucked into spending bill, meaning it's that or a shutdown

(Newser) - President Trump seemed to back away even further on Wednesday from his support of a bipartisan deal that would shore up ObamaCare for the near future. In a tweet , Trump said he could "never support bailing out" insurance companies, referring to the deal struck between Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander... More »

2 Senators Reach Bipartisan Deal on ObamaCare

Alexander, Murray say they have 'basic outlines' of agreement to restore subsidies to insurers

(Newser) - Two leading senators said Tuesday they have the "basic outlines" of a bipartisan agreement to resume federal payments to health insurers that President Trump has blocked. Both said in separate interviews that they still have unresolved issues but expressed optimism that a compromise was near, per the AP . The... 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 »

Michael Jordan Making Biggest Donation Ever to NC City

NBA star is donating $7M to open 2 medical clinics in Charlotte

(Newser) - Michael Jordan, who grew up in North Carolina, attended UNC-Chapel Hill, and now owns the Charlotte Hornets, is making his biggest ever donation—$7 million—to build two medical clinics in Charlotte. Per his rep, the NBA legend learned of a 2014 study that found children in the North Carolina... More »

Senate GOP Won't Vote on ObamaCare Repeal

Republicans lacked the votes to pass Graham-Cassidy

(Newser) - Senate Republicans announced Tuesday they will not hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal ObamCare, Bloomberg reports. The decision marks the most recent failure of the GOP's seven-year effort to end the Affordable Care Act. The bill was sunk when senators Susan Collins, John McCain, and Rand... More »

Cruz Joins Opposition to Republican Health Care Bill

'Right now, they don't have my vote'

(Newser) - The GOP's path to passing its most recent attempt to repeal ObamaCare continued to get narrower—perhaps closing altogether—on Sunday. “Right now, they don’t have my vote,” Politico quotes Sen. Ted Cruz as saying during a panel discussion Sunday. “And I don’t think... More »

GOP Senator's Opposition to Health Care Bill Firms Up

Collins says 'very difficult' to see voting for Graham-Cassidy

(Newser) - It now sounds like Sen. Susan Collins is doing a little more than "leaning against" the GOP's newest ObamaCare repeal effort. "It's very difficult for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill," CNN quotes the Maine Republican as... More »

Wary Democrats: 'Bill Is Not Dead Yet'

No celebrations after McCain announces opposition to ObamaCare repeal

(Newser) - John McCain's opposition to the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare didn't quite kill the legislation's chances, though it came pretty close. Still, Democrats are taking pains not to declare victory in public or do anything that smacks of gloating, reports Politico . As Democratic Hawaii Sen. Brian... More »

McCain May Have Just Saved ObamaCare. Again

Senator says he can't vote for the newest GOP repeal bill

(Newser) - The latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act may very well be dead after Sen. John McCain announced his opposition to it Friday, the AP reports. "I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal," CNN quotes McCain as saying in a statement. "I... More »

A Relentless Kimmel Goes After Health Care Bill Again

Late-night host also skewers President Trump's intentions on health care reform

(Newser) - The Jimmy Kimmel - Bill Cassidy dust-up over health care circled back to Kimmel Thursday , the third night in a row that the late-night host has taken on the Louisiana senator over the latter's bill with Sen. Lindsey Graham to replace ObamaCare. Per EW , Kimmel addressed President Trump at... More »

Kimmel-Cassidy Feud Over 'Indefensible' Bill Hits Night 2

And Kimmel calls Fox host Brian Kilmeade a 'phony little creep'

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel's tirade against GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy for his new health care bill reached a second night on Wednesday. Kimmel, whose son was born earlier this year with a serious heart condition , railed on Cassidy for lying "right to my face" on his show in May about... More »

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