Rising complaints of unauthorized Obamacare plan-switching and sign-ups trigger concern
Federal and state regulators aren’t doing enough to stop the growing problem of rogue health insurance brokers making unauthorized policy switches for Affordable Care Act policyholders, say insurance experts.#nt #affordablecareact (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 15, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Reports of Unauthorized Obamacare Plan-Switching and Sign-Ups Trigger Concern
(MedPage Today) -- Federal and state regulators aren't doing enough to stop the growing problem of rogue health insurance brokers making unauthorized policy switches for Affordable Care Act (ACA) policyholders, say consumers, agents, nonprofit... (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - April 15, 2024 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Almost 1 in 4 People Disenrolled From Medicaid Are Now Uninsured
FRIDAY, April 12, 2024 -- Nearly a quarter of Americans who lost their pandemic-era Medicaid coverage say they ' re now without any health insurance, a new survey finds. More than half (54%) of these currently uninsured adults cited cost as the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 12, 2024 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Were You Stuck With a Big Vet Bill? Tell Us About It.
We want to hear from pet owners about their experiences taking their animals to the vet, and how they paid for their animals ’ care. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 11, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Thomas Tags: Pets Content Type: Service Animals Veterinary Medicine Health Insurance and Managed Care your-feed-healthcare internal-reader-callout Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs and the Children's Health Insurance Program: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System, etc.
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding changes to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals for fiscal year 2025. Contains details of proposed changes impacting Medicare graduate medical education (GME) for teaching hospitals and payment policies and the annual payment rates for the Medicare prospective payment system (PPS) for inpatient hospital services provided by long-term care hospitals, among other things. Comments are due by June 10, 2024. (Source: Federal Register updates ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 11, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Youth Gender Medications Limited in England, Part of Big Shift in Europe
Five European countries have recently restricted hormone treatments for adolescents with gender distress. They have not banned the care, unlike many U.S. states. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 10, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Azeen Ghorayshi Tags: England National Health Service Transgender Hormones Teenagers and Adolescence Discrimination Medicine and Health Politics and Government Mental Health and Disorders Health Insurance and Managed Care Europe Netherlands Denmark Fi Source Type: news

England Limits Youth Gender Medications, Part of Big Shift in Europe
Five European countries have recently restricted hormone treatments for adolescents with gender distress. They have not banned the care, unlike many U.S. states. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 10, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Azeen Ghorayshi Tags: Teenagers and Adolescence Youth Medicine and Health Politics and Government Mental Health and Disorders Children and Childhood Research Health Insurance and Managed Care England Denmark Europe Finland Norway your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Kenya: Ruto Vows Radical Reforms On Health Claims Under Digital Health Law
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- President William Ruto has vowed radical reforms on processing of health insurance claims under a Digital Health law currently under consideration by Parliament. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 9, 2024 Category: African Health Tags: East Africa Governance Health and Medicine Kenya Source Type: news

Paying Off People ’s Medical Debt Has Little Impact on Their Lives, Study Finds
A nonprofit group called R.I.P. Medical Debt has relieved Americans of $11 billion in hospital bills. But that did not improve their mental health or their credit scores, a study found. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 8, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Philanthropy Health Insurance and Managed Care Research Nonprofit Organizations Collectors and Collections RIP Medical Debt your-feed-healthcare Credit and Debt Source Type: news

Health Insurers ’ Lucrative Alliance That Drives Up Patient Bills: 5 Takeaways
A private-equity-backed firm has helped drive down payments to medical providers, drive up patients ’ bills and earn billions for insurers. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 7, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Hamby Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) MultiPlan Inc Source Type: news

Insurance Companies Reap Hidden Fees as Patients Get Unexpected Bills
A little-known data firm helps health insurers make more when less of an out-of-network claim gets paid. Patients can be on the hook for the difference. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 7, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Hamby Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) MultiPlan Inc Price Gouging FAIR Health Inc Aetna Inc CIGNA Corporation UnitedHealth Group Inc Source Type: news

In Battle Over Health Care Costs, Private Equity Plays Both Sides
As medical practices owned by private equity firms fuel overbilling, a payment tool also backed by such investors helps insurers boost their profits. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 7, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Hamby Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Private Equity Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) MultiPlan Inc Data iSight Source Type: news

For Red State Holdouts Like Kansas, Is Expanding Medicaid Within Reach?
As Southern states reconsider Medicaid expansion, Gov. Laura Kelly of Kansas is pushing her own plan meant to appeal to conservatives. So far, success has been elusive. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 3, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Noah Weiland Tags: Medicaid Kansas Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Kelly, Laura (1950- ) Health Insurance and Managed Care State Legislatures Law and Legislation United States Politics and Government Poverty Source Type: news

Treasury, DOL, HHS: Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance and Independent, Noncoordinated Excepted Benefits Coverage
Notice of final rules from the Department of the Treasury, Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) amending the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance, which is excluded from the definition of individual health insurance coverage under the Public Health Service Act. This notice also amends the regulations for hospital indemnity or other fixed indemnity insurance to be considered an excepted benefit in the group and individual health insurance markets. These regulations are effective June 17, 2024. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 3, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Trump Built His Brand Bashing Obamacare. Now It ’s More Popular Than He Is.
This article is part of The D.C. Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox. A decade and a half ago, the Affordable Care Act set the stage for Donald Trump’s White House victory. The conservative backlash to Democrats’ massive and agenda-setting health care proposal was so strong that it gave rise to a newly empowered far-right faction in Congress, inspired a whole generation of angry political neophytes, and almost made Barack Obama a one-term President. Now, a solid 14 years later, those same rabble rousers seem to have convinced Trump, who spent year...
Source: TIME: Health - April 2, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Philip Elliott Tags: Uncategorized Donald Trump Source Type: news