Prices charged by NYC area hospitals vary widely, new report says

In the New York City area, hospitals with the biggest market share tend to charge the highest prices, according to a new report from the New York State Health Foundation. The report, prepared by Marlborough, Mass.-based Gorman Actuarial, studied pricing in three regions of the state. In downstate New York, the highest-priced facilities negotiated prices […]

Immigrants, the Poor and Minorities Gain Sharply Under Health Act

LOS ANGELES — The first full year of the Affordable Care Act brought historic increases in coverage for low-wage workers and others who have long been left out of the health care system, a New York Times analysis has found. Immigrants of all backgrounds — including more than a million legal residents who are not […]

Health spending growth rate surges to 5.3% under ACA

The Affordable Care Act expanded health coverage to millions of Americans in 2014. Because more people had insurance to pay for healthcare services, demand and spending predictably went up more quickly. But the important question for the future remains the same: Will healthcare be able to avoid large spending spikes and move to a more […]

We Mapped the Uninsured. You’ll Notice a Pattern. They tend to live in the South, and they tend to be poor.

Two years into Obamacare, clear regional patterns are emerging about who has health insurance in America and who still doesn’t. The remaining uninsured are primarily in the South and the Southwest. They tend to be poor. They tend to live in Republican-leaning states. The rates of people without insurance in the Northeast and the upper […]

Truths and Myths of Obamacare

The Obamacare debate has always been rife with myths, from the infamous “death panels” to the armed IRS agents that would arrest those who don’t buy insurance (really, this was an actual myth). But as the Affordable Care Act turns five, it appears one myth reigns above them all: the idea that the health-care law […]

Healthcare Spending on an Uptick

Bloomberg News reports that a new analysis of preliminary government data by the Altarum Institute research group shows healthcare spending is on the rise again after “five years of historically slow growth.” The analysis shows “health spending increasing by 5 percent last year, compared to 3.6 percent in 2013.” If the final tally confirms the numbers, […]