NY exchange scores F’s on some consumer features

The New York State of Health exchange lacks many of the features that other public Obamacare marketplaces, including Healthcare.gov, have added to make it easier for users to compare plans, according to a report released Tuesday by the Clear Choices Campaign, an advocacy group that seeks greater transparency in health care quality and pricing. Rather […]

New Contraceptive Regulations Announced by Governor Cuomo

“Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a series of actions to firmly secure access to reproductive rights in New York State. Through regulatory action, the State will ensure that contraceptive drugs and devices are covered by commercial health insurance policies without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles regardless of the future of the Affordable Care Act; contraceptives […]

NY health plans seek average 13.5% hike for 2016

Get ready to pay more for health care next year. The battle over setting next year’s health insurance premiums in New York is underway after proposals seeking double-digit rate increases on average were submitted to state regulators. Proposed rate adjustments vary widely, with an average increase of about 13.5 percent. While some health plans seek […]

Republicans Proposed Plan to Replace The ACA

The Washington Times reports that the list of Republican plans “to deal with the potential fallout” from King v. Burwell “is growing longer, although Republicans have yet to coalesce around a game plan with just six weeks before the court is expected to rule.” Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) unveiled a “revamped version” of his ACA replacement […]

Data Released to The Public on Medicare Prescription Spending

The heartburn drug Nexium — whose advertisements have long been ubiquitous on television — was prescribed to 1.5 million Medicare patients in 2013, for a total cost of more than $2.5 billion, the largest amount spent on any drug prescribed through the government program, according to data released by Medicare officials on Thursday. The data was the most […]

Most Doctors Don’t Follow Guidelines for Patients

For all their talk about evidence-based medicine, a lot of doctors don’t follow the clinical guidelines set by leading medical groups. Consider, for example, the case of cataract surgery. It’s a fairly straightforward medical procedure: Doctors replace an eye’s cloudy lens with a clear, prosthetic one. More than a million people each year in the […]