Insurance focused on virtual visits? The pros and cons of a new twist in health plans
By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, people often relied on telemedicine for doctor visits. Now, insurers are betting that some patients liked it enough to embrace new types of health coverage that encourages video visits — or outright insists on them. Priority Health in Michigan, for example, offers […]
Don’t want a vaccine? Be prepared to pay more for insurance.
By Elisabeth Rosenthal and Glenn Kramon, Kaiser Health News America’s COVID-19 vaccination rate is around 60% for ages 12 and up. That’s not enough to reach so-called herd immunity, and in states like Missouri — where a number of counties have vaccination rates under 25% — hospitals are overwhelmed by serious outbreaks of the more contagious delta variant. The vaccine […]
To a growing number of pharmacists, using insurance to pay for most generic drugs makes about as much sense as getting auto insurance to cover your oil changes. Problem is, if you try to buy generics without using your insurance card at the vast, vast majority of American pharmacies, you’re going to pay a “cash” […]
The ACA marketplace is open again for insurance sign-ups. Here’s what you need to know.
By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News For people who’ve been without health insurance during the pandemic, relief is in sight. In January, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to open up the federal health insurance marketplace for three months as of Monday so uninsured people can buy a plan and those who want to change their marketplace coverage […]
Supreme Court hears arguments over states’ ability to regulate drug costs
How much leeway states have to control drug middlemen was at the heart of arguments Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court.
House reps target ‘discriminatory’ health insurance practice
Two lawmakers pitched a bill Tuesday they say would block insurers from a practice that shifts health care costs onto patients with chronic diseases who require expensive drugs. Speaking to the House Health Committee, Reps. Susan Manchester, R-Waynesfield, and Thomas West, D-Canton, proposed prohibiting insurers from using “copay accumulator” policies. These policies prohibit patients from […]
A new battle between insurers and big pharma is costing sick people thousands
Abbey Haudenshild knew something was wrong when she learned she owed her pharmacy nearly $8,000. On the upside, it’s cheaper than the combined $32,000 list price — monthly — on the medication for her sons, Weston, 1, and Parker, 4. The boys have hemophilia, a condition that hinders their blood’s ability to clot. The potential […]