Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Tax Bill Or Health Bill?

Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Sarah Kliff of Vox.com, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo discuss the inclusion of health policies into the current tax cut debate, including a possible repeal of the fines for people who fail to maintain health insurance.

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Despite ACA Cost Protections, Most Adolescents Skip Regular Checkups

Only 48 percent of kids ages 10 to 17 have well-child visits, even though the federal health law requires insurers to pick up the entire tab, a study finds.

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About A Third Of Americans Unaware Of Obamacare Open Enrollment

Nonetheless, federal officials report sign-ups are robust so far this year.

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Medicaid Expansion Takes A Bite Out Of Medical Debt

Medical debt is down across the country. In states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the reduction is sharper.

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Medicare Seeks Comment On Ways To Cut Costs Of Part D Drugs

Medicare is examining how rebates and discounts could be shared in some way with Part D beneficiaries to reduce their out-of-pocket costs.

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For Millions of Insured Americans, State Health Laws Don’t Apply

Many states have adopted strong consumer regulations, but they don’t protect the millions of Americans with a specific type of job-based coverage.

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How Older Patients Can Dodge Pitfalls Entrenched In Health Care System

What being old and sick in America can mean — and ways to navigate the often treacherous journey through the system.

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California Fines Anthem $5 Million For Failing to Address Consumer Grievances

The Department of Managed Health Care cited one example in which consumers and advocates had to call the insurer 22 times to contest a decision. Still, the complaint still was not resolved until the department became involved.

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California Firm Running Physician Practices Is Closing Down as Scrutiny Ramps Up

State regulators and insurers are looking into SynerMed, which medical groups depend upon to handle their finances and business operations. The groups, serving 1 million patients, fear a messy fallout.

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Can Apps Slay The Medical Bill Dragon?

A handful of Silicon Valley start-ups are trying to usher medical billing into the 21st century by creating smartphone apps to help consumers navigate their health insurance paperwork.

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