| Aug 22, 2014
| 4:09 PM
The dominant carrier on Maryland's health exchange, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, will raise premiums beginning in January, though not nearly as much as the company wanted, state regulators announced Friday.
CareFirst won approval to raise rates as...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 2:30 AM
The trick to saving money on health care is learning how to navigate the health care marketplace.
Stay in your network. Before you visit a doctor or have a procedure, ask your insurer and the health care provider whether the provider is included in...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 10:48 AM
A Fairfield County couple traveled to Hartford in June to urge regulators not to let Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield raise rates on close to 66,200 health insurance policies, including their son's.
It was the first public hearing in nearly four years...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 12:34 PM
Mary Klinefelter's long, confusing and mind-numbingly frustrating battle with Golden Rule Insurance continues, with the Orland Park resident chipping away at her almost year-old medical bill.
Klinefelter, featured in the Aug. 28 column, had a routine...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 6:35 PM
All Bart Yates wanted was a repair estimate from Hertz for the car he rented in Germany.
The Prospect Heights resident, featured in Thursday's column, had been trying to obtain the document since May, when a rock hit the windshield of his rental while...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 8:01 PM
Major health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has asked the state to let it increase its rates in the individual marketplace by as much as 30 percent on average next year, but two competitors want to lower what they charge people who don't get...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 2:30 AM
No matter how you get your insurance -- through your employer, from a state exchange, from an agent, or directly from an insurance company -- you're paying a bigger share of your health-care costs than in the past. Higher premiums are only part of the...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 1:59 PM
UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, on Thursday reported financial growth driven by its expansion of medical benefits sold to state and federal governments, Medicare-related products, and its international health care business.
| Jul 22, 2014
When his insurance company told him it would not pay for his stem cell transplant, Peter Mossuto did not hesitate.
He contacted Northwestern Memorial Hospital and said he would pay for it himself.
The hospital required a $125,000 deposit, so Mossuto...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 2:30 AM
When it comes to health insurance, a growing number of patients are confronting a trade-off. An insurer cannot drop you or charge higher premiums if you get sick. That's good news. But in return, you're likely to find that available health plans impose...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 12:56 PM
Setting up a major legal fight, UnitedHealth Group Inc. has sued California's insurance commissioner to block his attempt to fine the insurer $173.6 million for violations during a botched 2005 acquisition.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Orange County...