| Dec 18, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Even though most health insurers starting in 2014 will no longer be able to reject people for coverage or charge them more because of their health, the new law does NOT apply to Medicare supplemental policies (often called medigap plans).
You can buy any...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 4:44 AM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pediatricians and child abuse agencies should step in when parents' religious beliefs keep kids from getting necessary medical care, doctors said Monday.
In a policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 2:30 AM
When it comes to Medicare open-enrollment season, you could be thinking, "Been there, done that." But as tempted as it may be to stick with your existing Part D prescription-drug policy or private Medicare Advantage plan, it's never a good idea to go on...
| Oct 8, 2013
For all the acrimony in Washington over Obamacare, there's an intriguing consensus around one issue: the ratchet effect. Neither side uses the term, but both the right and left treat it as an article of faith.
The term was coined by the libertarian...
| Dec 13, 2013
The budget agreement reached by the House and Senate this week is a small step forward in restoring some sanity and order to the process. By putting in place a bipartisan plan for the next two years, the agreement represents a much-needed improvement over...
| Oct 15, 2013
When matters become extremely dire and disheartening, as they have been in the blatantly dysfunctional Congress, historians are usually the designated dispensers of perspective. As bad as things are, we like to say, they have been worse and the nation...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 6:47 PM
With the deadline to have health insurance just days away, don't let yourself be scammed as the pressure mounts to sign up for coverage or face a government fine.
Monday is the deadline for people to have signed up for health insurance or face a penalty...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 5:11 PM
He might have become a doctor like his father, but a grad school (Harvard) summer job researching health policy changed all that. Now as the head of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Drew Altman deals not with lab numbers for a few patients but with...
| Oct 10, 2013
The dull whir of the computer running in the background seemed to have gotten louder as the patient fell quiet. She was a young woman, a primary-care patient of mine, seeking a referral to yet another gastroenterologist. Her abdominal pain had already...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 6:09 PM
Andrew Jacobs Jr., a former longtime Indiana congressman known for turning down pay raises and PAC donations as well as for being an early opponent of the Vietnam War, died Saturday at his Indianapolis home. He was 81.
He had been in declining health...
| Oct 28, 2013
A budget panel composed of Democratic, Republican and independent members of the Senate and House is working on ways to avoid another government shutdown like the nightmare we all were just forced to endure.
As a member of that committee, I realize that...