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UnitedHealthcare Broadens Direct Drug Rebate Program

UnitedHealthcare Broadens Direct Drug Rebate Program

By Tom Murphy | Mar 12
The nation's largest health insurer is expanding a program that passes rebates from drugmakers directly to the people that use their medications.

Texas Lawmakers Take Aim at Surprise Medical Bills

Texas Lawmakers Take Aim at Surprise Medical Bills

By Ashley Lopez | Mar 5
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers announced plans to address surprise medical bills in a way that would take the "burden" off Texans.

There's a New 'Medicare for All' Bill in the House - Does it Matter?

There's a New 'Medicare for All' Bill in the House - Does it Matter?

By Shefali Luthra | Mar 4
Members of the House last week offered their version of a "Medicare-for-all" bill that is broader than what's been put forth by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whose 2016 presidential run pushed the issue into the political mainstream.

Should You Move Abroad for Health Care?

Should You Move Abroad for Health Care?

By Liz Weston, NerdWallet | Feb 26
The notion that health care outside the U.S. could be good as well as cheap is a foreign one to many Americans.

Confusing and High Bills Add to Anxiety and Suffering for Cancer Patients

Confusing and High Bills Add to Anxiety and Suffering for Cancer Patients

By Mary Politi, Washington University in St Louis | Feb 13
A personal account of how medical bills can amplify the struggle families face during a critical illness.

Transparent Hospital Pricing Reveals Wild Fluctuation

Transparent Hospital Pricing Reveals Wild Fluctuation

By Harriet Blair Rowan | Feb 7
The federal government's new rule requiring hospitals to post prices for their services is intended to allow patients to shop around and compare prices, a step toward price transparency that has generated praise and skepticism.

Hope You're Sitting Down: Hospital Charges $4.7K for Fainting Spell

Hope You're Sitting Down: Hospital Charges $4.7K for Fainting Spell

By Phil Galewitz | Jan 29
Matt Gleason had skipped getting a flu shot for more than a decade. This year, he decided to get one, but after a fainting spell and a 911 call from his colleagues, the bill came in at nearly $4,700.

Patients Turn to GoFundMe When Money and Hope Run Out

Patients Turn to GoFundMe When Money and Hope Run Out

By Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio | Jan 22
GoFundMe, the largest online, crowdsourced fundraising platform, says contributors have raised more than $5 billion, all told, from 50 million donations in the eight years it has been in business.

Liberal Lawmakers Challenge Trump with Drug Cost Legislation

Liberal Lawmakers Challenge Trump with Drug Cost Legislation

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Jan 10
Challenging the Trump administration on a top consumer issue, leading congressional liberals are proposing legislation that would radically reduce U.S. prescription drug bills by linking prices to lower costs in other countries.

Mutual of Omaha Changes PrEP Policy for Insurance Applicants

Mutual of Omaha Changes PrEP Policy for Insurance Applicants

Jan 10
One of the country's largest insurance providers has agreed to stop denying all forms of insurance, including life and long-term care insurance, to Massachusetts residents using the HIV prevention medication Truvada.

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