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For millions of insured Americans, state health laws don’t apply

by Emily Bazar Let’s say you have health insurance through your employer and live in one of 21 states with laws protecting consumers against surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers. Should one of those unwanted bills land in your mailbox, you can … Continue reading

November 18, 2017

Obamacare shopping is trickier than ever, here’s a cheat sheet

by Jay Hancock HEALTH care is complicated. Shopping for an individual health plan just got even more so, with President Donald Trump’s decision last month to block $7 billion in Affordable Care Act subsidies. Known as cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs), … Continue reading

November 10, 2017

5 things to know about ACA at year 5

by Julie Rovner and Julie Appleby Open enrollment for people who buy their own health insurance starts Wednesday, November 1 and ends Dec. 15 this year. That’s 45 days, six weeks shorter than last year — and only one of the big … Continue reading

November 03, 2017

Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How to choose

by Judith Graham As health insurers struggle with shifting government policies and considerable uncertainty, one market remains remarkably stable: Medicare Advantage plans. That’s good news for seniors as they select coverage for the year ahead during Medicare’s annual open enrollment … Continue reading

October 20, 2017

Trump’s order advances GOP go-to ideas to broaden insurance choices, curb costs

by: Julie Appleby The Trump administration Thursday, Oct. 12 advanced a wide-ranging executive order aimed at expanding lower-cost insurance options, allowing employers to give workers money to buy their own coverage and slowing consolidation in the insurance and hospital industries. … Continue reading

October 14, 2017

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