Entries from HEALTH LAW SECTION BLOG tagged with 'health care costs'

Medical debt load busting budgets - Times Union

From today's Albany TimesUnion: A survey shows 1 in 5 Americans say their families are having trouble paying their medical bills. Worse, half of those who are struggling say they are unable to pay a single dime toward those debts....

Universal Coverage: Eye on Mass.

The L.A. Times Friday covered the maturing Massachusetts universal coverage program: BOSTON -- Two years after the state's landmark health law was signed, the cracks are starting to show. Costs are soaring and Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a dollar-a-pack hike...

Mass. Universal Coverage Overburdening Primary Care

Interesting article in today's New York Times focusing on the pressure that universal coverage has placed on the primary care delivery system in Massachusetts: Now in Massachusetts, in an unintended consequence of universal coverage, the imbalance is being exacerbated by...

Industry: Basic Premise of Cuomo's Rate-Scheme Investigation Questionable

Atlantic Information Services reprints an article from Health Plan Week on Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's ongoing investigation into health plans' use of "usual and customary rates" to pay for out-of-network care: A six-month investigation into rate-setting practices of health plans...

Provider Groups Oppose Spitzer Initiatives

Today's TimesUnion reports: Gov. Eliot Spitzer hasn't even unveiled his proposed budget, but two major health care associations released reports Thursday warning about the dangers of cutting government funding to hospitals and nursing homes. . . . The [New York...

Attorney General Opposes Provider Quality/Cost Rankings

Saturday's New York Times reports on an effort by the Attorney General's office to shut down UnitedHealthcare's imminent pricing and quality rankings: In a sharply worded letter, the New York State attorney general's office asked a health insurance company yesterday...

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