Latin American and Mexican immigrants typically are not offered health insurance by their employers.
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Health care costs were 4.4 percent lower for HealthPartners members in these consumer directed health plans compared to members in traditional plans.
Several hundred primary care physicians have begun to offer patients prepaid plans, a practice that supporters maintain tackles two crises in U.S. health care.
The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee thanks Al Gore for his forceful new words in support of the kind of universal, non-profit, single-payer healthcare.
California Public Employees' Retirement System trustees are considering a plan that would place all CalPERS health plans under the control of a single outside administrator.
House Budget Committee discussed whether tax code changes could help expand health care coverage to the uninsured.
House voted to sustain President Bush's veto of legislation that would have reauthorized and expanded SCHIP.
Republicans asked to vote to override President Bush's veto of SCHIP legislation.
Universal affordable health insurance coverage is essential to a high performance health system; reform design will matter for improving quality and controlling costs.
The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America introduced of a new program that helps employers manage health care costs by locking in a single-digit medical premium renewal rate when companies sign-up.
Democrats from the House Ways and Means Health and Oversight subcommittees on Tuesday during a joint hearing said that CMS officials must ensure that private Medicare Advantage plans provide promised benefits and that the agency should seek to recover over payments to the plans, CQ Health Beat reports.
If lawmakers are unable to override President Bush's veto of legislation that would reauthorize and expand SCHIP, Orrin Hatch will push to quickly begin negotiations with the administration.
Health insurance status, not race, increases an individual's likelihood of having a perforated appendix.
Purchasing disability insurance protects your most precious financial asset.
Insurers CDPHP and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield agreed to raise reimbursement rates to health centers in the Hudson Headwaters Health Network, a not-for-profit system of community health centers that provides care for 60,000 residents in the Adirondacks region of upstate New York, the Albany Times Union reports.
As the U.S. prepares for the next great debate on its ailing health care system, support is growing for a shift from the traditional employer-based financing to publicly subsidized individual health insurance.
Republican leaders are confident President Bush's veto of legislation that would have reauthorized and expanded SCHIP will be sustained.
Governor Rendell said three out of every four people who are uninsured work for a living, and many of them work for small businesses who cannot afford to provide coverage.
Medicare prescription drug coverage has given many seniors peace of mind that they will have access to the medicines they need. But occasionally, because of individual plan rules, the medicine that's prescribed by the doctor isn't always covered. Seniors who encounter this situation have options, but they need to know what they can do about it.
Philadelphia Inquirer examined recent efforts by states to expand health insurance coverage to more residents and to make health care more accessible and affordable.
Health plans are expecting premium rate increases in 2008 of 7.4%, 0.8 percentage points lower than last year's expectation of 8.2%. This is the fourth consecutive decline in the rate of premium growth.
Sherlock Company conducted this survey in September of 2007. The survey contained 76 responses, comprising 20.7% of health plans serving commercial members nationwide.
Health insurance companies offering Medicare Advantage plans that were found by CMS audits to have violated Medicare marketing standards on Tuesday said that they were working to fix the problems and that they would provide better services to beneficiaries, the New York Times reports. The comments came as concerns were expressed by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chair Pete Stark (D-Calif.) over marketing of MA plans and insurers' handling of claims and appeals.
CQ HealthBeat discusses House Democrats' efforts to override President Bush's veto of SCHIP expansion legislation.