Healthcare Workers and Hospitals Confront the Fallout From Supreme Court Vaccine Mandate

Hospitals could face more staff shortages, and workers and facilities could feel caught between opposing state and federal policies.

#centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #vaccination-and-immunization

Why Rapid Covid Tests May Not Be Free Upfront at First

Not all health plans will be ready for the Covid tests to be free upfront at stores, relying at first on receipts and reimbursement.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugstores, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shortages, #tests-medical

Finding a Surprising Story in a Stack of Medical Bills

The Times journalists Sarah Kliff and Aatish Bhatia joined forces and expertise to investigate the limitations of prenatal testing.

#amniocentesis, #birth-defects, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #tests-medical

Doctors Debate Whether Trans Teens Need Therapy Before Hormones

Clinicians are divided over new guidelines that say teens should undergo mental health screenings before receiving hormones or gender surgeries.

#gender, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hormones, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychology-and-psychologists, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #your-feed-science, #youth

Insurers Will Have to Cover 8 At-Home Virus Tests Per Month

The Biden administration announced the new guidelines as it continued to work to get coronavirus tests to people regardless of their insurance status.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #tests-medical, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘A Sad State of Affairs’ for Mental Health in America

Responses to a survey of mental health professionals. Also: Ways to persuade the unvaccinated; forgiveness and accountability.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #mental-health-and-disorders, #roof-dylann-storm, #tutu-desmond-m

Expecting or Planning? There’s Nothing Magic About Age 35.

Prenatal and postpartum care is organized around an outdated definition of “advanced maternal age.”

#harvard-university, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #internal-sub-only-nl, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

Left and Center-Left Both Claim Stacey Abrams. Who’s Right?

Ms. Abrams, the Georgia Democrat running for governor, has admirers in both wings of her party — and Republicans eager to defeat her. Her carefully calibrated strategy faces a test in 2022.

#abrams-stacey-y, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #georgia, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

A New Ban on Surprise Medical Bills Starts This Week

If you have a medical emergency, you will no longer need to worry about a large bill from a doctor you did not choose.

#ambulances, #consumer-protection, #content-type-service, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #law-and-legislation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

Biden Administration Rejects Medicaid Work Requirements in Georgia

The decision continued the administration’s rollback of the Trump-era policy, targeting the only remaining state with federal approval for the requirements.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #georgia, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

On More Generous Terms, Obamacare Proves Newly Popular

Record sign-ups, even in states that had resisted expanding health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #brooks-lasure-chiquita, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

Obamacare Sign-Ups Reach Record as Virus Rocks Job-Based Coverage

Thanks to increased subsidies, new advertising, and a reshaped insurance landscape, 13.6 million Americans have enrolled in plans for 2022. Enrollment continues until Jan. 15.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #insurance, #medicaid, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

How to Cope With Medicare’s Rising Costs

A higher Medicare premium in 2022 is just part of the puzzle of health care costs for older Americans. But there are ways to plan.

#aduhelm-drug, #content-type-service, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #finances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #inflation-economics, #longevity, #medicare, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #social-security-us

How a Hearing Test for Babies Has Paid Off for a Big Medical Provider

Routine use of a more advanced screening method turns a low-cost procedure into a pricier one.

#babies-and-infants, #consumer-protection, #ears-and-hearing, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

The Pandemic Struck Orchestras With Underlying Conditions Hard

With the coronavirus crisis exacerbating longstanding budget woes, the San Antonio Symphony wants to cut pay and positions. Its musicians have gone on strike.

#american-federation-of-musicians, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #lockouts, #organized-labor, #san-antonio-tex, #san-antonio-symphony, #springfield-mass, #springfield-symphony-orchestra, #strikes

The Medicaid Reentry Act Could Save Lives

The Medicaid Re-entry Act ought to become law, regardless of the fate of Build Back Better.

#ex-convicts, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #manchin-joe-iii, #medicaid, #prisons-and-prisoners, #senate, #tonko-paul-d, #united-states-politics-and-government

How to Make Sure You’re Virus-Free for Free: A Holiday Guide

A federal plan to require health insurers to cover the cost of at-home tests is not yet in effect. But there are other options.

#chicago-ill, #colorado, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #new-york-city, #tests-medical, #vermont, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

An English City’s Fight Against Loneliness

Frome, a small city in England, has taken an innovative approach to mental health with its fight against loneliness.

#anxiety-and-stress, #citiesfortomorrow, #frome-england, #great-britain, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #loneliness, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Doctors and Hospitals Make Late Bid to Change Surprise Billing Ban

A lawsuit says the Biden administration’s faulty interpretation of the law will harm medical providers.

#arbitration-conciliation-and-mediation, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #law-and-legislation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

Yes, Americans Should Get Free Tests

We need every option available to return to normal.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #tests-medical, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Biden’s Plan for Free Rapid Tests, Legwork Will Be Required

Some nations make Covid tests available at little to no cost for consumers. The U.S. plan for home testing includes submitting receipts to private insurers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

Build Back Better Act Would Patch Holes in Health Coverage

Taken together, the provisions in the social policy bill represent the biggest step toward universal coverage since the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #medicaid, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

Genetic Risks for Cancer Should Not Mean Financial Hardship

People with markers for cancer often need more screenings. But health insurers are not required to fully cover them. 

#breast-cancer, #colon-and-colorectal-cancer, #genetics-and-heredity, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #tests-medical

House Narrowly Passes Biden’s Social Safety Net and Climate Bill

The vote was months in the making for the roughly $2 trillion measure, one of the most consequential bills in decades. Now it faces a difficult path in the Senate.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #congressional-budget-office, #corporate-taxes, #democratic-party, #federal-taxes-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #medicare, #national-debt-us, #pelosi-nancy, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Sure, Biden’s Plan Costs a Lot of Money. But the Price of Inaction Is Higher.

Tell Senator Manchin that failing to deliver is more than we can afford. 

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #democratic-party, #elder-care, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #manchin-joe-iii, #paid-time-off, #senate, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Facing Moderate Revolt, Democrats Put Social Policy Bill on Hold

Leaders pressed for a vote on a separate infrastructure bill, but the fate of both measures was in doubt amid party divisions, despite pleas from President Biden.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #congressional-budget-office, #democratic-party, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #education-pre-school, #global-warming, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #jayapal-pramila, #law-and-legislation, #paid-time-off, #pelosi-nancy, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Stain of Guantánamo: Torture

A terrorist’s testimony and a clemency letter by military officers. Also: Florida professors; religion and politics; health care; Mark Zuckerberg.

#academic-freedom, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #desantis-ron, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khan-majid, #law-and-legislation, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Democrats Reach Deal to Control Drug Prices in Bill

The provision would, for the first time, allow the government to negotiate prices for some medicines covered by Medicare.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #federal-budget-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #inventions-and-patents, #medicare, #pelosi-nancy, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warren-elizabeth

Democrats Reach Deal to Control Drug Prices in Social Policy Bill

The provision would, for the first time, allow the government to negotiate prices for some medicines covered by Medicare.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #federal-budget-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #inventions-and-patents, #medicare, #pelosi-nancy, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warren-elizabeth

Democrats’ Bill Would Cover Poor Uninsured Adults, Up to a Point

The $1.85 trillion social policy bill would provide free private health insurance for more than two million adults locked out of coverage, but only for four years.

#federal-budget-us, #georgia, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warnock-raphael-g

Biden Promised to Fix Home Care for Seniors. Much More Help May Be Needed.

The latest Democratic proposal would funnel $150 billion toward subsidized home and community-based care. Experts worry that may not be enough to ease the severe shortage of workers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #medicaid, #nursing-homes, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #your-feed-healthcare

Home Care Is Broken. Can Congress Fix It?

The latest Democratic proposal would funnel $150 billion toward subsidized home and community-based care. Experts worry that may not be enough to ease the severe shortage of workers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #medicaid, #nursing-homes, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #your-feed-healthcare

Why Aren’t More People Comparison Shopping for Health Plans?

Most Medicare beneficiaries don’t compare plans during open enrollment season, and may be paying more, or accepting more restrictions, than they should.

#center-for-medicare-advocacy, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #your-feed-science

Health coverage would be expanded under the Democrats’ spending plan.

The insurance expansion would offer free private plans to many low-income adults and financial assistance with premiums to higher earners.

#american-families-plan-2021, #democratic-party, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #medicaid, #medicare, #united-states-politics-and-government

This May Be Democrats’ Best Chance to Lower Drug Prices

For patients with certain cancers, out-of-pocket spending can exceed $15,000 a year. Legislation could take aim at prices and the amounts Medicare patients are charged.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #medicare, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Medical Bills Can Be Lower in Maryland

The state’s unique health system controls what hospitals can charge for services.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #johns-hopkins-hospital-baltimore-md, #maryland, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

Health Care Employment Is Rising. Is That a Good Thing?

The 10 U.S. counties that depend most on this economic sector tell a complicated story.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #internal-sub-only-nl, #labor-and-jobs, #united-states-economy

The Unvaccinated May Not Be Who You Think

Science can find a cure for our diseases, but not for our societal ills.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #income-inequality, #rumors-and-misinformation, #rural-areas, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Indian Health Service Reverses Policy on Black Natives

The shift comes as the Biden administration pressures Native tribes in Oklahoma to desegregate their constitutions to comply with treaty obligations.

#black-people, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #indian-health-service, #interior-department, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #seminole-indians, #vaccination-and-immunization

Tallying the Cost of Growing Older

Researchers have been studying how much care American adults will require as they age, and for how long.

#center-for-retirement-research-at-boston-college, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #long-term-care-insurance, #nursing-homes, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

New Rule on Surprise Billing Aims to Take Patients Out of the ‘Food Fight’

Neutral arbiters are given guidance on how to settle disputes between insurers and medical providers.

#consumer-protection, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #law-and-legislation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states-politics-and-government

For Transgender Youth, Stigma Is Just One Barrier to Health Care

Discrimination, delays and systemic hurdles prevent young trans people from reaching the care they need, a new study finds.

#atlanta-ga, #children-and-childhood, #discrimination, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #jama-pediatrics-journal, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Transgender Youth Face Multiple Barriers to Health Care, Study Finds

Discrimination, delays and systemic hurdles prevent young trans people from reaching the care they need, a new study finds.

#atlanta-ga, #children-and-childhood, #discrimination, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #jama-pediatrics-journal, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Covid Rapid Test Prices: How a Law Allows Labs to Charge Any Price

Insurers say it’s price-gouging, but a law left an opening for some labs to charge any price they wished.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #law-and-legislation, #price-gouging, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #tests-medical

This Lab Charges $380 for a Covid Test. Is That What Congress Had in Mind?

Insurers say it’s price-gouging, but a law left an opening for some labs to charge any price they wished.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #law-and-legislation, #price-gouging, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #tests-medical

Should the U.S. Expand the Social Safety Net?

Readers disagree with a guest essay that argued that America cannot afford the $3.5 trillion bill now before Congress.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-budget-us, #gross-domestic-product, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #income-inequality, #law-and-legislation, #mankiw-n-gregory, #paid-time-off, #poverty, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Moderates and Progressives, Get Together!

Democrats’ two divisions have a lot of shared ground. 

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #federal-budget-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Their Baby Died in the Hospital. Then Came the $257,000 Hospital Bill.

A New York family had good health insurance. But the bills for their daughter’s care started showing up and kept coming.

#debt-collection, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #mount-sinai-medical-center

Their Baby Died in the Hospital. Then Came the $257,000 Bill.

A New York family had good health insurance. But the bills for their daughter’s care started showing up and kept coming.

#debt-collection, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #mount-sinai-medical-center

Dear Joe Manchin: Coal Isn’t Your State’s Future

Coal’s glory days ended during the Reagan era, and they aren’t coming back.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #appalachian-region, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #labor-and-jobs, #manchin-joe-iii, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia