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Health Issues

Health Care Costs Rising? Get a Health Savings Account

A decade ago, out-of-pocket health care costs were 5.3 percent of median income. Today, they are 9.6 percent of income...

Why Does the ACA Definition of Full-Time Work Matter?

Congressional Republicans are looking at changing the Affordable Care Act's definition of full-time work...

Welfare Reform Must Include Medicaid

Federal spending on the Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program was $274 billion in 2013...

Expanding Medicaid in Texas Would Hurt Patients

Medicaid provides enrollees with worse access to care than private health coverage -- one-third of physicians do not accept new Medicaid patients...

2015 Obamacare Enrollees Receiving Higher Subsidies

More 2015 enrollees are receiving government subsidies than did their 2014 counterparts...

No Health Benefit from Cigarette Tax Hikes

Current smokers -- already willing to shell out a significant sum for cigarettes -- are unlikely to be deterred by further tobacco taxes...

Consumers Have Less Choice in ACA Exchanges

The exchange in 2015 is 21.5 percent less competitive than the individual market was in 2013...

How Many Americans Will Have to Pay the Individual Mandate Penalty?

This upcoming tax season will be the first time taxpayers will have to report to the IRS whether they had insurance this past year...

Medicare Makes $22 Million in Improper, Eye-Related Payments

In 2012, Medicare paid $8.2 billion for eye-related insurance claims…...

Expect a Big Premium Hike in 2017

Are your Obamacare premiums lower than you expected this year? Don't celebrate quite yet...


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