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Companies Plan to Pass More Health Insurance Costs to Employees

Media giant Gannett is dealing with increased costs by replacing its health care plans with a high-deductible plan; some employees saw a 60 percent increase in family premiums...

A Brief History of Health Savings Accounts

More than 30 million people now control some of their own health care dollars through a Health Savings Account or Health Reimbursement Arrangement, says Devon Herrick, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

The Impact of State Medicaid Expansion in Arizona

The total cost to Arizona of covering new Medicaid beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act will reach $906 million annually within the next decade, say Michael Bond, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis, and Stephen T. Parente, a professor at the University of Minnesota...

Another Way Taxpayers Lose Under ObamaCare

State insurance commissioners have long had incentive to say "no" to insurers' requests to increase health insurance premiums; with the Affordable Care Act, the commissioners' motives are flipped...

Slow Regulatory Approval in Canada Hinders Cancer Survival

The time required to review five new oncology drugs was 1.5 to 4.5 times longer in Canada than in the United States...

Difficult Process of Comparing Health Care Costs

In Massachusetts, a new state law requires insurers to be able to tell members how much a test, treatment or surgery will cost, but the burden is still on the patient to ask for information...

Health Insurers Express Worries over Obama Shift on Policy Cancellations

President Barack Obama's decision to let people keep their old policies undercuts years of preparations for the overhaul of the health insurance market and introduces new uncertainties...

How ObamaCare Rips Off the Young

A Manhattan Institute analysis of Health and Human Services numbers notes that a 27-year-old male will pay 99 percent higher premiums under ObamaCare than he would under previously prevailing market rates...

Venezuelan Health Care in Shambles

At least 70 percent of radiotherapy machines in Venezuela are now inoperable in a country with 19,000 cancer patients -- meaning fewer than 5,000 can be treated...

The Young Aren't Enrolling in ObamaCare

In Connecticut and Kentucky, which have enrolled more than 4,000 people each in private health plans so far, the largest segments of enrollees in new commercial health law plans are over age 55, much older than industry actuaries had anticipated...


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