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Health Issues

Oklahoma City Hospital Posts Surgery Prices Online; Creates Bidding War

Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma charges $16,244 for a breast biopsy; the procedure costs $3,500 at Surgery Center of Oklahoma, which posts guaranteed all-inclusive surgery prices online...

Country Struggles to Meet Health Law Deadline

To make the employer mandate work, businesses and the Internal Revenue Service needed new computer systems, which couldn't be built before the rules were written...

ObamaCare Is the Problem, Health Savings Accounts Are the Solution

Annual cost increases for HSA/high-deductible plans have run more than 50 percent less than conventional health care coverage, sometimes with zero premium increases, says Peter Ferrara, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Health Insurance Marketplaces Will Not Be Required to Verify Consumer Claims

After encountering "legislative and operational barriers," the federal government will not require states that are running their own health insurance marketplaces to verify a consumer's statement that they do not receive insurance from their employer...

Troubled Cities See Exchanges as Way to Unload Retirees

Coverage for about 7 million people expected to enroll in health exchanges next year will cost U.S. taxpayers about $26 billion; that figure nearly doubles a year later, and exchange coverage is expected to total $1.1 trillion through 2023...

Health Law Penalties Delayed

The Obama administration recently announced it will delay enforcing a provision of the new health care law that requires large employers to provide coverage for workers or pay a penalty in 2014...

Covering Pre-Existing Conditions in a Market-Driven Health System

The way to ensure stable insurance for persons with pre-existing conditions in a reform plan that emphasizes markets, not government, is to create a new protection for people who stay continuously insured...

Health Insurance Costs Set for a Jolt

Healthy consumers could see insurance rates double or even triple when they look for individual coverage under the federal health law later this year...

Exchanging Medicaid for a Better Option

Nationally, less than one-third of physicians accept new patients enrolled in Medicaid, says Devon Herrick, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

ObamaCare Will Worsen the Physician Shortage

Health-system researchers have long noted that the nation faces a growing shortage of physicians across all specialties; adding 30 million Americans to the insurance rolls under ObamaCare will exacerbate access-to-care challenges...


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