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Health Issues

Doctors Still Waiting for Medicaid Pay Raise

The two-year pay raise for doctors accepting Medicaid is intended to entice more doctors to treat the millions of individuals expected to enroll in Medicaid in 2014 when the federal health law expands eligibility...

Accountable Care Organizations Struggle to Lower Costs

Lowering health care costs is tougher than improving the quality of care, according to first-year results from a key pilot program under the federal health law...

ObamaCare May Cause Decline in Employment

The results of a new study suggest that the Affordable Care Act may cause a decline in employment of up to 940,000 low-income adults...

The World Needs Better Medicine

While substandard medicines are found everywhere in the world, it is the poorest countries with the weakest capacity for drug regulation and quality control that suffer the most...

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...


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