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Health Issues

Women to Pay Higher Premiums for Long-Term Care

All insurance companies are expected to follow Genworth's lead and file sex-distinct rates, with women being charged 20 percent to 40 percent more than men for long-term care...

A Collective Veto Could Nullify ObamaCare

States can reduce federal deficits by $1.7 trillion if they refuse to implement the exchanges and Medicaid expansion mandated by ObamaCare...

Medical Claims Costs to Rise in Individual Market under Health Law

Medical claims costs -- the biggest driver of health insurance premiums -- will jump an average of 32 percent for Americans' individual policies under President Barack Obama's overhaul...

Health Law Could Boost Use of Temp Workers

The Affordable Care Act could prove to be a boon for temporary staffing companies as employers outsource jobs to sidestep complex requirements for medical insurance...

The State of Health Care Spending

The variation in Medicaid spending over a 40-year period, as a percent of state gross domestic product, was from two to three times greater than the variation in private sector spending, according to a new study from the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Private Exchanges Grow in Popularity

In 2013, 39 percent of Sears and Darden employees chose higher deductible consumer directed health plans, up from 21 percent in 2012...

Texas Health Insurance Reforms

Allowing Texas' state employees to set up consumer driven health plans would save the state substantial sums of money, as costs and insurance outlays are expected to increase...

One in Three Elderly Have Dementia When They Die

Medicare costs for seniors with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia are nearly three times higher than for seniors without any form of dementia...

An Economic and Policy Analysis of Florida Medicaid Expansion

Florida families between 100 percent and 138 percent of the poverty line would be better off if they enrolled in private coverage or subsidized coverage in the health insurance exchange, say Devon M. Herrick and Linda Gorman, senior fellows at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Physicians Abandon Insurance in Favor of Direct Payments

For doctors with private practices, eliminating insurance will reduce the number of patients they care for but allow them to make more money and provide better care...


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