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PRESCRIPTION DRUG costs for some seniors on Medicare are expected to significantly jump next year due to an expiring element of the Affordable Care Act. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

Drug costs for some U.S. seniors to rise by hundreds of...

NEW YORK – Senior citizens with high prescription drug costs are facing hundreds of dollars in additional expenses next year, according to a new...
ENROLLEES in a Medicare Advantage program, the private-sector, taxpayer-financed alternative to traditional Medicare, has steadily increased in recent years. / BLOOMBERG NEWS

Medicare Advantage plans 2020: Cigna, CVS’ Aetna offer competing plans

NEW YORK – Health insurers across the United States will race to enroll more seniors in lucrative government-backed Medicare plans this month, even as...
THE UNINSURED rate in the U.S. increased from 7.9% in 2017 to 8.5% in 2018 / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Almost 2M more Americans uninsured in 2018, census says

NEW YORK – The number of Americans without health insurance increased by almost 2 million people in 2018, according to new data released by...
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP signed an executive order that requires HHS to propose a way to make health care providers and insurers give patients an estimate of their out-of-pocket costs ahead of service. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Trump order pushes for disclosure of secret health prices

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump called for hospitals to disclose to patients up front how much they charge for tests, surgeries and other...
A U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE has blocked new rules governing so-called association health plans, which let businesses and individuals band together to create group health plans that offer less expensive coverage than the ACA - but without some of its protections. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Trump’s group health plan rules struck down as ACA `end-run’

NEW YORK - One of President Donald Trump’s health care initiatives intended as a cheaper alternative to Obamacare suffered a crucial defeat when a...
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION plans to allow states to direct billions of dollars of Obamacare subsidies to health plans that don’t meet the law’s requirements in an attempt to make insurance more affordable and expand consumer choice. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Trump to let states divert Obamacare funds to other health plans

NEW YORK - The Trump administration plans to allow states to direct billions of dollars of Obamacare subsidies to health plans that don’t meet...
SEVERAL INSURERS in Maryland and Virginia are seeking double-digit percentage increases in monthly costs for individual medical plans in 2019.

Obamacare premiums to surge next year, early rate requests show

NEW YORK - The first glimpse of what health-insurance companies plan to charge for Obamacare plans next year suggests there’s no relief ahead for...
ENROLLMENT IN AFFORDABLE Care Act plans has increased 47 percent year over year in the first two weeks of open enrollment. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Obamacare sign-ups stay strong with 47% increase in week 2

NEW YORK - Americans signed up for Obamacare at a brisk pace for a second straight week, an early sign that Republican efforts to...
ENROLLMENT FOR OBAMACARE increased more than 30 percent compared to the first five days of signup in 2016.. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Affordable Care Act enrollment starts stronger than 2016 in first 4...

NEW YORK - Americans signed up for Obamacare plans at a brisk pace early in this year’s open-enrollment period, despite repeated White House efforts...

Why is a hospital machine tied to superbugs still in use?

NEW YORK - When going in for a medical procedure, you probably want to be certain the doctor’s instruments are clean. Following a recent...
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