health insurance

Who Pays For Telehealth?

Jan 8, 2016

With just a few clicks of the mouse, Orlando mom Alyssa Grimes visits with a pediatrician from the comfort of her living room. She logs into a Skype-like application on her laptop, where she virtually meets her child's doctor based across town at Nemours Children's Hospital.

Conventional wisdom says in bigger cities, life is just more expensive. But it turns out people who live in locations with more hospitals may be getting a (relative) break when it comes to healthcare costs. That's just one finding in an new analysis of billions of dollars in health insurance claims from across the country. has more. 

Health Care Costs More in Cities with Fewer Hospitals

Coloradans Will Put Single-Payer Health Care To A Vote

Dec 21, 2015

On a brisk morning in Denver recently, an ambulance pulled up in front of a downtown office tower. "I think the patient is going to make it," Dr. Irene Aguilar said as a team rolled out the gurney.

Editor's update: Kevin Counihan, CEO of the federal health insurance marketplaces, announced late Tuesday that the deadline for signing up for a health plan under the Affordable Care Act has been extended by two days — until 11:59 PST December 17. "Unprecedented demand and volume" of consumers contacting and the exchange's call center forced the extension, he says.

What Happens When Marriage Makes Health Insurance Unaffordable

Dec 3, 2015

Not long after Sherry Poulin married her husband Louis last year, the newlyweds sat in their kitchen with health insurance information laid out in front of them.

“We were like, this is just not, this is not do-able,” says Sherry.

Before getting married, Poulin paid $50 a month for a subsidized plan through Obamacare. Now, for a plan offered through her husband’s employer, she was looking at about $500 a month.

Premiums Rise Faster For Flexible Health Plans Than For HMOs

Nov 25, 2015

Consumers seeking health policies with the most freedom in choosing doctors and hospitals are finding far fewer of those plans on the insurance marketplaces. And the premiums are rising faster than for other types of coverage.

Insurance Giant Considers Leaving Obamacare Marketplace

Nov 19, 2015
D Gorenstein

Here we go again: another round of ‘Is this the beginning of the end for Obamacare?’ It’s not a Supreme Court case this time, but an earnings call from the nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group.

On Thursday morning, the company said it projects to lose $425 million selling plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, and executives said they are considering whether to pull out of those markets down the road.

Pounding the Pavement for Obamacare Sign-Ups

Nov 16, 2015
Henry Bowles, an uninsured man in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., holds a sign directing people to an office that helps people enroll in health law insurance coverage.
Phil Galewitz / Kaiser Health News

For the past week, Henry Bowles has stood along a busy road here six hours a day holding a sign that reads “Obamacare Help Center -- Free Enrollment” and points to a nearby insurance agency.

With sunny skies and temperatures in the high 80s, Bowles uses a towel to grip the wooden stick bearing the sign so his sweaty hand won’t slip. He is paid about $8 an hour.

Bowles, 45, is uninsured.

‘Do The Math’ When Shopping For A Health Plan This Open Enrollment Season

Nov 12, 2015

With the health insurance markets open for next year’s enrollment, Eve Campeau says she’s planning to look carefully at the fine print.

Last time she shopped, she switched to a plan with a lower monthly premium, but found herself paying far more out-of-pocket for medications and doctor visits. While she might be saving money on the premium, she is reluctant to go to seek medical care because of the up-front cost.

“It just becomes this whole guessing game: What is the least hit to the pocketbook?” said Campeau, 49, of Bedminster, New Jersey.

If you live in Indiana and Mississippi, premium prices are shrinking for health insurance available through Obamacare exchanges. But in North Carolina, coverage for next year is likely to be much more expensive. The average premium increase in that state is among the highest in the country, according to federal data.

In Mebane, North Carolina, Sue Martin's insurer told her the $238 a month she's paying now will go up to $491 next year for the same plan.