Insurers Playing a Game of Thrones

Companies pursue strategic megadeals as industry braces for seismic changes THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Christopher Weaver June 16, 2015 7:36 p.m. ET Big U.S. insurers are courting one another for possible multibillion-dollar deals. How they pair off could have significant implications for the managed-care industry, its individual and corporate customers, and U.S. medical providers…. Read More

How Medicare covers nursing home costs

CBS MONEYWATCH By Ray Martin May 22, 2015, 5:15 AM Given that nursing home costs can be significant and will only increase, failing to plan for long-term care can have significant financial consequences for retirees and their families. But some people nearing retirement believe the benefits from retiree health insurance will cover these costs. The… Read More

6 Questions to Ask Before Switching to Medicare

MONEY MAGAZINE Mark Miller / Reuters June 5, 2015 Knowing the answers will help you avoid costly mistakes and coverage gaps. The hand-off from employer health insurance to Medicare can be one of the trickiest challenges you will face in managing your retirement. The rules are full of pitfalls that can cost you thousands of… Read More

13% Left Health Care Rolls, U.S. Finds

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Robert Pear June 2, 2015 WASHINGTON — About 13 percent of people who signed up for health insurance coverage in 2015 under the Affordable Care Act have fallen off the rolls, many because they failed to pay their share of premiums, the Obama administration said Tuesday. The administration announced in… Read More

CFOs Seek to Avoid Bite of Health Law's ‘Cadillac Tax'

Levy on high-cost coverage, which starts in 2018, creates dilemma for employers THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Kimberly S. Johnson and Maxwell Murphy May 25, 2015 8:14 p.m. ET Finance chiefs grappling with rising health-care costs face a new dilemma: how to avoid paying hefty taxes on generous employee health-care plans. The Affordable Care Act… Read More

U.S. Emergency-Room Visits Keep Climbing

People on Medicaid turn to hospital care when doctor access is limited, new survey suggests. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Stephanie Armour, May 4, 2015 12:01 a.m. ET Emergency-room visits continued to climb in the second year of the Affordable Care Act, contradicting the law's supporters who had predicted a decline in traffic as more… Read More

The Next Obamacare Shoe To Drop: 20 States To Be Hit By The Cadillac Tax In 2025

FORBES Healthcare, Fiscal, and Tax 4/10/2015 @ 12:00AM Forget King v. Burwell. In just three short years, one of the ACA's only real cost control mechanisms takes effect – a 40 percent excise tax on high-value insurance coverage, dubbed the Cadillac Tax. Individual plans that cost more than $10,200, and family plans over $27,500 pay… Read More

When Hospitals Buy Doctors' Offices, and Patient Fees Soar

THE UPSHOT February 6, 2015 Imagine you're a Medicare patient, and you go to your doctor for an ultrasound of your heart one month. Medicare pays your doctor's office $189, and you pay about 20 percent of that bill as a co-payment. Then, the next month, your doctor's practice has been bought by the local… Read More

How the Supreme Court Case Could Affect the Health Law

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Brent Kendall, March 2, 2015 6:21 p.m. ET High Court to interpret meaning of subsidy language in latest Affordable Care Act case The blockbuster case before the Supreme Court is version 2.0 of a legal battle that could cripple the Affordable Care Act overhaul of the nation's health care system…. Read More

Legislature kills Cuomo's proposed tax on ObamaCare

THE NEW YORK POST By CARL CAMPANILE, March 31, 2015, 7:50pm The state Legislature has killed a $69 million tax on health-insurance policies proposed by Gov. Cuomo to pay for the administrative costs of continuing New York's ObamaCare exchange, The Post has learned. Cuomo's office initially said the levy — which would have cost about… Read More