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African-Americans Hardest Hit By Medical Bills

When we think of Americans struggling with medical bills, we often think of the big-ticket medical emergencies like cancer, but a new study points at another issue which plagues African-Americans, chronic conditions like hypertension and diabetes:

A poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health found that 24 . . . → Read More: African-Americans Hardest Hit By Medical Bills

Is It Really About Zombie Doctors?

A small excerpt from Dr. Zubin “ZDoggMD” Damania’s TEDMED talk this year?

Do you think doctors are becoming zombies? Tell us about it in our discussion forum!

Medicare Enrollment: Disenrolling in Medicare Advantage

Great question from a senior who needs to disenroll in Medicare Advantage and find a Medicare Supplemental (Medigap) plan:

The first week my wife and I had moved to Houston, I had a wonderful surprise in the Spring newspaper in my front yard and there was your Medicare column discussing different Medicare options for someone . . . → Read More: Medicare Enrollment: Disenrolling in Medicare Advantage

Obamacare: California Small Businesses To Receive Health Insurance Rebates

Last year, health insurers returned $74 million in health insurance rebates to individual health insurance policyholders, but this year it looks like small businesses will be getting the biggest share of the rebate pie:

Blue Shield of California owes $24.5 million in rebates to thousands of small-business customers, and rival Anthem Blue Cross will return . . . → Read More: Obamacare: California Small Businesses To Receive Health Insurance Rebates

Medical Bills: Are We Really Better Off With the Mechanic?

Dr. Davis Liu has an interesting blog on the trend towards asking patients to “shop around” for their healthcare, comparing it to a recent visit to his mechanic:

My car dealer service advisor returns. The battery and the fog light are not available until the next day. It will take him at least until tomorrow . . . → Read More: Medical Bills: Are We Really Better Off With the Mechanic?

Can Obamacare Help the Homeless Get Medical Care?

As we head into the weekend, something to think about:

On a recent morning, Mack and Juan Rivera, a patient enrollment and eligibility manager with JWCH, walk down crowded 5th street, near the Midnight Mission. Their goal is to invite people into the clinic to enroll in Healthy Way LA. About 35 people a week . . . → Read More: Can Obamacare Help the Homeless Get Medical Care?

Obamacare: Is It Really Helping Americans Save Money on Individual Health Insurance?

Interesting report from the Kaiser Family Foundation yesterday:

People who bought their own health insurance last year saved $2.1 billion because of the federal health law, mainly because of a provision that limits how much of their premium can go to insurers’ administration and profits, says a report out today from the Kaiser Family Foundation. . . . → Read More: Obamacare: Is It Really Helping Americans Save Money on Individual Health Insurance?

Could 90% of Uninsured Arizonans Get Help from Obamacare?

Denise Early, an independent insurance broker in Arizona, pulled some number on Obamacare’s effect on uninsured Arizonans:

Around 900,000 people living in Arizona do not have health insurance. Over 90% of them will get help from Obamacare.

94% of uninsured people in Tucson will get help paying for their health insurance under Obamacare, according to . . . → Read More: Could 90% of Uninsured Arizonans Get Help from Obamacare?

Study: Cancer Patients Reluctant To Ask About Costs of Treatments

If only. A new study finds that cancer patients are reluctant to ask about the costs of their treatment. Sadly, doctors aren’t really any better:

Although more than half the participants said they wanted to talk about cost with their physicians, only 19 percent had actually done so. Yet 57 percent of those who did . . . → Read More: Study: Cancer Patients Reluctant To Ask About Costs of Treatments

How Much Would Your Employer Pay for You To Be Healthy?

For lots of employers, the answer seems to be plenty:

King County, Washington, was one of the first local governments to use rewards and penalties to encourage healthier behaviors. A decade ago, the county panicked as health care costs were growing at a pace of 15 percent every year. Then-executive Ron Sims convened a . . . → Read More: How Much Would Your Employer Pay for You To Be Healthy?