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Your health care now has a username and password

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By Dena Mendelsohn This is the first in a series of blogs on health information technology.  Can you schedule an appointment with your doctor online? Or log on and check out your medical history? Maybe you’re in contact with your doctor via email? Or you wear one of those nifty new wristbands that aim to Continue Reading

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Obamacare affordability “glitch” hits home for New Jersey family

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We wrote recently about the “family glitch” where unsuspecting families get left out of new health insurance coverage options under Obamacare because of a flaw in how affordability is calculated. Jack’s family is one. As a full time casino dealer in New Jersey, Jack’s employer offers health insurance. His wife is a stay-at-home mom, taking care of Continue Reading

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Consumers demand transparency, health insurance rates remain hidden

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We have to admit it. We can’t figure out what the folks in Washington, D.C., overseeing health insurance, are thinking. Instead of releasing the information about proposed insurance rates for next year – so consumer groups like ours have time to fight unfair rate hikes before they go into effect – the people over at Continue Reading

Posted by Blake Hutson in Rate Review | 8 Comments »

Outrageous Bills – Bad Insurance?

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When June’s son dislocated his shoulder while playing basketball at school, it was an easy decision to take him to the hospital, because the Florida family thought that they had a good health insurance plan.  At the hospital, doctors took an X-ray, gave her son morphine for the pain, and manually put his shoulder back Continue Reading

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Trend setters: how much does the cost of health care increase each year?

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(This is the 4th in a series of blogs on health insurance rate review) As we explained in our earlier blog posts, health insurance companies are starting to submit to state and federal officials information on what health insurance plans they will offer and at what price. A major factor in how insurers decide what prices to charge is the projected medical Continue Reading

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Legislation introduced to fix “family glitch” in Obamacare

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Obamacare has helped more than 8 million Americans get affordable health care coverage to date and introduced an array of new consumer protections like ending discrimination based on your health history. Attention is now shifting to remaining health reform issues like closing the coverage gap in states that didn’t expand Medicaid and bringing down the overall cost Continue Reading

Posted by Sarah Melecki in Expanding Coverage | 1 Comment »

No more excuses! Distinguishing “need” from “desire” when insurers want to raise rates

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(This is the 3rd in series of blogs on health insurance rate review) As we explained in our earlier blog posts, health insurance companies are starting to submit to state and federal officials information on what health insurance policies they plan to offer and at what price. It’s a fact of life that costs are constantly increasing Continue Reading

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Guest Post: A Blueprint for an Out of Control Cost Structure

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Guest post by Roland Garton Consumers Union collected stories on the many problems consumers face with the cost of health care. This guest blog comes from one of the hundreds of story sharers that wrote to us.  How does one find out the cost of a medical procedure without actually having it performed? Short answer: Continue Reading

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Figuring out health insurance rate requests is getting simpler, and you can weigh in!

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(This is the 2nd in series of blogs on health insurance rate review) As we explained in our earlier blog post, this summer, health insurance companies must submit to state and federal officials the cost and coverage details of their insurance plans. In many states, consumers can weigh in on the process. Although Obamacare simplified the math Continue Reading

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Insurance rates are being filed, consumers need to pay attention

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In every state this summer, customers, advocates, and politicians will hopefully stop speculating and find out what health insurance plans want to charge in 2015 – that is, if we can get the federal Health & Human Services department (HHS) to release the details of these rates. That’s why Consumers Union joined with over 60 other advocacy groups nationwide to Continue Reading

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