Health care spending surges in first quarter

Health care spending rose at the fastest pace since 1980 in the first quarter as the new health insurance law prompted many more Americans to visit doctors and hospitals. Analysts say the sharp increase reflects other trends that should continue to drive up both medical spending and costs in 2014 after years of slow growth. […]

The Changing Landscape of Medicare Advantage Plans in 2014

By Holly Cassano, CPC, CEO ACCUCODE Consulting LLC, in partners with Tactical Management Inc., (TMI) Medicare Advantage Plans have existed now for nearly a decade and since their inception in 2006, when they covered approximately 8 Million lives, they have grown to about eight times that size, as of 2013, to approximately 46 Million lives. […]

Medicare chief apologizes for problems

The American people received a formal apology Tuesday from the first Obama administration official to testify before Congress about the botched Obamacare website. “To the millions who have tried to use, we want to apologize to you,” Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), said before the House Ways […]

Learn how ACA might affect Medicare

Lower Columbia Community Action Program and the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner will host a free Medicare informational forum at 2 p.m. Thursday at the CAP building, 1526 Commerce Ave. Every day, around 10,000 people nationwide turn 65, qualifying for Medicare enrollment. Around 15 percent of Cowlitz County’s population is eligible for Medicare, and […]

Will Health Insurance In The World Of Obamacare Be Affordable? It Depends Whom You Ask

There have been a lot of competing headlines lately about whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will actually make health insurance premiums more or less affordable for consumers.  It’s easy to see why the general public might be confused: we simply don’t know yet. Last week, the Kaiser Family Foundation added a very useful report […]

Health care is a priority for employers in 2014

Health care has been a critical reason people seek employment, but now it is being seen as mission critical by employers, according to Josh Stevens, CEO of Keas, an employee health and wellness company. They released an HR executive survey about the coming open enrollment season, where employees have the opportunity to enroll or make changes […]

Will Obamacare Affect Medicare? Myths and Facts

When pollsters ask Americans what they know about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the typical response is a quizzical shrug. The ACA, also known as Obamacare, remains a great mystery to many people, even though it was signed into law in 2010. When AARP holds town hall meetings, officials have found that the public is […]

Health care providers expect more patients with Affordable Care Act

Doctors and hospital officials don’t know how much pent-up demand for medical services will be unleashed by the Affordable Care Act in January and beyond, but they say health care is changing so newly insured patients receive more efficient services. “We’re going to treat more people, but in the right setting, at the right time […]

Against Expectations, Health Care Reform Shows Signs Of Working

U. S. attempts at health care reform, centered on the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “ObamaCare”) have created controversy and evoked much criticism and cynicism. I and others have observed that the ACA is much stronger on coverage extension than on cost control. But, we are now seeing evidence that cost growth is […]