September 30, 2015 |
YOU PROBABLY missed it in all the hoopla over Pope Francis - especially since the seemingly tireless 78-year-old pontiff was running around making some new, headline-worthy pronouncement every 45 minutes or so during his exhausting North American tour that wrapped up in Philadelphia. But the first-ever pope from the Americas actually said some pretty nice things about our capitalism. It was just this summer, after all, that Francis called capitalism's excess "the dung of the devil. " It sounds kind of bad when you put it that way. But on Wednesday, the pope found himself before the millionaires-financed-by-billionaires known as the U.S. Congress.
September 18, 2015 |
Nearly nine million more Americans joined the ranks of those with health insurance last year, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday in the most detailed look at coverage since the main provisions of the Affordable Care Act kicked in. In 2014, 33 million Americans - 10.4 percent, a nearly 3-point drop - were uninsured, down from 41.8 million in 2013, according to the bureau. While other reports have shown a similar decline in the number of uninsured Americans - and include enrollment figures for 2015 not included in Wednesday's release - the census data are considered the gold standard.
September 11, 2015 |
Momentum is building in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to protect consumers against surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers. NJ for Health Care and Consumer Union on Wednesday released a report in support of a bill that would establish arbitration procedures to deal with out-of-network bills, require audits of health plans to ensure that their networks are adequate, and mandate a database of paid in-network claims to bring transparency to...
August 21, 2015 |
TATTLE HAS TO admit that we didn't see this coming. And we're pretty ashamed of ourselves for missing it. Reality-TV star and conservative lobbyist Josh Duggar - of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" and molesting-his-sisters fame - had an Ashley Madison account. Ashley Madison, as many of you know (and hope your spouses don't) is a website created for the express purpose of helping married people cheat on their husbands or wives. Gawker.com reported that data released online in the wake of the hack on Ashley Madison shows that someone using a credit card belonging to a Joshua J. Duggar, and billed to the Fayetteville, Ark., address of his grandmother Mary , paid nearly $1,000 for two monthly Ashley Madison subscriptions from February of 2013 until May of 2015.
August 20, 2015 |
A subsidiary of Philadelphia-based AmeriHealth Caritas was one of four companies selected by Iowa officials to participate in the management of the state's $4.2 billion Medicaid program, which serves about 560,000, officials announced Tuesday. AmeriHealth and the other winners - units of Anthem Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc., and WellCare Health Plans Inc. - will compete statewide for Medicaid beneficiaries under the program, which starts Jan. 1, 2016. Iowa officials picked four of 10 health insurer applicants that completed the process.
July 29, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I have this overwhelming anger or jealousy toward my younger brother because of how "easily" his life seems to come for him. One example: I paid for community college on my own, and when I decided to go to a university, my parents cosigned for a semester but said I needed to figure it out after that. I could not afford it so I joined the military to get education benefits as well as health insurance. Now, two years post-military, I am finally able to use my education benefits.
July 26, 2015 |
Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. said Friday that it would acquire Cigna Corp., a major national health insurer with Philadelphia origins and 1,100 local employees, in a deal that would create the largest health-insurance company in the United States. The $54.2 billion transaction is one in a series of health-insurer mergers announced recently as firms scramble to get on top of rapid changes in the marketplace. The combined company will have more than $115 billion in annual revenue and an enrollment of 53 million members.
July 8, 2015 |
When economist Dan Polsky set out to study how many doctors were in the health-insurance networks available to Obamacare customers, he found out it was hard - even for him. How hard? "Nine out of 10," said Polsky, executive director of the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He concluded that many of the 10.2 million people who have bought insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace probably don't realize they are giving up access to many physicians and hospitals in order to get lower premiums.
June 28, 2015 |
M.L. Simone isn't averse to risk. You might remember Simone, the self-proclaimed "most-educated coffee pourer in Philadelphia," who has a business degree and an art administration degree, and who first shared her insurance story here in December. She opened Hinge Cafe, a coffee bar/art gallery in Port Richmond when it was still a Maxwell House Coffee-drinking, blue-collar neighborhood. In Hinge's early years, Simone also risked not having health insurance. Starting a business put health insurance low on her list of priorities, not to mention that she couldn't afford it. But when her daughter was born five years ago, Simone jumped into the pre-Affordable Care Act individual health insurance market, paying a $600 monthly premium.
June 27, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Democrats celebrated. Republicans fumed. And while some promised to continue fighting to kill President Obama's signature health law after Thursday's defeat at the Supreme Court, others in the GOP said it was time to try other tactics, at least until they can take back the White House. "As long as there's a president named Obama, the health-care law will not be repealed," said Rep. Charlie Dent (R., Pa.). "We're going to have to deal with the law as it is, and try to make changes wherever and however we can. " Democrats, by contrast, gleefully celebrated a win that protects Obama's Affordable Care Act. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.)