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If You've Lost Your Health Plan In The COVID Crisis, You've Got Options

If You've Lost Your Health Plan In The COVID Crisis, You've Got Options

By Julie Appleby | Jun 19
Some newly unemployed people are taking advantage of special enrollment periods to sign up for plans offered on the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces, while others find they qualify for Medicaid.

Will Insurance Cover Your Protest-Related Injury? It Depends

Will Insurance Cover Your Protest-Related Injury? It Depends

By Michelle Andrews | Jun 5
Plans sometimes have exclusions for coverage related to "illegal acts" that could leave people on the hook for at least part of their medical costs. But health policy experts said it's unclear how common these clauses are or when they're used.

Open Wide: Dentists Charge Extra for 'Infection Control'

Open Wide: Dentists Charge Extra for 'Infection Control'

Jun 3
Swish Dental is just one of a growing number of dental practices nationwide that in the past month have begun charging patients an infection control fee between $10 and $20.

Congress Said COVID-19 Tests Should be Free, But Who's Paying?

Congress Said COVID-19 Tests Should be Free, But Who's Paying?

By Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio | May 26
Hospitals around the country are afraid to send out hundreds of thousands of bills related to COVID-19 testing. That's because Congress mandated there would be no copays and no out-of-pocket costs for patients. But who's paying?

1st Deadlines for Laid-Off Workers to Get Health Insurance

1st Deadlines for Laid-Off Workers to Get Health Insurance

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | May 25
Many laid-off workers who lost health insurance in the coronavirus shutdown soon face the first deadlines to qualify for fallback coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Obamacare Safety Net Protects Many Losing Insurance, But Not All

Obamacare Safety Net Protects Many Losing Insurance, But Not All

May 18
The loss of 31 million jobs due to coronvirus has an added downside: 27 million have lost job-based health insurance. The worst may still lie ahead.

Study Ties 'Obamacare' to Fewer Cancer Deaths in Some States

Study Ties 'Obamacare' to Fewer Cancer Deaths in Some States

By Marilynn Marchione | May 14
Cancer deaths have dropped more in states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act than in states that did not, new research reveals.

Covid Tests are Free. Until They're Not

Covid Tests are Free. Until They're Not

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez | May 2
Congress has taken action to make COVID-19 testing more affordable for consumers with health insurance, but that reality doesn't always play out.

Health Insurers Prosper As COVID-19 Deflates Demand For Elective Treatments

Health Insurers Prosper As COVID-19 Deflates Demand For Elective Treatments

By Julie Appleby, Steven Findlay | Apr 30
As doctors and consumers are forced to put most nonemergency procedures on hold, many health insurers foresee strong profits.

Free Telehealth and No Copays, They Said. But Patients Are Getting Billed

Free Telehealth and No Copays, They Said. But Patients Are Getting Billed

By Jay Hancock | Apr 28
The shift to cost-free telemedicine for patients is going far less smoothly than the speeches and press releases suggest.

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