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3.3 Million Enroll in Private ACA Health Plans

Posted on 02/12/2014 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Staff Writer Nearly 3.3 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance plans since October through the new online marketplaces created by the health law, with enrollment continuing to surge through January, an Obama administration report said Wednesday. But the number of young adults signing up continues to lag expectations, which could impact insurance premiums next year. Insurance industry officials have been closely watching the mix of customers to make sure they get …

Helping Youth Get Health Coverage

Posted on 02/12/2014 by |AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Personal HealthAARP is pleased to promote National Youth Enrollment Day, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15. Dozens of events across the country will be held to educate and enroll young adults in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). All generations need to work together to solve problems that affect us, no matter our age.  In the real world – away from Washington politics – families prosper and struggle together so that all generations can be more secure. …

Cost Barriers Persist for Colonoscopy Screening In Medicare

Posted on 01/15/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteThousands of people in the United States die every year from colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum. That’s astonishing because colorectal cancer is almost entirely preventable by use of recommended screening tests. Yet, in 2008, less than two-thirds of all people ages 65 and older had the screening. Medicare pays for several types of screening tests, including colonoscopy which is considered the best test for early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy allows for removal of polyps and …

Drug Giant Ends Payments to Doctors

Posted on 12/17/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPharmaceutical companies make lots of money and spend lots of money, including lavish payments to doctors for consulting; expenses-paid conferences, cruises and other events for doctors; and bonuses for sales reps who exceed sales targets, even if that means pitching a drug for uses the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved. Over the past three years, the investigative journalists at the nonprofit ProPublica, along with its news media partners, have been writing about these practices in the series Dollars for Doctors …

Comparing New Health Insurance Plans Made Easy

Posted on 11/20/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsCall it HealthCare.gov lite. HealthSherpa, the new website’s real name, helps you sort through plans offered by the health insurance marketplace. You can’t actually purchase a plan on HealthSherpa, but as its name suggests, it can be a helpful guide. You simply answer a few key questions — your zip code, whether you smoke, what level of coverage you want — and boom, HealthSherpa delivers an important service that the website for the Affordable Care Act has infamously failed at. …

Obama Eases Rules on Canceled Health Plans

Posted on 11/14/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Barack Obama will ease rules that were causing some people to lose their health insurance under the health care law, he announced Nov. 14. Obama had repeatedly promised that consumers who like their health insurance plans could keep them under the new system. But some people who buy their own insurance — as opposed to getting it through an employer — found their plans canceled by insurers in recent weeks because they didn’t meet the minimum standards the law …