Helping Youth Get Health Coverage

AARP 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. …

Medicare Could Save Big by Steering Ambulances Away From Hospitals

Medicare could save $560 million or more a year simply by allowing some patients who call 911 for an ambulance to be taken somewhere other than a hospital emergency room. What’s more, the study found, private insurers could save twice that amount by following suit. That’s the conclusion of a new study in Health Affairs, which found that more than a third of Medicare patients who called 911 had a “low-acuity diagnosis” that could have been managed outside the hospital emergency …

Costly Anesthesia: Waking Up To High Colonoscopy Bills

The costly issue of receiving anesthesia during a colonoscopy has become a hot topic. While gastroenterologists often let patients decide how much sedation they’d like when they have the procedure, a growing number of patients are discovering that they’ve been put under by an anesthesiologist, or nurse anesthetist, who then charges extra for their services. In some cases, this can leave the patient with unexpected bills that may not be covered or only partly covered by their insurer. As National …

An Appendectomy Costs How Much? $1,500 to $182,000 Study Shows

It was a simple question: How much do hospitals charge to remove an appendix? The answer stunned researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. As the Associated Press reported, the researchers found that California hospitals charge anywhere from the price of a refrigerator to the cost of a house. For this common procedure, patient bills varied from as little as $1,529 to as much as $182,955, with an average of $33,000 — and experts worry that the situation isn’t …