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April 17, 2015 | Anthony Brino

What constitutes reasonable limitations and management of contraception as an essential preventive health benefit? In the wake of new data and some consumer complaints, HHS may try to resolve gray areas.


April 10, 2015 | Lisa Gillespie, Kaiser Health News

As consumers increasingly are being asked to pay a larger share of their health bills, a coalition of insurers, pharmaceutical companies and provider and consumer advocacy groups launched a new push for greater transparency about the actual costs of services.


April 3, 2015 | Anthony Brino

A lot of health insurers still have many miles to go on the road to parity for consumers seeking mental health and substance abuse treatment, patient advocates maintain.


April 2, 2015 | Anthony Brino

Pennsylvania's largest insurer and newest integrated delivery network operator took a financial loss for the second year in a row, but that may actually help if scrutiny of its nonprofit status continues.


March 26, 2015 | Anthony Brino

Amid a possible bipartisan break in the clouds of Congress, insurance advocates see a window for changing or even repealing the much-loathed health insurance tax in the Affordable Care Act.


March 24, 2015 | Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News

This tax season, for the first time since the health law passed five years ago, consumers are facing its financial consequences. The worst may be yet to come.


March 5, 2015 | Michael Grabell, ProPublica, Howard Berkes, NPR

Over the past decade, states have slashed workers' compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers.


February 27, 2015 | Anthony Brino

The Internal Revenue has released temporary regulations and proposals for the health "9010" insurance fees required by the Affordable Care Act.


February 16, 2015 | Anthony Brino

After decades of research showing at best mixed benefits, certificate of need programs are starting to look antiquated and deleterious in the age of consumer-driven healthcare.


February 13, 2015 | Anthony Brino
After a weekend of Merlot, brie, oysters and chocolate (and maybe more snow), a sampling of the most prolific prose from an annual healthcare tradition: health policy valentines.

February 11, 2015 | Anthony Brino

In the wake of Anthem's massive data breach, a storm of class action lawsuits are raising concerns about information protection, liability and regulation.


February 4, 2015 | Anthony Brino

Government budget forecasters are predicting some potentially disruptive consequences from the Affordable Care Act's pending Cadillac Tax.


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