Expensive technologies like proton beam therapy and hot chemo baths are among the reasons America's health care spending is rising at an unsustainable clip and making the federal deficit so hard to tame.But two of the nation's top health care economists are expressing doubts that accountable care or
When it comes to last year's Affordable Care Act, there's not much people agree on. Except, says Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman, this one thing: "It really does help the uninsured; 32 million uninsured people will get coverage."
The Illinois Department of Insurance has been awarded a $5.1 million federal grant to develop and maintain a health insurance exchange where consumers can shop for coverage.The nation's new health care law requires the exchanges to be running in states by 2014.Insurance exchanges will allow people a
The federal government recently announced that starting Aug. 2012, insurers must offer female preventive health services without extra costs to patients. Host Michel Martin discusses the controversial plan with the Health and Human Services Secretary.
HCA Holdings, the biggest for-profit hospital chain in the U.S., reported lower earnings than expected Monday.And one of the reasons might surprise you: some people appear to be forgoing surgery, in part, because of hard economic times.When the company looked at surgical admissions hospital by hospi
As high-level budget talks drag on in Washington, the Medicaid program for the poor remains a prime candidate for cuts. In recent months, Republicans have criticized Medicaid for badly serving its target population.