Healthcare

Using Drugs to Discriminate — Adverse Selection in the Insurance Marketplace

A formal complaint submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services in May 2014 contended that Florida insurers offering plans through the new federal marketplace (exchange) had structured their drug formularies to discourage people with human immunodeficiency virus infection from selecting their plans.

More Federal Money for School-Based Health Services

The change, announced quietly and unexpectedly last month by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will allow public schools to receive Medicaid money for health services they provide to eligible students for the first time since 1997.

Medicare at 50 — Origins and Evolution

As we mark the beginning of Medicare’s 50th anniversary year, this first report in a two-part series recounts the history of this remarkable health care initiative and explains how it came to be, what it has accomplished, and how it has evolved over the past five decades.

No Health Insurance? Penalties to Rise in 2015

The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It’s the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama’s law.

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling On Home Healthcare Workers Reverberates In WA

The rights of Washington state home-care workers to opt out of union membership has become a contentious issue between an Olympia-based think tank and the Service Employees International Union, which recently negotiated a contract that raises the average hourly pay for care workers to at least $14 by 2017.

State Hustling To End Psychiatric Warehousing

With only a couple weeks to go before a state Supreme Court order bans the warehousing of psychiatric patients, state officials are scrambling to expand the number of beds and hire new mental-health workers.