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Thinking about health: Review of 2020

For end-of-the-year columns, it’s customary to recap the events of the past 12 months, usually highlighting a mix of the good... — Updated 1/14/2021


Thinking About Health: Misleading sales pitches for Medicare advantage plans are everywhere

It seems that nothing ever changes when it comes to hawking insurance to fill the gaps in Medicare coverage for seniors. The... — Updated 11/24/2020


Thinking About Health: No relief from high drug prices in the near future

If you were hoping that this was going to be the year of government action to lower prescription drug prices, I’m here to say... — Updated 10/28/2020


Don't count on lower insurance costs for next year

Steve Schneider owns a digital marketing agency in Indiana where he insures six people on the company’s health insurance plan... — Updated 9/24/2020


Don't count on lower insurance costs for next year

Steve Schneider owns a digital marketing agency in Indiana where he insures six people on the company’s health insurance plan... — Updated 9/24/2020


Thinking About Health: What you need to know about coronavirus testing

Testing! Testing! Testing! That’s what the experts said is necessary to move the country back to normalcy. Almost daily, local... — Updated 8/20/2020


Thinking About Health: Health insurance law is under siege again

At the height of the pandemic, many Americans are experiencing firsthand the flaws in the Affordable Care Act and the health... — Updated 7/16/2020


Thinking About Health: Reports about coronavirus vaccine don't always give the full story

How soon will there be a vaccine to protect people from the coronavirus? That’s the question uppermost on the minds of many... — Updated 6/11/2020 Full story


Thinking About Health: ACA has had positive effects, but many problems remain

The Affordable Care Act, nicknamed “Obamacare,” turns 10 years old this month, and what a tumultuous run the health care law... — Updated 4/2/2020


Thinking About Health: Generic drugs not always equivalent, sometimes dangerous

As insurance companies push doctors to save money by switching their patients to generic drugs, complaints about those generics... — Updated 3/21/2020


Thinking About Health: Narrow networks of doctors and hospitals limit patient choice

The next time you hear someone – likely a politician or representative for a medical special interest group – argue that... — Updated 2/12/2020


Thinking About Health: Low-value medical tests are costly, can lead to harm

People know too well the cost of American health care keeps rising as far as the eye can see. In 1995 health care accounted for... — Updated 2/6/2020


Thinking about Health: Big questions underlie debate about making health care accessible to all

In recent days, several tweets shared ominous news about the state of health insurance in the country. One woman tweeted she... — Updated 12/28/2019


Thinking About Health: Beware of health insurance scams, especially when shopping online

Community Health News Service If you’re buying health insurance on your own this year, the marketplace is more complicated ... — Updated 12/6/2019


Thinking About Health: Meal programs struggle as funding dwindles

Two years ago in Dallas I met an 85-year-old woman and her 65-year-old son. Both were very hungry with almost no food in their... — Updated 11/15/2019


Thinking About Health: Be wary of the complex pros and cons of Medicare plans

Along with crunchy leaves and pumpkins, fall brings a slew of advertising for insurance plans that fill the gaps in Medicare... — Updated 11/1/2019


Thinking About Health: Congress may move to lower drug prices later this year or next

Maybe – just maybe – Americans will get some relief from the relentlessly rising prices of pharmaceuticals. That, of course... — Updated 10/18/2019


Thinking About Health: E-cigarettes may be leading to lung disease Epidemic

Are e-cigarettes becoming the next public health hazard? Increasingly, health officials seem to think so, and in early September... — Updated 9/22/2019


Thinking About Health: Providers don't want to say what that surgery will cost

People would think that making the prices charged by hospitals and doctors available to their patients would be a no-brainer. After... — Updated 9/13/2019


Thinking About Health

Consumers who are hoping a couple of recent policy proposals might lower prices for their prescription drugs may be out of luck,... — Updated 8/13/2019


Thinking About Health

Is the U.S. ready for a discussion about paying for caregiving, an increasingly vexing and costly problem for a growing number of A... — Updated 7/15/2019


Thinking About Health

The Senate Special Committee on Aging has just released one of the most damning reports on the nation’s nursing homes that... — Updated 6/24/2019


Thinking About Health: Another Challenge: Finding the right follow-up care after hospitalization

If ever there were a weak link in hospital care, it’s what happens when someone leaves the hospital. It’s becoming clear that... — Updated 6/6/2019


Thinking About Health: Hospital ads may mislead

This New York City subway ad recently caught my attention: “When researching hospitals, consider how much research they do.... — Updated 5/14/2019


Thinking About Health

If ever there were an award for the best “buyer beware” story, a tale detailing the pitfalls of short-term health insurance... — Updated 4/29/2019


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