Answering Your Questions On The ‘Cadillac Tax’

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The excise tax will be levied on health insurance plans costing more than $10,200 for an individual or $27,500 for a family. Any value over those thresholds will taxed at 40 percent, and that’s likely to affect consumers’ benefits, share of health care costs or their coverage entirely.

Why Don’t We Have Mental Health Parity?

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The law says insurance companies must pay for mental health benefits the same as they do everything else. Addiction as much as diabetes. Depression as much as cancer. But around the country, consumers are taking their insurers to court saying the companies are refusing to pay up. The insurance providers say mental health is complicated, […]

When Prisons Need To Be More Like Nursing Homes

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By 2030, nearly one-third of all inmates will be over 55, the ACLU says, and caring for aged prisoners often costs twice as much as caring for younger ones. Some states – New York, California and Connecticut — are confronting the problem, however, with innovative programs meant to improve care and save money.

Katrina Shut Down Charity Hospital But Led To More Primary Care

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When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, many health facilities were destroyed or shut down, including urgent care centers, nursing homes, pharmacies and hospitals. But a new network of renovated and newly built primary care health clinics has opened, which many hope will bring stability to the health care of the city’s low-income residents.

A Racial Gap In Attitudes Toward Hospice Care

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Hospice use has been growing fast in the United States as more people choose to avoid futile, often painful medical treatments in favor of palliative care and dying at home surrounded by loved ones. But some African-Americans have long resisted the concept, and their suspicions remain deep-seated.

Pain By The Numbers

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NIH analysis quantifies who is in pain and when, including more than 25 million people who say they have pain every day.

Can Health Care Be Cured Of Racial Bias?

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Even as the health of Americans has improved, the disparities in treatment and outcomes between white patients and black and Latino patients are almost as big as they were 50 years ago. A growing body of research suggests that doctors’ unconscious behavior plays a role in these statistics.