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Discussion About Prescription Drug Coverage Grows With Awareness of Opioids, Contraceptives, Spiking Prices

In the past year, legislators, employers, the media and healthcare consumers have focused on a variety of topics related to prescription drug coverage and use. The opioid epidemic sweeping the country, changes in access to contraceptives and the rising prices of prescription drugs have all contributed to a renewed interest in how insurance plans cover prescription drugs and how health care consumers use them. Continue reading

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Referrals Drive Up Hospital Revenue—and Health Care Costs

As the health care field becomes increasingly competitive, hospitals are acquiring independent practitioners in order to increase referrals and revenue. The American Medical Association says that one third of all doctors—mostly primary care practitioners—work for hospitals or for practices wholly or partially owned by hospitals. Continue reading

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Premium Increases Slow, Out-of-Pocket Expenses Rise in 2015

A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that while premiums have only risen about 4 percent in 2015 on average, deductibles have been rising faster than total health costs—and faster than wages. On average, deductibles have risen about seven times faster than wages, which have stayed relatively flat. Continue reading

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