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Stories with subject: Health care costs
  • High court ruling offers chance to alter health law debate 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 3:31 am

    WASHINGTON - The country finally has an opportunity to change the subject on health care, after the Supreme Court again upheld President Barack Obama's law.

  • Coverage worries persist amid relief over health care ruling story has photos
    Updated: Jun-26-15 2:01 am

    CHICAGO - Throughout the country, relief was the dominant emotion among consumers who get help from the government to lower their health insurance costs following Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding the subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

  • 80,000 Utah residents to keep getting health subsidies story has photos
    Updated: Jun-25-15 6:40 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - More than 80,000 Utah residents will keep receiving federal help to pay for health insurance after the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld tax subsidies that are at the heart of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

  • Health ruling relieves consumers; GOP states remain critical story has photos
    Updated: Jun-25-15 6:08 pm

    MIAMI - Thursday's Supreme Court ruling validating federal health insurance subsidies for nearly 6.4 million Americans had consumers breathing a sigh of relief that they would be able to afford their policies, but the reaction was markedly different from governors and lawmakers in states that have fought against the Affordable Care Act.

  • NC reactions mixed as Supreme Court keeps health subsidies 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 5:29 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Substitute teacher Kim Jones of Wake Forest said Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court decision allows her to keep receiving help to pay for the health insurance she credits for saving her life.

  • Key ways the high court health care ruling affects Texas 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 1:27 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld government subsidies that help more than 6.4 million Americans in Texas and 33 other states purchase health insurance policies through federal exchanges created under the Obama administration's signature health care law. Here's a look at what the decision means in a state where top Republican leaders were loudly hoping it would go the other way.

  • The Latest: Obama says health law is 'here to stay' story has photos
    Updated: Jun-25-15 11:50 am

    WASHINGTON - The Latest on the Supreme Court's decision on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. (All times Eastern)

  • Doctors propose tool to help gauge the value of cancer drugs 
    Updated: Jun-22-15 1:07 pm

    The pushback against soaring cancer drug prices is gaining steam. A leading doctors group on Monday proposed a formula to help patients decide if a medicine is worth it - what it will cost them and how much good it is likely to do.

  • Bill removes pretrial alcohol, drug monitoring cost limits 
    Updated: Jun-17-15 9:21 pm

    OLYMPIA, Washington - Defendants would pay the full cost of pretrial drug and alcohol monitoring under a bill passed by a Senate committee that removes a price cap for such oversight.

  • Drug maker seeks to overturn $38M award to Mississippi 
    Updated: Jun-17-15 4:28 am

    JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi Supreme Court is being asked to reverse a $38.2 million judgment for the state in a Medicaid drug-pricing lawsuit.

  • New system changes way HIV patients getting medication 
    Updated: Jun-16-15 10:29 am

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Six months ago, Medical AIDS Outreach's Montgomery clinic needed an entire room to store prescription medications for its hundreds of patients.

  • Study: Detroit insurance plan projects savings for drivers 
    Updated: Jun-09-15 6:18 pm

    DETROIT - Drivers in Detroit could save $600 to $2,300 annually on car insurance under a plan the city is hoping the Legislature will pass, according to a report.

  • Study: Some for-profit hospitals charging 10x Medicare rates 
    Updated: Jun-08-15 7:55 pm

    MIAMI - Twenty of the 50 U.S. hospitals that charge the most for their services are located in Florida - and all but one of them are for-profit, according to a study released Monday.

  • Feds: Florida doctor gave cancer patients unapproved drugs 
    Updated: Jun-04-15 5:43 pm

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - A Florida oncologist was charged Thursday with giving cancer patients medications, included chemotherapy drugs, from other countries that were not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

  • Utah health insurers request big rate hikes for 2016 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 7:20 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - More than half a dozen health insurers in Utah say they need to raise rates on individual policies next year by 10 percent or more because of higher than expected care costs and other expenses.

  • Health insurers to increase Affordable Care Act rates 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 2:01 pm

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Health insurers covering more than 155,000 Louisiana residents under the Affordable Care Act are planning rate increases ranging from 12 percent to 24 percent in 2016.

  • Some Florida health insurers request big 2016 rate increases story has photos
    Updated: Jun-02-15 7:37 pm

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Nearly a dozen health insurers are proposing double-digit rate increases for 2016 Florida plans sold on the exchanges created under President Barack Obama's health care law as well as individual coverage sold through brokers and agents.

  • Many health insurers go big with initial 2016 rate requests story has photos
    Updated: Jun-01-15 10:55 pm

    Dozens of health insurers say higher-than-expected care costs and other expenses blindsided them this year, and they're going to have to hike premiums for individual policies well-beyond 10 percent for 2016.

  • Vast trove of Medicare data details how billions are spent 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 5:17 pm

    WASHINGTON - Joint replacement was the most common hospital procedure that Medicare paid for in 2013, accounting for nearly 450,000 inpatient admissions and $6.6 billion in payments.