Many Hospitals Refuse to Follow U.S. Price Transparency Rules

New rules requiring hospitals to let patients know ahead of time what their care will cost – covered here and here – continue to be badly implemented if not ignored altogether, according to a new study posted by the Peterson-KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) Health Tracker. The new rules took effect…

Haven Failure a Reminder of Health Reform Pitfalls

Lost amid last week’s existential threat to democracy was the announcement that Haven, the heavily hyped 2018 health care startup, would be ceasing operations. Nearly three years ago, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced they would build an independent health company to explore…

Pandemic Changes the Game for Aging in Place

Older people, especially those at highest risk for infection by COVID-19, have pretty much stayed in their homes if they could for the past nine months. The friendly phrase for this is sheltering in place. The reality for many, however, is that our homes can also become prisons. This is especially…

Is There Too Much Choice in Medicare Insurance?

Today marks the end of another annual open enrollment season for Medicare. Open enrollment provides existing beneficiaries the chance to explore all available private Medicare insurance plans that will be offered in 2021. They can look at their existing plans and decide if changed circumstances – either…

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How to Battle Pandemic Winter Blues

Good news seems in short supply these days, so when I find some, I like to pass it along. Older people, it turns out, are more resistant to mental stress and depression than younger age groups. As winter approaches with alarming COVID-19 case counts and lockdown protocols, resistance to stress and depression…

How to Fix Annual Health Care Enrollments

Every fall, nearly everyone with health insurance must pick the coverage they want for the next calendar year. And every year since I’ve been writing about the subject, I see a flurry of stories about how people can make good choices but often do not. On cue, health experts lament that open enrollments…