Julie Appleby reports on the implementation of the health care overhaul law, the interplay of health care treatments and costs, trends in health insurance, and policy issues affecting hospitals and other medical providers. Her KHN stories have appeared in USA Today, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer and MSNBC, among others. Before joining KHN in March 2009, Appleby spent 10 years on the health care industry and policy beat for USA Today. She also worked at the San Francisco Chronicle
, the Financial Times
in London and the Contra Costa Times
in Walnut Creek, Calif. She serves on the board of the Association of Health Care Journalists and her education includes a Master of Public Health degree. | Contact: JulieA@kff.org
Blue Shield of California’s decision to cap profits at 2 percent was widely applauded, but other health insurers aren’t likely to follow suit.
The Obama administration issued final rules Thursday requiring insurers to justify rate increases of 10 percent or more.
Nine states are pushing the Obama administration to ease a requirement that insurers spend 80 percent of their premium revenues on medical care – or pay back consumers.
Entrepreneurs create new private marketplaces – years ahead of similar exchanges called for in the health law – in a move that could save employers money but continue to shift cost and responsibility to employees.
Mark Bertolini knows the insurance industry inside out. Both he and his son have had life-threatening health crises. He says he wouldn't qualify for an individual policy and talks with KHN about how Aetna is reacting to the health law.
Health care entitlement programs are targeted for major overhauls under the House GOP budget proposal, says the Congressional Budget Office.
Recent lawsuits show the government is cracking down on suspected anti-competitive actions in the health care and insurance industries.
Insurance agents fear the health reform law threatens their livelihood and want changes in rules to protect their commissions and guarantee them a role in the new health exchanges.
Mississippi Gov. Barbour's ways to control the rising costs of Medicaid are sometimes controversial, but he maintains that states need more freedom to run the program.
A Maryland program to curb hospital infection rates is showing signs of success, but nine hospitals still fell short last year and were penalized a total of $2.1 million.