Chris Weaver has covered hospital billing practices, insurers' strategies, and states' struggles with health spending for the news service. Before joining KHN, he wrote for the Part B News
, ProPublica and various print and online publications. Before stumbling into journalism (he has a master's degree in journalism from the Univ. of Maryland), Weaver worked on health care projects in post-Katrina New Orleans. | Contact: ChrisW@kff.org
The state is likely to decide against creating its own exchange, opting instead to let the federal government build the marketplace, one of the central features of the health law.
Niche companies that mine health data, manage care and communicate with patients are capturing the imaginations of top venture capitalists.
Only a handful of Medicare Advantage plans win five stars for quality. But the bonuses attached to the federal rating system are reshaping the competitive landscape for insurers.
Star ratings are bleeding into bottom lines, board rooms and corporate strategy as Medicare Advantage plans chase top scores.
At least 20 states are expanding their Medicaid managed-care programs in an effort to contain health spending and prepare for a huge expansion of the program beginning in 2014.
Within a few weeks of a shutdown of Medicare and Medicaid money, health care providers could be in financial trouble. No one knows how to plan for it.
Supporters hope the nonprofit co-ops will increase competition and cut prices.
Industry and consumer groups are poring over more than 200 pages of long-awaited proposed federal rules on state-based insurance exchanges, a critical element of the federal health law.
Cigna and other insurers are upset coverage for Americans living abroad is not exempted from health law.
Large health insurers are trying to curb rising costs by gaining control over those who provide care: doctors.