Health Costs

    • Employers Devise Strategies To Avoid Obamacare Fines

      With large companies facing potential fines next year for not offering health insurance, some are looking at approaches such as enrolling employees in Medicaid, reports The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, the federal government posts a notice Tuesday saying that it will continue to fund an optional health insurance program for the working poor in 2016.

      (Daily Report) 9:46AM ET

    • State Highlights: Health Care Takes Center Stage In Debates In Maine, Arizona, Missouri

      A selection of health policy stories from Maine, Arizona, Missouri, Oregon, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Kentucky and Connecticut.

      (Daily Report) 9:22AM ET

    • Hospitals' Purchase Of Doctors' Practices Boosts Costs, Study Finds

      Hospital ownership of physician groups increased patient care costs by as much as 20 percent, according to the UC Berkeley study. Meanwhile, another study by Harvard researchers finds that switching to for-profit status may boost hospitals' financial health but has no effect on quality of care.

      (Daily Report) 9:19AM ET

    • Viewpoints: Fund CHIP; Media Overdrive On Ebola; Slowdown In Medicare Costs

      A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.

      (Daily Report) 9:17AM ET

    • First Edition: October 22, 2014

      Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about a new poll finding that that most likely voters expect GOP victories in November and that health care continues to be an important issue.

      (Daily Report) 7:14AM ET

    • Few California Inmates With Hepatitis C Get Costly Sovaldi

      The drug is being given to fewer than 1 percent of the 17,000 inmates with the virus in California prisons, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Meanwhile, a Senate Democrat plans a hearing on how VA hospitals are coping with its high cost.

      (Daily Report) Oct 21

    • Medicare, Health Care Getting Attention In Senate, Congressional Races

      In Louisiana's Senate race, Medicare is grabbing the spotlight. The powerful issue is also popping up in North Carolina and Iowa. Meanwhile, Michigan's Senate race references to Medicare and the health law are checked for accuracy. And Obamacare is the subject of ads in an increasingly high-profile California House contest.

      (Daily Report) Oct 21

    • State Highlights: Calif. Ballot Measure Updates; Va. Prison Health Care Budget Shortfall

      A selection of health policy stories from California, Arizona, Maine, South Dakota, Virginia, Maryland, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, Washington state and Missouri.

      (Daily Report) Oct 21

    • First Edition: October 21, 2014

      Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about health law positions taken by Republican governors -- including Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

      (Daily Report) Oct 21

    • Pentagon Plans 30-Person Team To Tackle Ebola In U.S.

      The Department of Defense announced Sunday that it would create a medical team to assist U.S. doctors responding to new Ebola cases, while the government issued more stringent guidelines for protective garb for health care workers treating Ebola patients. In addition, The Wall Street Journal profiles a biologist who has been working since 1997 on an Ebola vaccine that has been proven to block the disease in monkeys.

      (Daily Report) Oct 20