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 | @Julie_Appleby
These high-priced medications are often shifted to the top tiers of drug plans, so consumers dealing with cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV and other complicated diseases can end up paying thousands of dollars for their prescriptions.
States and the federal government aim to renew coverage for 15.3 million already signed up on exchanges and Medicaid -- and enroll about 10 million more who are currently uninsured.
Those who held onto plans that didn’t comply with the health law may have to choose new ones for 2015, and they could cost more.
Price transparency efforts in the Granite State help consumers and employers ask smarter questions.
Employer-sponsored insurance was largely stable in 2014, with no significant change in the percentage of firms offering health benefits.
The Treasury Department has clarified its rules as a deadline looms for people asked to confirm their citizenship or immigration status.
But insurers oppose many of the premium assistance efforts, saying they would lead to sicker enrollees who will raise costs for everyone.
Consumer groups complain people have been misled about the narrow networks of hospitals and doctors in their plans. Insurers say they are trying to hold down prices.
The University of Utah improved quality and reduced costs by tracking each patient’s care.
The most satisfied were those who received subsidies; the least satisfied had their previous plans canceled.