Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press Updated 2:04 pm PDT, Tuesday, July 16, 2019 FILE - In this June 28, 2019 file photo, Ashlyn Myers of the Coalition for Life St. Louis, waves to a Planned Parenthood staff member in St. Louis, Mo. The Trump administration says its new regulation barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions is taking effect immediately. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) less FILE - In this June 28, 2019 file photo, Ashlyn Myers of the Coalition for Life St. Louis, waves to a Planned Parenthood staff member in St. Louis, Mo. The Trump administration says its new regulation barring ... more Photo: Robert Cohen, AP Photo: Robert Cohen, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this June 28, 2019 … [Read more...] about Planned Parenthood to defy Trump abortion referral rule
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By Gregory Bradbard | [email protected] | Hope Through Housing FoundationPUBLISHED: June 25, 2019 at 5:00 am | UPDATED: June 25, 2019 at 5:01 am Several recent studies are shedding light on the state of retirement for those who are nearing their post-working years. Today in America, everyday an average of 10,000 individuals are turning 65. And by 2030, the 50-and-over cohort is projected to expand by 20%, reaching 132 million individuals. For generations, the retirement years have been promoted as a time of relaxation and fulfillment. And, even as many are now rethinking the definition of retirement, the desire for a secure and stable home as we grow old remains the same. Unfortunately, recent research is revealing many Americans are not adequately prepared to meet their needs as they grow older. So, what if you find yourself in the category of someone nearing your senior years, or simply wanting to be prepared for retirement at some point in the future? The following are a few of … [Read more...] about Poor retirement planning puts housing catastrophe on horizon
A new federal rule requires hospitals in Colorado and across the nation to post the pre-insurance costs for their most common medical procedures online, giving patients the chance to look up and compare prices before deciding on care. At first glance, the step appears to open up the notoriously opaque practice of health care pricing. Yet both consumer advocates and hospital officials argue the prices listed will be of little help to patients trying to determine the ultimate cost of medical procedures. “It’s an important first step,” said Adam Fox, director of strategic engagement for the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. “But the cost information may not be the most relevant to all consumers, especially those with health insurance.” As of Jan.1, hospitals must publish their starting prices for procedures, such as X-rays and surgeries, online. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which implemented the rule, said in a blog post that requiring … [Read more...] about Need a hip replacement? That could cost $25,870 in Denver, according to price list Colorado hospitals are now required to post
By John Woolfolk | [email protected] and Kaitlyn Bartley | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 6, 2019 at 6:30 am | UPDATED: January 6, 2019 at 9:10 am Oakland’s Highland Hospital lists its price for a single chest X-ray at $131, while over the Bay at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, they say it’ll set you back $2,618. An aspirin tablet? Highland wants $7 for that, but it’s $1.02 at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and just 30 cents at Walnut Creek’s John Muir Medical Center. If that seems like a bargain, consider that Rite Aid sells a bottle with 100 of those same pills for $5.49, less than 5 and a half cents each. UCSF suggests they don’t charge for an aspirin pill at all. Hoping to empower consumers who are shouldering more and more of their health care costs each year, the federal government this year is requiring hospitals across the country to post their standard price … [Read more...] about Hospitals must now post their prices online: $7 for 5-cent aspirin?
A recent ruling by a Texas federal judge insisting the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—otherwise known as Obamacare—is unconstitutional is potentially bad news for millions of small businesses, the national advocacy group Small Business Majority maintains. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor agreed with an alliance of 20 states that a change in tax law last year eliminating a penalty for not having health insurance nullified the overall ACA. ‘Obamacare’ will continue to remain in effect for now. The case could be appealed and possibly reach the U.S. Supreme Court, observers say. They say that process could take months or even years. The ruling occurred a day before the deadline for Americans to sign up for coverage in the federal insurance exchange created under the ACA. Roughly 11.8 million U.S. consumers enrolled in 2018 healthcare exchange plans, the federal agency Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported. The ruling has “no impact to … [Read more...] about Higher Health Insurance Costs for Small Businesses Coming in 2019?