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Administration Eases Way For Small Businesses To Buy Insurance In Bulk

Small employers will be able to band together more easily to buy health insurance under rules issued Tuesday by the Trump administration. But the change could raise premiums for plans sold through the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplaces, analysts say. 839 more words

Insurance

‘Holy Cow’ Moment Changes How Montana’s State Health Plan Does Business

Marilyn Bartlett, the director administrator of Montana’s Health Care and Benefits Division, recalls thinking “holy cow” when she got an urgent directive from state legislators in late 2014: “You have to get these costs under control, or else.” 1,194 more words

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Unwieldy Health Costs Often Stand Between Teachers And Fatter Paychecks

As teacher strikes flared this spring in more than half a dozen states, from West Virginia to Arizona, protesters bemoaned stagnant salaries, overcrowded classrooms and a lack of basic supplies like textbooks and computers. 1,111 more words

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Unwieldy Health Costs Often Stand Between Teachers And Fatter Paychecks

As teacher strikes flared this spring in more than half a dozen states, from West Virginia to Arizona, protesters bemoaned stagnant salaries, overcrowded classrooms and a lack of basic supplies like textbooks and computers. 1,111 more words

Insurance

New Hospital Leader Fights Price Controls Despite Reputation As A Reformer

In Maryland, Carmela Coyle is known as a reformer.

During her tenure as president of the Maryland Hospital Association, she helped establish a first-of-its kind state program that capped hospitals’ yearly revenue — a counterintuitive move for a leader in an industry anxious to defend its bottom line. 1,102 more words

Health Industry

As Medicaid Costs Soar, States Try A New Approach

MINNEAPOLIS — Sandy Dowland has been to the emergency room 10 times in the past year and was hospitalized during four of those visits. She has had a toe amputated and suffers from uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, major depression, obesity and back pain. 1,498 more words

Public Health

As Medicaid Costs Soar, States Try A New Approach

MINNEAPOLIS — Sandy Dowland has been to the emergency room 10 times in the past year and was hospitalized during four of those visits. She has had a toe amputated and suffers from uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, major depression, obesity and back pain. 1,498 more words

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