Insurance

Inside Big Health Insurers’ Side Hustle

America’s largest health insurance companies moonlight as obscure middlemen, managing billions in health care spending for many of the country’s biggest employers.

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When Picking an ACA Plan Becomes An Olympic Event

Stacie Dusetzina digs into research showing that Obamacare shorthands of “silver” and “gold” plans aren’t always helpful.

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Picking a Medicare Plan Isn’t As Simple As You’d Think

Katie Keith digs into a new report on the complicated impact of brokers on Medicare Advantage and PartD enrollment.

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3 Employers, 2 Wonks and 1 Health Insurance Mess (LIVE!)

In this live episode, policy experts and employers debate the best way to improve employer-based health insurance.

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Public Option(al): What Happened to Biden’s Big Idea?

While states experiment with public health insurance options, federal action has stalled.

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Will the Federal Ban on Surprise Medical Bills Work?

We dig into the research to understand what we can expect from this long-awaited policy fix.

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The High Price of Lowering Health Costs for 150 Million Americans

Employers clash with hospitals, insurers and even their own workers over high health care prices.

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‘The Ten Year War’ Over Obamacare (and the Battles Ahead)

Reporter Jonathan Cohn says the battle over Obamacare offers lessons and clues as to where the party’s “unfinished crusade for universal coverage” may head next.

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Do Health Plans Affect Mortality Rates?

Aditi Sen on research showing some Medicare Advantage plans have better mortality rates than others.

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Oyez! Oyez! ACA!

We explain the latest existential challenge to the ACA and outline three ways the Supreme Court could rule.

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