It walks like a tax and talks like a tax. Therefore it is a tax.
Among the promises of the health reform law -- now upheld by the Supreme Court -- is affordable insurance for millions of low- and middle-income Americans.
Student Sandra Fluke discusses her CNN.com commentary and responds to criticism on her stance on contraception.
Last month, students from several Catholic universities gathered to send a message to the nation that contraception is basic health care. I was among them, and I was proud to share the stories of my friends at Georgetown Law who have suffered dire medical consequences because our student insurance does not cover contraception for the purpose of preventing pregnancy.
At Tuesday night's GOP Presidential Debate in Hanover, New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney countered Texas Governor Rick Perry's criticism of Romney's health care plan with an assertion that his health care policies made Massachusetts the number one state when it comes to insuring children, while Texas remains at the bottom.
Thank you, boss?: While the annual cost for employee family health insurance jumped 9% this year, employers shouldered the bulk of that increase, according to a new industry survey Tuesday.
Many patients end up on multiple prescriptions, but experts say too many pills can be a prescription for disaster.
I was infected with HIV in 1981, the year the disease was discovered.
It's that time of year when employers deliver bad news about next year's benefits.
American workers are taking yet another blow to their wallets this year -- a whopping 14% jump in costs to insure their families.
When health insurance costs rise for individual buyers, they soar: The average premium rose 20% in its most recent increase, according to a report released Monday.
Out-of-pocket costs for the millions of Americans with employer-based health coverage rose again in the past year, although at a slower pace than the year before, according to a new industry report released Tuesday.
Barack Obama has signed into law the most sweeping social program since L.B.J.'s Great Society initiatives, and now ... um, what happens exactly?
What? Really? You don't understand the new health care reform legislation? You find yourself confused? If you haven't mastered the minutiae on all 2,309 pages of the health care reform bill signed earlier this week by President Obama, there's nothing wrong with you -- even experts are having a hard time getting a grip on all the details.
Thousands of people will begin to lose a major discount on their COBRA health care premiums in as little as 10 days. Here's what you can do:
As health care costs rise, more employers will be nudging workers toward high-deductible health plans because they cost less. Here's what you need to know if it's among your open enrollment options.
Paying for prescription drugs is getting harder. New drugs are more expensive than they used to be and consumers are shouldering more of the out-of-pocket costs. Here's how you can cut the cost of prescription drugs.
More employers are citing the recession for shifting a bigger portion of their health care costs to employees in 2009, an industry report said Monday.
How do you get health insurance if you have a pre-existing condition? It's tough. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.
Nineteen-year-old Stuart Wald is not likely to grow out of his schizophrenia, bipolar disease and attention-deficit disorder. But he will, with 100 percent certainty, grow out of the health insurance coverage he has through his father's employer -- and that day is just a few years away.
Get ready. Washington is again debating how to fix the health care system. And the outcome might affect your wallet.
Americans are forgoing medical attention in the face of high health-care costs, a new consumer health survey has found.
As health care costs continue to rise, more companies are adopting consumer- directed health plans that would lower their own costs but potentially raise costs for employees.
More consumers, struggling to contain medical expenses, are resorting to "pill cutting" to makes their prescriptions last longer.
Cancer was once assumed to be a death sentence because the disease was often incurable, but a new survey suggests the crisis for many today is paying for available treatments.
As the recession deepens, companies are looking for ways to cut costs without cutting staff -- and that could mean scaling back on benefits.
You'll likely have to make a crucial financial decision this month, and we're not talking about how much to spend on Aunt Hilda's holiday present. From October to November every year, millions of Americans must select health insurance and other benefits at work.
Health insurance premiums rose a modest 5 percent this year for coverage that's getting skimpier, researchers say
The House voted Thursday to triple money to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis around the world, giving new life and new punch to a program credited with saving or prolonging millions of lives in Africa alone
A Zimbabwean journalist has won the prestigious CNN-sponsored African Journalist of the Year competition for an uncompromising documentary examining his troubled country's struggle against HIV-AIDS.
Insurers set lifetime limits to keep rates low on some policies, but holders are learning that individual caps that seemed large quickly max out as health care costs soar
We've reached a dubious health milestone: More than half of insured Americans are now taking at least one "maintenance" drug for a chronic condition, according to a recent health industry report.
If your health insurer refuses to reimburse you for a claim, you're not alone. Denial of health care claims happens all the time. But we'll tell you how you can fight back against your insurer to get the coverage you deserve.
Health insurance premiums in 2007 rose 6.1 percent, the lowest growth rate in eight years but still well above inflation and worker earnings, according to the latest annual survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Compensation experts are predicting average base pay increases below 4 percent next year - and a lot of that may go to higher health insurance costs, according to early estimates.
Even with child obesity rates soaring in America, food marketers are bombarding kids with a steady diet of snack and candy ads, a new study said Wednesday.
Health insurance premiums this year rose 7.7 percent, the lowest growth rate in six years but still more than double the growth rate in inflation and worker earnings, according to the latest survey from Kaiser Family Foundation.
Working for The Man may never have been an overpaid joy, but it has offered a decent way to make a living.
Nobody likes a deadline, but Medicare-eligible Americans--and those who love them--are approaching a big one. On May 15, the open-enrollment period for the new Medicare prescription drug plan (know...
When President Bush brought up health savings accounts (HSAs) in his State of the Union address, proposing to sweeten the tax breaks for people who sign up for them, not everyone's eyes glazed over...
It wasn't long ago when kids used to rave about their radios and CD players.
New York (CNN/Money) - Who's going to help take care of your health next year?
The President talked about health savings accounts as a way to make health care more affordable in his State of the Union address yesterday.
ed or work for a small business, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. You can find coverage that fits your budget--but you need to be smart about it. ...
All the recent talk about the changing bankruptcy law may have you taking a second look at your finances.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The good news: The growth rate in the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance plan premiums declined for the second year in a row and ended four consecutive years of double-digit growth rates.
Of the many challenges facing a corporate escapee, finding adequate, affordable health insurance may be the toughest. Of the 27 million working people who are uninsured, 63% either are self-employe...
Of the many challenges facing a corporate escapee, finding adequate, affordable health insurance may be the toughest.
Dear Armchair Millionaire: I have been planning to retire at age 60, but I'm not sure how I'm going to obtain my health insurance before Medicare kicks in when I turn 65. What are my options?
Kendall DePascal was studying for her Ph.D. at the University of California at San Diego when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver, sustaining serious head injuries. That was 20 years ago. The se...
For Pamela Badgerow Adams, 53, and her husband Normer, 54, the past two years have been a medical nightmare. A rare intestinal ailment sent their elder son to the hospital, their younger son was ho...
When Merck yanked the arthritis wonder drug Vioxx off shelves this fall, it not only devastated the company's stock and reputation, it raised fears about the safety of every big new drug. After all...
Fall is coming and so is open enrollment season, the time when you can review and choose your benefits. That means navigating an alphabet soup of plans and accounts. Should you spring for an FSA? E...
Fall is coming and so is open enrollment season, the time when you can review and choose your benefits. That means navigating an alphabet soup of plans and accounts. Should you spring for an FSA? Enroll in an HMO? Opt for a PPO? (It almost takes a Ph.D. to know.)
Health insurance costs are going up, and up, and up. And in some cases, up some more.
It's a risky bet, but the escalating cost of health insurance is forcing many more entrepreneurs to opt for no coverage, according to a report published Monday.
What could become the nastiest, most divisive political issue of all time is now apparent, and the moment is worth marking because the issue is going to torment us for decades--though not in the ...
If you thought everyone was completely obsessed with the March job numbers, just wait. With so much riding on the job market--a presidential election and the Fed's decision on interest rates for st...
Unfortunately, some small businesses are not able to find a way to cope with rising health costs. They are left with no alternative but to drop their health benefits altogether--something of a tren...
There's another solution for small businesses with health insurance woes: Do the job yourself. Self-insuring--collecting payments from employees monthly and paying medical professionals directly--h...
The prescription-drug bill vigorously pushed by President Bush aroused a great deal of attention and controversy when it was being debated by Congress, and then after its passage.
Rising health-care costs are putting the squeeze on everybody--well, almost everybody. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, health-plan premiums are up nearly 14% this year, and deductibles a...
15.6% Monthly health-care premiums for small employers (fewer than 300 employees)
When Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson stumped for the Bush administration's Medicare-reform proposal in June, the folksy former governor took to the road on his beloved Harley....
Haven't a clue what the proposed Medicare prescription-drug benefit being debated on Capitol Hill may mean for you? Competing proposals have huge differences--and are raising more issues than answe...
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As if war anxieties and recession worries weren't enough, now small businesses have to contend with higher health insurance costs. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation study found that in 2001 the ave...
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