This Aug. 21, 2014, photo shows health care tax forms 8962 and1095-A, in Washington. Who thinks about taxes around Labor Day? If you value your tax refund and you’re one of millions getting a health insurance tax credit under President Barack Obama’s health care law, it’s not too early. If you worked a lot of overtime, or maybe your spouse got a higher-paying job, arcane connections between the health law and taxes can reduce or even eliminate your refund. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP)
Telemedicine could potentially deliver more than $6 billion a year in health care savings to U.S. companies, but only if the technology is widely-adopted.
According to analysis by global professional services company Towers Watson, achieving this level of savings would require all employees and their dependents to use the technology-enabled interactions available today in place of face-to-face visits to the doctor, urgent care center or emergency room for appropriate medical problems.
BY CARLA K. JOHNSON
AP MEDICAL WRITER
CHICAGO (AP) -- For uninsured people, the nation's new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job.
At 62, Payne has worked for three decades as a nurse, most recently traveling house to house caring for 30 elderly and disabled patients. But she's ready to leave that behind, including the job-based health benefits, to move to Oregon and promote her self-published book. She envisions herself blogging, doing radio interviews and speaking to seniors groups.
By Michelle Andrews
JAN 21, 2014
Here is a new issue I've discovered: if you are having diagnostic services performed at a hospital, you may be charged a 'facility fee' in addition to the diagnostic service fee. This facility fee can be as high as $1,000 on top of a simple test that might only cost $200-300 by itself. Your insurance plan may not discount this fee very much. A solution to this is to look for an independent imaging center or laboratory and ask them what they would charge for your particular procedure. You will need a CPT code from your doctor so they can look up the price.
BY EMILY CHARRIER-BOTTS INDEX-TRIBUNE ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Jun 6, 2013 - 07:21 PM
A year ago, Sonoma Valley Hospital partnered with Western Heath Advantage on an insurance product that would rival Kaiser Permanente but keep patients in the Valley for health care. Last week, the state’s health exchange – Covered California – officially accepted that product, which will be offered to thousands of residents once open enrollment begins in October.
“It’s like the ‘Good Housekeeping’ seal of approval,” said Garry Maisel, president of Western Health Advantage, “We were thrilled.”
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