Evergreen Health Cooperative is poised to turn its first annual profit this year as it continues to attract new customers and grow when nearly half of the co-ops created under the Affordable Care Act have failed.
The single biggest threat to the survival of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not the Republican-led legislative effort to repeal it. It is inaction by the administration's own agency that is tasked with implementing Obamacare: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
With about two weeks left before the deadline to enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the number of Marylanders who have signed up for private plans is 60 percent higher than last year, state officials said.
An enrollment event being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Westminster TownMall may be your best chance to get questions answered, and yourself insured, before open enrollment ends on Jan. 31.
The Maryland Health Care Commission late Tuesday released its annual quality care report that examines the good and bad about insurance plans and allows consumers and human resource managers to compare the performance of plans as they decide on coverage for themselves and their families.
The third year of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act began Sunday and exchange officials said they are focusing more on consumer experience and finding hard-to-reach Marylanders as they work toward a goal of enrolling 150,000 people in private plans, up from 115,000 people last year.
As an ICU physician, I have seen that modern intensive care medicine can contribute to miraculous outcomes. ICUs now provide temporary artificial liver support, prolonged artificial circulation and perioperative care for solid organ transplantations of all kinds. However, my experiences in several major medical centers have also shown me that there is a problem with ICU spending in patients that are highly likely to die in the hospital.
A state legislative audit sharply criticized Maryland health exchange officials for a wide range of fiscal failures, including how it awarded contracts to companies building the state's initially troubled online insurance marketplace.
American workers saw their out-of-pocket medical costs jump again this year, as the average deductible for an employer-provided health plan surged nearly 9 percent in 2015 to more than $1,000, a major new survey of employers shows.
The Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities said Wednesday it had received its largest grant ever - $1 million from the federal government to increase the number of minorities who use primary care services.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the state's largest insurer, is raising rates as much as 26 percent after absorbing more than $100 million in losses incurred as more older and sicker patients got coverage under federal health care reform.
The prime contractor on Maryland's failed online health exchange will repay the state $45 million, or about 60 percent of what it was paid, according to a settlement with Noridian Healthcare Solutions.
Maryland is one of more than a dozen states where new Medicaid enrollees under President Barack Obama's health care law have surpassed initial projects, though state analysts say Maryland is actually spending less on its Medicaid population because federal health care reform is covering 100,000 people who used to get health care paid entirely by the state.
In a decision that overturns a 2014 Supreme Court injunction, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that insurance carriers for religious nonprofits must provide employees with coverage for contraceptives, sterilization and drugs that can cause abortion, violating what they call their religious rights.
Maryland's hospitals and doctors took in more than $7.6 million in payments for research, speeches and other work from drug and device manufacturers in 2014, according to federal authorities who have been releasing payment data periodically.
King v. Burwell should never have existed. Only a deeply flawed legislative process brought the case to the Supreme Court. The result will likely damage the court's legitimacy and further divide the country.
In the harried run up to building and later fixing the state's new online marketplace for the uninsured, officials awarded more than $84 million in contracts without open competition, about a third of the money spent on procurement for the troubled website.
Mental health advocates and researchers question whether health insurers are meeting state and federal requirements for coverage parity between mental health and medical care. Laws require a patient's access and costs should be no different for those seeking mental health care than for those seeking medical care.