Latest Health care costs News

Insurance premiums fall as New Mexico prepares new subsidies

Sep. 23, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health care access is getting substantially less expensive for consumers on the state's health insurance exchange through a combination of federal pandemic relief, a growing pool of subscribers and — coming soon — proceeds from a new state tax, insurance regulators...

Democrats push to retool health care programs for millions

Sep. 19, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dental work for seniors on Medicare. An end to sky’s-the-limit pricing on prescription drugs. New options for long-term care at home. Coverage for low-income people locked out of Medicaid by ideological battles. Those are just some of the changes to...

Biden $3.5T plan tests voter appeal of expansive gov't role

Sep. 16, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s “build back better” agenda is poised to be the most far-reaching federal investment since FDR’s New Deal or LBJ’s Great Society — a prodigious effort to tax the rich and shift money into projects and programs touching the lives of nearly...

House panel rejects drug pricing plan in setback to Biden

Sep. 15, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee dealt an ominous if tentative blow Wednesday to President Joe Biden’s huge social and environment package, derailing a money-saving plan to let Medicare negotiate the price it pays for prescription drugs. The House Energy and...

Biden $3.5T plan tests voter appeal of expansive gov't role

Sep. 15, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s “build back better” agenda is poised to be the most far-reaching federal investment since FDR’s New Deal or LBJ’s Great Society — a prodigious effort to tax the rich and shift money into projects and programs touching the lives of nearly...

Biden: Nearly 3M get health coverage during COVID-19 sign-up

Sep. 15, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3 million consumers took advantage of a special six-month period to sign up for subsidized health insurance coverage made more affordable by the COVID-19 relief law, President Joe Biden said Wednesday. He called that number encouraging and urged...

House Dems begin moving parts of Biden $3.5T domestic plans

Sep. 09, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats began pushing plans for providing paid family and medical leave, easing climate change and bolstering education through House committees Thursday as they battled Republicans and among themselves over President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion vision for reshaping...

Pima County OKs insurance penalty for unvaccinated employees

Sep. 08, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona’s second most populous county is prodding its workforce to get COVID-19 vaccinations by requiring employees who refuse the shots to pay more for their health insurance. The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to make...

4 ways to manage retirement health care costs

Sep. 08, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

Health care in retirement is a big-ticket item. Experts estimate that an average 65-year-old retired couple in 2021 would need about $300,000 in after-tax savings earmarked for health care costs in their post-work life, even with Medicare, according to Fidelity. The...

Ex-NFL players plead guilty to health care fraud scheme

Sep. 07, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former NFL players Clinton Portis, Tamarick Vanover and Robert McCune pleaded guilty for their roles in a nationwide health care fraud scheme and could face years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday. Portis, Vanover and McCune...