Did Drug Company Payments to Doctors Help Fuel the Opioid Epidemic

May 15, 2018

A new research letter reports that doctors who received free meals and other kinds of payments from pharmaceutical companies tended to prescribe more opioid painkillers to their patients over the course of a year. Meanwhile, doctors who didn't get such freebies cut back on their opioid prescriptions. Read More

Health insurers seek big rate hikes for 2019

May 10, 2018

Health insurers are seeking lofty rate hikes for 2019 individual coverage as they grapple with new obstacles in the Affordable Care Act marketplace, including the zeroed-out mandate penalty and the potential influx of skimpy insurance policies. Read More

Nevada Health Exchange Chief ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Short-Term Plans

May 10, 2018

The head of Nevada's health insurance exchange is "deeply concerned" about a proposed federal rule change that would extend the length of short-term health plans, saying in a Friday letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that the policy will likely result in higher premiums for people who purchase insurance on the exchange. Read More