July 26, 2011 -- Non-drug-related health care costs have been reduced for elderly patients who gained better prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D, according to a new study. Researchers found non-drug health care costs have decreased by nearly 4%, or an average of about $306 per quarter,
July 1, 2011 -- Medicare will keep paying for the drug Avastin to fight breast cancer even though an FDA panel has recommended that the medication no longer be sold as a treatment for breast cancer. Medicare, in a separate issue, says it will cover costs of Provenge, an expensive treatment for advan
June 20, 2011 -- Only one in six Medicare beneficiaries have so far received any of the preventive care services now free to them due to health care reform. To save lives -- and money -- lost to preventable diseases, the Affordable Care Act offers all Medicare beneficiaries a wide range of preventiv
June 9, 2011 -- More than 1 billion people in the world are living with some form of disability, and governments everywhere need to beef up efforts to help them, according to a new report. The report by the World Health Organization and the World Bank says almost 20% of people with disabilities, an
April 12, 2011 -- The U.S. government has introduced a new approach to fight barriers to good health care faced by many minorities. Racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to suffer from serious illness, like diabetes and heart disease, and less likely to have access to quality health care than
Once upon a time, having health insurance meant security. If you got sick, your care was covered. At least that's what we all thought. But a 2009 study published in The American Journal of Medicine found that in 2007, 62% of all bankruptcies in this country were related to medical expenses. And thre
The Affordable Care Act now extends a number of additional benefits to children. WebMD readers have written in with questions about their rights and challenges they’ve faced when trying to insure their young adult children. Here are answers to the most common questions.
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With all the talk about the Affordable Care Act, the details about what health plans will be required to cover can get lost in the shuffle. WebMD readers want details about exactly which benefits and medical services they’ll have access to under the new law. Here are answers to some of the most co
Under the Affordable Care Act, people with pre-existing health conditions cannot be denied health insurance as of 2014, when the law takes full effect. WebMD readers submitted a number of questions about this aspect of the law. Here are answers.
A: Yes. As of 2014, insurers cannot charge consumers d
As a result of the Affordable Care Act, many health insurance plans are now required to pay in full for preventive health services, such as well visits and routine checkups. WebMD readers have asked many questions about preventive care and the services now available as a result of health care reform