By Jilian Mincer NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co <GE.N> and other large companies are trying to chip away at rising childbirth costs for U.S. employees, working directly with hospitals to reduce caesarean sections and related complications. The efforts are in very early stages, with few details on their impact outside of cost savings of a few million dollars so far. But they illustrate yet another path companies are taking to bring down U.S. medical costs by working with doctors and hospitals to set health goals. GE's maternity strategy is designed to steer its employees to hospitals that are believed to provide better care and less likely to recommend unnecessary and costly interventions, company officials told Reuters. U.S. employer spending on maternity care rose 50 percent in the last decade, fuelled by a jump in C-section rates despite years of efforts to curb the practice, according to research firm Truven Health Analytics. For a graphic, see: … [Read more...] about U.S. companies team up with hospitals to reduce employee maternity costs
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POLITICS 11/01/2018 05:45 am ET We've got the rundown on deadlines, premiums, financial assistance and more. By Jeffrey Young It’s open enrollment season again for Americans who shop on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges to buy coverage. It’s a complicated, often confusing process for many people, especially those who may be using a health insurance exchange for the first time. Health care — the ACA in particular — has been fodder for political debates this election year. But the ACA is still the law, and it still comes with benefits and responsibilities. Here are some basic facts about the exchanges, how they work, how to get financial help for insurance and how to find out about other options. Health Insurance Exchanges These marketplaces are intended for people who aren’t offered health benefits from their employers and aren’t enrolled in some other form of coverage, such as Medicare or Medicaid. The … [Read more...] about Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment Is Back. Here’s What You Need To Know.
Frank Witsil Detroit Free Press Published 8:37 PM EDT Oct 13, 2018 The morbid discovery of 11 babies' corpses in the ceiling of a former funeral home in Detroit, and the investigation into who hid them — and why — follows other incidents over the years that have stoked dark fears about the mortuary business across the country. Some have prompted numerous warnings from home associations, and consumer groups warn of schemes, scams — and offer advice to loved ones and older Americans planning ahead for their deaths on how to protect themselves. "The typical funeral these days costs almost $8,000," AARP, an advocacy group for older Americans, warned in a previous bulletin. "Often it's planned by family members who are emotionally vulnerable, unsure of costs, and in a rush to get things settled — a recipe for exploitation." One of the worst industry cases involving may have been in 2002, … [Read more...] about Bodies hidden in Detroit funeral home add to industry horrors
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By Mary Williams Walsh, New York Times Published 3:16 pm CDT, Thursday, September 20, 2018 Flooded homes in Lumberton, N.C., Sept. 18, 2018. Some 31 million people in the Carolinas are at risk of their homes flooding because of Hurricane Florence. Only about 335,000 homes in the two states have flood insurance. less Flooded homes in Lumberton, N.C., Sept. 18, 2018. Some 31 million people in the Carolinas are at risk of their homes flooding because of Hurricane Florence. Only about 335,000 homes in the two states have flood ... more Photo: JOHNNY MILANO /NYT Cars and homes in floodwaters the day after Hurricane Florence's arrival in New Bern, N.C., Sept. 15, 2018. Some 31 million people in the Carolinas are at risk of their homes flooding because of Hurricane Florence. Only about 335,000 homes in the two states have flood insurance. less Cars and homes in floodwaters the day after Hurricane Florence's … [Read more...] about Millions of Carolina homes are at risk of flooding. Only 335,000 have flood insurance.