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Senate Committee Holds Hearing On Drug Pricing.

The Washington Post  (12/9, Johnson) “Wonkblog” reports that an investigation by the Senate Special Committee on Aging “kicked off Wednesday with specialists from all corners of the [healthcare] system testifying that they’re powerless to manage the out-of-control...

Fewer Americans Having Trouble Paying Medical Bills, Survey Shows.

The AP  (12/9, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports that for the fourth straight year “fewer Americans are struggling to pay medical bills, according to a major government survey released Tuesday.” The results from the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey show that the number...

New Patient Coalition Seeks To Improve Healthcare Affordability.

The Washington Post   reported that a new group seeking to make healthcare more affordable for consumers “has formed in Washington, contending that even with more widespread insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, many people cannot obtain the care they...

Census Data Show Uninsured Rate Dropped To 10.4% Last Year.

The San Antonio Express-News (9/18) reports in continuing coverage that new Census Bureau data released Wednesday “showed almost nine million people gained health insurance last year, reducing the number of uninsured to 10.4 percent of the nation, down from 13.3...

We have a new address!

Recently, we moved from downtown San Francisco to downtown Oakland.  Our new address is 180 Grand Ave. #1530, Oakland, CA  94612.  We are still easy to find, and not too far from Oakland's 19th Street BART station.  Our phone numbers and email have not changed....

ACA-Funded Website Helps California Consumers Compare Medical Prices.

The Los Angeles Times (9/22, Terhune) reports that California health officials yesterday “unveiled a website where consumers can look up average prices for common medical procedures — as well as quality scores for providers.” The California Healthcare Compare website...

Budget Law To Block Expected Medicare Part B Premium Hikes.

USA Today (11/13, Powell) reports that the bipartisan budget bill signed last week changes Social Security and Medicare laws. The changes include stopping the expected Medicare Part B premium hikes. Thirty percent of “Medicare beneficiaries were expecting a 52%...