June 20, 2014
by Sarah Darer Littman | June 20, 2014 9:00am
The Task Force to Study the Provision of Behavioral Health Services for Young Adults released its report earlier this week. I underlined one sentence on page iii, several times in red: “The behavioral health care system is not user-friendly for those in need.”
That has got to be the understatement of the year, if not the decade.
June 18, 2014
by Wendell Potter | June 18, 2014 8:00am
Center Series Documented Abuses, But Don’t Expect Action From Congress
A year-long investigation by the Center for Public Integrity has revealed that health insurers may have fleeced taxpayers out of $70 billion in just five years.
Tags: Healthcare reform in the United States, Health, Health insurance, Politics, Medicaid, United States National Health Care Act, Medicare, United States, 111th United States Congress, Humana, Federal assistance in the United States, Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Congress, Wendell Potter
June 11, 2014
by Wendell Potter | June 11, 2014 11:55am
If They’re Making Millions, Should The Rest Of Us Have To Pay Higher Premiums?
If health insurance companies announce big premium increases on policies for 2015, I hope regulators, lawmakers and the media will look closely at whether they are justified, especially in light of recent disclosures of better-than-expected profits in 2013, rosy outlooks for the rest of this year, and soaring CEO compensation.
Tags: Healthcare reform in the United States, Health, Insurance, Business and Finance, Business, Cigna, Management, Board of directors, Aetna, Health maintenance organizations, UnitedHealth Group, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Wendell Potter, dh
June 6, 2014
by Wendell Potter | June 6, 2014 4:05am
Journalism That Focuses On Political Sniping Does Public A Disservice
If you read my column last week about a Senate hearing that showed how Obamacare has affected Americans, you might have wondered if I was in the same room with reporters who presumably covered the event.
Tags: Insurance, Health insurance, Health care reform in the United States, Presidency of Barack Obama, Financial economics, Health care in the United States, Loss ratio, United States, Politics of the United States, 111th United States Congress, Jay Rockefeller, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Wendell Potter, dh
May 13, 2014
by Wendell Potter | May 13, 2014 2:46pm
PR Firms, Front Groups, Misleading Studies All Being Deployed
LOS ANGELES — As I wrote in my book, Deadly Spin, the health insurance industry and other special interest groups use a tried-and-true set of tactics to push back against threats to their profitability. I referred to those tactics collectively as “The Playbook on How to Influence Lawmakers and Regulators Through the Manipulation of Public Opinion.”
Tags: Healthcare reform in the United States, Health, Health insurance, Social Issues, Labor, Healthcare in the United States, 111th United States Congress, Health maintenance organizations, WellPoint, UnitedHealth Group, Health insurance exchange, Consumer Watchdog, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Anthem Blue Cross, Wendell Potter, dh
April 29, 2014
by Christine Stuart | April 29, 2014 8:56pm
by Hugh McQuaid | April 29, 2014 6:39pm
February 19, 2014
by Brian McCready | February 19, 2014 10:37pm
MILFORD — Gail Uberti likely summed up the feelings of the more than 75 people who packed City Hall to voice their displeasure Wednesday night over soaring utility bills.
January 13, 2014
by Staff Report | January 13, 2014 4:58pm
December 16, 2013
by Hugh McQuaid | December 16, 2013 2:15pm