For those covered by employer plans, spending on health care services increased by 4.6 percent to $4,547 per plan enrollee. By contrast, in 2010, costs rose an average of 3.8 percent, according to the Health Care Cost Institute, an independent Washington-based health research organization.Read More
Health care reform is opening the door to companies like Washington state's Qliance, which offers unlimited access to primary care for a monthly fee.Read More
The medical-homes concept, direct primary care firms and a university that produces some of the nation's best physicians help bolster Washington's position as a health care leader.Read More
The increase for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program is down from this year's 3.8 percent average increase and sharply lower than 2011, when premiums rose by an average of 7.3 percent.Read More
The state-by-state analysis of obesity-linked disease rates and associated medical spending projects that obese individuals could account for 44 percent of all American adults by 2030 if obesity rates nationwide continue to grow at their current pace. Read More
For employers, an exchange ideally will expand health benefits choice for workers while holding down their health costs, advocates for the concept say.
The survey of more than 2,000 employers found that the premium for family coverage rose an average of 4 percent, increasing to $15,745 this year.Read More
With the presidency and 33 Senate seats up for grabs in 2012, how the battle over health care reform will play out is anyone's guess, but employers are watching the tussle closer than most.
During her speech, Kathleen Sebelius detailed what she said are some of the achievements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.Read More
Politics apparently has joined the menu—at least through November—alongside pepperoni and pineapple as a new pizza topping.Read More