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UnitedHealthcare Projects $200 Million Loss In 2016

And, as a result, the nation’s largest health insurer recently announced its possible exit from the non-group market next year. Another reminder as to why markets are not sustainable under the thumb of government. Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner explains: Insurers have had trouble signing up young and healthy individuals on the Obamacare exchanges, whichContinue Reading

Are Direct Care Patients Paying Twice For Health Care?

Direct primary care (DPC) allows patients unlimited access to their physicians in exchange for a monthly cash payment ranging between $25-85 a month. No insurance is accepted. But since Obamacare requires everyone to purchase health insurance, many question why anybody would be willing to pay twice for health care. Dr. Patrick Rohal, a direct primaryContinue Reading

Why Direct Primary Care Is A Win For Doctors And Patients

As health insurance is becoming more expensive, some basic health care is curiously becoming more affordable because an increasing number of primary care physicians are breaking away from the status quo. By cutting the cord with insurance companies, doctors can spend more time with their patients in exchange for upfront cash payments. This simple andContinue Reading

A Map Of Direct Primary Care In North Carolina

More and more primary care physicians are severing their contracts with insurance companies. Cutting ties not only grants physicians more time with their patients, but also allows them to deliver basic health care services at a lower cost since 40 percent of overhead is no longer being spent on getting paid by private and public payers. DirectContinue Reading

North Carolinians Facing Some Of The Highest Premium Percentage Increases In U.S.

Obamacare’s third annual enrollment period for health insurance has officially started earlier this week, and North Carolinians are being burdened with some of the highest premium percentage increases in the U.S. The breakdown of average rate increases is as follows: Blue Cross Blue Shield: 32.5%  United Healthcare:  20.4% Coventry: 23.6%    Note that Humana was going toContinue Reading

The ‘Young and Healthy’ Can’t Afford The Affordable Care Act

In today’s Wall Street Journal opinion section, Mr. Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, explains that half of the remaining uninsured in America are between the ages of 18-34: One problem is that nearly half of the 10.5 million uninsured people eligible for ObamaCare are between the ages of 18 and 34—and young people tend to beContinue Reading

Obamacare Round Three Enrollment Begins November 1

On November 1, consumers without employer-sponsored health insurance can renew or start shopping for health insurance plans on North Carolina’s federal exchange – a web portal that allows customers to view and compare health plans sold by competing carriers. Real Clear Politics gives us a glance at premium percentage differences from last year to this year’s enrollment season,Continue Reading

Equal Pay Between Private Practice and Hospitals?

The Obama Administration and Congress may be sealing a budget deal in which private medical practices and hospital-owned practices will be paid the same amount for certain health care services rendered to patients. The initiative has been pushed by the the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) for years. If passed into law, Medicare could saveContinue Reading

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