The average health insurance premium costs 84% of average unemployment benefits

The average unemployment benefit across the U.S. is $1,278; COBRA monthly premiums for family coverage are $1,069.   In 9 of the 50 states, COBRA equals or is greater than the monthly unemployment benefit. Those states are Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia. These metrics are shown in the […]

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"Free" antibiotics and wellness — a 2009 retail health update

‘Tis the season for free antibiotics. Retail health is not only promoting convenience; the sector is promoting ‘free’ health care in the form of antibiotics (at least until March 31st, 2009). The cheap/free drug trend began with Wal-Mart’s $4 generic program, which launched in 2006. Like proverbial dominoes falling, Target quickly joined Walmart. Then Kmart […]

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Health spending is the #1 threat to balancing the U.S. budget: findings from the CBO

The rate of growth of health spending is the single greatest threat to balancing the U.S. budget in the long term. That’s the key message in The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2009 to 2019, the latest forecast from the Congressional Budget Office released on January 7, 2008. The report states that the three […]

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Affordable care and better information: what Americans want from a new-and-improved US health system

Anxiety about health care costs tops American citizens’ concerns about health care in the U.S. Rich, poor, insured or un-, 2 in 3 Americans worry about the affordability of health care in America.   So it follows, then, that among those without health insurance, 57% blame their uninsured state on the fact that they simply […]

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Hospitals suffer in the economic downturn

Hospitals reported an 8% increase in uncompensated care between the third quarters of 2007 and 2008. The economic downturn in the U.S. has already had a negative impact on the hospital sector, and will continue to do so in 2009.The American Hospital Association recently surveyed members, and found that the recession has negatively impacted hospitals […]

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