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ACA expands coverage, but will consumers be able to pay the bill?

Although the Affordable Care Act will add tens of millions of Americans to the insurance rolls over the next several years, many will still be burdened by medical debts due to high deductibles and co-payments.

Practices taking 'cautious approach' to ACA exchanges

According to research announced during a press briefing at the Medical Group Management Association's annual conference in San Diego, 40 percent of more than 1,000 practices surveyed are awaiting more detailed information about exchange reimbursement and administration before agreeing to contracts. 

Health insurers fall short in using mobile tools to engage consumers

Though many health plans offer mobile apps, only 22 percent allow consumers to access data on the mobile Web. The data is based on a ranking of the top 100 U.S. health insurance companies and how they engage with consumers to manage their own health. 

UPS drops coverage for employee spouses

United Parcel Service is dropping coverage for its employees' spouses who are eligible for health plans through their own employers, the company said in a memo to employees obtained by Kaiser Health News/USA Today.

Vanguard, Tufts launch CO-OP health plan

Vanguard Health System, Tufts Medical Center and its New England Quality Care Alliance physicians' group have formed a consumer operated and oriented plan (CO-OP) health plan with an $88.5 million loan from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Groups push for 'easy fixes' to cut docs' administrative burden

The Texas Medical Association proposes measures to ease doctors' administrative burden so they can work more efficiently. 

Millions struggle to pay for care, face tough decisions

Roughly 80 million people--43 percent of America's working-age adults--did not go to the doctor or seek other medical services because of cost, according to the Commonwealth Fund's 2012 biennial health insurance survey.

Gallup: Employer-based coverage steadily declining

Employer-based health insurance has been declining, with fewer members in these types of commercial plans last year than in 2008. Instead, more people are either uninsured or receive health insurance through a government-based program, according to a new Gallup poll.

Insurers ramping up price transparency efforts

Insurers in Massachusetts are on the forefront of a growing trend to help consumers price medical procedures and services, as well as find specialists and other doctors, reported The Boston Globe.

CO-OPs want restored funding, despite fiscal cliff cuts

After losing almost all funding under the fiscal cliff agreement, consumer oriented and operated plans are urging federal officials to support them in any possible way.