News and Commentary

Headlines on Deadline July 2009

People ages 19–23 were almost twice as likely to be uninsured all year as adults ages 45–64 (24.1 percent vs.13.3 percent). What is more frightening is that 30 percent of them said they didn’t think health insurance was worth the cost, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.... Employers plan to continue covering mental health or substance abuse disorders when a federal law that requires them to provide parity between medical/surgical and mental health/addiction benefits goes into effect Jan. 1. The survey indicated that 71 percent are not considering dropping mental health and 77 percent are not considering dropping substance abuse. The survey was conducted by the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health.... Nearly 9 out of 10 adults eligible for Medicare say they are satisfied with the quality of their Medigap insurance. As the name implies, Medigap is sold by insurance companies to fill the gaps in Medicare plan coverage. The survey was sponsored by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans.


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