Check your EOB – HB721 would make you pay THAT for an email from your doctor

f you have health insurance, you’re probably familiar with EOBs – explanation of benefits – statements.  They give you all the critical information regarding the costs of any care you get. They include what the doctor’s price is, what the negotiated rate (“Allowed Amount”) is with your insurer, how much you may owe, etc…

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Safely Save Money on Prescription Drugs with These Six Tips

In a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) health tracking poll completed in February, nearly eight in ten Americans said the cost of prescription drugs is “unreasonable.” As a means of combating those rising costs, consumers have implemented a number of unhealthy strategies meant to make prescriptions last longer and lighten the financial burden, including rationing or skipping doses completely.

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NC's House Bill 721 (on Telehealth) Will Be Bad for Your Fiscal Health

Telehealth (you may have heard of it as telemedicine, too) is the medical wave of the future. It means connecting with your doctor’s office over the internet. If you’re stuck at home for some reason but really need medical care, you may get healthier faster if you can talk to the doc right from your couch. And telemedicine can save the overall system money, too — or so goes the common wisdom. Seems like a great idea, right? Sure.

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Big Pharma’s Attempt At Providing Clear Pricing Information Not So Clear After All

Last fall, as the Trump administration was breathing down the necks of Big Pharma about being more forthcoming with information on drug prices for consumers, it appeared that manufacturers heard the request loud and clear. While the government wanted these companies to begin including list prices in TV advertisements, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) seemed to beat them to the punch—proposing voluntary action it said would help clear up any ambiguities around pricing.

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Blue Cross NC, Duke Health Launch New Health Plan for Triangle Seniors

Two pillars of the North Carolina healthcare sphere are teaming up to focus on an underserved segment of the Triangle’s population, and they intend to play off each other’s strengths to do it.

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New Bill Would Hand a Quarter Billion Dollars to Drug Makers

A new bill in the North Carolina General Assembly ironically titled “Reduce Barriers to Improve NC Health & Safety” would mean a reduction in checks on drug safety, a massive payday for pharmaceutical companies and rising premiums for insured North Carolinians if passed. 

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