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No More Delays: What to Know About the July 15 Tax Deadline
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No More Delays: What to Know About the July 15 Tax Deadline

By Sarah Skidmore Sell |
As the coronavirus pandemic took hold this spring, the federal government postponed the traditional April 15 filing deadline until July 15.

Don't Count on Lower Premiums Despite Pandemic-Driven Boon for Insurers

Don't Count on Lower Premiums Despite Pandemic-Driven Boon for Insurers

By Bernard J. Wolfson | Aug 1
Numerous insurers across the country have announced plans to hike rates next year, though some have proposed cuts.

Ever Heard of a Surgical Assistant? Meet a New Boost to Your Medical Bills

Ever Heard of a Surgical Assistant? Meet a New Boost to Your Medical Bills

By Markian Hawryluk | Jul 25
The latest unwelcome trend in health care? Third-party surgical assistants who aren't part of a hospital staff or a surgeon's practice.

Lost Your Job? The COBRA Game Begins

Lost Your Job? The COBRA Game Begins

By MIchelle Andrews | Jul 21
People who've been laid off or furloughed from their jobs now have more time to decide whether to hang on to their employer-sponsored health insurance. Some health policy experts question the usefulness of the change.

For COVID Tests, the Question of Who Pays Comes Down to Interpretation

For COVID Tests, the Question of Who Pays Comes Down to Interpretation

By Julie Appleby | Jul 21
The government and insurers vowed that tests would be dispensed for free. Now, those promises are being rolled back in ways that are creating turmoil for consumers, even as testing has become more plentiful.

How A COVID-19 Vaccine Could Cost Americans Dearly

How A COVID-19 Vaccine Could Cost Americans Dearly

By Elisabeth Rosenthal | Jul 10
A COVID-19 vaccine will have an actual price tag. And given the prevailing business-centric model of American drug pricing, it could well be budget breaking, perhaps making it unavailable to many.