Dan Mangan, CNBC.com’s Posts

A payroll management giant is jumping into the health insurance exchange world with a double-barreled option for companies looking to control costs, give their workers more choice—and possibly help those employers avoid paying the Affordable Care Act’s coming “Cadillac Tax.” ADP said it will offer a private health exchange option to companies that want to continue …

The Affordable Care Act just survived a potentially fatal heart attack. In a major decision, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 6-3 that the federal subsidies that help nearly 6.4 million people pay for their Affordable Care Act health plans are legal under the Affordable Care Act. The ruling avoids what many analysts predicted would be a …

Drug companies are going to need to take an aspirin—or three—after reading this. A new poll finds that most Americans see drug prices as being unreasonably high—and that people are far more likely to blame drug makers than they are to point the finger at health insurance companies. Read More They love their Obamacare, but can …

An eye-popping bill for just a handful of specialty medications is in the pipeline for the federal government—and therefore, taxpayers—in the next 10 years, the health insurance industry’s lead trade group warned Monday. “We are witnessing a return to dramatic increases of year-to-year drug spending,” said Dan Durham, interim CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans. …

There’s a lot of millennials, but a lot of them aren’t having babies—at least not yet. Birth rates among American women ages 20 to 29 years old hit historic lows in the years right before and after the Great Recession, according to a new report that raises the possibility that a major shift in the …

For the first time in more than a half-century, a new standard for how much fluoride should be put in communities’ drinking water supply as an aid in preventing tooth decay was proposed Monday by the Obama administration. The new recommended standard of 0.7 milligrams per liter of water replaces the recommendation of between 0.7 …

The lingering effects of the recession, slow income growth and possibly Obamacare are all contributing to a sharp drop in estimates of how much will be spent on health care through the rest of this decade. A report issued Wednesday says that the most recent official projections indicate that the U.S. will spend $2.5 trillion …

Obamacare giveth to hospitals, but not all states taketh what’s on the table. Hospitals last year saw a big cut in their costs from treating people who couldn’t pay their bills—but the windfall was much larger in states that embraced a key Obamacare program, federal officials said Monday. Nationally, hospitals had a total of $27.3 …

The Internal Revenue Service on Friday expanded relief to Obamacare customers who are filing tax returns based on incorrect information about their health plans. The relief came in reaction to the disclosure by federal health official there were more errors on tax-related forms sent to Obamacare enrollees beyond the 820,000 forms identified as having problems …

With April 15 only weeks away, nearly half of all Americans don’t know they’re now required to declare on their tax returns whether they have health insurance, a survey released Thursday reveals. Even among those who have already filed their returns, a surprising number either didn’t see the box they had to check to indicate …

If you like your health insurance plan, you actually might have been able to keep it this year. Fewer than 1 million Americans had their health insurance plans canceled for 2015 for noncompliance with Obamacare rules, according to a report by the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report, which called that number …

When it comes to out-of-pocket medical bills, many Americans don’t have enough money in their pockets—or anywhere else—to cover what they might end up owing. A new study finds that significant numbers of people have less money available in liquid assets than what they face in the maximum deductibles and total out-of-pocket health cost limits …

Nearly 7.5 million people who get financial help to buy HealthCare.gov insurance would face average premium price hikes of a whopping 255 percent if that aid is ruled illegal in a pending Supreme Court case, a new analysis finds. And that’s just the average price increase across 34 states served by the federal Affordable Care …

The economic costs from the psychological affliction of depression have gotten significantly larger in recent years—and people suffering from that condition were hit particularly hard by the 2008 financial crisis, a new study has found. Annual costs related to major depressive disorder rose to $210.5 billion in 2010, according to the study published Wednesday in …

A large minority of people who have health insurance aren’t sure what’s covered by their plans. And too many people with insurance are still afraid to use it because of worries about the costs they believe they will face from going to the doctor—despite the fact that a sizable fraction of them have a chronic …