Americans are much more likely to have trouble paying medical bills or getting a quick appointment with a doctor than their peers in 10 other high-income, industrialized countries, according to a new study.
Even Americans with insurance are more likely to forgo care because of high costs and to struggle to pay big bills, according to the survey, conducted by The Commonwealth Fund. And the United States spends far more on MORETami Luhby - Nov 14, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Don't be surprised if you're shelling out more for health care on the job next year.
After several years of relatively moderate spending increases, health care costs are set to jump in 2014.
Employees will spend just under $5,000 on premiums and out-of-pocket expenses next year, according to new research by Aon Hewitt, an employee benefits administrator. That's up 9.5% from the year before.
This is because overall health care spending will increase MORETami Luhby - Oct 22, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Want to earn some cash? Create a video explaining why younger Americans need health insurance.
The Obama administration is doling out $30,000 in cash and more than 100 prizes in a video contest aimed at attracting young people to the Obamacare insurance exchanges. This demographic is considered key to the exchanges' success because the young are usually healthier than the general population. Their enrollment will help lower premiums for everyone.
The government MORETami Luhby - Sep 12, 2013 5:05 PM ET
The nation may be in better economic shape, but that doesn't mean Americans' paychecks are.
Median annual household income has fallen 4.4% to $52,098 in the four years since the economic recovery began.
Black Americans took the biggest income hit since the Great Recession ended.
Median household income for blacks dropped by more than $4,000 to $33,519. Whites, on the other hand, saw their median income slip just over $2,000 to $58,000.
Married couples MORETami Luhby - Aug 22, 2013 10:42 AM ET
You might think you're working harder, but more employees now have access to paid time off from the job than two decades ago.
The share of employees with access to paid sick time, personal days and family leave, as well as bereavement days and military leave, has risen substantially since 1992-1993, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The prevalence of vacation days slipped a bit, however.
"The type of leave is MORETami Luhby - Aug 15, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Getting ahead in America has a lot to do with where you live.
Many communities in the United States, particularly the Southeast, have low economic mobility, a new study from researchers at Harvard University and University of California, Berkeley, found. But people living in communities in the northern Plains and Rocky Mountain states are more likely to rise higher.
Take a household in Greenville, Miss. in the 25th income percentile. Their children MORETami Luhby - Jul 24, 2013 6:00 AM ET
It pays to be the CEO.
The economic recovery has lifted the pay of chief executives back to pre-recession times, at least compared to the average worker in their industry, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute.
CEO-to-worker pay ratio is back up to 273, after falling to 193 in 2009.
Average CEO compensation was $14.1 million in 2012, according to EPI. The organization looks at the chief execs of MORETami Luhby - Jun 27, 2013 10:53 AM ET
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