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60 Minutes spotlights rising drug costs

Insurers might want to say a big thank you to "60 Minutes" for airing a show Sunday night about the extremely high cost of cancer drugs. Many drugs used to treat cancers cost more than $100,000 a year, a large portion of which is often absorbed by insurers.

Study: Health insurance helps detect cancer early in young adults

When teens and young adults have health insurance, they're more likely to be diagnosed early with cancer, a new study from the American Cancer Society found.

Follow-up care too pricey for young cancer survivors

Costs associated with follow-up care are too expensive for young cancer survivors, even if they have health insurance, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer.

Lung cancer screenings 'make sense' for insurers

Insurers should cover certain lung cancer screenings because it's a cost-effective method to prevent thousands of deaths every year, according to a new study published in the journal Health Affairs.

50K people with pre-existing conditions insured

Almost 50,000 people with serious pre-existing medical conditions have health insurance coverage through a joint state-federal plan authorized by the health reform law, according to a report

WellPoint uses Watson for decision support

WellPoint is putting IBM's supercomputer Watson to its first use--developing clinical decision support tools for oncology, reports InformationWeek Healthcare. With the help of the Cedars-Sinai Cancer

An ounce of prevention could heal a pound of pain

Ever hear a message so many times that it just goes in one ear and out the other? That's how I feel insurers sometimes respond to hearing that prevention and wellness are keys to improving our

SPOTLIGHT: Late-stage cancer patients are over-tested

Doing screening tests on patients whose life expectancy is extremely limited because of cancer is not cost-effective, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical