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Health insurance deductibles soar, leaving Americans with unaffordable bills

Monday, May 20th, 2019

The LA Times reports:

“Soaring deductibles and medical bills are pushing millions of American families to the breaking point, fueling an affordability crisis that is pulling in middle-class households with health insurance as well as the poor and uninsured.

In the last 12 years, annual deductibles in job-based health plans have nearly quadrupled and now average more than $1,300.

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Why Hospitals Should Fear Blue Cross Primary Care Centers

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Forbes.com reports:

“As if hospitals and health systems didn’t have enough emerging threats with big well capitalized publicly-traded insurance companies and drugstore chains developing primary care clinics and urgent care centers in their backyards.

Now come the nation’s largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans that dominate big diverse markets like Florida, Illinois, Texas and New Jersey. These Blues plans are backed by their own financing, venture capital funds and primary care partners looking to expand doctor offices, urgent care and health centers in communities across the country. (more…)

Bills would allow Uber, Lyft to provide non-emergency transport for Medicaid patients

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Watchdog.org reports:

“They aren’t offering Uberlances or AmbuLyfts, but Uber and Lyft are among ride-sharing apps that are offering Florida lawmakers potential savings in costs if they are permitted to provide Medicaid patients with non-emergency medical transportation services.

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A Rare Loss for U.S. Pharma Lobby Will Cost the Industry Billions

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Bloomberg reports:

“Deep in a budget deal Congress passed earlier this year — just 118 words in Section 53116, a little before passages on prison reporting data and payment yields for seed cotton — was a hit to pharmaceutical companies that will cost them billions, and could signal more losses to come.  (more…)

Medicare Advantage Plans Cleared To Go Beyond Medical Coverage — Even Groceries

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

The Washington Post reports:

“Air conditioners for people with asthma, healthy groceries, rides to medical appointments and home-delivered meals may be among the new benefits added to Medicare Advantage coverage when new federal rules take effect next year.

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Medicare Out-of-Pocket Costs You Should Expect to Pay

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Yahoo Finance reports:

“Medicare provides valuable health insurance for individuals 65 or older and certain people with disabilities who are under age 65. But it also comes with complex rules and sometimes significant out-of-pocket costs. Here’s what you can expect to pay for Medicare:

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‘Breakthrough’ Leukemia Drug Also Portends ‘Quantum Leap’ In Cost

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Kaiser Health News reports:

“When doctors talk about a new leukemia drug from Novartis, they ooze enthusiasm, using words like “breakthrough,” “revolutionary” and “a watershed moment.”

But when they think about how much the therapy is likely to cost, their tone turns alarmist.

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New Data Brief Finds Physician Shortages Lead to Network Adequacy Challenges

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

AHIP reports:

“States are facing a shortage of physicians in primary care, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, and general surgery, according to a new AHIP data brief. This analysis looked at the ratio of these physicians to the population and found several U.S. states currently have physician supply rates that fall well below the national average.

According to the data brief, these provider shortfalls may be even more severe in rural areas. While close to a quarter of Americans live in rural areas, only 10 percent of physicians practice in those geographies. For example, most surgeons in Idaho are practicing in urban areas (25 per 100,000 urban population) rather than in rural areas (14 per 100,000 rural population).

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Canadian Health Care: Patients Waiting Longer Than Ever For Treatment

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Investors Business Daily Reports:

Socialist Medicine: Canadians love their hockey and have historically been happy with their government-run health care system. Hockey is thriving. The country’s health care system, though, is a wreck and getting worse.

It could be said the words “Canada” and “health care” really don’t go together because some Canadians never make it to the doctor.

Too many die untreated due to extended wait times to see a doctor, and those wait times have increased again this year. They are now almost twice as long as they were in 1993, the year Hillary Clinton tried to force government health care on Americans. (more…)

The Next ACA Battle: Extending The Children’s Health Insurance Program

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Forbes reports:

“The Affordable Care Act is an endless source of tortured political maneuverings.

Another example will soon demand Congress’ attention: Extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).   The program was created in 1997, in the aftermath of the failed Clinton health reform initiative, to provide health coverage for pregnant women and uninsured children in families that make too much to qualify for Medicaid. Congress votes regularly to extend this joint federal-state program.

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