Analysis of Benefit Design in Silver Plan Variations By Kelly Brantly, Hillary Bray and Caroline Pearson Avalere Health, June 2014 Both state-based and federally-facilitated exchanges offer financial assistance for low-income enrollees. The assistance takes two forms: advanced premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). This report focuses on CSR plans, which are available to individuals […]
Poll: Confidence in veterans’ care plummets to new low By Susan Page USA TODAY, June 2, 2014 Americans’ confidence in the medical care provided for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has plummeted to new lows in the wake of the VA scandal, a USA TODAY Poll finds. Most people see the problem as widespread […]
Chairman Sanders Lays Out Legislative Action Plan for Veterans Senator Bernie Sanders, June 1, 2014 Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today outlined a comprehensive legislative package to address “reprehensible” behavior by VA officials and to correct underlying problems in access to medical care. “There must be a culture of honesty and accountability […]
Unnecessary Tests and Procedures In the Health Care System: What Physicians Say About The Problem, the Causes, and the Solutions: Results from a National Survey of Physicians ABIM Foundation, May 1, 2014 Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of physicians say the frequency of unnecessary tests and procedures in the health care system is a very (29 […]
Why Not Just Eliminate the Employer Mandate? By Linda J. Blumberg, John Holahan, and Matthew Buettgens Urban Institute, May 2014 ￼￼Controversy over the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate continues. The requirement’s implications for coverage are small, and yet the negative labor market effects of keeping it in place could harm some low-wage workers. Under the […]
American workers are at the edge of a financial cliff 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report The economy is showing signs of improving, but Americans’ bank accounts are in need of resuscitation: Put simply, anemic pay raises combined with sharp increases in out-of-pocket health care costs have creditors knocking on many consumers’ doors. 66 percent of employees […]
MGMA ACA Exchange Implementation Survey Report Medical Group Management Association, May 2014 Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) conducted member research in April 2014 to better understand the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance exchange implementation on medical group practices. Summary of Findings MGMA noted three main themes within the findings. OBTAINING COVERAGE INFORMATION […]
2014 Milliman Medical Index By Christopher S. Girod, Lorraine W. Mayne, Scott A. Weltz, Susan K. Hart Milliman, May 20, 2014 $23,215. That’s how much is spent in 2014 on healthcare for a typical American family of four covered by an average employer-sponsored health plan according to the 2014 Milliman Medical Index (MMI).(1) And yet […]
Is Public Policy Changing The Practice of Medicine? By John Goodman Health Affairs Blog, May 21, 2014 At the time the ACA was enacted, the belief that health care delivery in the United States was about to be radically transformed was widespread. “We’re going to find out what works and then go do it,” said […]
Single Payer: Where do we go from here? A Panel Discussion Senator Bernie Sanders, May 21, 2014 Panelists: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen Gerald Friedman, Professor, Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst Dr. Margaret Flowers, PopularResistance. org Dr. Andrew Coates, President, Physicians for a National Health Program Michael Lighty, Director of […]
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