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  • Health Plans Ask Congress for Unified Action on Surprise Billing

    March 21, 2019 - Health plans are asking Congress to take swift action on surprise billing, which can leave consumers with enormous out-of-pocket expenses for unexpected or out-of-network services. In a letter to leaders of both the House and the Senate, payer trade groups representing the majority of the nation’s health plans asked lawmakers to capitalize on public outrage about surprise billing...

  • Single Payer, Public Options Become Focus of Healthcare Debate

    February 5, 2019 - As the nation starts to turn its politics-weary eyes towards the 2020 election cycle, a new series of healthcare talking points are emerging, particularly from the left-hand side of the ideological spectrum. Terms like “single payer,” “Medicare-for-All,” “public option,” and “Medicaid buy-in” are dominating headlines as prospective...

  • Gallup Reports 4-Year High in Number of Uninsured Americans

    January 25, 2019 - Earlier this week, the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index reported that the percentage of adults without health insurance reached 13.7 percent by the close of 2018. The polling group sampled more than 115,000 adults across the country. The latest increase continues an upward trend since the third-quarter of 2016 when the rate of uninsured Americans dipped to 10.9 percent, down...

  • Aetna, Anthem, HCSC Back Healthcare Blockchain Initiative

    January 24, 2019 - Aetna, Anthem, and Health Care Service Corporation announced a new partnership with IBM and PNC Bank focused on bringing blockchain technology to healthcare. “The aim is to create an inclusive blockchain network that can benefit multiple members of the healthcare ecosystem in a secure, shared environment,” the companies stated. The goal is to allow the blockchain network to...


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37% of US Residents Live in ACA Rating Regions with Few Insurers

Just over 37 percent of the US population is living in an ACA rating region with either one or two insurers, resulting in higher premiums and increased spending, according to a recent study conducted by the Urban Institute and commissioned...

New Jersey to Establish State Health Insurance Exchange

New Jersey will move away from the federal insurance marketplace and transition to a state health insurance exchange in 2021, Governor Phil Murphy announced last week. The Democratic governor positioned the move as a way to protect his...

Inpatient Psych Facilities Spend $1.7B on Medicare Compliance

Inpatient psychiatric facilities are spending a significant proportion of their average revenue on compliance with basic conditions of participation for Medicare, according to a new report from the National Association of Behavioral...

Emergency Air Ambulances Put Patients at Risk for Balance Billing

Privately insured patients transported by emergency air ambulances outside their coverage networks are at high risk of balance billing, also known as surprise billing, according to a GAO report. Just under 70 percent of air ambulance...

CMS Approves Medicaid 1115 Waiver in Maryland

CMS has approved Maryland’s section 1115 waiver application for a demonstration to expand access to diabetes care, substance abuse services, and other healthcare services for Medicaid beneficiaries in Maryland.   The agency...

Health Plans Ask Congress for Unified Action on Surprise Billing

Health plans are asking Congress to take swift action on surprise billing, which can leave consumers with enormous out-of-pocket expenses for unexpected or out-of-network services. In a letter to leaders of both the House and the Senate,...

Blue Shield of California Reduces Member Opioid Use by 56%

Blue Shield of California’s Narcotic Safety Initiative has achieved a 56 percent reduction in opioid use among members with chronic pain, surpassing its 2018 year-end goal by six percentage points. While opioid prescriptions have...

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