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NYC Mayor Announces Plan to Guarantee Health Coverage for All Residents

January 14, 2019 - Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the launch of a comprehensive, universal healthcare coverage plan that will guarantee benefits for every New Yorker. “Healthcare is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it,” said de Blasio. “New York City is leading the way by guaranteeing that every New Yorker has access to quality, comprehensive access to...


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Patient-Centered Methods Help Health Plans Boost Cancer Care

by Jessica Kent

Employers and payers should ensure their health plans use patient-centered methods and provider performance measurement strategies to reduce costs and improve cancer care, a report from the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser...

CA Governor Addresses Prescription Drug Costs, Healthcare Access

by Jessica Kent

California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a series of major executive actions and budget proposals to reduce prescription drug costs and move California closer to the goal of healthcare coverage for all. Newsom’s healthcare...

Steward Health Care Joins Mission to Expand Generic Drug Access

by Jessica Kent

Steward Health Care has become a founding member of Civica Rx, a collaborative, non-profit drug company with the mission to reduce drug costs and increase the supply of life-saving generic medicines. Approximately 800 US hospitals have...

Nearly 50% of Pre-Medicare Adults Worried About Healthcare Costs

by Jessica Kent

Forty-five percent of adults aged 50 to 64 are not confident that they will be able to afford healthcare coverage in retirement, according to a poll conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and...

CVS Health to Begin Important Work of Integrating Aetna

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On the eve of Christmas, Judge Richard Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia decided against halting the integration of the two companies in a merger valued at $69 billion. “Based on CVS’s...

Leadership Plays Key Role in Effective Workforce Wellness Efforts

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new report from the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) and Mercer reveals just how vital leadership support is to high-quality workforce wellness initiatives. “These findings suggest organizations that want to improve...

Coalition of State AGs Challenge Ruling of Unconstitutional ACA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Following a December 14 ruling stating the Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional without its individual mandate, attorney generals from 16 states and the District of Columbia filed an expedited motion to bring clarity to the...

Employers to Address Healthcare Consumerism, Innovation in 2019

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The National Business Group on Health has released its top-five trends for the coming year, and employers clearly want to play a more involved role in healthcare transformation. Chief among their expectations over the next twelve months...

Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Prove Costly to Consumers

by Chuck Green

Workers and their families are spending a larger share of their income on their employer-sponsored health plans, according to a new study from the Commonwealth Fund. Coauthored by Sara Collins, Vice President of Health Care Coverage and...

Trump Administration Touts IPI Model for Reining In Drug Prices

by Chuck Green

On average, Americans pay 80 percent more for the costliest physician-administered drugs than patients in other developed countries, according to a key HHS advisor. “Free market advocates and those who have philosophical concerns...

CMS Reports Slowed Growth of National Health Spending in 2017

by Chuck Green

Last year, healthcare spending in the US jumped at an estimated rate of 3.9 percent to $3.5 trillion – or $10,739 per person, according to a new analysis from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicare...

CVS Unveils New Pricing Tool for Pharmacy Benefit Management

by Chuck Green

CVS Health has introduced a new approach to the pricing of pharmacy benefit management services, the company announced. The Guaranteed Net Cost model simplifies the financial arrangements underlying pharmacy benefit management (PBM)...

Consumers Maintaining Positive Health Savings Accounts

by Chuck Green

Today, there are more than 23.4 million health savings accounts (HSAs) across the country, with assets of more than $51 billion, according to the 2018 Midyear Devenir Report. “We are continuing to see a growing market for HSAs, and...

Aetna Joins Healthcare Blockchain Alliance, Pilot Project

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Not long after closing its deal to be acquired by CVS Health, health payer Aetna has signed on to pilot the use of blockchain technology as part of the Synaptic Health Alliance. In a statement with new fellow participants Ascension, the...

AMA Study Finds Lack of Health Payer Competition Across US

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Decreased competition in health insurance is likely to do more harm than good, new AMA study concludes. The America Medical Association released its most recent study of health payer competition, and the results fail to indicate the...

Health Payers Contend for Share of SMB Health Insurance Market

by Chuck Green

Changing government regulations and demands for benefits in the small to medium business market is likely to lead to consolidation and place a growing emphasis on creating innovative health plans, according to a recent Edifecs...

High-Deductible Plans Lead Diabetics to Forgo, Delay Treatment

by Chuck Green

Workers with diabetes who switched to high-deductible health plans requiring additional out-of-pocket expenses are more apt to put off necessary check-ups, a new Annals of Internal Medicine study finds. A growing proportion of Americans...

Proposed Rule Seeks Lower Medicare Advantage, Part D Drug Prices

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

CMS has opened comments on a proposed rule with the purpose of lowering the cost of prescription drugs and out-of-pocket expenses under Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) and Part D. The proposed rule aligns with the Trump...

AHIP Eyes Solutions to Assist Consumers Shopping for Health Plans

by Chuck Green

American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) recently issued a dozen solutions aimed at assisting families with an income over 400 percent of the federal poverty level afford comprehensive coverage covering their pre-existing conditions. Last...

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