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Payer Investment May Improve Delaware Primary Care Access

January 18, 2019 - Payers can expand primary care access in Delaware by progressively increasing primary care spending until it accounts for 12 percent of all healthcare investment, according to a report from Delaware’s Primary Care Collaborative. Investment should primarily focus on value-based care models that can reduce spending and improve population health. Delaware currently lacks the...


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NYC Mayor Announces Plan to Guarantee Health Coverage for All Residents

by Jessica Kent

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...

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...

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...

Healthcare Coverage, Access Disparities Remain Even After ACA

by Thomas Beaton

While the Affordable Care Act has helped to significantly reduce care and access disparities between socioeconomic groups, more work is needed to create true coverage equity, according to a new study from Oregon Health and Sciences...

AMA, AHA Call for Stronger Patient Insurance Protections

by Jesse Migneault

The American Medical Association (AMA) has joined seven prominent health industry groups in calling for the Senate to address patient protection concerns regarding health insurance coverage.  The move by eight of the nation’s...

Cigna, CVS MinuteClinics Partner for Expanded Healthcare Access

by Jesse Migneault

Cigna and CVS Health have partnered to launch Cigna Health Works for expanded healthcare access for the payers employer-based health plan members.  The launch is currently limited to certain markets only. Cigna Health Works will...

GAO Report: VA Benefits Appeals Process in Need of Reform

by Thomas Beaton

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified notable inefficiencies in the VA benefits appeals process which have resulted in an average processing wait time of three years.   In its report on the issue, GAO also makes...

Wait Times Still High for Veterans in VA Choice Program

by Thomas Beaton

Research from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that veterans waited an average 24 days to receive care at any care facility that is administered by the Veterans Choice Program. The program allows veterans to receive care...

New Leadership at Veterans Affairs Results from Transfers

by Vera Gruessner

One public health payer that has had a wide amount of controversy regarding its operations is Veterans Affairs. The latest controversy comes regarding the Veterans Affairs claim that it has new leadership and leadership teams. USA Today...

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