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Why Amazon and friends’ plan could be a major disrupter of health care system

Why Amazon and friends’ plan could be a major disrupter of health care system

While the companies’ leaders say what the changes that must happen in the healthcare delivery sector, the implied the assumption is that doctors and hospitals will adapt to this new world, holding down their costs, making prices more transparent, and innovating in their physical and electronic delivery of care.

February 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
Idaho ‘pushing envelope’ with health insurance plan. Can it do that?

Idaho ‘pushing envelope’ with health insurance plan. Can it do that?

Idaho wants allow insurers to ignore some ACA rules on plans not sold on the marketplace, aiming to make these state-based plans less costly. Several of the changes are viewed by the law’s supporters as hits to laws core consumer protections.

January 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
As Trump attacks the federal health law, some states try to shore it up

As Trump attacks the federal health law, some states try to shore it up

This year, a handful of Democratic-led states are gearing up to curb further rate hikes caused by changes implemented by the Trump administration by enacting laws and adopting insurance regulations designed to shore up the traditional insurance industry and restore parts of the ACA, known as Obamacare.

January 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
How a shutdown might affect your health

How a shutdown might affect your health

A government shutdown would have far-reaching effects for public health, including the nation’s response to the current, difficult flu season. It could also disrupt some federally supported health services.

January 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
‘Safety Net’ hospitals face federal budget cuts

‘Safety Net’ hospitals face federal budget cuts

A double whammy of federal budget cuts might force many hospitals, particularly those that serve poor or rural communities, to scale back services or even shut their doors.

January 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Trump’s work-for-Medicaid rule puts work on states’ shoulders

Trump’s work-for-Medicaid rule puts work on states’ shoulders

States considering work-for-Medicaid rule face major hurdles. They will have to figure out how to define the work requirement and alternative options, such as going to school or volunteering; how to enforce the rules; how to pay for new administrative costs; and how to handle the millions of enrollees likely to seek exemptions.

January 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Running On Empty: CHIP funding could run out Jan. 19 for some states

Running On Empty: CHIP funding could run out Jan. 19 for some states

Some states are facing a mid-January loss of funding for their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) despite spending approved by Congress in late December that was expected to keep the program running for three months, federal health officials said Friday.

January 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Despite compressed sign-up period, ACA enrollment nearly matches last year’s

Despite compressed sign-up period, ACA enrollment nearly matches last year’s

A day after President Donald Trump said the Affordable Care Act “has been repealed,” officials reported that 8.8 million Americans have signed up for coverage on the federal insurance exchange in 2018 — nearly reaching 2017’s number in half the sign-up time.

December 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

Wasted Medicine: A ProPublica series has illustrated the many ways the U.S. health care system leaks money. Health care leaders and policymakers suggest ways to plug the holes.

December 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Canada’s single-payer health system: What’s true? What’s false?

Canada’s single-payer health system: What’s true? What’s false?

Canada will spend about 11.5 percent of its gross domestic product on health care this year. The United States will spend almost twice that, 18 percent. Yet life expectancy in Canada is greater than that seen in the US.

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More