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Analysis: Senate’s latest health blueprint cuts costs at the expense of chronically ill

Analysis: Senate’s latest health blueprint cuts costs at the expense of chronically ill

The latest Senate health proposal reins in costs by effectively splitting the individual insurance market, with healthy people diverted into stripped-down plans and chronically ill individuals left with pricey and potentially out-of-reach options.

July 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Millions more uninsured could impact health of those with insurance, too

Millions more uninsured could impact health of those with insurance, too

Hospitals in sparsely populated areas, particularly in states that did not opt to expand the Medicaid program, have been cutting back services like maternity care or closing altogether in recent years. These are the same parts of the country that voted for President Donald Trump by large margins.

July 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Senate health bill still short on ‘yays’ but leaders vow vote next week

Senate health bill still short on ‘yays’ but leaders vow vote next week

Senate Republican leaders Thursday released their revised bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, but they acknowledged that furious days of negotiation have not yet secured the 50 votes necessary to pass the measure over unanimous Democratic objections.

July 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

Some Medicare beneficiaries are being prescribed opioids by 10 or more doctors, or are filling prescriptions for more than 1,000 pills a month. Hundreds of doctors appear to be prescribing indiscriminately, says the inspector general of Health and Human Services.

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing homes move into the insurance business

Nursing homes move into the insurance business

Around the country, a handful of nursing home companies have begun selling their own private Medicare insurance policies, pledging close coordination and promising to give clinicians more authority to decide what treatments they will cover for each patient.

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid cuts could upend rural health services

Medicaid cuts could upend rural health services

Republican bills to replace the federal health law would worsen rural areas’ financial straits through reductions in Medicaid funding. Patient advocates predict that would lead to fewer enrollees, more shutdowns of rural facilities, reduced payments to doctors and fewer programs for people with health needs or disabilities.

July 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drugmakers’ money-back guarantees: an answer to rising prices or a ‘carnival game’?

Drugmakers’ money-back guarantees: an answer to rising prices or a ‘carnival game’?

There is scant evidence this new approach lowers costs. Pharmaceutical companies still set the drug’s list price and have to agree to the criteria upon which they will be measured. Moreover, the savings don’t always trickle down to consumers.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

Compared with Canada’s single payer system, American doctors and hospitals have nearly twice as many administrative staff workers. So whether the ACA remains in force or it’s replaced by something else, I believe we won’t be able to control health costs until we revamp the system with something like single payer.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health Care Sector Will Lose Nearly 1 Million Jobs; Most Medicaid Expansion States Will See Deeper Economic Losses

Health Care Sector Will Lose Nearly 1 Million Jobs; Most Medicaid Expansion States Will See Deeper Economic Losses

If it becomes law, the draft Better Care Reconcilliation Act proposed by the U.S. Senate could cause an estimated 1.45 million jobs to disappear by 2026 and trigger an economic downturn in all but one state.

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
What tax breaks? Those promised in GOP plans go mostly to top 1%

What tax breaks? Those promised in GOP plans go mostly to top 1%

There’s much talk on Capitol Hill about the tax cuts included in the Republican health plans, but unless you are a frequent user of tanning beds or have personal wealth that puts you in the top 1 percent, you might not feel much effect from them.

July 5, 2017 | By | Reply More