Health Reform

From Drug Benefit News - A new report from a coalition of stakeholders suggests that a considerable portion of hospitals enrolled in the 340B Drug Pricing Program provides a negligible amount of free or reduced-price care to indigent, uninsured patients. This report, which was partly funded by PBMs, adds to the growing body of analysis questioning whether hospitals that qualify for special drug pricing under the federal program are actually using the savings for their intended purpose. Read more

From AIS's Health Reform Week - With billions of federal dollars at stake, an increasing number of Republican-controlled states are reconsidering their opposition to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Twenty-five mostly “blue states” already have tapped that voluntary expansion option, which allows them to access increased federal dollars to cover residents with annual incomes up to 138% starting in 2014. But now, at least a half-dozen holdout states are indicating a new interest… Read more

Health Reform Blog

By Steve Davis - April 17, 2014
Will premiums for exchange-based health coverage skyrocket this fall? The Congressional Budget Office doesn’t think so. In a report released April 14, CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation predicted lower costs than initially projected due largely to the way health insurers have restructured the...
By Neal Learner - March 24, 2014
The March 31 deadline to obtain health insurance or face a tax penalty is quickly approaching. But how many people will actually end up paying the fine after the open enrollment period ends is an open question. The White House has said there is no chance it will lift the so-called “individual...
By Steve Davis - March 20, 2014
In telephone interviews last week, health policy execs from Jackson Hewitt and H&R Block told me that very few of their uninsured customers understand how much of a fine they face for not having health coverage in 2014 (hint: it’s probably way more than $95). Sure, $95 is the amount cited most...

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