CMS to expand value-based model for MA, prescription drug plans in 2019

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced refinements to the Medicare Advantage Valued-Based Insurance Design Model for calendar year 2019, the third year of the demonstration program. The model is designed to test whether giving MA plans flexibility to offer supplemental benefits or... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, Medicare, Coverage

CMS: 2018 HealthCare.gov enrollment approaches 2.3 million

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Nearly 2.3 million people selected a 2018 health plan through HealthCare.gov Nov. 1-18, including nearly 800,000 last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported today. Three-quarters of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new consumers. Thirty-nine states are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

CDC survey: Uninsured rate unchanged in first six months of 2017

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An estimated 28.8 million U.S. residents, or 9%, lacked health insurance when surveyed in the first six months of 2017, according to a report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s about the same as in 2016, but 19.8 million fewer people than in 2010, the authors... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

The Importance of Coverage

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A cancer survivor is alive because doctors diagnosed her disease in time and got her the treatment she needed immediately. A man with diabetes learns how to monitor his blood sugar to avoid the amputation of his leg. These miracles happened because these patients had meaningful access to care as a result... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage, access

CMS proposes changes to MA, prescription drug programs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late this afternoon released a proposed rule that would make programmatic and operational changes to the Medicare Advantage and prescription drug benefit programs for contract year 2019. According to the agency, the rule would revise program regulations to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, regulation

Revised Senate tax bill includes repeal of individual mandate

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) last night released a revised version of tax reform legislation that includes a provision to repeal enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most individuals have health insurance. The Congressional Budget Office last week estimated that... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

CMS: 2018 HealthCare.gov enrollment approaches 1.5 million

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Nearly 1.5 million people selected a 2018 health plan through HealthCare.gov Nov. 1-11, including more than 876,000 last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported today. More than three-quarters of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new consumers. Thirty-nine... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

AHA, others urge Congress not to include individual mandate repeal in tax bills

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AHA and five other groups today urged congressional leaders not to include a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate to obtain health insurance in pending tax legislation. “We join together to urge Congress to maintain the individual mandate,” the groups wrote. “There will be serious... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

CMS announces risk corridor payments, charges for 2016 benefit year

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday announced the risk corridors payments and charges for health insurance issuers for benefit year 2016. The temporary risk corridors program, which began in 2014 and ran through 2016, transfers funds from qualified health plans that earned more than a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Senate Republican leaders release tax bill

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Senate Finance Committee Chair Orin Hatch (R-UT) late yesterday released a draft of Senate Republicans’ proposal to overhaul the tax code. Unlike the House Republicans’ proposal, which passed the Ways and Means Committee yesterday on a party-line vote, the Senate proposal would not eliminate hospitals’... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Coverage, advocacy, bonds

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