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The tax bill being considered in the House and Senate could lead to $25 billion in cuts to Medicare, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Those are the consequences under the so-called “pay-as-you-go” law Congress passed in 2010. That law requires tax cuts and certain spending increases to be... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicare

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: 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

CMS: More than 600,000 marketplace enrollments in first week

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More than 601,000 people selected a health plan through the federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace during the first week of open enrollment, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. About three-quarters of the plan selections were by 2017 enrollees who were actively or... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

The Benefits of Hospital Mergers

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An article in today’s Politico suggests hospital mergers are having an adverse impact on health local markets and is leading to substandard care and higher prices. But the most recent research on the subject tells a far different and less sensationalist story. A study of recent hospital mergers – those... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: mergers

House passes bill to extend CHIP funding, Medicaid DSH relief

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The House today voted 242-174 to approve the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act of 2017 (H.R. 3922), legislation that includes a five-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and two years of relief from Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts. Among the CHIP... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid, access

AHA issues next guide in series on ensuring access in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement an urgent care center strategy to maintain an access point for urgent medical conditions that can be treated on an outpatient basis, without having to maintain emergency medical services or inpatient... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Community health, access, emergency care

Utah receives waiver for limited Medicaid expansion

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week approved a waiver allowing Utah to expand Medicaid services to up to 6,000 low-income adults without children. Adults with incomes up to 5% percent of the federal poverty line who are chronically homeless or suffer from substance use issues would gain... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

CMS releases final 2018 physician payment rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its final rule for the physician fee schedule for calendar year 2018. CMS estimates a 0.41% increase in physician payment rates for 2018 compared to 2017, after applying a 0.5% payment increase required by the Medicare Access and CHIP... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, site neutral payment, Medicare

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