CDC survey: 8.8% of U.S. residents uninsured in first 9 months of 2016

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An estimated 28.2 million U.S. residents (8.8%) lacked health insurance when surveyed during the first nine months of 2016, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The uninsured rate for adults under age 65 was 9.3% in Medicaid expansion states and 17.5% in... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

Federal court blocks Anthem's acquisition of Cigna

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last night issued an order blocking the proposed acquisition of Cigna by Anthem, which would have reduced the number of major national health insurers from five to four. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the Department of Justice and states... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: consolidation, Coverage

CMS: 9.2 million select 2017 Marketplace plans in states using HealthCare.gov

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About 9.2 million people selected a 2017 health plan through HealthCare.gov during open enrollment, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported Friday. One-third were new HealthCare.gov consumers. Thirty-nine states used HealthCare.gov for 2017 open enrollment, which ended Jan. 31. The report... read more

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Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

House subcommittee considers insurance market reforms

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The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee today held a hearing on draft legislation to reform the health insurance markets. The proposals would require patients to pre-verify their eligibility for special enrollment periods; allow states to reduce the grace period for subsidized coverage; revise... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

CMS proposes MA, Part D payment and policy changes for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday announced proposed changes to the Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug programs for calendar year 2018, which would increase payment rates by a net 0.25%. When combined with expected growth in plan risk scores, CMS anticipates the MA plans... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage

AHA brief examines how hospitals are holding the line on costs

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Hospitals and health systems have been leaders in controlling costs in the health care sector, with hospital price growth in 2015 at the slowest annual rate since 1998 and Medicare spending growth for hospital services at its lowest level in 17 years, according to a data brief on hospital care costs... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Electronic Health Records, Coverage, regulation, workforce, chronic conditions, drug prices

AHA urges action to stabilize 2017 Health Insurance Marketplaces

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The AHA today urged Congress to work with the administration to stabilize the public Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2017 to prevent millions of consumers from losing coverage. “More than 11.5 million Americans signed up for 2017 health coverage through the federal and state marketplaces by late... read more

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Tag: Coverage

House panel holds first of two hearings this week on Medicaid

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee today held the first of two subcommittee hearings this week on Medicaid. Today’s hearing by the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee focused on ways to strengthen Medicaid oversight and included witnesses from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

Hospital associations outline for president their top priorities for future of the ACA

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In a joint letter today to President Trump and the Congress, the AHA and 71 state, regional and metropolitan hospital associations outlined their top priorities as the administration and Congress deliberate the future of the Affordable Care Act. “If the ACA is to be repealed, the potential repeal and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, Coverage, Medicaid, regulation, care coordination

Governors urge Congress to consider states' health care reform priorities

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The leaders of the National Governors Association today urged Congress to “maintain an open and robust dialog with governors” as they debate potential changes to the Affordable Care Act. “It is essential that Congress allows sufficient time for states to review and respond to proposed changes, build on... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

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