FDA postpones final guidance on laboratory developed tests

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will not finalize guidance related to laboratory developed tests, instead waiting to work with the next administration and Congress, according to multiple news reports. AHA has repeatedly urged the agency not to regulate LDTs as medical devices, as proposed, saying... read more

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Tag: access

CMS issues snapshot of HealthCare.gov open enrollment activity

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More than one million people selected a health plan through HealthCare.gov Nov. 1-12, about 50,000 more than during the same period last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. Three-quarters of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new consumers.... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

Survey looks at health care access, affordability in 11 countries

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About one-third of U.S. adults reported problems accessing care in the past year due to costs, more than in 10 other countries but down from 37% in 2013, according to a survey released today by the Commonwealth Fund. However, U.S. adults reported faster access to a doctor or nurse and easier access to... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: access

From Politics to Governance

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This week millions of Americans exercised their fundamental right to vote and elect our leaders. With the election now behind us, we must turn from politics to governance. Amid the changing political landscape, our priorities remain the same – advancing the transformation of health care, ensuring access... read more

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Tag: advocacy

CDC survey: Uninsured rate essentially unchanged in first six months of 2016

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An estimated 28.4 million U.S. residents, or 8.9%, lacked health insurance when surveyed in the first six months of 2016, according to a report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s essentially the same as in 2015, but 20.2 million fewer people than in 2010, the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Enrollment

Hospitals add 12,700 jobs in October

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Employment at the nation's hospitals rose by 0.25% in October to a seasonally adjusted 5,117,200 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. That's 12,700 more people than in September and 144,200 more than a year ago. Without the seasonal adjustment, which removes the effect of fluctuations... read more

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Tag: workforce

CMS: More than 15.7 million enroll in Medicaid/CHIP since October 2013

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More than 15.7 million people enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program between Oct. 1, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2016, increasing total enrollment in the programs by 28% since the start of the first open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a report released... read more

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

HHS reports on consumer choice, premiums in 2017 Marketplace

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday released an analysis of consumer choice and premiums in the 2017 Health Insurance Marketplace, which focuses on states that use the HealthCare.gov platform. According to HHS, the average premium increase for the second-lowest cost silver plan on ... read more

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Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

Study: 11.7 million uninsured eligible for Medicaid or Marketplace tax credits

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An estimated 11.7 million uninsured Americans are eligible for Medicaid or tax credits to purchase coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces, according to a report released this week by the Kaiser Family Foundation. That’s about 43% of the more than 27 million Americans under age 65 who remain... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage, Medicaid

HHS expects 13.8 million to select Marketplace coverage during open enrollment

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The Department of Health and Human Services expects 13.8 million people to select a health plan during 2017 open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplaces, about one million more than this year, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said today. An average 10.4 million consumers had an active Marketplace... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

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