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Reform Update: Partisan standoff looms over crucial risk-corridor payments
By Paul Demko | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A big fight could be brewing over Obamacare's risk-corridor program. Insurers are relying on the program to protect them from major losses if their exchange customers end up being sicker and more costly than anticipated. But Republicans—most notably Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a likely 2016...
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New hepatitis C drug costs nearly $100,000
By Paul Demko | October 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A second potential blockbuster drug from Gilead Sciences to treat hepatitis C has been approved by the FDA. But at a cost of nearly $100,000 for a full course of treatment, it is certain to spark further debate over the pricing of specialty drugs.
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Hostile ballot initiatives confront health insurers
By Bob Herman | October 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Insurance industry officials will gather in Washington this week to discuss the biggest political, legal, legislative and regulatory issues their companies face at the local level.
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Stars, drugs, elections and rate cuts will top insurers' agenda
Paul Demko | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
On the eve of the 2015 open enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries, insurance leaders will gather in Washington to discuss public healthcare programs.
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Vital Signs
'Copper plans' could cut subsidies, lower deficit, but would consumers bite?
Paul Demko | August 19, 2014
Allowing cheaper health plans designed to cover just half of medical costs to be sold on the exchanges would result in 350,000 additional individuals enrolling in coverage in the next decade, according to an analysis by Avalere Health.
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Consumers using, but confused about, health savings accounts, surveys find
Rachel Landen | July 10, 2014
Nearly 17.4 million Americans participate in health savings account-eligible insurance plans, a decade after Congress authorized the creation of health savings accounts, according to results of a census released this week by industry trade group America's Health Insurance Plans.
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Insurers urge subsidies for catastrophic plans
Rachel Landen | June 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Insurers are pushing the government to provide financial assistance to people buying what are commonly referred to as catastrophic health plans.
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Reform Update: Cost-sharing insurance plans may not be more affordable overall
Rachel Landen | June 05, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
State-based and federally facilitated exchanges are required by the reform law to provide advanced premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions to low-income plan enrollees. However, a study out this week from consultancy Avalere Health found that insurers' latitude in meeting these requirements...
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VA scandal shows the realities of rationing care
Modern Healthcare | May 31, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Veterans Affairs Department is an example of single-payer, government-provided healthcare.
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High drug costs may lead to price controls, AHIP's Ignagni says
Paul Demko | May 24, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The staggering cost of Sovaldi, the $1,000-a-pill treatment for hepatitis C, is prompting serious discussions among healthcare leaders about the price tags of potentially life-saving specialty drugs and whether the government should regulate those prices.
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