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|NAHU and the Partnership for America's Health Care Future are beginning a series of explainer videos on Medicare for all
In this video, the Partnership outlines how, by working together, America's current system of market-based, employer-provided health care, along with public programs, work together to benefit hundreds of millions of Americans. While important progress has been made to improve our nation's health care system, the video acknowledges more must be done to lower costs and increase access for all Americans. To solve the problem, some have suggested a plan to start over and eliminate the health care that hundreds of millions of Americans rely on and replace it with a one-size-fits-all government-run plan that would leave many with fewer choices, a lower quality of care, and cost trillions in new taxes. Instead of starting over, America could work to improve what's working and fix what's broken. Let the free market and public programs work together to lower costs, increase patient choice, and improve quality.
To watch "Working Together," CLICK HERE.
A health care industry group on Thursday launched a digital ad campaign against "Medicare for all," as health care companies ramp up their efforts to fight the idea gaining ground on the left.
"Whether it's called Medicare for all, single-payer or a public option, a one-size-fits-all health care system will mean all Americans have less choice and control over their doctors, treatments and coverage," states the two-and-a-half minute video, which will run as a digital ad on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Concussions are a big problem in the NFL, as more players are injured, fewer insurance companies are willing to take the risk. It's becoming a problem. Without insurance, the game can't be played.
We are beginning to see a trickle down affect, on middle and high School sports as well in Tennessee, insurance is getting more expensive. The people who run sports programs for secondary schools, are beginning to show more concern about the problem. While insurance is available to cover young athletes in middle school and high schools, it's getting more expensive.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, following up on an initiative he revealed earlier this month, signed an executive order Wednesday that will create a state office devoted to finding ways to curb health care costs. The Office of Saving People Money on Health Care will focus on reducing costs associated with hospital stays, insurance and prescription drugs, along with finding ways to improve price transparency.
"We need to take action to really find and act on the root causes of skyrocketing health care costs," Polis said Thursday in announcing the executive order.
Stars and Stripes
Veterans who flooded the Department of Veterans Affairs with reimbursement claims for private-sector emergency care, in the wake of their appeals court victory in the Staab case, have been getting misinformation from VA that likely discourages them from appealing wrongly denied claims or from supplying VA with follow-up documents to complete their claims.
That’s the contention of a new lawsuit filed Jan. 1 by attorneys led by the nonprofit National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP), which is trying to force VA to heed the Staab decision and reimburse tens of thousands of veterans for non-VA emergency care that their own health insurance covered only in part.
Health Payer Intelligence
Most documents intended for Medicare and Medicare Advantage members do not meet accessibility standards for the average reader, according to a new report from VisibleThread, a text analysis company.
More than 86 percent of payers offering Medicare products share information with beneficiaries that does not meet federal guidelines for clear, accessible communication as mandated by the Plain Writing Act of 2010.
The law, which started to apply to health insurance providers in 2013, is intended to ensure that entities use plain language, defined as being at or below a 6th grade reading level, to share information with consumers.
Oregon's public employees typically pay less for health insurance than their peers in neighboring states, a new study finds.
The study by the actuarial firm Milliman was commissioned by The Oregon Business Council, an association of business leaders, as part of the Oregon Business Plan initiative.
The study found that the average state employee in Oregon pays a smaller share of his or her health insurance premium than the average state employee in Idaho, California, Nevada and Washington. And the average premium is more expensive for a state employee here than for state employees in those other states.
The Times of Northwest Indiana
In 2017, the United States saw its number of children without health insurance rise significantly for the first time in many years, a recent study found.
So did Indiana, which has one of the highest child uninsured rates in the nation.
"That is a disturbing reality that we've got to come to terms with," said Susan Jo Thomas, executive director of Covering Kids & Families of Indiana. "Because the long-term effects are dismal."
In 2017, Indiana had 106,000 uninsured children, the eighth-most in the country, up seven percent from 96,000 the year before, according to the report from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center for Children and Families.
Healthcare Finance News
Recent rule changes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has once again brought bundled payments into the national spotlight.
Addressing uncertainty among payers and providers on the future of bundled payments, the latest report from Chilmark Research analyzes the market trends shaping the space with an eye toward helping healthcare organizations adapt to the new value-based payment programs.
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