Affordable Care Act
February 20, 2018
In response to Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter's executive order allowing Idaho insurers to offer insurance plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act, Blue Cross Idaho introduced Freedom Blue, 5 individual health insurance plans.
February 19, 2018
In the aftermath of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week that killed 17 students and adults, 6 medical organizations are calling on President Trump and Congress to treat gun violence as a national public health epidemic amid a press report that attitudes are loosening on Capitol Hill about putting more research money into the issue.
February 16, 2018
As the conversation surrounding healthcare spending in the United States persists, topics such as drug prices, increased annual spending, and government funding stay at the forefront. Here are 5 things about healthcare spending that are being currently discussed and addressed.
February 15, 2018
Premiums in federally facilitated Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplaces are higher in geographic areas with more concentrated hospitals and physician practices and fewer insurers.
February 12, 2018
Born as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) was eliminated last week as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 without ever having been implemented. The IPAB sought to reign in Medicare spending if targets went over certain levels, but it had almost universal opposition from the healthcare and medical communities.
February 10, 2018
There was a reduced rate of uninsured patients at the time of diagnosis and a shift to earlier stage at time of diagnosis for patients with testicular cancer in states that adopted Medicaid expansion in 2014, according to findings presented at the 2018 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium.
February 08, 2018
Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment was stable in most places despite turmoil; National Institutes of Health research, opioid, and mental health funding see gains in budget deal, but ACA stabilization plan is missing.
February 06, 2018
Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, made a surprise visit to AcademyHealth’s National Health Policy Conference Tuesday morning and took to the podium to declare that he wants to be the first surgeon general to issue a report showing the links between health and a healthy economy.