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Although Trump Administration Has Fallen Short Of Scrapping Health Law, The Changes It Has Made Reshaped Marketplace

Jun 18, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
The cumulative effect of the Trump administration's rules could erode a core principle of the health law: ensuring that people can rely on their health insurance if they get sick, and to spread the costs of illness widely. The most recent change gives employers more flexibility to steer tax-exempt dollars to employees for health...
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Breaking Down the Alexander-Murray Senate Health Reform Plan

Jun 11, 2019 , Forbes
The recent Alexander-Murray health reform package attempts to unleash the power of market competition to reduce costs and improve care. While not perfect, its inclusion of measures to improve price transparency, ban anti-competitive practices, and boost vaccination rates are on the right...
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1 in 4 Cancer Survivors Faces 'Financial Hardship' Due to Medical Costs

Jun 08, 2019 , MedicineNet
Title: 1 in 4 Cancer Survivors Faces 'Financial Hardship' Due to Medical CostsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/7/2019 12:00:00...
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Inflammatory bowel disease patients have higher health costs

Jun 08, 2019 , Reuters
(Reuters Health) - People with inflammatory bowel disease - either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis - may incur health costs more than three times higher than individuals without these conditions, a U.S. study suggests....
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How A Group Of Small-Town Locals In Colorado Banded Together To Successfully Fight High Premiums

Jun 06, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
Residents of Summit County, Colorado, were fed-up with high health care costs, so they formed an alliance that might actually lower their premiums 20 percent for next year. The Colorado Sun has their story. Other news from the health industry focuses on who will take a hit from automation in the industry....
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Are The Days Of Eye-Popping Rate Hikes Over? Health Law Premium Increases Fairly Moderate For 2020

Jun 05, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
The first batch of proposed 2020 rate filings are in from insurers. The sampling indicates to experts that the marketplace is stabilizing. One big reason why: Insurers are now making lots of money on their Obamacare customers — the vast majority of which are heavily subsidized — after jacking up rates to account for higher-than-expected medical costs in the early years. Other health law related news comes out of California, Minnesota, Georgia and Wisconsin....
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Looking for a healthy return on your benefits communications? Check out these tips

Jun 05, 2019 , Healthcare Comm.
With planning, strategy and measurement, you can execute an effective and efficient benefits communication program and demonstrate a healthy return on investment. Employee benefits are a huge expense for employers, accounting for nearly 30 percent of an organization’s total compensation costs (Bureau of Labor Statistics). With the already large investment in the benefits themselves, one […] The post Looking for a healthy return on your benefits communications? Check out these tips...
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Minnesota To Hit Opioid Makers With Moderate Licensing Fees To Collect Money To Combat Epidemic In State

Jun 01, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
“This is unusual,” said Carmen Catizone, executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. “We keep seeing the states trying to find new ways to finance the costs of the opioid crisis. But this is a new angle, although it follows a pattern of states and municipalities assessing costs for disposing of unwanted or unused medicines.” In other news on the crisis: New Jersey becomes latest state to sue Sackler Family, a federal task force issues best practice guidelines,...
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Exclusive: Canada told drugmakers it would limit scope of some new price rules

May 30, 2019 , Reuters
The Canadian government has assured the pharmaceutical industry that new features of its plan to cut drug costs would apply only to new medicines, Health Canada said, offering some relief to drugmakers even as other regulations could still lower prices of medicines already on the market....
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Though 'Donut Hole' Is Shrinking, Medicare Drug Costs Are Rising: Study

May 30, 2019 , MedicineNet
Title: Though 'Donut Hole' Is Shrinking, Medicare Drug Costs Are Rising: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/28/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/29/2019 12:00:00...
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WHO agrees watered-down resolution on transparency in drug costs

May 29, 2019 , Reuters
Countries at the World Health Organization agreed on Tuesday to push for clearer drug pricing, after watering down a draft resolution that would have also required pharmaceutical firms to disclose the cost of making medicines....
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California Governor, Lawmakers At Odds Over Prediction Feds Will Approve Tax On Managed Care Organizations

May 29, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
California Gov. Gavin Newsom didn't include the tax, which helps offset the state's Medicaid costs, in his budget because it requires approval from the Trump administration. Lawmakers were more optimistic, pointing out that the federal government has already approved a similar tax in Michigan. The tax is unusual because many managed care organizations want to keep paying it. The money they send to the state is used to draw down federal cash that's sent back to them for providing coverage to...
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Brazil sues Big Tobacco over health costs from smoking

May 29, 2019 , CNBC Health
Brazil is suing tobacco companies for costs associated with treating tobacco-related illnesses, a move health officials...
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Where health systems are finding areas for innovation

May 25, 2019 , Healthcare Business News
Some health systems have found ways to overcome persistent obstacles to implementing innovations that cut labor costs, improve value and advance...
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House Committee Leaders Target Medicare Part D With Draft Legislation To Lower Drug Costs

May 25, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
“Already this Congress, our committees have held several hearings with patients and experts from across the political spectrum to discuss options to lower prescription drug prices,” the bipartisan group of House lawmakers said. “Universally these witnesses agreed that Medicare Part D can and should be improved to cap out-of-pocket spending, and lower costs both for the patients and for the Medicare program.” The bill came the same week as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi began to test the...
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Rising Rx Drug Costs Continue to Create Tough Choices for Seniors

May 24, 2019 , MedicineNet
Title: Rising Rx Drug Costs Continue to Create Tough Choices for SeniorsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/22/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/23/2019 12:00:00...
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WHO drug pricing talks may fail to end secrecy, activists fear

May 24, 2019 , Reuters
Governments are working on a drug pricing transparency deal at the World Health Organization's (WHO) annual assembly, but activists said on Thursday they fear crucial costs may be left out, enabling pharmaceutical firms to keep prices high....
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Viewpoints: In A Country Where Patients Are Taking Medication Made For Fish Because Of Costs, We Need ‘Medicare For All’

May 24, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
Editorial pages feature opinions on "Medicare for All," vaccines, prejudice in medicine, the opioid epidemic, depression and more....
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Coming Soon: ‘An Arm And A Leg’ Season Two

May 24, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
Health care — and how much it costs — is scary. But you’re not alone with this stuff, and knowledge is power. "An Arm and a Leg" is a podcast about all these issues, and its second season, co-produced by Kaiser Health News, starts on June...
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Bill Targets Hospital ‘Gag Clauses’ Designed To Keep People From Opting For Less Expensive Treatment

May 24, 2019 , Kaiser Health News
The legislation from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) is part of a larger congressional push to chip away at practices that increase health care costs across the industry. Meanwhile, KHN offers a look at what Congress may be doing about surprise medical bills over the next few...
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