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By / 7.19.2018

Americans who buy health insurance on the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are having sticker shock as preliminary rates are filed for the 2019 plan year. Healthcare analysts expect insurance premiums to skyrocket during the next open enrollment period, which inconveniently begins just before the 2018 midterm elections. These higher premiums […]

By and / 4.25.2018

Federal policy should move beyond fee-for-service and prioritize prevention Nearly half a million Americans suffering from kidney failure depend for their survival on dialysis. For many of them, life is nasty, brutish, and short. One in four dialysis patients will die within the first year of treatment, and six in 10 will die within five years. Patients […]

By and / 3.13.2018

In October 2017, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed a “drug price transparency bill,” requiring pharma and biotech companies to give advance notification of significant price increases and provide specific justifications. Brown hailed the bill as a big step toward holding down spending on health care. “Californians have a right to know why their medical […]

Press

By / 8.8.2018

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it had approved a reinsurance proposal in Wisconsin and Maine in an effort to keep health premiums down. Reinsurance is essentially insurance for insurers: The government helps pay for the cost of exceptionally high-cost claims. It’s no wonder states have been working on […]

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it had approved a reinsurance proposal in Wisconsin and Maine in an effort to keep health premiums down. Reinsurance is essentially insurance for insurers: The government helps pay for the cost of exceptionally high-cost claims. It’s no wonder states have been working on […]

By / 7.11.2018

President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat on the Supreme Court vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy have left many to wonder: What will replacing an often swing vote with a more conservative one mean for health care? There are many pending cases in lower courts that, if they make it a […]

Blog

By / 8.28.2018

The drug industry, like any industry, has its share of bad actors. The loathsome Martin Shkreli is now serving time after his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, jacked up the cost of a lifesaving AIDS drug by 5,000 percent. Mylan, a Dutch company, was caught overcharging the federal Medicaid program $1.27 billion for EpiPens, used to protect […]

By / 8.3.2018

President Trump promised Americans cheaper and better health care than what is provided under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yet his latest move, to expand access to short-term, limited-duration health plans, may make insurance cheaper but far from better. These short-term plans have existed under the ACA as a short-term stop-gap measure for people in […]

By / 6.20.2018

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a legal brief in support of a Texas lawsuit that would kill one of the most popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the one that ensures people with past medical problems can get affordable health insurance. It’s the latest twist in the Trump administration’s unrelenting […]