A new and widely circulated Health & Human Services report indicates that approximately 2.2 million people bought health insurance through the marketplace through the end of December, 2013 (3 million, as of late January)—the first half of the inaugural open enrollment period. These figures paint an encouraging picture of enrollment—momentum is building. A marked increase in December enrollment figures supports this, as December’s enrollment figures in state-run marketplaces were more than three times greater than the total enrollment for the previous two months.
On Monday, three Republican senators released The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act, a proposal that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and the powerful consumer protections that exist today. Though the likelihood of its passage is slim, it nonetheless offers a comprehensive picture of how opponents of the Affordable Care Act view the way our health care system should operate.
Live updates from day 2 of Health Action 2014.
Live updates from Health Action 2014.
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the latest data from the National Health Expenditure Accounts, which show the portion of our economy that was devoted to health care spending in 2012. The data show that, while health care spending is growing, the rate of growth has slowed. As a result, the share of GDP that is comprised of health care spending went from 17.3 percent in 2011 to 17.2 percent in 2012.
Free or Subsidized Health Coverage Available to Most Uninsured African Americans through Affordable Care Act
Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that gave more than 4 million uninsured African Americans one more reason to celebrate this holiday season.
More than 450,000 low-income Medicare beneficiaries rely on a little-known program called the Qualified Individual (QI) program to pay for their Medicare Part B premium. Without QI, they would face more than $100 per month in additional health care premiums. Currently, QI is a temporary program. Since Congress will be determining the future of QI over the next few months as it considers major Medicare legislation, this is an excellent opportunity improve QI by making it permanent.
The flexibility and affordability of new health plans under the Affordable Care Act has led to an increased number of young adults buying health coverage.
Though the media often criticize Millennials for their so-called "invincible" attitudes toward their own health, research shows that young adults want to buy health insurance. However, in the past, it was hard for young adults to find coverage options that met their budgets and specific health care needs.
Want to know the three most effective ways to get eligible state residents enrolled in Medicaid faster? Learn about the enrollment options states can adopt to bolster and retain the number of residents in their Medicaid programs.
Doctors and Drug Company Dollars: How Recent Strides toward Transparency in Financial Relationships Will Benefit Consumers
GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers, made a bold announcement this week: It's going to stop paying doctors to promote its drugs. In an industry that has long relied on physicians to spread the word to their colleagues about new medicines (and has compensated them handsomely for doing so), this marks what many hope is the beginning of a major change in the culture of medicine and the marketing of drugs.