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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Readers’ Favorite Blogs of 2015

Summer’s a perfect time to catch up on your reading. Here to bring you up to date are five of the most popular blogs we’ve published so far in 2015. 

Medicaid Expansion States See Financial Savings and Health Care Jobs Growth 

States that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are seeing major budget savings, according to reports released earlier this year. These budget savings coupled with new data linking Medicaid expansion to job growth in the health care sector add to the reasons why the program makes good sense for states. Read more...

Employer Wellness Programs Must Preserve Workers’ Nondiscrimination Rights 

While finding ways to support employees’ health is a laudable goal, some employers have designed wellness programs that penalize employees for failing to meet certain health outcomes, complete certain medical screenings or questionnaires, or fulfill other requirements under the program. Read more...

Why Reforming Health Care Payment and Delivery is a Health Equity Issue 

Across the country, there is tremendous momentum to change how health care is delivered and paid for in order to improve quality and to curb costs. These initiatives to transform the health system have the potential to improve care for everyone, and could directly address health disparities. Read more...

ACA Enrollment Drives Historic Decline in Uninsurance for Communities of Color 

Through enrollment in the marketplace, Medicaid expansion, and other provisions, the ACA has contributed to an unprecedented decline in the national uninsurance rate for people of all races and ethnicities. Read more...

How Health Insurers and Policy Makers Can Lower Upfront Out-of-Pocket Costs 

It is clear that we must find ways to make upfront cost-sharing more affordable for consumers. This is particularly important for plans at the silver level, given their popularity and the fact that financial assistance is tied to the cost of silver plans. Read more...