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.
Last week, Harvard researchers released the latest installment of the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment (OHIE) –a randomized control trial that examines the effects of Medicaid expansion on Oregonians who won a lottery for health insurance in 2008. After analyzing hospital records for 18 months, the researchers discovered that Medicaid recipients visited the ER 41 percent more than those without insurance.
Earlier last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) gave Iowa approval to move forward with its Medicaid expansion, making Iowa the seventh state with a Republican governor to do so.
Starting January 2014, an estimated 150,000 uninsured Iowans can get health coverage through Medicaid. But as Iowa's expanded Medicaid program unfolds, some of its modifications to the Medicaid program need to be tracked closely to ensure that they don't impede access to health care for enrollees with very low incomes.
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.