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Inside the price transparency program that helped this health system boost its finances

May 9, 2018

Under Arizona-based Maricopa Integrated Health System's Copa Care program, the health system displays and charges patients with incomes equaling between 0% and 200% of the federal poverty level different prices for certain care, based on a sliding scale.

Gawande: How to improve health care when the industry is 'a freaking mess' and progress is an 'uphill battle'

May 2, 2018

Atul Gawande, a public health researcher and cancer surgeon, in a recent episode of Freakonomics Radio discusses why progress in the medical field can be an "uphill battle" and how simple solutions have the potential to improve health care delivery.

Nearly 4M US adults have become uninsured since 2016, survey finds

May 1, 2018

The Commonwealth Fund's latest Affordable Care Act tracking survey shows the uninsured rate among U.S. adults ages 19 to 64 increased from 12.7% in 2016 to 15.5% in 2018.

Why 3 US families rejected health insurance—and how they're making do for now

March 29, 2018

Thousands of U.S. residents seeking coverage on the individual market have decided not to enroll in health insurance this year because of the cost, and Bloomberg is profiling a dozen uninsured families to "understand the trade-offs when a dollar spent on health insurance can't be spent on something else."

Recent ACA changes will drive premiums up by 18.2% in 2019, report predicts

February 28, 2018

An Urban Institute report estimates that recent changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and proposed changes to restrictions on short-term health plans would result in nine million fewer U.S. residents being enrolled in ACA-compliant coverage in 2019.

CMS: US health care spending hit $3.5T in 2017

February 15, 2018

CMS' Office of the Actuary says spending growth projections for 2017 through 2026 are largely fueled by the aging baby boomer population, increased prices for medical goods and services, and growth in disposable personal income.

Senate Democrats push to expand premium subsidies for exchange plans

February 9, 2018

Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have resumed talks around a bill to bolster the Affordable Care Act's exchanges and hope to include such language in an omnibus spending bill.

Reinsurance proposals gain traction among House GOP lawmakers

February 5, 2018

House and Senate GOP leaders are considering proposals intended to lower exchange premiums and fund reinsurance programs—marking a major shift among House Republicans, who last year opposed similar proposals intended to bolster the exchanges.

Study: Hospitals are not investing 340B savings in care for low-income individuals

January 30, 2018

Researchers say they "did not see any evidence" that hospitals participating in 340B drug discount program are investing savings generated from the program in care for low-income patients—but 340B Health, a group with 1,300 hospitals enrolled in the drug discount program, calls the findings "misleading."

US uninsured population rose by 3.2M in 2017, poll finds

January 17, 2018

A Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index poll shows the percentage of U.S. adults without health insurance rose by 1.3 percentage points, or an estimated 3.2 million people, in 2017—making it the largest single year increase since 2008.

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