What’s New in Health Care Reform

Top highlights this week include: Aetna pulls out of state exchanges, retirees need $130,000 just to cover health care, unstable economics in Obama’s health law, Obamacare increased prescription drug use, and Obama administration pledges $17M to fight drug trafficking.

By Andy Tofilon • August 24, 2016

Top highlights this week include: Resisting Medicare changes, Obamacare exchange rules, Obamacare costs versus private insurance costs, cost top concern among health insurance customers, and health spending grew in June.

By Andy Tofilon • August 17, 2016

Top highlights this week include: Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, fixing insurance exchanges, future of health insurance market for Minnesota, state health care initiatives, and employer’s health benefit increases will be less than than ACA premiums.

By Andy Tofilon • August 10, 2016

Top highlights this week include: Obamacare premiums still lower than projected, Obamacare co-op failures, ACA customers feeling more confident about costs, long term care is an immediate problem for the government, and prescription drugs and premium increases.

By Andy Tofilon • August 3, 2016

What’s New in Health Care Reform provides an overview of the past week’s news, updates, and commentary in health care reform and utilization management. Top highlights this week include: Humana pulling out of many Obamacare markets, most insurers lost money in first year of Obamacare, Medicaid spending in outpatient drugs, cost of premiums, and state health exchange budgets.

By Andy Tofilon • July 27, 2016

What’s New in Health Care Reform provides an overview of the past week’s news, updates, and commentary in health care reform and utilization management. Top highlights this week include: Insurers pushing for higher rates, top U.S. health official highlights need for insurer competition, study finds health care has improved, health spending to grow by nearly 6% a year through 2025, and Obamacare’s surcharge for smokers may have backfired.

By Andy Tofilon • July 20, 2016

What’s New in Health Care Reform provides an overview of the past week’s news, updates, and commentary in health care reform and utilization management. Top highlights this week include: Obama offers ways to improve health care law, Obama administration eases restrictions on doctors who treat opioid addiction, HHS spending Zika money slowly, insurers’ spending on costly meds soared from 2003-2014, and ACA enrollees are less healthy than uninsured.

By Andy Tofilon • July 13, 2016

What’s New in Health Care Reform provides an overview of the past week’s news, updates, and commentary in health care reform and utilization management. Top highlights this week include: Young adults face challenges to health enrollment, Affordable Care Act risk adjustment, Obamacare enrollment drops to 11.1M, participation in new cancer care model, and Medicaid plans can now pay mental health institutions.

By Andy Tofilon • July 6, 2016

What’s New in Health Care Reform provides an overview of the past week’s news, updates, and commentary in health care reform and utilization management. Top highlights this week include: HHS hints at changes to Medicare payment proposal, out-of-pocket costs for hospital visits shot up 37%, more transparency needed in covering substance use disorder, paying for prescriptions with cash, and privacy protections for young adults.

By Andy Tofilon • June 29, 2016

What’s New in Health Care Reform provides an overview of the past week’s news, updates, and commentary in health care reform and utilization management. Top highlights this week include: Health spending projected to be lower than original estimates, record number of Americans say they can indeed afford health care, Democrats not giving up on universal health care, health costs to grow at constant rate in 2017, and HHS targets young adults in 2017 Obamacare enrollment plan.

By Andy Tofilon • June 22, 2016

What’s New in Health Care Reform provides an overview of the past week’s news, updates, and commentary in health care reform and utilization management. Top highlights this week include: GOP pushes for smaller Obamacare changes, rising health care costs, reducing consumers’ use of short-term insurance policies, ACA premiums to rise in 2017, and 2.4 million would lose insurance if ACA is repealed.

By Andy Tofilon • June 15, 2016

What’s New in Health Care Reform provides an overview of the past week’s news, updates, and commentary in health care reform and utilization management. Top highlights this week include: ‘Veterans Choice’ often means long waits, mental health care access, house calls for elderly, lower ACA exchange enrollment may not be a bad thing, and employer-sponsored health insurance.

By Andy Tofilon • June 8, 2016

What’s New in Health Care Reform provides an overview of the past week’s news, updates, and commentary in health care reform and utilization management. Top highlights this week include: I.R.S. ruling is obstacle to health care networks, NIH funds Biobank to support Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program, Senators working toward mental health reform vote, Obamacare customers satisfied with coverage, and analysis finds 2017 premiums rising.

By Andy Tofilon • June 1, 2016