Category: AHIP

New AHIP Issue Brief Outlines Patient Protections Against Soaring Prescription Drug Prices

As prescription drug prices continue to rise, a new issue brief on patient cost sharing shows how health plans are working to protect patients from the soaring cost of treatments and medications. Even as health plans are covering the vast majority of the cost associated with prescription medications, drug companies continue to demand a blank check, driving up costs across the board for everyone. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP Studies and Reports, Uncategorized

Public-Private Partnerships Improve Access to Long-Term Care

About 70 percent of people age 65 and older will need long-term care services sometime during their lifetimes. These services can be expensive, but long-term care (LTC) insurance can provide individuals with the support they need for long-term care. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP Studies and Reports, Issue Alert, Uncategorized

Medigap Protects Vulnerable Populations

Medigap, private health insurance designed to supplement Medicare, allows seniors and other beneficiaries to budget for medical costs and avoid the confusion of handling complex medical bills from health care providers. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP Studies and Reports

Breakthrough drugs: Astronomical prices, no end in sight?

Yesterday on NBC Nightly News, AHIP Executive Vice President Matt Eyles addressed the “black box” of pharmaceutical pricing and why it’s a big problem for patients. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP in the News, Health Care Costs, In Case You Missed It, Must See TV

5 Sessions to Watch at the National Conferences on Medicare & Medicaid and Dual Eligibles Summit

With three exciting agendas to explore, this year’s National Conferences on Medicare & Medicaid and Dual Eligibles Summit promises to be lively as well as news-making. Looking for a few sessions to add to your calendar? Here are just five to get you started. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP, Conferences

INFOGRAPHIC: See the Impact of Exorbitant Out-of-Network Fees for Patients

Unexpected medical bills can be shocking for patients who seek care from out-of-network providers or specialists. On average, patients saw potential excess charges of 300 percent compared to Medicare’s fee for the same treatment or procedure. These exorbitant charges underscore the value of health plans’ provider networks. Health plans develop provider networks to improve quality and make health care more affordable for consumers. By selectively contracting with credentialed providers, health plans ensure consumers have access to a wide-range of providers [...]

Posted in: AHIP Studies and Reports, Infographic

Biosimilars Needed for More Competition in High-Cost Drug Marketplace

Competition drives value for consumers. That’s why biosimilars, clinically similar but less expensive versions of FDA-approved biologic medications, are an important new tool fostering more bang for consumers’ buck. These tools are especially helpful for patients facing diagnoses with expensive treatment regimens like cancer or various auto-immune diseases. The FDA is currently in discussions with manufacturers regarding 47 biosimilar products under development. With an increasing number of biosimilars with potential to enter the market, an effort is underway to implement [...]

Posted in: AHIP, Health Care Costs, On The Hill

Dear New York Times: The Public Deserves Greater Transparency With Drug Prices

In response to a recent op-ed in the New York Times about expanding access to hepatitis C treatment, AHIP EVP Dan Durham addressed the real issue putting medicines out of reach for patients – skyrocketing launch prices being charged by drug companies. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP in the News, AHIP Letters

4 Takeaways from Today’s Hearing on Health Care Competition

This morning, AHIP’s Dan Durham offered testimony on how health plans across the country are operating in highly competitive regulatory environments where success is defined by their ability to deliver affordable coverage choices and ensure high-quality care. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP Testimony, In Case You Missed It, Uncategorized

Using mHealth to provide value to Medicaid members

Mobile technology is a valuable resource for health plans to connect with Medicaid beneficiaries. Through text notifications from their health plans, beneficiaries stay informed about preventive and ongoing care and receive convenient reminders about proactive steps they can take to improve their overall health and well-being. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP Letters, Uncategorized