Category: Health Care Costs

Lower the Price

Following today’s earnings report released by Gilead, the manufacturer of Sovaldi, AHIP Spokesman Brendan Buck released the following statement: “It’s time to lower the price of Sovaldi. While it was a blockbuster quarter for Gilead, people who can’t access the drug because of its price didn’t fare nearly as well. Health plans and government programs are covering the vast majority of the cost of Sovaldi, but the price being charged continues to put the drug out of reach for too [...]

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When Providers Merge, Consumers Pay

When hospital and physician practices merge, consumers often pay the price. Continue reading

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What Do the Experts Say?

Everyone wants to know what premiums are going to look like for 2015 in the new health care marketplaces. The answer of course is not straightforward, but it deserves proper focus and explanation. So where do we turn? Continue reading

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Simply Skyrocketing

A new medical cost trend report from PricewaterhouseCoopers finds that “the rise of high-priced specialty drugs is sparking anxiety and fierce debate among purchasers over pricing strategies and whether the high cost will be worth it over the long term. One thing is certain: In 2015, several expensive specialty therapies will likely increase the healthcare spending growth rate.” Continue reading

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The Top Driver of Premiums? The Cost of Health Care Services.

To make health care coverage more affordable, the nation must address the soaring cost of medical care that continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. The simple truth is premiums track the underlying cost of care. Continue reading

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One Reason Premiums Will Vary Across States

January 1, 2014 marked the start of the ACA’s major market reforms taking effect. Continue reading

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Health Plans Leading the Way on Affordability

We all want more affordable health coverage, but to achieve it, every sector of the health care industry must do its part – including health plans. Continue reading

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Sovaldi: Blowing up State Medicaid Budgets, Cont.

It’s common knowledge that drugmakers don’t like talking about their prices, or the crises created by such astronomically high prices. But when it comes down to “blow[ing] a hole in states’ Medicaid budgets,” it’s a problem we have to talk about. Continue reading

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Health Insurance Tax Threatens Affordability

If health care affordability is our goal, adding a new tax on health insurance seems like a bad idea. Continue reading

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Ignagni Op-Ed: To Get More People Covered, Give Them More Affordable Choices

An op-ed by AHIP CEO Karen Ignagni was published today in the Huffington Post: Continue reading

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