Category: Issue Alert

How Drug Companies Game the Orphan Drug Act

The Orphan Drug Act was passed as a way to encourage pharmaceutical companies to invest in treatments for rare diseases – so-called “orphan diseases” that had been ignored because their small patient populations made them unprofitable. Over the years, the pharmaceutical industry has taken advantage of the Orphan Drug Act’s good intentions, turning these “niche” drugs into multibillion-dollar sellers. Continue reading

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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

How to stop diabetes in its tracks

With more than 29 million people estimated to have diabetes and 86 million people estimated to have prediabetes, this is a condition we can’t ignore. Health plans have developed innovative ways for treating and preventing diabetes that put great focus on diagnosing and treating those with prediabetes. Continue reading

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Helping their Communities Fight Opioid Abuse

“It is no secret that America today is battling one of the most severe health epidemics of the 21st century: prescription drug abuse,” said Julie R. Snyder, vice president of Corporate Relations of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. Continue reading

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FTC Challenges Hospital Merger to Prevent “Near-Monopoly” Grip on Care

The Federal Trade Commission recently challenged a hospital merger that would create a “near monopoly” and lead to higher prices and lower-quality care for patients in four West Virginia and Ohio counties. Continue reading

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Caring for the Family Caregivers

As more and more Baby Boomers begin to age, supporting the individuals who are responsible for caring for their loved ones is a priority for health plans. Continue reading

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Shopping for Health Insurance: Open Enrollment 2016 Guide

For millions of individuals and families currently enrolled in coverage, and those who are new to the health insurance market, there’s a lot to consider during Open Enrollment. So whether it’s deciding between premium costs, provider networks, or cost sharing, health plans are working with consumers to help them understand their options and to pick the coverage that suits their individual needs. Continue reading

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JAMA: How Physician-Hospital Integration Drives up Cost

Hospital employment of physicians and ownership of physician practices continues to increase, bringing prices along for the ride, according to an article in JAMA Internal Medicine. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

Marilyn Tavenner: Looking ahead on Medicare and Medicaid

Consumers are engaged more than ever in their health care, and for our industry, the focus is on creating new ways to deliver greater choice, quality, and innovation for millions of Americans across the country. This commitment is fundamental to the work that health plans do every day on behalf of their enrollees. Continue reading

Posted in: Conferences, Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

How Health Plans are Improving Care Through Digital Innovation

Digital health technologies play an important role in delivering on the promise of patient-centered care. That’s why health plans are using high-tech health care innovations to put patients in the driver’s seat. Continue reading

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