Category: Issue Alert

Ignagni Touts New Consumer Guide to Understanding Health Plan Provider Networks

Today at the National Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health in Washington, D.C., America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Foundation President Karen Ignagni announced the release of a new guide to help consumers understand health plans’ provider networks and to help inform coverage decisions that are right for them. Continue reading

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Ignagni: Health plan-provider partnership is the secret to sustainable, affordable care

As the U.S. health care industry undergoes tremendous transformation, partnerships and interdependence among all health care organizations will drive affordability and quality. That was a major theme today at the National Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health in Washington, D.C. – and a message that America’s Health Insurance Plans President and CEO Karen Ignagni drove home in a keynote address. Continue reading

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When the claim of ‘innovation’ is simply higher prices

High prices fuel the fire of innovation – that’s the misleading explanation drug companies give for setting their prices at astronomical levels. It’s also the explanation that Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Peter Bach, M.D., easily disproves in a new Forbes article. Continue reading

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Study strengthens support for price transparency

Health plans have been calling on providers to improve transparency in pricing, and a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association backs up those calls. Continue reading

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How health plans improve health literacy for diverse populations

During health literacy month, it’s important to remember that cultural or language issues can affect the ability to obtain, understand, and use health information. It’s why the language used is critically important when developing resources for consumers. Continue reading

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JAMA: Hospital ownership and higher prices

A new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association highlights something we’ve been concerned about for years – that provider consolidation increases prices for services and costs for patients. Continue reading

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Education 2.0: Helping consumers navigate 2015 Open Enrollment

As the start of 2015 Open Enrollment nears, health plans are taking an innovative approach to educating new and existing members about the Exchange marketplaces and available coverage choices. Continue reading

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Ignagni: Challenging the status quo with health plan innovation

This week at the State Issues Conference in Washington, D.C., AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni delivered remarks on how health plans are bringing innovation to the delivery system as well how the regulatory and legislative environments could undermine their innovative solutions. Continue reading

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Politico Pro: Backlash builds over soaring drug prices

With a wave of new treatments carrying six-figure price tags in the pipeline, pressure is building on drugmakers to lower their prices, according to a new Politico Pro article. Continue reading

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What Consumers Can Expect for 2015 Open Enrollment

November 15 marks the start of 2015 Open Enrollment, and for individuals and families currently enrolled in coverage in the individual market – whether that is coverage offered through HealthCare.gov, a state exchange, or outside the Exchange Marketplace – or for those shopping for coverage for the first time, health plans are doing their part to make sure consumers understand how to navigate the enrollment process this year. Continue reading

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