Category: Issue Alert

The HIT makes tax time worse

The health insurance tax is estimated to add more than $170 to the cost of coverage for an individual purchasing insurance on his own. That more than cancels out the average $125 middle-class Americans put away for retirement each month. Continue reading

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Bundled payments promote greater value and quality of cancer care

More than one in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, but rising treatment prices and unreliable care quality prevent patients from being able to access and afford the care they need. New payment structures and benefit designs give reason to hold out hope for lower costs and better value for oncology patients. Continue reading

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Medicare Advantage Gets High Marks from Seniors

More Medicare beneficiaries are choosing Medicare Advantage, and a new national survey from Morning Consult shows that those seniors give a thumbs up when it comes to their coverage. Continue reading

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Health Plans Protect Against Diabetes

Today is Diabetes Alert Day, an important day because awareness is the first step in preventing this serious condition that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States. Awareness is critical because more than 7 million people with diabetes don’t even know they have it. Continue reading

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Coast to Coast: Members of Congress Standing up for Seniors

Check out the interactive map to see how the growing bipartisan support for Medicare Advantage spreads across the country. Continue reading

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Ignagni in the AJMC: Innovation in Plain Sight

The American Journal of Managed Care published a special guest commentary by AHIP CEO Karen Ignagni highlighting the health insurance industry’s long-standing efforts to enhance the value of care for patients. Continue reading

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Flashback: The More Things Change, The Higher Drug Prices Go

It’s easy to understand why health plans welcome the introduction of biosimilars as a way to give patients quicker access to more affordable treatments. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for some drug companies, which continue to try to prevent less costly biosimilar versions of their products. Continue reading

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What They Are Saying: Lawmakers Support Medicare Advantage

Knowing that millions of seniors depend on their Medicare Advantage coverage for high-quality, affordable health care, members of Congress recognize the need to shield these critical benefits from any further cuts. Here’s what members of Congress are saying in support of Medicare Advantage. Continue reading

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National Nutrition Month: Celebrating Healthy Lifestyles All Year Long

March is national nutrition month. So what better time to highlight how health plans are developing and implementing innovative programs to encourage healthy nutrition and wellness. Continue reading

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Better Care: “The Hallmark of Medicare Advantage”

At AHIP’s National Health Policy Conference, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell discussed why health insurance is so important. It provides health security, financial security, and peace of mind to individuals and families. A great example of that in action is Medicare Advantage. Continue reading

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