Category: Issue Alert

NYT: Specialty Drug Prices “Soaring”

A New York Times article examines a report about specialty drugs, finding that prices are “soaring.” Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

Ignagni USA Today Op-Ed: Don’t Harm Seniors in Medicare Advantage

A new USA Today op-ed by AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni warns that proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage will harm seniors in the program – repeating the significant disruption that occurred when the program was cut in the 1990s. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP, AHIP in the News, Issue Alert

WSJ Op-Ed: ACA’s Health Insurance Tax “Hidden Hit On Businesses”

With the ACA’s $100 billion health insurance tax starting this year, small and medium-size businesses “will bear the brunt of the tax…Many will be forced to raise their employees’ share of premium payments or, worse, lay off workers to pay the escalating costs of health care for their core employees,” according to a Wall Street Journal op-ed from Bernie Marcus, co-founder and former chairman and CEO of Home Depot. Continue reading

Posted in: ACA, Issue Alert

More Than 100,000 Seniors Have Mobilized Against Proposed Cuts to Medicare Advantage

Less than a week before final Medicare Advantage payment rates are announced for 2015, seniors across the country are mobilizing to protect Medicare Advantage from a 5.9 percent payment cut proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Continue reading

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NEW PRINT AD: “Seniors, Democrats, and Republicans Agree: Protect Medicare Advantage.”

A new print ad from AHIP’s Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) begins running in publications today. The new ad highlights the broad bipartisan support for Medicare Advantage that exists on Capitol Hill and includes a full list of the 262 members of Congress who have signed letters urging CMS, the Medicare agency, to protect seniors in the program from another round of payment cuts. Continue reading

Posted in: Issue Alert, On The Hill

Overwhelming Evidence Shows Medicare Advantage Improves Health Outcomes

A recent working paper on Medicare Advantage makes inaccurate conclusions with incomplete data on Medicare health plan options and is in direct contrast to overwhelming, peer-reviewed evidence demonstrating seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage receive higher-quality care and experience better health outcomes compared to fee-for-service Medicare. Continue reading

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What They Are Saying: Bipartisan Group of 262 Members of Congress Urges CMS to Protect Seniors in Medicare Advantage

A bipartisan group of 262 members of Congress representing 45 states have recently urged the Medicare agency to protect seniors in Medicare Advantage through a variety of channels including bipartisan letters, floor speeches, congressional hearings, op-eds, and social media. Continue reading

Posted in: Issue Alert, On The Hill

Five Members of Senate Finance Committee Send Letter Urging CMS to Protect Seniors in Medicare Advantage

Five members of the Senate Finance Committee sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the Medicare agency to protect seniors in the program by maintaining current Medicare Advantage payment rates in 2015. Continue reading

Posted in: Issue Alert, On The Hill

What They Are Saying: Seniors Urge CMS to Stop Proposed Medicare Advantage Rate Cuts

Seniors are watching Washington closely to see if Medicare Advantage will be protected from further cuts to the program when CMS sets final rates on April 7. Continue reading

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Connecticut’s “Unprecedented” Number of Hospital Mergers

The Connecticut Health Investigative Team has an article out looking at the “unprecedented” number of hospital mergers in the state – and what these changes mean for consumers. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert