Tag: affordability

Health plans go big on coverage, payments

Health plans are a critical piece of the U.S. health care system: They provide affordable health and supplemental benefits to hundreds of millions of Americans and pay for a significant amount of care delivered throughout the country. Without them, patients and government payers would be on the hook for billions in health care costs. Continue reading

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Health Plans: Delivering Value and Peace of Mind for Patients

As a reader of this blog, you know that we regularly talk a lot about challenges facing the health care system. And rightly so, as there are a great many. But this week we’re going to spend some time highlighting the value that health plans bring to the American health care system and particularly what plans mean for patients who need care the most. Continue reading

Posted in: Fact Check

Medicare drug coverage: Peace of mind that’s good for the wallet

The majority of seniors are overwhelmingly satisfied with their Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage and it’s not hard to see why. Just take a look at a July survey showing how Medicare Part D continues to be one of the federal government’s most successful programs. Meeting the expectations of roughly 40 million beneficiaries isn’t an easy feat, but that’s exactly what Medicare Part D does. As the survey notes, Part D plans achieved that success by consistently providing seniors [...]

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More voices back high-value networks

As U.S. health care spending continues to grow and the new health care law limits tools available to promote affordability, health plans have turned to high-value networks to bring greater choice, quality, and value to consumers. Continue reading

Posted in: What They Are Saying

What’s driving 2015 premiums

As states continue to report on proposed 2015 rates, wide variations in premiums have emerged. This should be no surprise. Several factors impact how much consumers pay for coverage, with premium increases varying by state and even region. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

Chart of the day: Rx drug prices soar

A new chart from the Altarum Institute demonstrates the massive growth rate of prescription drug prices over the last year. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Stat of the Day

4 things to know about specialty drugs

While specialty drugs continue to make headlines, here are four facts you need to know about these high-priced medications. Continue reading

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Specialty drug prices—a growing challenge

High drug prices pose a serious challenge for the U.S health care system, driving up premiums, restricting access to needed treatments, and emptying the wallets of state Medicaid programs and consumers. And the problem will only get worse: A recent chart from PwC’s Health Research Institute shows specialty drug prices continue to trend higher and higher. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Infographic

Listicle of the Day: Bloomberg on the Factors Driving Premiums

Bloomberg News has produced a handy list of factors to understand when looking at changes in health care premiums. Continue reading

Posted in: Issue Alert

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

Posted in: Health Care Costs