Tag: affordability

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

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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

One Reason Premiums Will Vary Across States

January 1, 2014 marked the start of the ACA’s major market reforms taking effect. Continue reading

Posted in: ACA, Health Care Costs

Health Plans Leading the Way on Affordability

We all want more affordable health coverage, but to achieve it, every sector of the health care industry must do its part – including health plans. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

Health Insurance Tax Threatens Affordability

If health care affordability is our goal, adding a new tax on health insurance seems like a bad idea. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

Yikes: $1,000 per pill

Sovaldi has shown tremendous results, and it’s the kind of medical innovation we need to sustain. Unfortunately, the drug’s maker – taking advantage of a lack of competition – has priced it at an astronomical level that is not sustainable for consumers, innovation, or society. Tomorrow, AHIP CEO and President Karen Ignagni will participate in a panel discussion on the rising costs of specialty drugs. You can watch the event live at 10:45 here. Continue reading

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Post-Open Enrollment, Focus Needs to Shift to Keeping Coverage Affordable

For the first time, millions of Americans across the country have the peace of mind that health insurance provides. Continue reading

Posted in: ACA, AHIP

Price Transparency: “Common in Most Industries But Rare in Health Care”

Recent news reports have highlighted consumers’ outrage over the skyrocketing cost of medical care. As a result, there is a growing call for greater price transparency. The Wall Street Journal looks at this lack of transparency, which “is common in most industries but rare in health care, where ‘charges,’ ‘prices,’ ‘rates’ and ‘payments’ all have different meanings and bear little relation to actual costs.” Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

ICYMI — New York Times: Research shows “hospital charges…are the largest driver of medical inflation”

An article in the New York Times highlights evidence showing that exorbitant prices for medical services are driving costs higher, making health care coverage more expensive for individuals, families and employers. Continue reading

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Chart of the Day: State-by-State Premiums Under the Health Care Law

A New York Times article on premiums under the health care law in 36 states includes this great chart. Continue reading

Posted in: ACA