Tag: affordability

On the Hill: Driving Transformation and Protecting Innovation in Medicare Advantage

Several health care leaders gathered on Capitol Hill today to give a real world look at the many ways Medicare Advantage is leading efforts to provide innovative, coordinated care for beneficiaries. The briefing, hosted by AHIP, also focused on how payment cuts could inhibit that transformation and the importance of funding stability for the program. Continue reading

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Event Roundup: Coalition Seniors Talk Medicare Advantage with Lawmakers

Since 1999, the Coalition for Medicare Choices has worked to protect the benefits offered by Medicare Advantage that seniors depend on. In that time, Coalition seniors have made more than a million contacts with their members of Congress to protect their benefits. Some things have changed in those 15 years—the Coalition has grown to more than 1.8 million members (and counting), for example. But one thing stayed the same—they are still making your voices heard in Washington. Most recently, Coalition [...]

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Study: “This growing trend of diabetes cost is simply unsustainable”

The cost of diabetes care has more than doubled in the past 20 years, mostly driven by the rising price of new drugs, concludes a study recently published in the Diabetes Care journal. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

Medicare Advantage Seniors Go to Washington #tbt

Recently, some of the 1.8 million members of the Coalition for Medicare Choices headed to Washington for a Capitol Hill briefing about the value of Medicare Advantage and the importance of protecting individuals who choose these plans. These beneficiaries spoke about how Medicare Advantage has improved their lives with preventive care and disease management services, and also protected their finances with out-of-pocket caps. Continue reading

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Better Outcomes: It’s in the numbers

Payment and delivery reforms promote better coordination and they end with better outcomes. The proof is in the numbers. Continue reading

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More Value, Better Care Starts With Better Coordination

As early adopters of value-based innovations, health plans’ care coordination has played a big role in efforts to ensure more value and better care for patients. Continue reading

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The state struggle: Paying for excessively priced drugs

High-priced treatments continue to crush state budgets. California, for example, has set aside $300 million to pay for new hepatitis C drugs. But unfortunately, that cost is just the tip of the iceberg, according to an article from The Fresno Bee. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Uncategorized

#Voices4MA — Seniors take their stories to the Hill

This week, five of the 1.8 million members of the Coalition for Medicare Choices headed to Washington for a Capitol Hill briefing, “The Medicare Advantage Experience: Perspectives from Providers and Beneficiaries.” Continue reading

Posted in: In Case You Missed It, On The Hill

A wave of new cripplingly expensive drugs

The incoming wave of new biologics will be a boon for drugmakers, but a bust for health care budgets, The Economist reported. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

Ringing in the New Year with Higher Prices

What can we expect in 2015? Increasingly expensive drug prices, according to a new article from Dow Jones Business News. Continue reading

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