Tag: affordability

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

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

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

Posted in: Issue Alert

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

Posted in: Issue Alert

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

Posted in: Health Care Costs

2014: A Year in Health Care

To close off 2014, let’s take a look at this year’s most-read posts on the AHIP Coverage blog. The list of top stories shows what health care issues are important to health plans, patients, the media, and policymakers, namely, soaring health care costs and the value of Medicare Advantage coverage. Continue reading

Posted in: In Case You Missed It

Top Health Care Resolutions for the New Year

It’s almost a brand-new year. And that means it’s time for New Year’s resolutions. The health plan community has some important goals for the year ahead. Continue reading

Posted in: Fact Check

Here we go again: Another day, another six-figure drug price

Instead of acknowledging the growing consumer concern and outrage over soaring prices for medical services, media reports today show drugmakers are still turning a blind eye, slapping more six-figure price tags on critical treatments. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs