Tag: premiums

Pharma’s Red Herring

Whenever drugmakers can’t come up with a sound argument against good policy, they roll out their time-tested “price controls” diversion. Please. Continue reading

Posted in: Cost Alert

Why a Small-group Expansion Delay Protects Consumers

A provision in the Affordable Care Act that is set to redefine the small-group insurance market to include companies that have 51 to100 employees starting Jan. 1, 2016, will place upward pressure on premiums, according to an issue brief from the American Academy of Actuaries. Continue reading

Posted in: In Case You Missed It

You Can’t Deny the Facts

Given the recent focus on consolidation in the health care industry and how such activity would impact the cost of coverage, it’s crucial to bear in mind several important facts. Continue reading

Posted in: Fact Check

What’s behind health insurance premiums?

With recent discussions surrounding insurance premiums, it’s important to acknowledge an important fact: Premiums track directly with the underlying cost of care. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

Taking Steps to Make Coverage Affordable

There are two things Congress can do now to support affordability in health care coverage: allow states to maintain their current small-group market and repeal the health insurance tax. Continue reading

Posted in: Issue Alert

New Data Brief on Hospital Consolidation and Premiums

The growing body of evidence that hospital consolidation and higher premiums go hand-in-hand has yet another entry. A new AHIP data brief finds that as hospital consolidation increases, so too do premiums. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP Studies and Reports, Health Care Costs

Hill Briefing Examines the Truth About Premiums

Influential factors that go into premiums took center stage this afternoon at a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by centrist think tank Third Way. The panelists all emphasized the fact that proposed premiums vary greatly; and therefore, it’s crucial to consider the full picture when looking at changes in premiums. Continue reading

Posted in: Cost Alert, On The Hill

The Effort to #RepealtheHIT Makes Waves on Social Media

Nationwide, efforts to repeal the burdensome health insurance tax are growing stronger than ever. Continue reading

Posted in: Issue Alert, Uncategorized

The definition of small-group market: Protecting affordability and stability

Under the Affordable Care Act, companies with 51 to 100 employees would move from the large-group market to the small-group market starting in 2016. That change would create instability for the small employer marketplace, leading to premium increases and potential disruptions in coverage. Continue reading

Posted in: Issue Alert, On The Hill

Health Plans Focus on Affordability

Despite a full host of factors that increase premiums, health plans are working hard to keep coverage affordable. Continue reading

Posted in: Issue Alert