Tag: premiums

Any willing provider laws grab headlines in South Dakota

Any willing provider (AWP) laws – which allow any doctor or hospital to enter into a plan network – are making headlines thanks to a proposal on the ballot in South Dakota that would institute an AWP law and could prompt other states to consider similar policies. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

The dangers of AWP laws in 1-2-3

Health plans have been creating provider networks that deliver greater efficiency and higher quality. Three separate studies show that “any willing provider” (AWP) laws will undermine those efforts. 1. In the first report, Paul Ginsburg, the Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy at the University of Southern California’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, concludes that AWP laws can increase health care costs and negatively affect care quality. AWP laws, which allow any doctor or hospital to [...]

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert, Uncategorized

Solving health care’s biggest problems

Health plans have important roles to play in health care, guiding patients through the system, providing access to the best treatments, and protecting patients from medical bankruptcy. They’re also on the frontlines tackling challenges in an industry that is undergoing unprecedented change. Continue reading

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New Study: Coverage Options Available to Significantly Limit Costs for Those With Chronic Conditions

A new independent analysis from HealthPocket has found that consumers have a range of coverage options to choose from, including plans that can significantly limit out-of-pocket costs for those with chronic conditions and the most medical needs. Continue reading

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High health care costs hit employer health benefits

A new annual report from the National Business Group on Health provides more proof that the high cost of health care services is putting a financial strain on the U.S. health care system. Today’s target—employer health benefits. Continue reading

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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

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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What Do the Experts Say?

Everyone wants to know what premiums are going to look like for 2015 in the new health care marketplaces. The answer of course is not straightforward, but it deserves proper focus and explanation. So where do we turn? 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

Why 2015 Premiums Will Vary by State

Sarah Kliff has a post up on Vox today explaining why premiums will go up in 2015. Continue reading

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