Obamacare has helped 14 million people get coverage. So why aren’t doctors’ offices swamped?
Obamacare has helped 14 million people get coverage. So why aren’t doctors’ offices swamped?

Obamacare has helped 14 million people get coverage. So why aren’t doctors’ offices swamped?

About 14 million Americans have gained health coverage since Obamacare’s insurance expansion began in 2014 — but those new enrollees haven’t swamped the nation’s doctors’ offices, new research shows. When the health-care law started, there was concern that an influx of new patients could overwhelm doctors. It’s already hard enough to get an appointment with […]

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Supreme Court Blocks Medicaid Lawsuits

Supreme Court Blocks Medicaid Lawsuits

Health care providers can’t sue states when feel they’re being shortchanged by Medicaid cuts, the Supreme Court said Tuesday. Federal law places certain requirements on states that participate in Medicaid, and some providers argued that states are violating those requirements by cutting their Medicaid budgets too deeply. But the Supreme Court rejected that claim Tuesday, […]

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Consumer-driven health plans help ‘bend the cost curve’

Consumer-driven health plans help ‘bend the cost curve’

How do we reduce unnecessary or wasteful health care spending so that we can increase health care access and reduce the cost of health care? This is a policy question that has vexed policymakers for many years. But new research suggests that market innovations such as health savings accounts paired with high-deductible insurance coverage (collectively […]

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Consumers Contributing Less To Health Savings Accounts, Study Finds

Consumers Contributing Less To Health Savings Accounts, Study Finds

Even though consumers are digging deeper to cover rising out-of-pocket medical costs, they’re contributing less to health savings accounts that could help take the sting out of their expenses, according to a new study…. More…

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States ask U.S. Congress to launch inquiry of herbal supplements

States ask U.S. Congress to launch inquiry of herbal supplements

A group of 14 state attorneys general on Thursday asked the U.S. Congress to investigate the herbal supplements industry after a New York probe of the products turned up ingredients that were not listed on labels and raised safety concerns. The group, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Illinois Attorney General Greg […]

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Bringing the promise of digital health to fruition

Bringing the promise of digital health to fruition

The digital health imperative is upon us. With advancements in technology, the opportunities are bound only by our imagination. Recent investments in digital health are telling signs of the disruptive forces at play and the future that is just waiting to happen…. More…

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Anthem CEO: Insurers must ‘pivot’ to win loyalty

Anthem CEO: Insurers must ‘pivot’ to win loyalty

The health care industry’s transition to a business-to-consumer model after decades of being a business-to-business industry requires that insurance companies connect with providers and customers in individual, trusting ways, said Joseph Swedish, CEO of health insurer Anthem in Nashville… More…

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Americans Don’t Feel the Slowdown in Health Costs

Americans Don’t Feel the Slowdown in Health Costs

National spending on health care and insurance premiums has risen at historically low rates in recent years. But, as the chart above shows, even when spending and premiums experienced record-low growth in 2013, only 3% of Americans said health costs had been rising slower than usual, and 52% said they had been growing faster than […]

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White House scoffs at ObamaCare ‘doomsday prophecies’

White House scoffs at ObamaCare ‘doomsday prophecies’

President Obama’s chief economist on Thursday delivered a fierce rebuttal to what he called “nonsensical” claims from conservatives that the Affordable Care Act would be the end of the U.S. economy. “To put it mildly, these doomsday prophecies have not come to pass,” Jason Furman, the chief of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, said […]

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