Archives

Panel Would Make Insurers Help Contain Rising Drug Costs

April 19, 2016

An influential federal advisory panel is calling for Congress to force private insurers to rein in rapid increases in prescription drug costs — by cutting some Medicare payments to insurance companies while shielding older Americans from higher out-of-pocket expenses. Read More

Immigrants, the Poor and Minorities Gain Sharply Under Affordable Care Act

April 19, 2016

The first full year of the Affordable Care Act brought historic increases in coverage for low-wage workers and others who have long been left out of the health care system, a New York Times analysis has found. Immigrants of all backgrounds — including more than a million legal residents who are not citizens — had the sharpest rise in coverage rates. Read More

Covered California Acts to Ensure Everyone Gets a Primary Care Doctor

April 19, 2016

The policy shift is in the agency's new contract with insurers, approved by the Covered California board last week. It will affect preferred provider network plans - PPOs - in particular. A consumer favorite, PPO plans allow members to go to any doctor – specialist or otherwise – without a referral from a primary care physician. Read More

Prescription Drug Spending Hits Record $425 Billion In U.S.

April 14, 2016

Spending on prescription drugs in the U.S. rose 12 percent to a record $425 billion before discounts last year, boosted in part by the introduction of breakthrough medicines for cancer and the growing number of patients seeking treatment for hepatitis C. Read More