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Largest health insurer to keep key parts of law regardless of court ruling

June 11, 2012

Largest health insurer to keep key parts of law regardless of court ruling from the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/largest-health-insurer-to-keep-key-parts-of-law-regardless-of-court-ruling/2012/06/10/gJQA7VYfTV_story.html?tid=pm_pop By N.C. Aizenman, Monday, June 11, 12:11 AM The nation’s largest health insurer will keep in place several key consumer provisions mandated by the 2010 health-care law regardless of whether the statute survives Supreme Court review. Officials at UnitedHealthcare will announce Monday that whatever […]

HHS Considering Study on Blood Donation Standards for Gay and Bisexual Men

March 16, 2012

By Jane Norman, CQ HealthBeat Associate Editor The Department of Health and Human Services wants input on how to design a study that would detail under what circumstances men who have a history of sex with other men should be allowed to donate blood. Under current Food and Drug Administration policy, men who have had […]

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services releases Essential Health Benefits Bulletin

January 6, 2012

On Monday, Dec. 16, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a bulletin outlining guidance to states on implementing Essential Health Benefits (EHBs).  As you may recall, the Affordable Care Act will require individuals to have insurance coverage by 2014.  Individuals and business may purchase health insurance in a state based “health […]

Chinese Firms Linked to Tainted Heparin Still Supplying U.S.

October 28, 2011

By Anna Edney Courtesy of Bloomberg News Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) — Two Chinese companies implicated in supplying contaminated ingredients three years ago to Baxter International Inc. for its blood thinner heparin are still supplying product to the U.S., Republican lawmakers said. Baxter recalled the blood thinner in 2008 amid reports of deaths and allergic reactions. […]

Advisory Panel Releases ‘Essential Benefits’ Report

October 7, 2011

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its report of recommendations to the United States Department of Health and Human Services regarding what health benefits should  be provided by insurance plans under the Health reform law – the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   The ACA requires states to set up an health insurance market place or exchange by […]

Understanding the Debt Ceiling and the “Super Committee”

September 9, 2011

In early August the President signed into law the Budget Control Act of 2011, which is reported to save approximately $917 billion over the next ten years and will raise the debt ceiling by $900 billion, therefore carrying the government through the end of 2011. The bill also establishes a new joint Congressional committee that […]

Drug Companies May Face Uphill Battle on Passage of FDA Review Funding

September 5, 2011

CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS – HEALTH Sept. 2, 2011 – 8:17 p.m. By Emily Ethridge, CQ Staff The pharmaceutical industry continues to push lawmakers to act quickly on approving a deal that would fund the Food and Drug Administration’s drug review process. But, although lawmakers from both parties have pledged to mark up the legislation […]

Medical mystery: UMass doctors race to counter rare blood disorder

September 2, 2011

By Geraldine A. Collier Courtesy of Worchester Telegram & Gazette Doctors are taught in medical training to “look first for the horses, not the zebras.”  In other words, look first for the typical causes of symptoms before exploring more exotic possibilities. But, former Worcester School Superintendent John Durkin wouldn’t be alive today if his doctors at […]

America’s Innovation Agency: The FDA

September 2, 2011

By instilling confidence in U.S. products and technologies, we stimulate economic growth and open markets overseas. By MARGARET A. HAMBURG Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal There are encouraging signs that the pharmaceutical industry’s pipeline of new products is not as stalled as some say.  Already in 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved […]

So Far, Exchanges Are a ‘Mixed Bag’ for Patients, Group Says

July 6, 2011

By John Reichard, CQ HealthBeat Editor The health care law will disappoint many Americans if its health insurance exchanges don’t deliver decent coverage at affordable rates for consumers, including those with serious illnesses like cancer. Meeting those expectations may be difficult, judging from comments by a major patient advocacy group as it waits for the […]

Health Insurance Exchange Regulation Due Out July 7

June 29, 2011

CQ HEALTHBEAT NEWS By John Reichard, CQ HealthBeat Editor   The Obama administration plans to release its proposed regulation on state health insurance exchanges July 7. The rules governing the establishment of the exchanges, which under the health care overhaul law begin operating in 2014, are much anticipated by state lawmakers, insurers, employers and consumers. […]

FDA Commissioner Testifies before the Senate

March 18, 2011

CQ HealthBeat Senator Blunt (R-MO) specifically asked  Commissioner Hamburg about the speed of drug approvals and the idea of imposing user fees for the first time on generic drug companies. The administration proposed adding $40 million in user fees for generic companies in its fiscal 2012 budget. After the hearing, a reporter asked Hamburg for […]

Institute of Medicine Hears from Stakeholders on Essential Benefits

January 14, 2011

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is undertaking a study that will make recommendations on the criteria and methods for determining and updating the essential health benefits package in health care reform. As you may recall, HFA submitted comments to the initial survey conducted in December. The outcome of this study will be a published report […]

Consumer Insurance Survey

November 23, 2010

Health care reform will have a profound impact on persons with bleeding disorders as health insurance companies take steps to comply with various insurance market reform provisions. However, changes stemming from the health care reform law are only one piece of the health care coverage puzzle.  In light of these challenges, the Hemophilia Federation of […]

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Submits Medical Loss Ratio Regulation Recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services

November 5, 2010

The Affordable Care Act requires that 80-to-85% of the money collected by insurance companies be spent on health care services and health care quality improvement.  Otherwise known as the Medical Loss Ratio, the intent of the provision is to ensure that more of the money enrollees pay each month for insurance premiums will go toward […]

Stand Up For Healthcare!

September 23, 2010

Hemophilia Federation of America’s Public Policy Director, Kisa Carter was invited by Families USA to participate in a blog series on the Stand Up For Healthcare website that highlights the 6 month signing of the new health law. Other organizations participating in the blog series include: Young Invincibles, Health Access California, Mom’s Rising, National Physicians Alliance, Advocacy […]

Mathematica Center on Health Care Effectiveness – “Politics and Policy of Comparative Effectiveness: Looking Back, Looking Ahead”

September 10, 2010

On Thursday September 9, the Center on Health Care Effectiveness held its inaugural Issue Form: “Politics and Policy of Comparative Effectiveness: Looking Back, Looking Ahead”  The forum examined: the creation of the new center at Mathematica, what is Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)  and how health care reform will influence the future of comparative effectiveness in […]


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