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: 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

New Study Highlights Problems Accessing Specialty Care for Children on Public Insurance

June 17, 2011

  New England Journal of Medicine Auditing Access to Specialty Care for Children with Public Insurance June 15, 2011 Joanna Bisgaier, M.S.W., and Karin V. Rhodes, M.D. Evidence suggests that the 37 million children covered by Medicaid-CHIP are less likely to receive specialty care than children covered by commercial insurance. Children covered by Medicaid-CHIP may face greater […]

State Legislators Tussle Over Health Benefit Exchanges as Adjournments Near

May 18, 2011

CQ HEALTHBEAT NEWS May 18, 2011 By Jane Norman, CQ HealthBeat Associate Editor As state legislatures near the end of their sessions, many lawmakers are still struggling with whether to approve measures to set up health-benefits exchanges created under the health care law — and it appears almost certain work in many states will extend […]

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