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 […]

Community Pharmacists Lose Bid to Immediately Block Express Scripts-Medco Deal

April 27, 2012

By Rebecca Adams, CQ HealthBeat Associate Editor A federal judge has denied the request of a group of community pharmacists to immediately stop the acquisition of Medco Health Solutions by Express Scripts, Inc. The judge will next decide whether to throw out the lawsuit. The pharmaceutical benefits management companies Express Scripts and Medco merged on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New York Governor David Paterson signs S. 5000-B into Law!

October 7, 2010

S. 5000-B gives the New York State Insurance Department the authority to deny requests from insurance companies to create specialty drug pricing tiers, also known as Tier IV drug pricing.  These types of tiers have been used by insurance companies in other states to require patients to pay higher co-payments and co-insurance based on the […]

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 […]

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