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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

HHS defends the CLASS Act

March 18, 2011

CQ HealthBeat A top Health and Human Services official pledged at a House hearing, Thursday that a long-term-care program included in the health overhaul law won’t be launched unless it is financially sustainable. Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for aging at HHS, testified on behalf of the agency. Greenlee also defended the $120 million requested by […]

Focus of the Month: Key parts of the Affordable Care Act take effect in 2011

February 3, 2011

At least 21 different provisions in the new federal health insurance reform law go into effect during this year. Some of the most relevant measures include: Higher Medical Loss Ratios, Closing the Medicare Drug Coverage Gap, Eliminated Cost-Sharing for Medicare Preventive Services, Creation of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Disclosure and Review of Health Insurance Premium Increases, Funding for Health Insurance Exchanges, Funding for Medical Malpractice Demonstrations…

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 […]

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