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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Oregon Governor Expected to Sign Exchange Bill

June 10, 2011

CQ HEALTHBEAT NEWS June 9, 2011 – 2:43 p.m. By Jane Norman, CQ HealthBeat Associate Editor   Health insurance exchanges aren’t stalled everywhere. Oregon’s legislature this week passed bipartisan exchange legislation and the governor is expected to sign it. “I look forward to signing this key piece of our health care improvement agenda,” Gov. John Kitzhaber, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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…

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 […]

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