Policy and Legislation

February 25, 2016 | Kaiser Health News

Americans are divided about the idea of creating a single-payer government health insurance system, as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has proposed, but support shrinks when negative arguments are highlighted and alternatives are presented, according to a poll released Thursday.

January 14, 2016 | Henry Powderly

Acting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Andy Slavitt on Tuesday shocked many in healthcare when he laid out an aggressive timeline to replace the meaningful use program, a electronic health records mandate and incentive program that healthcare providers put millions into.

January 4, 2016 | Kaiser Health News

Health insurers in several big cities will take some pain out of doctor visits this year -- the financial kind. They'll offer free visits to primary care doctors in their networks. You read that right. Doctor visits without copays. Or coinsurance. And no expensive deductible to pay off first. Free.

December 30, 2015 | Susan Morse

A pre-authorization process for certain medical supplies has worked to bring down costs in sample studies and will help prevent questionable billing practices. 

December 22, 2015 | Kaiser Health News

Two professional organizations representing emergency doctors warn that a new federal rule could lead to higher out-of-pocket costs for consumers when they need emergency care outside their health plan's network of providers. But consumer advocates and health policy experts say the groups' proposed solution doesn't adequately protect consumers.

December 22, 2015 | Kaiser Health News

Coloradans this fall will vote on a single-payer plan in which they would still pick their own providers, but the new system would pick up all the bills. There would be no deductibles, and fewer and smaller copays.

December 18, 2015 | Susan Morse

The House on Friday approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill that, with a tax package approved last week, includes changes to ObamaCare including another delay in the implementation of the Cadillac tax on high cost employer health plans.

December 15, 2015 | Beth Jones Sanborn

Under current law, reimbursement for biosimilars is calculated by a single code. Six physician groups that represent a wide swath of biologic-prescribing physicians, want to change that by urging Congress to press the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to make unique codes for biosimilar medicines for billing and payment purposes.

December 11, 2015 | Kaiser Health News

Among uninsured individuals who are not exempt from the Affordable Care Act penalty, the average household fine for not having insurance in 2015 will be $661, rising to $969 per household in 2016, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.

December 8, 2015 | Susan Morse

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a bill repealing the bulk of the Affordable Care Act in a vote of 52 to 47 that largely went along party lines.

December 4, 2015 | Susan Morse

The case hinges on Vermont legislation requiring all administrators of self-insured benefit plans to regularly submit data on medical claims, pharmacy claims, member eligibility, provider and other information for use in the state's unified healthcare database.

December 2, 2015 | Susan Morse

The letter is an effort to continue limiting the amount of assistance insurers can obtain from the government to lessen losses they sustain under the Affordable Care Act.

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