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New York Times Editorial Calls for Reduced Cost of Hep C Drugs

This New York Times (NYT) editorial lays out the tension in the current debate over the very expensive (@$84,000/treatment un-discounted) Hepatitis C drugs: broad coverage that will significantly increase health plan costs or restricted coverage to keep costs under control but that will not benefit as many patients. In the end, the NYT points out that manufacturers generally pay what the market will bear so calls for public and private insurers to push for lower pricing, which can... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 0 comments

First: Doctor Visits on Demand; Now: Medications Delivered to Your Doorstep

Health care innovators in New York City prove, once again, that where there is a need, entrepreneurs will step in to fill it. This time Pager, a doctor-on-demand company, is teaming up with Zipdrug to have prescriptions delivered to a patient's home or office, often within one hour. Customers can track the Zipdrug delivery status on their cell phones and pay the cost of the drug plus a $10 delivery fee. Pager sends Board-certified physicians to homes and offices within 2 hours of a... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 0 comments

More Potential Twists on the Cadillac Tax

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar's September 1, 2015 AP post details the Treasury Department's current thinking about the Cadillac Tax:  "— The Treasury Department says it is considering an exemption for flexible spending account contributions for dental and vision care, which are two popular uses.The health care law already limited FSA contributions and without such accommodations, the Cadillac tax could lead to their demise. "A benefit that you are offering your employees so they can save... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 0 comments

Uninsured Rate Decreases to 9.2% in First Quarter 2015

According to a Dan Mangan September 1, 2015 blog post for CNBC: "In the first three months of 2015, the CDC said, the rate of people without health insurance stood at 9.2 percent. That's down from 11.5 percent in the same period in 2014, and represents a 20 percent reduction in the uninsured rate over the past year.In absolute numbers, 29 million people lacked health insurance in early 2015, compared with 36 million people in 2014. That number reached a high 48.6 million in 2010, the year... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 0 comments

Fewer People Skipping Medical Care for Cost Reasons

According to the September 1, 2015 Amy Goldstein article in the Washington Post: "During the first three months of the year, just 1 in 20 Americans said they did not get medical care they needed because they could not afford it, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The findings, from the federal National Health Interview Survey, show that 4.4 percent of people interviewed from January through March said they had skipped medical care in the previous... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 0 comments


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