Tag Archives: Insurance

Payers, other stakeholders urge Congress to blunt COVID-19-spurred insurance losses

Dive Brief: A diverse set of stakeholders is urging lawmakers to push through measures that will help bolster health insurance as millions of people across the country have lost their jobs and risk losing their corresponding health coverage.    Policy experts outlined a handful of short-term policies they want Congress to adopt, including increased federal funding… Read More »

Diet changes on health insurance

An unhealthy diet is one of the leading risk factors for poor health, accounting for up to 45 percent of all deaths from cardiometabolic diseases CMD, such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. But the national economic burden of unhealthy diet habits remains unknown. A new study by investigators from Brigham and Women’s… Read More »

Addressing Health Equity Must Include Digital Equity Beyond Access To Medical Services and Insurance

The 21st Century Cures Act emphasizes patients’ control of personal health information. ONC rules issues in March 2020 called for more patient-facing health tools and apps to bolster health consumer engagement and empowerment. But the emergence of the coronavirus in the U.S. revealed many weakness in the American health care system, one of which has… Read More »

Public health insurance options would cut into industry margins, Moody’s says

Public healthcare options such as the ones put forward by Democratic presidential candidates would erode insurers’ revenues and profit margins, while single-payer poses an existential threat, according to a new Moody’s Investor Service report. For providers, lower reimbursement rates would decrease hospitals’ operating margins and federal prescription drug price negotiation would reduce pharmaceutical companies’ profitability.… Read More »

North Carolina folds to provider pressure with insurance plan shifting away from set rates

Dive Brief: North Carolina’s state treasurer announced major state hospital systems will be in-network in the state’s insurance plan for more than 720,000 teachers and state employees, bowing to provider pressure. The state proposed a plan last year that would set reimbursement prices based on Medicare rates, almost double such rates on average. A number… Read More »