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Zubik v. Burwell

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-1418

Compromise decision that employees of certain nonprofits could receive contraceptive coverage with their health insurance plans without burdening the employers’ exercise of religion. The church organizations had objected to provisions of federal law that required them to submit petitions expressing their opposition to providing contraceptive coverage. The cases return to the Appeals Courts to resolve any outstanding issues.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

National Inpatient Hospital Costs: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2013

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb204-Most-Expensive-Hospital-Conditions.pdf

The mean expense per U.S. hospital stay in 2012 was over $18,000.  This report describes the distribution of costs by expected primary payer and illustrates the conditions accounting for the largest percentage of each payer’s hospital costs.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Access to Care Among Adults Aged 18-64 With Serious Psychological Distress: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey 2012-September 2015

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/er_spd_access_2015_f_auer.pdf

This study examines whether the expansion of health insurance coverage from 2013-2015 resulted in greater access to mental health services for adults.  Finds that the percentage of adults with serious psychological distress who were uninsured decreased from 28% in 2012 to  19.5% in the first 9 months of 2015.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

State Variation in Health Care Service Utilization: United States, 2014

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db245.pdf

Examines the prevalence of two health care utilization measures—percentage of adults without a usual place of medical care, and percentage of adults who did not have a general doctor–by state.  Also examines state differences by Medicaid expansion status and state Health Insurance Marketplace type.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Health United States, 2015

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus15.pdf

Annual report on the health status of the nation.  Presents an overview of national trends in health statistics in 114 trend tables.  Offers a special feature on racial and ethnic health disparities.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Premiums and Employee Contributions for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance: Private versus Public Sector, 2014

Categories: Govt Personnel,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Statistics

http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st486/stat486.pdf

Presents estimates of average premiums and employee contributions for single, employee-plus-one, and family coverage.  Finds that the average premiums for public sector employees were higher in each category than for private sector employees with variations across geographic areas.  Federal employees were excluded.   From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Benefits of Medicaid Expansion for Behavioral Health

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Mental Health

https://aspe.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/190506/BHMedicaidExpansion.pdf

Argues that Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act advances the goal of improving treatment for people with behavioral health needs.  From the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

Federal Subsidies for Health Insurance Coverage for People Under Age 65: 2016 to 2026

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Statistics,Taxes

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51385-HealthInsuranceBaseline.pdf

Focuses on federal government sponsored health insurance subsidies for those under 65 related to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  Estimates that in 2016 the subsidies, taxes, and penalties associated with health insurance coverage will result in an expenditure of $660 billion by the federal government or 3.6% of GDP.  Also estimates it will rise to 4.1% of GDP by 2026.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

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