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Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2015

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/p60-257.pdf

Presents statistics on health insurance coverage in 2015, as well as changes in insurance coverage rates from 2013 to 2014 and 2015.  Reports the uninsured rate dropped by 1.3%  and the percentage of people without insurance all year was down to 9.1% of the population from 10.4% in 2014.  From the Census Bureau

 

 

Projecting Hospitals’ Profit Margins Under Several Illustrative Scenarios

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

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/workingpaper/51919-Hospital-Margins_WP.pdf

Examines the effects of changes to hospital finances by the Affordable Care Act, which reduced Medicare payments but also expanded insurance coverage to reduce the cost of uncompensated care.  This paper calculates the profit margins of hospitals and the share of hospitals that might lose money by 2025 under several scenarios.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-March 2016

Categories: Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur201609.pdf

27.3 million persons were uninsured in the U.S. during the first three months of 2016, 1.3 million fewer than in 2015, and 21.3 million fewer than in 2010.  Includes short-term trends by race and ethnicity, private exchange coverage, and health insurance coverage by state Health Insurance Marketplace type.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Private Health Insurance: In Most States and New Exchanges, Enrollees Continued to be Concentrated Among Few Issuers in 2014

Categories: Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/679500.pdf

Concerns have been raised about the degree of concentration in the health insurance marketplace leading to fewer choices and higher premiums.  The Affordable Care Act was intended to provide more choices.  This study looks at concentration in the health insurance exchanges from 2011 through 2014 and changes in issuer participation in each state from 2013 to 2014.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Geographic Variation in Hospital Inpatient List Prices in the United States, 2013

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

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb209-Geographic-Variation-Hospital-Inpatient-Prices.pdf

Compares geographic differences in hospital chargemaster prices and how prices vary based on insurance negotiations and area wage indexes.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Teen Hospital Stays for Childbirth, 2004-2013

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Statistics,Women,Youth

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb208-Teen-Childbirth-Hospital-Stays-Trends.pdf

Presents statistics on hospital stays for childbirth among teens aged 15-19 years from 2004 through 2013.  Compares characteristics and complications of pregnancy among teens with those of older women.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Changes in ACA Individual Market Costs from 2014-2015: Near-Zero Growth Suggests an Improving Risk Pool

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Forms-Reports-and-Other-Resources/Downloads/Final-Risk-Pool-Analysis-8_11_16.pdf

Report which shows that “per-enrollee medical costs in the Affordable Care Act individual market were essentially unchanged in 2015, even as costs in the broader insurance market continued to rise.”  Argues that the program is becoming stronger by attracting more healthy, low-cost enrollees.  From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

 

Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2016

Categories: Health Insurance,Labor/Employment,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ebs2.pdf

Provides a picture of the percentage of employees in the public and private sectors who participate in medical care, retirement, and life insurance benefits.   Also provides information for types of occupations and regions of country.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

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