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Private Health Insurance: Geographic Variation in Spending for Certain High-Cost Procedures Driven by Inpatient Prices

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

Looks at geographic differences in costs for certain medical procedures that are paid for by private health insurance rather than Medicare, and how the mix of service types, volume, intensity, and price contribute to variations in spending.  From the Government Accountability Office


Trends in National Health Care Expenses Per Person in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 1996-2012

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

Shows a decrease in the percentage of the population from 1996 to 2012 with any medical care expense (62.1% to 55.8%).  Also provides figures on the trend of expenses and the effect of insurance coverage or noncoverage. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Trends in National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, Percentages by Type of Service and Source of Payment Within Age and Insurance Groups, 1996-2012

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

Finds that the elderly spent more of their health care expenses on prescriptions and ambulatory care and less on hospital inpatient care when comparing 2012 with 1996.  The nonelderly saw prescription medicine spending nearly double from 1996 to 2012.  Also covers source of payments.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


The Long-Term Uninsured in America, 2009-2012 (Selected Intervals): Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Under Age 65

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Statistics

Provides detailed estimates for the non-elderly U.S. population that was uninsured for the entire 2009-2012 period and identifies groups most at risk of lacking any coverage.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


State Employee Health Plan Proposed Premium and Benefit Structure for Fiscal Year 2016

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Personnel,Health Insurance,Virginia Issues$file/RD494.pdf

Includes the proposed premium schedule and the proposed changes to the benefit structure in the governor’s introduced budget.  From the Department of Human Resource Management


Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2014

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

Reports that 38 million persons or 12% of the population were uninsured at the time of the survey and that 54 million or 17% had been uninsured for at least part of the previous year.  5 million or 1.9% were covered by the Health Insurance Marketplace or state exchanges during the six months.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Comparing the Costs of the Veterans’ Health Care System with Private-Sector Costs

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Veterans

Describes the features of the health care system run by the Veterans’ Health Administration, examines the available evidence about relative costs of the VHA and private-sector health care, and considers some factors that could influence the cost-effectiveness of alternative ways of expanding health care for veterans.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Hospital-Based Emergency Departments: Background and Policy Considerations

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical

Discusses emergency departments, the role they play in the health care delivery system, and the federal role in supporting emergency care.  Focuses especially on ED crowding and frequent users. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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