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The Uninsured in America, First Part of 2013: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Under Age 65

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Statistics

http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st447/stat447.pdf

 

During the first part of 2013, 21% of adults under 65 were uncovered by health insurance.  This report provides details about the uninsured including age, race, sex, marital status, and Census region.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Relationship of Income and Health Care Coverage to Receipt of Recommended Clinical Preventive Services by Adults—United States,2011-2012

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6331a2.htm

Finds that having health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act or having higher income was associated with higher rates of receiving a set of six basic health preventive services. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

2014 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/ReportsTrustFunds/downloads/tr2014.pdf

Annual report on the prospects for the trust funds that operate the Medicare program.  Credits the Affordable Care Act for slowing the rate of growth in expenses and extending the life of the trust fund that finances the hospital insurance program until 2030, four years longer than reported last year.  From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

 

Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Delays, Extensions, and Other Actions Taken by the Administration

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

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43474.pdf

Covers actions taken by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Internal Revenue Service to delay, extend, or otherwise modify the law’s implementation.  A periodic report on implementation of the ACA.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Examining the Number of Competitors and the Cost of Medicare Part D

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45553-PartD.pdf

This working paper examines the relationship between the number of competing plan sponsors and the cost of Part D, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, during the program’s first five years.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Competition and the Cost of Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45552-PartD.pdf

 

Examines the cost trends since the prescription drug benefit was added to Medicare by 2003 legislation; finds that spending was lower for the program than anticipated especially in areas of the country where more plan sponsors competed for beneficiaries.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Reasons for Emergency Room Use Among U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2012

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

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db160.pdf

Reports that health insurance may have played a factor in visits to the emergency room by families with children.  Children with Medicaid coverage were more likely than uninsured children or those with private insurance coverage to have visited the emergency room.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Consumers Benefitted from 80/20 Rule in 2013

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations

http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Forms-Reports-and-Other-Resources/Downloads/Final-MLR-Report_07-22-2014.pdf

Latest annual report on estimated consumer savings due to the so-called 80/20 rule of the Affordable Care Act (aka the Medical Loss Ratio rule) which requires insurers to refund money to plan enrollees if companies spend more than 20% of premiums on administrative overhead, profits, or related non- medical care expenses.  From the Department of Health and Human Services

 

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