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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

 

King et al. v. Burwell

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

http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/141158.P.pdf

Unanimous decision of a 3 judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that the language of the Affordable Care Act covers insurance subsidies for both state-run and federal-run plans.  From Justia.com

 

Halbig v. Burwell

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

http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/10125254D91F8BAC85257D1D004E6176/$file/14-5018-1503850.pdf

2-1 decision of a panel of the DC Court of Appeals that the language of the Affordable Care Act restricts insurance subsidies to state-run plans and not federal plans substituting for the state.   From Justia.com

 

Offer Rates, Enrollment Rates, Premiums, and Employee Contributions for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Private Sector for the 10 Largest Metropolitan Areas, 2013

Categories: Health Insurance,Labor/Employment,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st446/stat446.pdf

Includes coverage of metro areas where premiums are higher or lower or availability of insurance is higher. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Selection and Costs for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Private Sector, 2013 versus 2012

Categories: Health Insurance,Labor/Employment,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st445/stat445.pdf

Average premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose across all coverage types with single premiums up 3.5%, employee-plus-one premiums up 3.5%, and family coverage up 3.6%.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

State Differences in the Cost of Job-Related Health Insurance, 2013

Categories: Health Insurance,Labor/Employment,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st444/stat444.pdf

Presents state variations from the national average of the cost of job-related health insurance and how these costs are shared by employers and their employees.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

The 2014 Long-Term Budget Outlook

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45471-Long-TermBudgetOutlook.pdf

Attempts to predict the federal budget outlook for the next 10 years and beyond.  Foresees period of stable deficits remaining at about 2.5 to 3% of GDP, but larger deficits after 2020 due to an aging population, rising health care costs, and an expansion of federal subsidies for health insurance.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

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